Phillips, Indians dominate Greylock
Mackenzie Phillips took a perfect game into the fifth inning and Turners Falls High School made surprisingly short work of Mt. Greylock Regional High School with a 14-1 mercy-rule-shortened softball victory Saturday afternoon in Williamstown.
The Indians (14-1) hammered four home runs on the day in support of Phillips, who went the distance, striking out seven and walking none. She had a perfect game going into the fifth but Kendal Frye led off the inning with a double to right-center field to break up the bid. The next batter up, Markell Shea, drilled a double to left to break up the shutout bid, as Frye scored the Mounties’ only run. Phillips came back to record three straight outs to close things out.
While Phillips was dealing, she was getting plenty of run support as the Indians scored in every inning but the fourth. The four-home-run output brought Turners Falls’ season-total to 22.
Amber Caouette hit a pair of home runs, giving her five thus far this season. Caouette clubbed a two-run shot to left-center in the third inning, then belted a three-run shot to right-center in the third inning. Phillips helped her own cause by hitting a solo shot in the third inning when she went back-to-back with Caouette for her first home run of the season. And then there was Emma Johnson, who blasted a three-run shot in the second inning for her team-leading seventh of the season, which is believed to be tops in western Mass.
“When we get the bats going, we can be tough,” Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins said.
Caouette finished with five runs batted in, while Johnson had two hits and three RBIs. Morgan Ozdarski finished with two hits and two RBIs, Gabby Arzuaga finished with two hits, and Jenna Putala singled and drove in a run.
The Indians host Frontier Regional School tonight at 7 with Franklin County League championship implications on the line. A win by the Indians would give them the season sweep over Frontier and would all but wrap up the FCL title, while a Frontier win would earn the Red Hawks a split of the season series and pull them into a first-place tie with the Indians.
• Turners Falls won the junior varsity game, 5-3. Amanda Savinski went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the win.
Greenfield doubles falls
Greenfield High School sent the doubles team of Ben Westerman and Nick Brandl to the doubles portion of the 2014 WMass Boys’ Tennis Individuals in Longmeadow.
Westerman and Brandl suffered a 6-3, 7-5 loss to Agawam High School’s Alec Ardolino and Steven Ludtke in their first match of the day and were eliminated.