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Recorder Staff
Friday, April 13, 2018

The youthful, bottom of the Greenfield High School batting order provided just the spark the Green Wave needed Friday.

Freshman Gianna Conte reached base in a tie game in the fourth inning, eighth-grader Hanna Marchefka bunted her over and classmate Racquel Provost singled her in, jump-starting an offensive explosion that plated five runs in the frame. Greenfield captured its home opener, 9-2 over South Hadley High School in an independent softball game at Vets Field.

“The bottom of our lineup really produced today,” Greenfield coach Rian Lovett said. “It was nice to see the young players come through and get us going.”

Greenfield (2-0) took a 6-1 lead thanks to the five-run fourth, and tacked on three more in the fifth to put things out of reach.

That was plenty for junior pitcher Olivia Joy, who struck out 13 over seven innings to earn the victory.

Samantha Smith had three hits, including a home run, to go with three RBI for the Wave. Marchefka also tallied three hits, while Raegan Hickey clubbed a home run and drove in a pair. Audrey Bresciano and Kelsey Richardson registered triples in the win.

Frontier 12, Palmer 2 — Charlotte Doulette drilled her second home run in as many days, and Frontier Regional School stayed hot with a 12-2 independent victory over Palmer High School Friday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.

Doulette’s three-run shot came in a five-run second inning for Frontier (3-1), while Ava Harper had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI. The 15-hit attack also featured two hits each from Caitlynn Devine, Emma Wesoloski, Kelsey Jarvis and Lily Spencer.

Lauren MacDonald tossed six strong innings to earn the victory, striking out four and scattering five hits. Olivia Deane finished things with a perfect seventh inning.

Palmer led 2-0 in the second before Frontier closed the game with 12 unanswered runs. It was the second consecutive game without an error for the hosts.

Pioneer 5, Lenox 2 — Steph Scoville had herself quite a day Friday for Pioneer Valley Regional School, leading the way for the Panthers on the mound and at the plate in their 5-3 win over Lenox Memorial High School.

The sophomore pitcher struck out 17, walked three and surrendered three hits in a complete game outing, while nearly hitting for the cycle, going three-for-three with a single, double and home run, along with three RBIs.

“We were able to rely on Scoville’s 17 strikeouts and she was there for us at the plate as well,” Pioneer coach Sue Fuller said.

The Panthers also got a pair of singles from Shelby Avery while Jill Gadreault drove in a run.

For Lenox, pitcher Anna Lynch also tossed a complete game, striking out seven and surrendering nine hits and a walk for the Millionaires.

The Panthers struck first in the second, then had a pair of runs in the third and fifth to go up 5-0. Lenox put up two in the seventh, but Scoville squandered the comeback and Pioneer improved to 2-2 on the season.

Turners 12, Easthampton 0 — Jade Tyler posted her second consecutive shutout to open the season, and Turners Falls High School continued to roll with a 12-0 independent win over Easthampton High School Friday in Easthampton.

Tyler struck out 12, walked one and allowed just four hits to earn her second shutout in a row to open the year for Turners (2-0).

Olivia Whittier, Eliza Johnson and Lexi Lacey all had two hits in the win, as the Powertown held an 11-4 edge in that department. The visitors led 3-0 before posting a seven-spot in the top of the fourth to give Tyler plenty of room for error.

Johnson scored three times in the win, while Hailey Bogusz, Lacey and Aly Murphy crossed the plate two times apiece.

Baseball

Greenfield 8, Mohawk 6 — Visiting Mohawk Trail Regional High School rallied from a 7-0 deficit to pull within one run in the sixth inning, but Greenfield High School tacked on an insurance run and held on for an 8-6 victory in an independent baseball game played Friday at Veterans Field.

Greenfield (3-0) took a 4-0 lead after one inning and scored three times in the third for a 7-0 advantage.

The Warriors rallied, scoring one in the fourth and five in the sixth before the Wave added another in the home half.

Greenfield’s Jared Hart picked up the win in relief of starter Nate Haselton. The duo combined for five strikeouts in five-plus innings, while Owen Phelps came on to nail down the save.

At the dish, Hart paced Greenfield’s 10-hit attack with four hits and a pair of RBI. Jake Suhl had two hits and an RBI in the win, and both players smacked doubles.

Mohawk (2-2) received two hits each from Luke Viens and Wyatt Bandy-Page, with Viens, Jared Jacobs and Jon Schuetze registering RBI.