Athol dumps sloppy Wave
Athol High School took advantage of two third-inning errors by Greenfield High School to score six times and the Red Raiders settled for an 8-3 Franklin County League softball victory Wednesday evening at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Athol led 1-0 heading into the sixth when the Red Raiders (8-4 overall, 6-3 FCL) erupted for six runs as the Green Wave gave them five outs, courtesy of the two errors committed in the frame. That was enough for Athol pitcher Jess Soucie, who struck out six and did not walk a batter in six innings.
Kiki Guerin doubled and drove in three runs for Athol, while Julia Carey singled, doubled and plated a run. Olivia Smith finished with two hits and one RBI, and Molly Cleveland singled and drove in a run.
Although Greenfield committed the two errors in the third inning, it made just one more error the rest of the way and hung around with Athol. The Green Wave scored single runs in each of the final three innings. Leah Wallner tripled for Greenfield, and Kelsey Roberts singled and drove in a run. Rachel Lapointe pitched her best game of the season for the Green Wave, striking out two and walking only three.
Greenfield travels to Turners Falls High School Friday night, while Athol heads to Fitchburg today to take on St. Bernard’s High School.
Frontier 11, Hopkins 4 — Frontier Regional School scored five runs in the second inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and added five more in the fourth en route to an 11-4 FCL softball win over Hopkins Academy Wednesday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Mae Fydenkevez put the game out of reach in the fourth with a grand slam home run to help extend the Red Hawks’ lead to 10-2.
Caitlin Sullivan finished with three hits, while Amanda Robinson, Gwen Thayer and Ally Hamelin all added two hits. Courtney Newsome chipped in a double and two RBIs.
Hamelin struck out four and walked one in four innings of work to earn the win.
Peyton Ring suffered the loss.
Frontier also won the junior varsity game, 15-2. Emma Wesoloski, who tripled, and Lexa Boyden each had two hits and two RBIs and Camille Alli homered for the winners. Lauren McDonald earned the complete-game win.
Turners 13, Mohawk 1 (6) — Turners Falls High School scored in every inning and downed Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 13-1, in a six-inning FCL softball contest Wednesday in Buckland.
Jenna Putala led the Indians’ attack with three hits and four RBIs, while Melissa Hersey doubled and drove in two runs. Mackenzie Salls added a single and an ERBI, and Jordyn Fiske ripped a double.
Mackenzie Phillips struck out seven in three shutout innings to earn the win.
Jess Dawicki had two of the three Warrior hits, while losing hurler Hope Lively knocked in the only run.
• In the junior varsity game, Christina Lively singled down the third base line in the seventh inning to score Alicia Johnston from second base and Mohawk walked off with a 8-7 victory over Turners Falls.
Mohawk scored four times in the sixth inning to tie the score at 7-7. Lydia Donahue struck out 16 in the win and helped Mohawk improve to 8-3 on the season.
Pioneer 17, Mahar 0 (5) — Pioneer Valley Regional School took advantage of nine Mahar Regional School errors and posted a five-inning, 17-0 FCL win over Mahar Regional School on Wednesday afternoon in Orange.
Katlyn Grover fired a one-hitter for the Panthers, allowing the only safety to pitching counterpart Kacy Ninteau.
Sophia Peduzzi-Nelson singled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead a balanced effort. Cheyenne Hubert and Erin Bertrand each added two hits and two RBIs.
FC Tech 19, Westfield V-T 2 (5) — Franklin County Technical School scored 10 times in the first inning and mercy-ruled Westfield Vocational-Technical High School, 19-2, in five innings of Tri-County League softball action Wednesday in Westfield.
The Eagles (10-3) qualified for the postseason with the victory and coach Michael “Bubbles” Blanchard moved to within one win of his 100th career. He will get a shot at the milestone on Friday when the Eagles host Renaissance, a team they are chasing in the TCL standings.
Nicole Valeski finished with three hits and three RBIs in the win, and Melissa Vatalaro added three hits and two RBIs. Mackenzie Coburn singled three times and plated one run, Emily Sullivan singled and drove in three runs, and Teagen Valeski added two hits and one RBI. Katie Shearer struck out three and walked two in the win.