Red Hawks demolish Orioles, 137-8
Frontier junior Kat Miner was a bona fide high-jumper last year and will be even better this time around for another deep, talented Red Hawk girls' track team under longtime successful coach Bob Smith. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »
Frontier Regional School has talent and depth — so much so that it nearly pulled off a shutout Thursday afternoon.
The Red Hawks took every point in the field events and rolled to a 137-8 victory over Belchertown High School in a Suburban League girls’ track and field meet in South Deerfield.
Mairead Ferry recorded a 20-point performance for the Red Hawks. She jumped 33 feet, 10 inches to win the triple jump and cleared 8 feet, 9 inches to capture the pole vault, then went over to the track and took firsts in the 100 high hurdles in 17.3 seconds and 400 low hurdles in 75.2 seconds.
Kat Miner added three wins for Frontier, as she captured the high jump (5-4), 100 meters (13.7) and 200 meters (28.0), and Katherine Conlisk was a double winner with firsts in the javelin (120-0) and shot put (26-33/ 4).
Remi Quesnelle was tops the long jump (13-103/ 4) and Savannah Emery took the discus (69-1) for the Red Hawks’ other field event wins, while Sarah Conlsik won the 800 meters (2:32.4), Caitlin Burnett was first in the mile (5:58) and Taryn Marquis claimed the top spot in the two-mile (13:51.3).
Frontier improved to 4-1 overall.
Athol 4, Smith Academy 3 — Athol High School survived a late comeback to defeat Smith Academy, 4-3, in a Hampshire League East baseball game Thursday afternoon at O’Brien Field in Athol.
The Red Raiders (4-5 overall, 2-0 HL East) scored once on Jamie Posk’s RBI single in the second, then Jake LaPointe ripped a two-run single in the third to make it 3-0.
Athol took a 4-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning, when Bradley Bousquet tripled and scored on an error, and still led 4-1 after six.
In the seventh, a fielding error was followed by an Austin Rogers double, then Ben Bruscoe dumped a two-run single into short right field to cut the gap to one. But winning hurler Bousquet induced a comebacker to end it.
Bousquet fired a three-hitter with five strikeouts and five walks in the complete-game win.
“(Bradley) needed some rest and he got some good rest,” said Raiders head coach Josh Talbot. “He looked sharp today.”
Bousquet finished with a double and triple for two of the Raiders’ six hits.
Athol travels to independent foe Gardner High School today at 3:30 p.m.
Greenfield 10, Mahar 5 — Greenfield High School opened up a 7-0 lead and added three big insurance runs in the seventh to post a 10-5 win over Mahar Regional School in Franklin County League softball action Thursday at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
The Senators battled back from the deficit, scoring two in the fifth and three more in the sixth, but the Green Wave was able to push the insurance runs across in the final frame.
Chelsey Opalenik led the Greenfield offense with three hits and three RBIs. Erica Lapointe also had three hits and drove in a run, while Kelsey Roberts singled and doubled. Leah Wallner and Vicky Balis each added two hits and Mackenzie Plasse knocked in a pair of runs for the Green Wave (2-5, 1-4 FCL).
Caitlyn Gullage collected three of the Senators’ six hits and drove in a run, while Kacy Ninteau added a double and an RBI.
Rachel Lapointe survived control problems to pick up the pitching win. She fanned four, walked 10 and allowed six hits.
Ninteau suffered the loss for Mahar (4-7, 1-5 FCL). She struck out four and walked three in four innings of work.
Athol 4, Gardner 3 — Athol scored once in the first and added two more in the fifth to erase a 3-1 deficit and defeat Gardner, 4-3, in an independent softball game Thursday in Gardner.
Athol was home team but the game was moved because its field was not playable.
Jordan Carey doubled in a run to put the Raiders up 1-0 in the second inning, but the Wildcats took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth. Abby Tassone tied the score on an RBI single, then Kayla Fontaine followed with a two-run home run.
Julia Salmond ripped a solo homer in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to 3-2, then they took the lead for good in the fifth.
Lexi Hamlett singled to right and Kayla Robideau singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. After an out, Liz Arpide slapped a single to right that plated Hamlett with the trying run and advanced Robideau to third.
Guerin then hit a grounder to the right side that brought home for the go-ahead run. Guerin reached on an error but Gardner got out of the inning without any further damage.
Jess Soucie fired a complete game three-hitter for the win.
Athol (6-2 overall) travels to Turners Falls High School tonight at 7.
Turners 3, West Side 2 — Turners Falls High School swept the doubles and received a forfeit at third singles to edge West Springfield High School, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Thursday at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak bested Aly Herbert and Kaitlin Ansart, 6-1, 7-5, in the fourst duobles match, and Haleigh Trott and Melianie Hoawrd downed Sydney Castonguay and Alena Zaberchuk, 6-3, 6-1, in second doubles for the Indians’ wins.