Turners trims Wave, 3-1

  • Above, Greenfield baserunner Katie Haselton is gunned down at the plate and tagged by Turners Falls catcher Gabrielle Arzuaga Thursday night in the Franklin County League heavyweight softball showdown in the Powertown, won by Turners, 3-1. Below, Greenfield’s Grace Kennedy tracks down a fly ball in right field. Recorder photos/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls Catcher Gabrielle Arzuaga gathers in a foul pop-up against Greenfield. May 18, 2017 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Grace Kennedy tracks down a fly ball in right field Thursday night in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield infielder Sam Smith puts the tag on unsuccessful Turners Falls base-stealer Katie Garcia. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield baserunner Molley Duclos is forced out by diving Turners Falls third baseman Abby Loynd Thursday night in the Powertown. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls hitter Abby Loynd connects against Greenfield Thursday night in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield starting and losing pitcher Olivia Joy lets one fly at a Turners Falls batter Thursday night during a 3-1 loss in the Powertown. recorder staf/paul franz

Recorder Staff
Thursday, May 18, 2017

TURNERS FALLS — Losing to Greenfield High School on May 1 left a sour taste in the mouths of the Turners Falls High School players. Thursday night, they did something about it.

Behind the pitching of Peyton Emery and some timely fourth-inning hitting, Turners Falls earned a split of the season series with a 3-1 Franklin County League softball win at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.

The win also lifted Turners Falls (14-2 overall, 11-1 FCL) into sole possession of first place in the FCL, one game ahead of the Green Wave (13-2, 10-2), which also has a league loss to Athol High School.

Just like the first meeting when the Green Wave earned a 2-1 win, the game was close and came down a few plays.

The Green Wave struck first when Samantha Smith sent a fly ball deep to right field for a one-out double and came around to score when Molley Duclos hit a two-out grounder to second that Turners Falls second baseman Olivia Whittier was unable to cleanly field before throwing low to first base.

Undeterred, Turners Falls came right back in the bottom of the inning with four of its eight hits. Gabby Arzuaga (three hits, two doubles) led off with a double and remained at second base when Aly Murphy roped a hard single off the foot of Green Wave pitcher Olivia Joy. Abby Loynd followed by hitting a single just out of the reach of Green Wave second baseman Raegan Hickey to load the bases with nobody out.

Joy came back to strike out Jordyn Fiske for the first out, but Emery stepped to the plate and worked the count full before walking on a close pitch to force in the tying run. That sent Taylor Murphy to the dish and she delivered a bloop single over first base that gave Turners Falls the lead. Joy came back and got Hailey Bogusz to hit a sharp grounder to third that Green Wave third baseman Audrey Bresciano made a nifty play on as she tagged the bag and fired on to first for a double play to get out of the inning.

Greenfield appeared to tie the game in the fifth inning as Katie Haselton walked and went to third when Hickey singled and advanced to second base on an error on the play. Bresciano then lined a pitch to right field that Melissa Hersey caught and fired home to catcher Arzuaga, who applied the tag to Haselton, who had tagged out on a bang-bang play. The play had many of the fans in the packed stadium complaining.

After the close call in the top of the fifth, Turners Falls tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Arzuaga hit a two-out double and then scored when Aly Murphy hit a grounder that got past Green Wave first baseman Kirsten Ward for an error.

Emery earned the win with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings, while Joy suffered the loss with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

As for a potential rubber match? That could take place in the WMass Division III tournament.