Red Hawk girls edge Athol, 3-2
Frontier Regional School manufactured a sixth-inning run to snap a 2-2 deadlock and hung on to defeat Athol High School, 3-2, in a Franklin County League softball game
Thursday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
“It wasn’t pretty but we got it done,” quipped Red Hawks head coach Carrie Fydenkevez of the season-opening win.
Sarah Toomey led off the Frontier sixth by reaching on an error. She stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scampered home on Ali Hanlon’s grounder to first.
McKayla Poissant doubled in her Red Hawks debut for one of their four hits. Krystal Enko hurled a complete game with nine strikeouts and four walks to pick up the win.
Nicole Guerin and Jordan Carey each finished with a hit and an RBI for the Red Raiders. Tricia Hazen worked all six innings in the circle, striking out one with no free passes.
Pioneer 4, Mohawk 3 — Pioneer Valley Regional School scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to rally for a 4-3 victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a FCL softball game Thursday afternoon in Northfield.
The Warriors had taken a 3-0 lead after a half-inning and held it until the Panthers got two back in the fourth. It remained 3-2 until the sixth, when Pioneer grabbed its only lead of the day.
Tara O’Neil led off the frame with a hit, then Erin Bertrand contributed a single of her own. Jocelyn Carney-Podolski’s base hit drove in O’Neil to tie it before Taylor Flaherty smacked a one-out single past the secondbase bag to plate Bertrand with the go-ahead run.
That proved to be enough for pitcher Shea Healy, who hurled a complete game two-hitter with six strikeouts. She walked four.
O’Neil collected three hits, including a double, Healy and Bertrand each had two singles and Flaherty finished with a hit and two RBIs.
Kaylee Quenneville collected a single and an RBI. Laura Ward had the other hit and Jess Dawicki knocked in a run for the Warriors.
Angel Donovan fanned two and walked four in the complete-game loss.
Hopkins 9, Mahar 4 — Hopkins Academy scored five times in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and went on to post a 9-4 FCL softball win over Mahar Regional School Thursday in Orange.
Kari Cristoforo led the Golden Hawks’ offense with three hits and two RBIs. Nicole Morrison also had a pair of hits, while Allie LaClair doubled.
Tasha Polana smashed two long home runs to highlight the Senators’ five-hit attack. Meghan Berry added a double and knocked in the other run.
LaClair fanned seven and walked two to earn the complete game win.
Kate Donelan, who pitched the fourth inning, suffered the loss.
Hampshire 13, Greenfield 2 — Defending Western Mass. Division II champion Hampshire Regional High School piled up 15 hits and pulled away from Greenfield High School, 13-2, in FCL softball play Thursday at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Savannah Waters’ RBI double and Anna Dizok’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning to extend the Red Raiders’ lead to 6-0. Greenfield was able to get a pair back in the bottom of the fourth, but that was as close as the Wave got.
Marissa McCarthy led Hampshire with four hits and an RBI. Waters also had a triple, and Dizok, Bri Wetlich and Taylor Boutwell also had two hits.
Tylor Narkeiwcz collected two hits for the Green Wave. Elise Brown ripped a triple, Kelsey Roberts had a single and an RBI, and Leah Wallner also singled.
Ashlee McGan racked up 13 strikeouts and walked just one to earn the win.
Brown fanned six and walked three in the loss.
Mahar 17, Commerce 7 — Mahar scored seven times in the first innings and never looked back in downing High School of Commerce, 17-7, in an independent baseball game Thursday at Marshall Roy Field in Springfield.
Zach Adams led the Senators with three hits and five RBIs. Hunter Richardson also finished with three hits, while Derw Patria (double), Logan Barrett and Ethan Nye all had two hits and an RBI.
Adams struck out five and walked one over the first four innings to earn the mound win.
Jorge Gonzalez had two hits and Jaycob Diaz drove in a pair of runs for the Raiders (0-2).