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Indians leave no doubt who’s No. 1

  • Turners Falls winning pitcher Mackenzie Phillips brings the heat to the plate during a 10-1 Franklin County League softball win over host Frontier at Zabek Field in South Deerfield..<br/>Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

    Turners Falls winning pitcher Mackenzie Phillips brings the heat to the plate during a 10-1 Franklin County League softball win over host Frontier at Zabek Field in South Deerfield..
    Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls ace Mackenzie Phillips had her best stuff Saturday in Williamstown, where she took a perfect game into the fifth inning and settled for a mercy-rule-shortened, 14-1, 2-hit independent softball win over host Mt. Greylock.<br/>Recorder file photo/J. Anthony Roberts

    Turners Falls ace Mackenzie Phillips had her best stuff Saturday in Williamstown, where she took a perfect game into the fifth inning and settled for a mercy-rule-shortened, 14-1, 2-hit independent softball win over host Mt. Greylock.
    Recorder file photo/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls pitcher Mackenzie Phillips had her good stuff going Saturday in Williamstown, where her visiting Indians drilled Mt. Greylock, 14-1, in their mercy-rule shortened independent softball game.<br/>Recorder file photo/J. Anthony Roberts

    Turners Falls pitcher Mackenzie Phillips had her good stuff going Saturday in Williamstown, where her visiting Indians drilled Mt. Greylock, 14-1, in their mercy-rule shortened independent softball game.
    Recorder file photo/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, starts her delivery to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, starts her delivery to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, goes into her windup to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, goes into her windup to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, starts her motion to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, starts her motion to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls winning pitcher Mackenzie Phillips brings the heat to the plate during a 10-1 Franklin County League softball win over host Frontier at Zabek Field in South Deerfield..<br/>Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts
  • Turners Falls ace Mackenzie Phillips had her best stuff Saturday in Williamstown, where she took a perfect game into the fifth inning and settled for a mercy-rule-shortened, 14-1, 2-hit independent softball win over host Mt. Greylock.<br/>Recorder file photo/J. Anthony Roberts
  • Turners Falls pitcher Mackenzie Phillips had her good stuff going Saturday in Williamstown, where her visiting Indians drilled Mt. Greylock, 14-1, in their mercy-rule shortened independent softball game.<br/>Recorder file photo/J. Anthony Roberts
  • Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, starts her delivery to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, goes into her windup to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Frontier 5/6/14. Frontier's pitcher No.14 McKayla Poissant, starts her motion to the plate in the top of the 1st inning.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

SOUTH DEERFIELD — First place in the Franklin County League was up for grabs Tuesday afternoon, and although both Frontier Regional School and Turners Falls High School each entered the day unbeaten in the FCL, only one team did all the little things needed to remain perfect.

The Indians got solid pitching, timely hitting and strong defense, while Frontier did not and Turners Falls moved alone into first place with a 10-1 victory at Zabek Field.

The top of the first inning provided a sneak preview of what was to come for both teams. Frontier pitcher McKayla Poissant struck out the leadoff batter and then went to a full count against No. 2 hitter Morgan Ozdarski. Poissant got Ozdarski to hit a high pop in foul territory just up the third-base line that appeared to be an easy catch for Frontier catcher Courtney Newsome, but the ball popped out of Newsome’s glove as one of the Frontier coaches hollered, “Two hands!” in dismay from the bench. As seems to be the case most times following a miscue, Poissant walked Ozdarski on the next pitch. On her second pitch to Jenna Putala, the Turners Falls slugger sent what could be described as a no-doubter to deep left field over the fence for a two-run home run. That was the first of five innings in which the Indians would score two runs, and Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins said the early home run helped spark the offense.

“Sometimes when the kids see one kid hit, it’s contagious,” he explained. “And two innings later Morgan hit a bomb.”

The Indians (9-1 overall, 8-0 FCL) still held the 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Ozdarski sent the first pitch she saw to lead off the inning to deep left center for a solo home run. The Indians added a second run in the frame when Putala singled and later scored on a Mackenzie Phillips sacrifice fly to center. The Indians added two more runs in the fourth (one on a groundout by Ozdarski, the other coming home on an error), then scored twice more in the fifth, both runs coming across on an error. The Red Hawks made their fourth error of the game in the seventh inning and it helped spark two more runs to make it 10-0. The 10th run scored on an RBI groundout by Hailey Whipple.

Frontier (9-1, 7-1) had chances to make up for the errors by coming through at the plate, but it was not meant to be. Down 4-0 in the third inning, Gwen Thayer led off with a single and the Red Hawks went on to load the bases with one out, but Turners Falls pitcher Mackenzie Phillips came back to strike out Amanda Robinson and then got Poissant to ground out to first to end the inning without surrendering a run. The Hawks had another chance in the fourth inning when Caitlin Sullivan led off with a single and went to third base on Ally Hamelin’s double, but Phillips came back to strike out the next two batters and then get the final out on a come-backer she snagged and threw over to first.

Phillips pitched well, striking out 13 and walking just one. She allowed six hits and had her shutout broken in the seventh inning when Thayer hit a one-out triple and scored on a single by Hannah Adams.

Poissant suffered the loss, striking out four and walking two in three innings. Hamelin struck out four and walked two in the final four innings.

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