Shearer no-hits Dean; Indians win
Franklin Tech sophomore righthander Rachel Shearer lets one fly last season against Dean Tech, who she'll again, wiser and more experienced, do battle with this season in the Tri-County League softball wars. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »
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Franklin County Technical School scored 11 times in the first inning and routed Dean Technical High School, 18-1, in a mercy-rule shortened Tri-County League softball game Friday morning in Turners Falls.
Franklin Tech pitcher Rachel Shearer tossed a no-hitter in the 41/ 2-inning win, allowing one run in the fourth inning. Shearer finished with 11 strikeouts and one walk.
“Rachel pitched really well,” Turners Falls coach Michael Blanchard said. “She’s starting to be a lot more consistent in the strike zone. That’s not bad for a pitcher that’s never had any lessons.”
The offense gave her plenty of support beginning with the 11-run first inning, which was highlighted by Brooke Meuse’s two-run triple. Meuse finished with two hits and three RBIs on the day. Katie Newell hit a three-run single in the second inning as Franklin Tech tacked on four more runs, and Megan Duga belted a two-run double in the third inning as the Eagles scored three times. Melissa Vatalaro finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Mackenzie Coburn added two hits and one RBI.
Michelle Roche suffered the loss, walking 14 and striking out none. Omayra Torres drove in the lone run for Dean Tech.
The Eagles (4-5) travel to Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School on Tuesday.
Turners 4, Monson 2 — Amber Caouette’s two-run single in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and sent Turners Falls High School to a 4-2 independent softball victory over Monson High School on Friday at Quarry Hill Elementary School in Monson.
Pinch-hitter Brittany Miller singled and Emma Johnson roped a double, which pushed Miller to third. After a strikeout, Caouette smoked a line single up the middle to plate Miller and Johnson.
“(Amber’s) been producing runs for us right now and we’re excited about it, we hope it continues,” said Mullins of the junior, who had two singles, a homer and two RBIs the previous night. “She made a few modifications to her swing and it’s been working for her. She hit that last one hard for sure. It was a great at-bat.”
Turners (5-1 overall) took the initial lead in the third when Nicole Thibeault doubled and scored on Maddy Johnson’s single. Monson came right back with two runs in the bottom of the third (one on a double by Zoe Cheverette), but the Indians pulled even in the fourth when Mackenzie Salls singled and came around to score on Jordyn Fiske’s triple.
Fiske also doubled for a two-hit day, and Caouette also finished with a pair of hits.
Emily Garon recorded three bunt singles for the Mustangs.
Mackenzie Phillips fanned 12 and walked one to earn the complete-game win. She struck out Monson’s third and fourth hitters with the tying runs on base in the bottom of the seventh to end it.
Carly Zelienski finished with five strikeouts and one walk in the defeat.
Turners also won the junior varsity game, 18-2, in five innings. Amanda Savinski and Tess Hunter both drove in four runs and Peyton Emery struck out 10 in the win.
Quabbin 8, Athol 4 — Quabbin Regional High School took advantage of four Athol High School errors in the first two innings to score seven times and held off the Red Raiders to take a 8-4 independent softball victory Friday morning in Barre.
The Red Raiders outhit the Panthers, 11-7, in the game but the defense let down losing pitcher Jess Soucie, who finished with two strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Athol committed back-to-back errors in the first inning and Quabbin took advantage by jumping out to a 5-0 lead and in the second inning Athol again made a pair of errors and the Panthers tacked on two more runs to go up, 7-0.
Athol began chipping away at the deficit with two runs in the top of the third inning, and then scored twice more in the fifth to make it 8-4. All the runs came off Quabbin starting pitcher Samantha Priest, who finished with two strikeouts and no walks in five innings. Kaelie Hosley came on and pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit and no walks to close the door on an Athol comeback.
“Although we gave up five runs in the first and two in the second, we started being positive and we got four runs back,” Athol coach Colleen Bannister said. “It’s nice to know that your team has heart and doesn’t give up.”
Lindsey Giorgi finished with a double and four RBIs for Quabbin, while Claire Kondrotas collected two hits and one RBI. Courtney Senecal added one hit and one RBI.
Julia Salmond singled, doubled and plated a run for the Red Raiders, while Liz Arpide singled three times. Kiki Guerin added two hits and one RBI, Kayla Robideau doubled, and Molly Cleveland singled and plated a run. Olivia Smith also singled and now needs three more hits for 100 in her career.
Palmer 15, Mahar 4 — A seven-run third inning helped Palmer High School pull away from Mahar Regional School en route to a 15-4 independent softball victory Friday afternoon in Palmer.
The teams were tied 2-2 after one inning and Palmer held a 7-4 lead after two, but the Panthers held Mahar scoreless in the top of the third inning and blew the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the frame. Mahar made four errors on the day, helping Palmer score all the runs.
Emily Czaja finished with two hits and three RBIs to pace the Palmer offense. Meghan Arnold added two hits, one RBIs and three runs scored, and Sydney Levasseur added two hits and two runs scored. Jasmine Santos earned the win, striking out none and walking six in seven innings.
Kacy Ninteau suffered the loss, striking out three and walking six in four innings of work. Erin Robinson finished with three hits and three RBIs for the Senators, while Reilly Hamlett and Emily Melanson each had two hits and one RBI.