GROTON -- North Middlesex (5-3) showed a bit of rust in its game Friday afternoon at Groton. The Patriots were held hitless by Groton-Dunstable (3-5) starter Justin Watt (1-1) , who surrendered three hits over six innings, while striking out four as the Crusaders stunned North Middlesex, 5-2. Groton-Dunstable senior captain Alex Marken (1-for-3, 2B) thumped a 2 RBI double to help lift his team to victory. Andrew Sinnery came on in the fifth inning with one out and one on to pick up his first save of the season.

"Justin threw the ball well today -- he was all over the zone today," Groton-Dunstable head coach Matt LeBlanc said. "NM is a good hitting team. We knew (NM) was eventually going to find some gaps, and that's fine. Our defense has been struggling a bit, but I think we played some solid defense today, that was the difference. Marken had a big 2-RBI hit for us."North Middlesex crept into the final slot of the Top-10 this week, but it has hit a bit of a skid as of late, dropping its last two contests.The Crusaders brought three more across in the third on RBI base-hits from Marken (double) and Dean McCann, who reached on fielder's choice.