It took four innings for two-time defending state champion Braintree to shake off the rust since winning the Super 8 last summer, but the Wamps overcame Framingham, 7-4, in their home opener on Tuesday to prove that they still have their eye on their third straight state championship.
Framingham (0-1) got ahead early thanks to the bat of junior lefty Jarrod Marifiote. The Flyers first baseman launched a solo home run in the first inning, and drove in two more runs on a double to deep center in the second. After the second inning, Braintree pulled senior starter Kyle Gray in favor of sophomore righthander John Tellier, and tried to regroup after going hitless early on.
“First game jitters,” said Braintree head coach Bill O’Connell of his team’s start. “This shows some of our young guys have poise, they hung tough.”
The game shifted in Braintree’s favor in the fourth, and from there the Wamps (1-0) were in complete control. In the top half of the inning, Tellier struck out Marifiote with two men on base to end the inning, and the Wamps’ bats started clicking in the bottom half.
Senior third baseman Brendan Quigley got Braintree on the board with a two-run double, and senior second baseman Brian Carney knotted the game at three with a run-scoring single in the same inning. Braintree took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when senior Cole Flannery knocked in a run with a double, but Framingham tied it back up in sixth, 4-4.
Senior Jared Brockway drove in the game-tying run, but Braintree broke the game open in the bottom of the frame.
The Wamps tallied three runs on three hits: A sacrifice fly from senior Jack Andrews, and a 2-RBI double from senior first baseman Joe Vanelli.
Leading 7-4 in the seventh, Tellier retired the side to secure the comeback victory.
“We haven’t had much time on the field,” O’Connell said. “The hitters got one full time around the lineup, and then I think they felt a little more comfortable.”
With the first game under his belt, O’Connell kept a level head looking forward.
“One game at a time,” he said. “The Bay State League is a grind, got to just survive every day.”
West Bridgewater 12, Holbrook 0 — In a 71-pitch gem, sophomore righty CJ Dunn fired a six-inning no-hitter, striking out 13 of the 19 hitters he faced as the Wildcats opened the season with the convincing road win. He also collected three hits and scored two runs. Senior Joe Pereira was 4 for 5 with a pair of triples.
Westwood 7, Bellingham 4 — Sophomore reliever Ryan Shea earned his first varsity win, tossing 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs with a walk and a strikeout for the Wolverines (2-0).
Newton North 15, Milton 3 — Senior Curtis Judd recorded two goals and four assists for the Tigers (2-1).
Braintree 10, Norwood 7 — Senior Connor Hume netted three goals, including the winner to lift the Wamps (1-1).
Methuen 12, Masconomet 0 — Senior captain Samantha Ferraro went 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Rangers (2-0).
Norwell 12, Mashpee 4 — Sophomore pitcher Chloe Hohmann pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts for the Clippers (2-1).
Medford 14, Salem 0 — Junior Sam Melanson pitched a five-hitter, and went four for four with one home run for the Mustangs (1-1).
Bishop Fenwick 7, Shawsheen 2 — Junior Natalie Medros scattered five hits while striking out five and sophomore catcher Tessa Palermo pounded a two-run homer for Fenwick (2-0).
Silver Lake 4, Plymouth South 2 — Caroline Videtto (3 for 4), Amanda Harris (2 for 3 with a triple), and Kelly Danahy (2 for 4) led the Lakers (3-0). Jill Richards pitched a complete game striking out eight, surrendering four hits, and walking one.
Norton 14, Acton-Boxborough 1 — Junior Kelly Nelson struck out 13 in six innings of work, giving up just one hit and one walk to lead the Lancers (4-0). Sophomore catcher Nicole Grainger went 3 for 3 with a double and six RBIs.
Norwell 8, Westwood 7 — In a matchup of defending state champions, the Division 2 Clippers (4-0) seized the lead on Murphy McDonough’s goal with two minutes left and then held on for the nonleague win over the Wolverines (2-2) in Norwell. Westwood appeared to score the tying goal with 23 seconds left on a goal by captain Haley Connaughton, but she was whistled for a crease violation, negating the goal.
Concord-Carlisle 12, Westford 6 — Trailing 5-1 with 10 minutes left in the first half, the Patriots (4-0) unleashed an 11-1 blitz the rest of the way, with freshman Fallon Vaughn scoring three goals. Amelia Slade made six saves in goal.
Silver Lake 9, Hanover 7 — Sophomore Ann Champan had five goals for the Lakers (3-1).
Globe correspondent Brian Mozey contributed to this report. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235, or e-mail email@example.com.