York pitches Indians over Tigers, 3-1

Nick York pitched seven strong innings and Turners Falls High School scraped together three runs against South Hadley High School pitcher Joe Ciolek to open up Hampshire League West Division play with a 3-1 victory on a cold and rainy night Tuesday at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

The Indians (6-3 overall, 1-0 West) struck out 13 times against Ciolek, who allowed six hits and no walks, but Turners Falls managed to take advantage of some quirky plays to score three times. That wound up to be plenty for York, who struck out two and walked three while throwing strikes with a strong defensive performance behind him. It marked the second straight game that the Indian defense played superbly to support a pitcher.

“I’m very proud of the way we’re playing defense right now,” Turners coach Jay Liimatainen said. “It gives you a chance to win every game. And Nick was throwing strikes. It’s his second good outing in a row, and we have played good defense behind him.”

The Indians got on the board in the third inning when Trent Bourbeau singled, stole second and scored on a line-drive single to center by Marcel Ortiz. Turners Falls added two runs in the sixth inning to go up 3-0 and it did so with the benefit of just one hit. Ortiz led off the inning by striking out but reached first base when the third strike got past the catcher on a passed ball. Ortiz then stole second and went to third when Brody Markol (two hits) singled. Markol stole second and went to third two outs later in the inning when Zach Demars struck out for what would have been the final out but again a passed ball allowed Demars to reach base and Ortiz to score. Markol came around to score the third Indians’ run on a balk.

South Hadley (6-2, 0-1) finally got on the board in the seventh when Chris Jarett walked and later scored on a Pat Sears ground-out to second base.

Turners Falls hosts Frontier Regional School tonight at 7, barring rain.

Softball

Athol 7, Pioneer 5 — Pioneer Valley Regional School committed three errors in the first inning allowing Athol High School to score three times, and the Red Raiders rode the momentum from that frame to take a 7-5 Franklin County League softball victory Tuesday in Northfield.

Athol scored once more in the second and twice more in the third to take a 6-0 lead before the Pioneer bats finally woke up and clawed back into the game. The deficit proved too much to overcome as Athol pitcher Jess Soucie held Pioneer off to earn the win and help the Red Raiders improve to 5-2 on the season.

Julia Salmond hit an RBI double in the first inning to help Athol take advantage of the Pioneer miscues and Salmond finished with four hits, including a pair of doubles. Julia Carey added a two-run single in the third inning for Athol. Molly Cleveland finished with two hits and one RBI, Soucie and Lexi Hamlett each collected two hits, and Kayla Robideau singled and drove in a run.

“Those three errors really hurt, giving confidence to them and taking it away from us,” Pioneer coach Joel Cole said. “We didn’t start hitting until the fourth. We had the deer-in-the-headlights sort of thing.”

Cole said the three errors were made by seniors, and he wound up putting in some younger players who he complimented for helping get the team back into the game. He singled out freshman Gabby Carpenter, who went in to play shortstop and played very well defensively.

Pioneer scored twice in the fourth inning to finally get on the board when Mary Luckham belted a two-run double. Athol added its seventh run of the game in the fifth inning, but Pioneer came back to make things interesting with three runs in the sixth, including a pair on Erin Bertrand’s double.

Bertrand suffered the loss, striking out three and walking four.

FC Tech 19, Smith Voke 11 — Franklin County Technical School scored 13 times in first four innings and added a half-dozen insurance runs to beat Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 19-11, in a Tri-County League softball game Tuesday in Northampton.

Katie Newell led the Eagles with a single, double, triple and four RBIs. Teagan Valeski collected to hits and three RBIs, and Mackenzie Bardwell chipped in three hits.

Rachel Shearer picked up the pitching win.

Samantha Von Haugg smacked a single, double, triple and drove in five runs for the Vikings. Caitlin Small also had three hits.

Franklin Tech is scheduled to host Commerce today at 4 p.m.

Boys’ tennis

Greenfield 5, Holyoke 0 — Greenfield High School continued its unbeaten ways with a 5-0 victory over Holyoke High School in an independent boys’ tennis match Tuesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.

The Green Wave’s Patrick Crowningshield had the only three-set match, as he defeated Angel Sanchez, 3-6, 6-1, (10-3), at second doubles.

Paris Felogloy won his No. 1 singles match over Garrett Lemieux, 6-3, 6-1, while Stefan Walker whitewashed Nathan Lawson, 6-0, 6-0, at third singles.

Greenfield didn’t have any trouble winning both points in doubles — Ben Westerman and George Felogloy downed Omar Sanchez and Corey Edwards, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1, and Brayten Stack and Nick Brandl cruised past Efran Otero and Jacob Sharette, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2.

Greenfield (7-0) hosts St. Mary’s High School on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Turners 4, Comp 1 — Turners Falls had to forfeit third singles but won the four contested matches en route to a 4-1 victory over Chicopee Comprehensive High School in an independent boys’ tennis match Tuesday afternoon in Turners Falls.

Dennis Gheorghita beat Andrew Fulewski, 6-2, 6-0 at first singles, while Sam Danford beat Casey Ramos 6-3, 6-2 at second singles.

The Indians (5-2) swept the doubles matches with Alex Gheorghita and Spencer Hubert bageling Pater Liebelsbech and Tim Kaczenski, 6-0, 6-0, at first doubles, and Avery Palmer and Jonathan Cagle bested Justin Adamckyl and Darren Kibler, 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.

Girls’ tennis

Greenfield 5, Mohawk 0 — Greenfield lost a total of seven points on Tuesday en route to a 5-0 Tri-County League North Division girls’ tennis victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland.

The closest match of the day came at first singles where Greenfield’s Alexis Silk defeated Mohawk’s Nelly O’Connell, 6-3, 6-0. Manisha Malik downed Lilly Seaver, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, and Courtney Kimball knocked off Ashley Robertson, 6-0, 6-0 at third singles

Greenfield (4-1, 4-0) also won the two doubles matches by identical scores of 6-0, 6-1. Ashley Lowell and Teresa Ragg beat Olivia Girard and Kylee Cole at first doubles, while Allie Roe and Olivia Katsoulis defeated Jennifer Boyle and Amber Barbeau at second doubles.

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