Shearer saves Eagles, 9-8
Franklin Tech third baseman Nate Crocker (4) leaves the bag to retrieve the throw as Putnam Voke-Tech baserunner Justin Robles (14) slides safely into the base during his team's 10-1 Tri-County League baseball win in Turners Falls Monday.
Franklin Tech softball coach Mike "Bubbles" Blanchard, right, and assistant Bob Flaherty assess Mohawk hitter Sam Davis during their Tri-County League softball game Monday in Turners Falls. The host Eagles won, 9-8 in eight innings.
Mohawk pitcher Hope Lively puts the tag on a Franklin Tech baserunner Monday in Turners Falls, where the host Eagles beat the Warriors, 9-8, in eight innings in their Tri-County League softball game.
Rachel Shearer knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to help Franklin County Technical School get past Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 9-8, in an independent softball game Monday at Gifford Field in Turners Falls.
Nicole Valeski, Mackenzie Bardwell and Teagan Valeski all drew walks to load the bases for Rachel Shearer, who followed with an infield single to plate Nicole Valeski with the winning run.
Mackenzie Bardwell finished with three hits and one RBI, and Katie Newell added two singles for the Eagles (2-0 overall), who won despite committing eight errors.
Samantha Davis and Crystal Stevens both had three hits, Rebecca Scranton logged two hits and Jenna Sencabaugh contributed two RBIs for the Warriors (0-1).
Julia Carey struck out and walked five to pick up the win.
Hope Lively recorded nine strikeouts and walked 14 in the complete-game loss.
Franklin Tech hosts Westfield Vocational-Technical High School today at 4 p.m.
Mahar 9, Sabis 5 — Emily Melanson finished with two hits and three RBIs to lead Mahar Regional School to its second win of the season in a 9-5 victory over Sabis International Charter School in an independent softball game Monday in Orange.
The Senators scored three times in the second and added four more in the third to help give Mahar control of the game. That was more than enough for Mahar pitcher Kate Donelan, who struck out eight and allowed seven hits and two walks on the day. Of the five runs she allowed, only two were earned, the other three a product of the four errors committed by the Senators on the day.
“Kate pitched very well,” Mahar coach Bill Curtis said. “She was on the plate with just two walks. Sabis did hit the ball. They have a good team. But our defense did come up big a few times.”
Erin Robinson got things started in a scoreless game in the bottom of the second inning by leading off with a double. She came around to score the game’s first run on an RBI single by Courtney White. Melanson added an RBI single in the frame and Mahar led 3-0 after two.
Sabis got one back in the top of the third, but Mahar responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning, two coming off a triple by Melanson. Caitlyn Gullage added an RBI in the inning as well.
The other aspect of the game that pleased Curtis was bunting. The Senators recorded three bunt singles. He also credited his team with smart baserunning on the day, and he highlighted one play in particular. In the fourth inning, Erin Jillson singled and stole second base and then came all the way around to score as she slid under the tag when Casey Ninteau dropped down a bunt single.
“I was really happy today with our baserunning and we had some timely bunting today,” Curtis said. “We had some big hits and some timely small-ball. We made some errors but we are going to learn from our mistakes.”
Robinson, Melanson and Riley Hamlett each finished with two hits.
Putnam 10, FC Tech 1 — Putnam Vocational High School scored eight times in the first four innings and went on to defeat Franklin Tech, 10-1, in a Tri-County League baseball contest on Monday in Turners Falls.
The Beavers posted a pair of runs in the first and third innings, then Carlos Gonzalez’s RBI single, Chris Estrada’s run-scoring double highlighted a four-run rally to extend their lead to 8-1.
Gonzalez and Carlos Penalbert both collected two hits for the winners. Juan Perez tossed a complete game five-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk.
Cooper Grace had one of the Eagles’ four hits, a double, and drove in the only run. Ethan Wickline, who was lifted after 3 1/3 innings suffered the loss.