Raiders slip past Wave, 1-0
Julia Salmond singled home Olivia Smith in the top of the first inning for Athol High School and it wound up as the game’s only run as the Red Raiders edged Greenfield High School, 1-0, in a Franklin County League softball game Wednesday in Greenfield.
The game was a pitchers’ duel between Athol’s Tricia Hazen and Greenfield Elise Brown. The two pitchers did not walk a batter in 14 combined innings. Hazen struck out nine and allowed four Green Wave hits. Brown struck out seven and surrendered nine hits.
“It was a phenomenal game on both sides,” first-year Green Wave coach Rian Lively said. “Both pitchers threw the ball really well.”
The only run either team could push across the plate was in the top of the first when Smith (three hits) singled and stole second. Salmond (three hits) came to the plate with two outs and blooped a single to right field, where the Green Wave right fielder, sprinting in to play the ball, nearly threw her out at first base but the ball was just late. Smith came home to score on the play.
Kiki Guerin added two hits for Athol in the win.
Erica Lapointe led Greenfield with two hits. Brown and Vicky Balis each added one.
Hampshire 6, Frontier 0 — Ashlee McGan fired a three-hitter to power Hampshire Regional High School to a 6-0 FCL softball victory over Frontier Regional School on Wednesday in Westhampton.
The Red Raiders (3-0 FCL) scored twice in the third and once in the fourth before putting it out of reach with a three-spot in the sixth.
Bri Wetlich led the Hampshire offense with a two-run double, while Danielle McGan chipped in a run-scoring double.
Ashlee McGan fanned four and walked one, surrendering a double to Caitlin Sullivan and singles to Cassidy Stankowski and Ali Hamlin to earn the shutout.
Krystal Enko struck out four and walked one in her six innings of work for the Red Hawks (0-2).
Turners 9, Pioneer 3 — Turners scored three times in the fourth inning to break open a close game and went on to defeat Pioneer Valley Regional School, 9-3, in a FCL softball contest Wednesday in Northfield.
After a walk and an error, Dakota Smith-Porter smacked an RBI single and Jenna Putala followed with a two-run single to extend the Indians’ lead to 6-2.
Smith-Porter collected four of Turners’ 10 hits, including a double and triple. Putala finished with two hits and Mackenzie Salls doubled.
Shea Healy and Jackie LaFleur both had two hits and an RBI for the Panthers (1-3, 1-2).
Tanisha Sanders registered six strikeouts and walked only one to earn the complete-game win.
Healy fanned nine and walked four in the loss.
Hopkins 8, Mohawk 6 — Savannah Ring’s three-run fourth-inning triple snapped a 3-3 tie and helped Hopkins Academy beat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 8-6, in FCL softball action Wednesday in Hadley.
Ring came up with the bases loaded and drilled a triple to clear them and give the Golden Hawks a 6-3 lead. Hopkins added two more runs in the sixth to make it 8-3 before the Warriors closed the final margin with three runs off backup pitcher Kara Criostoforo.
Allie Butterfield led the Golden Hawks’ 12-hit attack with three singles. Nicole Morrison added a single, double and an RBI.
Morgan Dodge doubled for one of Mohawk’s three hits. She also drove in a run.
Allie LaClair earned the win in the circle. Angel Donovan pitched well in the loss for the Warriors, walking just one batter in six innings.
Mahar 17, Sci-Tech 5 — Tasha Polana was 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs to power Mahar Regional School to a 17-5 independent win over Springfield School of Science & Technology in softball play Wednesday in Springfield.
Polana smacked a solo homer in the sixth and a two-run shot in seventh.
Erin Robinson ripped two hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs, Tiffany Tenney singled, homered and knocked in two runs, and Cydnie Guerra belted two triples and had two RBIs.
Kyrie Boatwright and Michaela Boatwright each added two RBIs.
Kate Donelan fanned seven and walked four in the complete-game win.