Mullins hits lofty career milestone
The milestones continue to pile up for Coach Gary Mullins.
Turners Falls High School defeated Pioneer Valley Regional School, 8-2, in a Franklin County League game to give the veteran Hall-of-Fame softball coach his 500th career regular-season victory Monday night the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Emma Johnson led the Indians with four hits, including a two-run double during a three-run second inning to open the scoring.
Pioneer closed the gap to one in the third with RBI singles from Logan Anderson and Mary Luckham, but Turners (8-1, 7-0 FCL) responded with a run in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Mackenzie Phillips struck out 15 and walked only one to record the complete-game win.
Erin Bertrand suffered the loss.
Frontier 19, Athol 1 (6) — Frontier scored 10 times in the sixth inning to blow out Athol High School, 19-1, in a six-inning FCL softball game Monday in Athol.
Frontier finished with 15 hits in support of winning pitcher Mykayla Poissant, who struck out one and did not walk a batter in four innings. Caitlin Sullivan finished a home run shy of the cycle and drove in a team-high four runs for Frontier (9-0, 7-0), while Gwen Thayer added three hits and three RBIs. Hannah Adams tripled, singled twice and plated two runs, and Amanda Robinson added one hit and three RBIs.
Julia Salmond singled and drove in the lone run for Athol. Jess Soucie suffered the loss.
Frontier hosts Turners Falls today at 4 p.m. in a first-place FCL showdown.
• Frontier also won the junior varsity game, 16-4, in five innings. Mackenzie Patterson roped two triples and drove in four runs, Mariah Morris added two hits and two RBIs, and Hanna LaClaire chipped in two hits in support of winning pitcher Emma Wesoloski.
Mohawk 11, Mahar 8 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap an 8-8 tie and defeat Mahar Regional School, 11-8, in FCL softball play Monday in Buckland.
The Warriors scored three runs in the third inning and five in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead. Mahar rallied with one in the fifth and six in the sixth to tie it, albeit briefly.
Leigh Shippee and Jess Dawicki both finished with three hits. Winning pitcher Hope Lively added a single and two-run double.
Senators Caitlin Gullage and Joslyn O’Brien each had two hits and an RBI.
Lively fanned 11 and walked eight in the complete-game win.
Kate Donelan, who pitched the first three innings, suffered the loss.
Mohawk (3-7, 2-5 FCL) hosts Athol today at 4:30 p.m.
Greenfield 7, Hopkins 2 — Greenfield High School recorded a season-high 16 hits Monday afternoon during a 7-2 FCL softball victory over Hopkins Academy at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Greenfield (3-6, 2-5) scored three times in the third inning and twice in the fourth to take control of the game. Kelsey Roberts doubled as part of a three-hit, two-RBI performance in the win. Ceaira Wolfe added three hits for Greenfield, Leah Wallner singled, tripled and drove in a run, and Mackenzie Plasse collected two hits and one RBI. Rachel Lapointe worked around 11 walks over seven innings to earn the win, allowing three hits and striking out three.
“We hit the ball really well today, which was nice,” Greenfield coach Rian Lovett said.
Alli Huntoon singled and drove in a run for Hopkins. Peyton Ring struck out four and did not walk a batter in six innings to suffer the loss.
FC Tech 21, Putnam 12 — Franklin Tech combined to score 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away from Putnam Vocational-Technical School in a 21-12 Tri-County League softball victory Monday in Turners Falls.
The game was tied 11-11 after four innings but the Eagles (8-3, 6-2) scored four times in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Katie Newell finished with four hits, including two doubles, and five RBIs to pace Tech, which finished with 21 hits. Nicole Valeski hit a solo home run, Rachel Shearer singled, tripled and drove in two runs, and Mackenzie Coburn added a single, triple and one RBI. Teagen Valeski finished with three hits, including a double, and three RBIs, Sam Macomber finished with three hits and three RBIs, Brooke Meuse singled and drove in two runs, and Emily Sullivan added two hits and one RBI.
Shearer worked through some early-inning wildness to earn the win with seven strikeouts and nine walks in seven innings.
Franklin Tech hosts High School of Commerce today at 4.
Frontier 9, Mohawk 1 — Derek Zewinski went 3-for-3 with a double and Evan Bourque struck out six in five innings for the win as Frontier downed Mohawk, 9-1, in a Hampshire League East baseball game Monday at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Both players were making their first career starts.
Frontier jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, added one in the fourth and used four doubles in the sixth to score the final four runs.
Ben Ruddock singled, doubled and drove in four runs, Niko Ames both added two hits for the winners, while Brandon Bryant and Nate Deskavich doubled.
Andrew Doty doubled and tripled for two of the Warriors’ five hits, while Ryan Spitzer took the loss.
Smith Academy 9, Mahar 4 — David Longstreeth struck out 11 and walked one in five innings to lead Smith Academy to a 9-4 HL East Division win over Mahar Regional School Monday in Hatfield.
Longstreeth also had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the Falcons (5-5, 2-1), while Keith Natale tripled and drove in a run.
Drew Patria struck out two and walked two in the loss. Ryan Murcell singled and drove in two runs for Mahar (6-6, 1-2), while Logan Barrett added one hit and one RBI.
Sabis 15, FC Tech 0 (5) — Sabis International Charter School scored 12 times in the second inning to defeat Franklin County Technical School, 15-0, in a five-inning independent baseball game Monday in Springfield.
Shayn Audet struck out five and walked one in four innings to earn the win.
Nate Crocker had the only hit for the Eagles (4-8) with a double.