Wave softball on a roll
Somebody break up the Greenfield High School softball team.
The Green Wave won its third straight game and remained in contention for a postseason berth as it scored seven times in the final two innings, including four in the sixth to break a 6-6 tie and defeat Pioneer Valley Regional School, 10-6, in a Franklin County League softball game Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Greenfield (6-8 overall, 5-7 FCL) has three games left and needs to win all three to finish above .500 and qualify for postseason play. The Green Wave travels to Frontier Regional School Thursday and closes the season with games against Franklin County Technical School and Mahar Regional School.
Pioneer (10-6, 6-5), which qualified for the postseason Monday, led 6-3 after three innings but Greenfield came back with three runs in the fifth inning to tie the score. The rally included a two-run double by Chelsey Opalenik. After Pioneer failed to score in the top of the sixth, Greenfield plated four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.
Vicki Balis opened the sixth with a walk, and Mackenzie Plasse and Ceaira Wolfe followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out. Leah Wallner (two hits) hit a grounder to short and the throw came home to try and get Balis on the force play, but Balis beat the throw to make it 7-6. Kelsey Roberts (three hits) followed that by belting a bases-clearing double to make it 10-6 Greenfield.
Rachel Lapointe picked up the win, striking out three and walking two in the complete-game effort.
Nicole Bitzer singled, tripled and drove in two runs for Pioneer, while Mary Luckham and Cheyenne Hubert each had two hits and one RBI. Erin Bertrand suffered the loss in relief, striking out one and walking one in 12/ 3 innings. Katlyn Grover struck out seven and walked two in 41/ 3 innings.
Turners 15, Hopkins 0 (5) — Mackenzie Phillips finally got her chance to finish off a no-hitter.
The Turners Falls High School pitcher, who generally gets lifted from lopsided games even if she has a no-hitter going, was given the chance to finish one off on Tuesday and she made good on it, finishing only a hit-batsman away from a perfect game as the Indians defeated Hopkins Academy, 15-0, in a five-inning Franklin County League softball game in Hadley.
Because Turners Falls (12-1 overall, 11-0 FCL) has mercy-ruled so many teams this season, Phillips has been lifted from numerous games early to give backup pitcher Jordyn Fiske some work. It has cost her the chance to earn a perfect game or no-hitter on multiple occasions, but on Tuesday, Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins gave her a shot.
“We are always looking for someone who is next in line in case someone gets hurt at every position,” Mullins began. “Mack has had a couple opportunities to throw a no-hitter but she’s also mature enough to know that just in case, we have to get somebody else ready. Today, I spoke to her and her backup, Jordyn Fiske, and I said I was going to give her a chance. She went out and struck out the side in the fifth.”
Phillips finished with 11 strikeouts in five innings. She hit Kyra Michalak with a pitch with one out in the second inning for the only baserunner against her on the day, and the only reason she threw a no-hitter instead of a perfect game.
“I thought she threw very well today,” Mullins said. “She certainly overpowered some of the batters, and she had some pretty good movement. She went full on three or four batters but came back to get them. She really only made that one mistake when she came inside with a fastball that hit Michalak.”
As for offensive support, the Indians scored 14 times in the first inning to give the pitcher plenty. Jenna Putala finished with two doubles and two RBIs, while Amber Caouette singled, doubled and drove in two runs. Gabby Arzuaga led the team with four hits and two RBIs, while Hailey Whipple and Mackenzie Salls each had two hits and two RBIs.
• Peyton Emery also hurled a no-hitter with seven strikeouts as Turners also won the junior varsity game, 14-0, in five innings. Sienna Dillensneider smacked a three-run home run for the junior Indians.
Frontier 13, Mohawk 0 (5) — Frontier Regional School broke open a close game with 10 runs in the third inning and posted a five-inning, 13-0 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in FCL softball action Tuesday in Buckland.
Hannah Adams paced a balanced attack for the Red Hawks with a single, double and two RBIs. Gwen Thayer roped a double and triple and drove in a run, while Caitlin Sullivan (triple) and Courtney Newsome both added two hits and one RBI.
McKayla Poissant fanned four and walked no one in the shutout. She also doubled at the plate.
Hope Lively had two hits for Mohawk.
• Frontier also won the junior varsity game, 8-7.
Katie Barnicle singled and scored a run for Frontier, while Camille Alli doubled, singled and scored a run.
Lydia Donahue struck out 10 for Mohawk and had a three-run second-inning triple. Caitlin Johnston finished with two hits and two runs scored, and Mikayla Bompastore singled and scored twice.
Frontier 3, Turners 2 — Frontier Regional School needed a third-set tiebreaker in the final match to beat Turners Falls High School, 3-2, in Tri-County League girls’ tennis action Tuesday in South Deerfield.
The Red Hawks’ Celia Speth went the limit at second singles before she finally defeated Kelly Rehorka, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), in a match that lasted nearly three hours.
“It was a great effort by both kids,” offered Frontier head coach Steve Barrett. “Just when you thought one of them would cave, they dug in and came back. It was just good, solid tennis.”
Frontier earned its other points by sweeping doubles — Shelby Telega and Olivia McCulloch beat Melanie Howard and Jade Linscott, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 1, and Ashley Barrington and Crystal Niedbala outlasted Kortney Thurber and Felicia Craver, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 2.
Sara Bradley and Alysha Wozniak notched the Indians’ points, as Bradley cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Lily Schumann at No. 1 singles, and Wozniak had an equally easy win over Alli Zera, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3 singles.
Frontier (7-5, 5-2 TCL) travels to Chicopee Comprehensive High School on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Greenfield 4, Sabis 1 — Greenfield continued its winning ways as its beat Sabis International Charter School, 4-1 in a TCL boys’ tennis match Tuesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
Stefan Walker downed Joe McDonald, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 2 and George Felogloy rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Nathan Reed at No. 3 for the Wave’s singles wins.
In doubles, Patrick Crowningshield and Ben Westerman cruised past Justin Green-Williams and Toariq Woods, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1, and Nick Brandl and Brayten Stack did likewise against Robert LeBlanc and Tyrese Taylor, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2.
Greenfield (11-1, 6-1 TCL) travels to Mohawk today.
Turners 4, Holyoke 1 — Turners Falls High School won every contested match in a 4-1 win over Holyoke High School in an independent boys’ tennis match Tuesday in Holyoke.
In the singles matches, Dennis Gheorghita bested Garrett Lemieux, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), at No. 1, and Sam Danford whitewashed Angel Sanchez, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2. The Indians forfeited third singles.
In doubles, Alex Gheorghita and Spencer Hubert downed Corey Edwards and Omar Sanchez, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 1, and Avery Palmer and Jonathan Cagle upended Nathan Lawson and Jacob Charcille, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 2.
Turners (9-4 overall) travels to Renaissance School on Friday.
Athol 3, Sabis 1 — Athol High School beat a team it lost to earlier in the season for the second consecutive day as it knocked off Sabis, 25-15, 25-23, 22-25, 25-13, in an independent
Tyler Lajoie recorded career highs in assists (17) and kills (15), to go along with 15 service points, 7 aces, 5 digs and 2 blocks.
Lorenzo Carra dished out 23 assists, Nelson Leadbetter registered 18 digs, Wyatt Doiron-LaRue totaled 12 kills, 10 digs, 2 blocks and 100 percent serving, Erik Aikey also had 12 kills and 100 percent serving, and Kevin Marigliano chipped in 7 digs.
Athol (13-4, 6-1) travels to East Longmeadow High School today at 5 p.m.