Frontier explodes for 10-1 triumph
Pioneer pitcher Erin Bertrand lets one rip at a Frontier batter Wednesday afternoon in Northfield, where the visiting Red Hawks beat the host Panthers, 10-1, in their Franklin County League softball game.
Frontier hitter Ally Hamelin gets ready to pull the trigger on a pitch Wednesday in Northfield, where her visiting Red Hawks beat host Pioneer, 10-1 in their lopsided Franjklin County League softball game.
Frontier Regional School scored six times in the fourth inning to break open a close game and defeat Pioneer Valley Regional School, 10-1, in a Franklin County League softball game Wednesday in Northfield.
Ally Hamelin’s RBI single in the first inning accounted for the game’s only run until the fourth, when the Red Hawks ripped six hits during their six-run uprising. Cassidy Ciesluk unleashed the key blow, a three-run homer that made it a 6-0 game. The Hawks added one more in the fourth, then tacked on three more runs in the fifth.
Hamelin, Courtney Newsome and Caitlin Sullivan all collected two hits, while Gwen Thayer and Hannah Adams each doubled in support of winning pitcher McKayla Poiaant, who fired a two-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Taylor Flaherty and Logan Anderson had the only hits for the Panthers, while Cheyenne Hubert knocked in the only run.
Losing hurler Erin Bertrand struck out three and walked no one in four innings.
Both teams next play independent games. Pioneer travels to Dean Technical High School today at 4:15 p.m. Frontier goes to Monson High School on Monday at 4.
Southwick 15, Mohawk 0 — Emily Lachtara fired a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and supported herself by going 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI to lead Southwick-Tolland Regional High School to a 15-0 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in an independent softball game Wednesday afternoon in Southwick.
The game was stopped after 41/ 2 innings due to the mercy rule
Sam Burzynski clubbed three hits, including two home runs, and drove in five runs, while Jenn Yelin added three hits and three RBIs for the Rams.
Emily Page struck out three and walked five in four innings for the Warriors.
Hopkins 12, Mahar 5 — Jake Kosakowski went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs to lead Hopkins Academy to a 12-5 Hampshire League win over Mahar Regional School Wednesday at Ron Beretska Field in Hadley.
John Jacques finished with two hits and three RBIs, and Nick Bernard, Zack Kelley and Matt Garand also had a pair of hits for the Golden Hawks, who tallied three runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to erase a 4-3 deficit.
Cody Marshall, Jake Paul and Brendin Woodard all singled for the Senators, while Hunter Richardson was credited with the only RBI.
Anderw Omer fanned 10 and walked three while allowing only two hits in 6 1-3 innings for the win.
Drew Patria suffered the loss. He allowed five hits, five earned runs and six walks while striking out six in three innings.
Greenfield 4, Frontier 1 — Greenfield High School swept the singles en route to a 4-1 victory over Frontier in a Tri-County League North girls’ tennis match Wednesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
The best of the singles matches came at No. 2, where Manisha Malik was able to get past Celia Speth, 6-1, 7-5.
Alexis Silk cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lily Schulman at No. 1, as did Courtney Kimball against Olivia McCulloch at No. 3.
The Green Wave also took first singles, as Ashley Lowell and Teresa Ragg outlasted Ashley Barrington and Peter Bronke, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
The Red Hawks’ lone win came at second doubles, where Alli Zera and Crystal Niedbala bested Allie Roe and Olivia Katsoulis, 6-4, 6-4.
Greenfield (1-0) travels to Palmer on Friday at 4 p.m.
Comp 3, Turners 2 — Chicopee Comprehensive High School made its TCL North debut a successful one, as it swept the singles to edge Turners Falls High School, 3-2, in girls’ tennis action Wednesday in Chicopee.
Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak downed Kaleigh Morin and Kristen Hubert, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles, and Jade Linscott and Kaili Lynch upended Briana O’Connell and Polina Walsh, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles for the Indians’ points.
Turners (0-1) travels to St. Mary High School on Friday at 4 p.m.
Athol 3, Ware 0 — Athol High School struggled without starter Lorenzo Carra, but managed to pull out a 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 independent boys’ volleyball victory over Ware High School on Wednesday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
Erik Aikey led the Red Raiders with 12 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, and 10 service points. Tyler Lajoie dished out 19 assists and added 2 kills, 1 block and 11 service points, and Wyatt Doiron-LaRue contributed 8 kills, 1 block and 10 service points.
Athol head coach Donna Lajoie was not thrilled with her team’s performance despite the win.
“This was our poorest performance this season,” she said. “We were without Lorenzo, but that is no excuse for how we played. We had horrible passing and were just sloppy overall. ... I’ll take the win but there’s not much pride behind it.”
Athol also won the junior varsity match, 25-5, 22-25, 15-7. Cruz Chi led the winners with three aces.
Four Rivers 15, NMH 4 — Kai Sweitzer recorded two goals and three assists as Four Rivers Charter School downed Northfield Mount Hermon School, 15-4, in a boys’ ultimate game Wednesday in Gill.
Chandler Thoma notched four goals and Asher Kenen chipped in one goal and four assists for the Otters.
Four Rivers (3-0) hosts Hartsbrook School on Friday at 4:30 p.m.