Indians rule FCL, 6-1
Amber Caouette hit a three-run double in the second inning and Mackenzie Phillips pitched seven strong innings as Turners Falls High School wrapped up the Franklin County League softball title with a 6-1 win over Frontier Regional School Monday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
The Indians (15-1 overall, 13-0 FCL) swept the season series with the Red Hawks (15-2, 11-2) to clinch the title. Phillips struck out seven in the complete-game win, giving up four hits and no walks. The only blemish came in the seventh inning when Ally Hamelin singled and later scored on Cassidy Ciesluk’s groundout.
By that point Turners Falls had a 6-0 lead. Turners scored once in the first inning when Morgan Ozdarski walked, went to third on a double by Jenna Putala and scored on Jordyn Fiske’s groundout. The Indians blew things open in the second when they loaded the bases and Caouette belted a double to clear the runners. She scored on the play on an error. Turners Falls added one more run in the fourth, when Putala hit her second double of the game and scored on an error.
Hamelin suffered the loss, striking out two and walking four in four innings. McKayla Poissant struck out two and walked one in two innings of relief. Poissant also doubled in the loss.
Greenfield 12, Mahar 7
Greenfield 16, FC Tech 11 — Leah Wallner rapped out two singles, a double and drove in four runs to help Greenfield High School complete a season-ending, doubleheader sweep with a 12-7 win over Mahar Regional School on Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Erica Lapointe added two hits and one RBI for the winners, and Chelsey Opalenik, Danielle Townsley and Rachel Pelc all chipped in a single and an RBI for the Green Wave (8-9).
Emily Melanson singled and doubled and Mackenzie Tenney added two RBIs for the Senators.
Rachel Lapointe earned her second win of the day, fanning six and walking six in the complete-game effort. Kate Donelan had two strikeouts and no walks in the loss.
• In the first game at the The Vet, Erica Lapointe ripped three hits and drove in four runs as Greenfield downed Franklin County Rechnical School, 16-12.
Wallner collected two doubles, a single and three RBIs, while Kelsey Roberts (double) and Sieara Wolfe both had two hits and one RBI.
Katie Newell ripped four hits and five RBIs to lead the Eagles. Nicole Valeski added two hits.
Rachel Lapointe recorded the win. Rachel Shearer suffered the loss.
Pioneer 3, Hopkins 1 — Katlyn Grover and Erin Bertrand combined on a two-hitter and Pioneer Valley Regional School defeated Hopkins Academy, 3-1, in FCL softball action Monday afternoon in Northfield.
Grover opened the game and struck out eight in 4 1/ 3 innings but ran into trouble in the fifth when she walked the bases loaded with one out and Pioneer clinging to a 2-1 lead at the time. Pioneer coach Joel Cole made the move to bring in Bertrand, who is a more consistent strike pitcher, but has gotten hit at times this season due to being around the plate so much. Bertrand came on and induced a ground ball to shortstop, which Logan Anderson fielded and threw home to get the force out. Bertrand then got the next batter to pop out to Anderson at short for the final out.
“She’s been our strike pitcher all year,” Cole said. “She just stepped right in there and took over.”
Hopkins led 1-0 after two innings but Pioneer scored twice in the third to take the lead for good. Jessica Scoville singled and later scored from second base on a sacrifice fly by Logan Anderson for the first run, while Gabby Carpenter walked in the frame and scored when Mary Luckham reached on a two-out error. Pioneer tacked on an insurance run in the sixth as Cheyenne Hubert hit an RBI single to score Anderson, who had reached base via a single earlier in the inning.
Jera Barrett and Caroline Moriarty had the two hits for Hopkins. Peyton Ring struck out four and did not walk a batter in six innings to suffer the loss.
Smith Academy 8, Mohawk 7 (8) — Lauren Grondin scored on a pased ball in the top of the eighth inning and Smith Academy held on to beat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 8-7, in an independent softball game Monday in Buckland.
Miranda Wendoloski led the Falcons with a single, triple and two RBIs.
Hope Lively (double) and Jess Dawicki each had three hits and one RBI for the Warriors, while Jenna Sencabaugh and losing hurler Leigh Shippee both added two hits.
Grondin earned the complete-game win.