Peaking Warriors make tourney, 10-0
Mohawk baserunner Liam Datres de la Blotier slides safely across the plate, beating the tag of Pioneer catcher Blake Bashaw Thursday in Buckland, where the host Warriors beat the Panthers, 10-0, in their Hampshire League baseball game.
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Mohawk winning pitcher Mark Buck releases an offering to a Pioneer batter Thursday in Buckland.
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After a slow start, the Mohawk Trail Regional High School baseball team has punched its ticket to the Western Massachusetts Tournament.
Mark Buck pitched six innings of three-hit ball and the Warriors earned their 10th win of the season with a 10-0 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in Hampshire League East baseball action Thursday in Buckland.
“I couldn’t be happier for the kids, they earned it,” said Mohawk head coach Bill Buck, whose squad opened the campaign 1-4. “All the hard work they put in during the offseason and in the season has really paid off. We have to stay focused, though. Our next goal is to win the division.”
The Warriors (10-8 overall, 5-3 HL East) scored one run in the opening frame, then parlayed Andrew Doty’s bases-clearing double and Liam Datres de la Blotier’s RBI snigle into a six-run second inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
Doty finished the game with two doubles and four RBIs, while Datres de la Blotier had two hits and two RBIs, and Buck added a single and double.
Matt Faulkner, Lennon Robichaud and Cole Tognarelli had the only hits off Buck, who struck out 10 and walked three before Doty finished up.
Kyle Hubbard was the losing pitcher.
Mohawk hosts Easthampton High School Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Mohawk also won the junior varsity game, 17-1, to improve to 16-2 overall.Levin DuPree struck out eight in the win.
FC Tech 4, Westfield V-T 3 (10) — Ethan Wickline scored on Cooper Grace’s grounder to the left side in the bottom of the 10th inning to help Franklin County Technical School upset Westfield Vocational-Technical High School, 4-3, in a Tri-County League baseball game Thursday in Turners Falls.
Wickline led off the 10th with a single, then stole second and third. Cooper Grace came up with one out and Wickline was off on contact, as Grace hit a sharp grounder that the shortstop knocked down but bobbled as Wickline beat the throw home to win the game.
Wickline had two hits and two RBIs, Tim Momaney finished with two hits and one RBI, and Mitch Mailloux also pitched in with a pair of hits for the Eagles.
Nate Crocker went all 10 innings on the hill for Franklin Tech to earn the win. He struck out five, walked three and allowed only six hits.
“Nate was really good for us,” said Eagles head coach Brian Winslow. “He hasn’t pitched much, and for him to come out and have this kind of performance was awesome.”
Tech hosts local independent foe Pioneer Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Athol 5, Pioneer 2 — Jess Soucie pitched 6 1/ 3 innings of no-hit ball to lead Athol High School to a 5-2 Franklin County League softball victory over Pioneer on Thursday at O’Brien Field in Athol.
Soucie, who fanned two and walked no one, wound up with a three-hitter. The Panthers scored both runs on a throwing error.
Julia Salmond led Athol (11-5, 8-4 FCL) with two doubles and one RBI. Olivia Smith added a triple and Molly Cleveland and Lexi Hamlett both collected one RBI.
Tara O’Neil, Mary Luckham, and Cheyenne Hubert all singed for Pioneer (1-7, 6-6).
Katlyn Grover took the loss.
Frontier 9, Greenfield 1 — Frontier Regional School scored seven times in the fourth inning and went on to beat Greenfield High School, 9-1, in FCL softball action at Zabek Field in South Deerfield Thursday.
Cassidy Ciesluk’s two-run single was the big hit in the fourth, which included four walks and two Green Wave errors.
Sarah Meunier’s double was one of the Hawks’ seven hits.
Danielle Townsley singled and knocked in the only run for Greenfield, while Rachel Pelc smacked a double.
McKayla Poissant fanned six and walked two to earn the win. Rachel Lapointe suffered the loss.
Frontier also won the junior varsity game in five innings, 17-2. McKenzie Patterson went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Mindy Esposito added three hits and threw out three players attempting to steal. Emma Wesoloski was the wining pitcher.
Turners 11, Mahar 0 — Mackenzie Phillips hurled 6 2/ 3 innings on no-hit ball and settled for a one-hitter as Turners Falls High School blanked Mahar Regional School, 11-0, in a FCL softball contest Thursday night at the Buordeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Phillips lost her no-no when losing pitcher Kacy Ninteau reached on an in infield single.
Jenna Putala continued her torrid hitting with a single, double and three-run homer. She finished with four RBIs. Emma Johnson also smacked three hits, including a leadoff homer in the first, and Jordyn Fiske (double), Amber Caouette (two RBIs) and Mackenzie Salls (one RBI) all added two hits for the Indians (13-1, 12-0 FCL).
Turners also won the junior varsity game, 1-0, as Kim Petrowicz knocked in the game’s only run in the fifth.
Frontier 3, Comp 2 — Frontier took one singles match and swept the doubles to edge Chicopee Comprehensive High School, 3-2, in a Tri-County North girls’ tennis match Thursday in Chicopee.
Lily Schumann earned the singles win at No. 2, besting Allison Vlasewich, 6-2, 6-1. The Red Hawks’ doubles tandems both won handily, as Ashley Barrington and Peter Bronke whitewashed Kristen Hubert and Polina Walsh, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1, and Shelby Telega and Olivia McCulloch downed Kyleigh Morin and Briana O’Connell, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2.
Frontier (8-5, 6-2 TCL North) travels to Pioneer Valley Christian School on Monday at 4 p.m. for its regular season finale.
Frontier 90, Monson 55 — Kat Miner and Mairead Ferry each claimed wins in three events to lead Frontier over Monson High School, 90-55, in Suburban League girls’ track and field meet Thursday in South Deerfield.
Miner earned her blue ribbons by clearing five feet in the high jump, winning the 100 meters in 13.7 seconds and the 200 meters in 27.7. Ferry, meanwhile, was tops in the triple jump (33-8), 100 high hurdles (16.5) and 400 low hurdles (68.3).
Sarah Conlisk won the 800 meters (2:32), Megan Grace-Slocombe took the discus (85-0), Katherine Conlisk was first in the javelin (115-8) and Jaime Byrne was victorious in the pole vault (9-0).
Kathryn Wright led the Mustangs with wins in the mile (5:41.1) and two-mile (12:50.9).
Frontier finished its dual-meet season at 5-1.
Athol 76, Gardner 69 — Emily Casella won two events to help Athol topple Gardner High School, 76-69, in an independent girls’ track and field meet on Thursday in Gardner.
Casella earned first-place finishes in the shot put (34-2) and discus (107-9). Other winners included Lindsey Hamlett in the javelin (90-5), Julia Carey in the 100 meters (14.7) and Sophia LaRoche in the long jump (13-51/ 2).
Gardner 90, Athol 54 —Athol posted five individual wins during its 90-54 loss to Gardner in independent boys’ track and field play Thursday in Gardner.
Travis Heath won the shot put (37-81/ 2), Matt Winters claimed the top spot in the javelin (118-4), Kyle White took the pole vault (8-6), Zach Bergquist outdistanced his foes in the mile (5:17), and Tanner Pavalionis won the 400 (58.3).
Andrew Toritto scored the game-winning run for Greenfield High School in its 1-0 win over South Hadley High School on Wedneday night. Due to a reporing error, he was inadvertently listed as older brother Luke, who graduated last spring).
• On Page B3 of Wedneday’s edition of The Recorder, Turners Falls’ Eric Ferguson prepared to catch a pickoff attempt at first base. He was incorrectly identified at Trent Bourbeau.