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Blue Devils sneak past Knights – Sentinel and Enterprise

Leominster’s Reece Lora had a solo home run in Monday’s win over St. Paul. (Sentinel and Enterprise file photo)

It wasn’t the way the Blue Devils phrased it, but it was certainly dramatic.

Fifth-seeded Leominster High baseball team didn’t generate much offense Monday, but the Blue Devils came through in the clutch against No. 28 Saint Paul, 3-2, in nine innings at Doyle Field in the first round of the Division 1 tournament.

Alex Coco came through with the biggest hit of the night, scoring an RBI single in the ninth, allowing the Blue Devils to come away with the win.

With the win, Leominster (17-2) will host No. 12 Westford Academy in the round of 16.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Leominster’s AJ Wozniak opened the frame with a solo shot to left to tie the Blue Devils.

Junior Reece Lora came through early with a big hit for the Blue Devils, firing a solo homer off Jake LeFrancois to centerfield with one out in the third inning to break the deadlock. The guests managed to tie the game at 1 in the seventh.

The Knights finish their season at 10-11.

Ayer-Shirley 6, Monson 1: Tyler Crawford scattered four hits and struck out 15 while adding two hits, including a double, and driving in a run for the sixth-seeded Panthers in a Division 5 first-round game. James Churchill (triple, RBI) and Noah Hunt each had a pair of hits in the win. .

Ayer-Shirley hosts Ware on Wednesday in a round of 16 match at 4 p.m

Softball

Clinton 9, Ayer-Shirley 8: Lauren Reardon had two goals and drove in a pair for the 24th-seeded Panthers (13-8) in a Division 4 first-round loss. Devin Delyani added a pair of goals in the loss.

Triton 10, Oakmont 0: Amanda Buszkiewicz had the lone goal for the 27th-seeded Spartans (10-12) in a Division 3 first-round loss.

Lacrosse for boys

Ipswich 14, Oakmont 8: The 21st-ranked Spartans were bounced from the Division 4 tournament in the opening round.

Girls play golf

Nashoba Regional’s Kylie Heffernan had a standout performance during Monday’s MIAA state championship tournament at Ledges Country Club in South Hadley.

Heffernan, just a sophomore, shot a 6-over par 78 to finish in eighth place with three other golfers. North Reading’s Isabel Brozena claimed the individual crown with a 6-under 66, while Wachusett Regional captured the team title.