Struggling Indians manage weekend split
Turners Falls High School made an uncharacteristic amount of errors on Sunday night and Hampshire Regional High School scored four unearned runs to account for all the scoring during a 4-0 independent softball victory at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
The loss gave the Indians a split of two games over the weekend after they defeated Southwick-Tolland Regional High School, 1-0, on Saturday night.
While the errors were of concern to Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins, the struggles at the plate over the weekend kept him up into the wee hours on Saturday night into Sunday.
“I’m very concerned,” he said following Sunday night’s loss. “I’ve been very disappointed with the way some kids are competing against the fastball. I’ve got a few people that have been to the plate five or six times and they’ve struck out five or six times. In their defense, we just don’t see fastballs enough and these pitchers have some very good movement.”
In all, the Indians struck out 23 times in the two games, including 13 times on Sunday against Hampshire pitcher Alexis Ferris, who allowed just four hits in the win — two doubles to Jenna Putala and singles to Emma Johnson and Morgan Ozdarski.
Mackenzie Phillips was the tough-luck loser, allowing five hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Two errors in the fourth inning allowed Hampshire to plate two runs while a dropped third-strike in the sixth inning resulted in a run, and the third error of the single errors in the sixth and seventh innings resulted in one run in each frame.
The Indians (17-2) close out the regular season today when they host Taconic High School at 3:30.
Turners 1, Southwick 0 — Phillips was the star of the game on Saturday as she pitched a complete-game shutout and drove in the only run of the game with her fifth-inning solo home run as the Indians defeated Southwick, 1-0, in an independent game in Turners Falls.
Phillips struck out 16 and did not walk a batter in the pitching gem. She needed every bit of it as she was matched up against Southwick hurler Emily Lachtara, who nearly matched Phillips on the day. Both pitchers allowed just two hits and neither walked a batter. Lachtara struck out a few less hitters (10) and one mistake wound up costing her.
That mistake came in the fifth inning when Phillips got ahold of a pitch and sent the ball soaring over the fence in left-center for the solo home run. Morgan Ozdarski had the other hit for the Indians.
Katelyn Sylvia had both the hits for the Rams (14-4).