Page 16 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 7, 2019 Saugus baseball gets 1st By Greg Phipps T he Saugus baseball team will have had almost two weeks of rest by the time it opens tournament play this weekend. The Sachems received a bye in the Div. 3 North first round – product of a strong 14-6 showing this spring – when the pairings were announced on Tuesday. Led by an effective starting pitching staff featuring ace Todd Tringale (107 strikeouts and 6-1 record), the Sa-round playoff bye year’s Div. 2 North tourney feeling pretty good about itself. The Sachems received the 11th seed and traveled to sixthseeded Dracut for a first-round tussle on Thursday (after press deadline). If victorious, Saugus would then trek to face No. 3 Whittier in a quarterfinal matchup on Monday (scheduled 3:30 p.m. start). Saugus pitcher Skyler Smith confers with head coach Joe Luis and catcher Jackson Stanton during a regular season contest against Beverly. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps) chems are the fifth seed and will take on either 15th -seed EsSenior Emma Howard has provided solid offensive punch this season for the Saugus softball team. sex Tech or No. 21 Watertown in a quarterfinal battle this Saturday (scheduled 4 p.m. start) at World Series Park at the Belmonte Middle School. Head coach Joe Luis said he hopes to open the tourney with a home game. He got his wish. The Sachems lost to second-seeded Lynnfield in a heartbreaker, 3-2, last year. Saugus was the 15th seed and held a lead going into the final inning in that playoff opener last season. The Sachems appear to be a legitimate contender in Div. 3 North this time around and are looking to write a different script in 2019. Softball draws matchup with Dracut in tourney opener Having closed the 2019 regular season on a solid note by winning six of its last eight contests, the Saugus High School softball team is entering this Head coach Steve Almquist and his 12-8 Sachems would love to keep the momentum of their 6-2 regular-season finish going. Saugus stood at 6-6 with eight games to play. Its two losses during that final eight-game stretch were one-run results. Ace pitcher Caitlyn Wood hurled shutouts in her last two outings and had four for the season.

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