Softball team continues to shine as Gold picks up 200th win

Ruby Calienes, who played two consecutive strong games at the plate last week, takes a swing. Photo by Libby File

Ruby Calienes gave up four hits to go with six strikeouts as Marblehead’s softball team (9-11) snatched a 12-0 road victory against Ipswich Friday. It was also coach Jonathan Gold’s 200th win as head coach of the program.

Do-it-all Calienes tacked on a hit in the fifth inning, but Eva Walton led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, and three RBI.

Luka Bornhorst went 3-for-4 with an RBI, catcher Isabel Mortensen went 3-for-5 and made the defensive play of the game with a diving catch.

Ashley Mortensen, Lyla McGovern, and Sophie Hallisey all had two hits apiece.

SOFTBALL

Marblehead 7

Medford 2

Ruby Calienes of Marblehead softball allowed six hits and retired seven in a complete-game win against Medford Thursday, May 25. She also added a single in the 7-2 victory.

Luka Bornhorst went 2-for-4 with a fence-clearing bomb in the second inning, Ashley Mortensen went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs. Continuing the offensive versatility, Lyla McGovern and Isabel Mortensen each went 1-for-3 for Marblehead.

On a side note, Tessa Andriano had two hits that would have been out of most ballparks, according to coach Jonathan Gold.

Despite the offensive explosiveness at times, Gold credited his defense for the victory.

“The game was won by our outfield of Sophia Hallisey, Ashley Mortensen, and Clara Donovan as they were outstanding,” Gold said. “Catcher Isabel Mortensen also had a great defensive game behind the dish.”

BASEBALL

St. John’s Prep 2

St. Mary’s 1

St. John’s Prep (12-8) rolled into Fraser Field and left with a 2-1 win over surging St. Mary’s (13-7) Monday.

Jack Sarno got the win on the mound for the Eagles, throwing a two-hitter while striking out six. Will Shaheen got the save with two strikeouts. James Willett recorded an RBI double, while Shaheen also provided some offense, bringing in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Cam LaGrassa (2 hits), Nic Lembo (1), and Jack DiFilippo (1) all recorded a hit for the Eagles.

For the Spartans, Jacob Peterson (5 hits and 4 strikeouts) and Cam McGonagle (1 hit and 2 strikeouts) shared the mound. St. Mary’s two hits came from Chris Marks, who also registered an RBI.

Central Catholic 5
St. John’s Prep 4

Cam LaGrassa roped three hits and The Prep won the hitting category 8-7, but it wasn’t enough to top Central Catholic Sunday. Nick Lembo and Will Shaheen also went home with hits, and Henry Hebert retired five and allowed just two hits across five innings.

Marblehead 6
Haverhill 2

In the consolation round of the Karelis Division of the Hillie Classic, Marblehead (12-8) tripled up Haverhill Saturday.

Things were close in the sixth inning, but Shane Keough hit an inside-the-park three-run homer to extend a one-run lead to the eventual final score of 6-2.

The Magicians ended their regular season with 12 wins and a 7-6 record in the Northeastern Conference.

BOYS LACROSSE

St. John’s Prep 12
Hingham 9

The St. John’s Prep Eagles (17-2) defeated the Hingham Harbormen (18-2) on Saturday with Jake Vana (4 goals, 1 assist) leading the way.

Jimmy Ayers and Rowan Mondello each ripped two goals, Gavin Kornitsky made six saves, and Chris Esposito won 18 of 20 faceoffs for The Prep.

St. John’s Prep 15
St. John’s Shrewsbury 5

The St. John’s Prep Eagles (16-2) concluded their Catholic Conference regular season with a 15-5 win against St. John’s Shrewsbury, headlined by six unanswered goals in the third quarter.

With the victory, The Prep secured a share of the Catholic Conference championship for the fourth consecutive season (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023).

Jimmy Ayers led the way with four goals and an assist, while Will Sawyer scored two goals and dished out two assists. Cam McCarthy and Nate Jones added two goals apiece.

Jack Doherty won 9 of 18 faceoffs, while Gavin Kornitsky made eight saves on 13 shots.