Hornets sting Eagles, 11-4
Grace bobbles throw for McCann D. Carr HR
Franklin Tech senior Ethan Wickline will be a leader on the team this season as he plays shortstop and leads the pitching staff.
Franklin Tech sophomore Mason Dow (getting thrown out at home last season) will start in right field and pitch this season.
Dow steals second
Cody Booska of FCTS
Franklin County Technical School got to a quick start but couldn’t take advantage of its opportunities.
McCann Technical School, on the other hand, was able to grab the lead by the third inning and add plenty of insurance to walk away with an 11-4 Tri-County League baseball victory Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning, but the Hornets cut it to 3-2 in the second, then T.J. Therrien roped an RBI double to tie it and Dylan Carr followed with an inside-the-park, two-run home run in the third to give McCann a 5-3 lead.
Therrien finished with four hits and three RBIs for the Hornets, who scored two in the fifth and four more in the sixth to break it open.
Tom Momaney led Franklin Tech a single, double and two RBIs. Alec Milton added a single, triple and an RBI.
Therrien worked the first 5 2-3 innings to earn the win. Cody Booska took the loss.
“They play good baseball,” said Eagles head coach Brian Winslow. “They’re well coached, and they do things the right way.”
Winslow liked the fact that his team drew 10 walks.
“I liked the way they were working the count and having good at-bats,” he said, “but we just couldn’t get hits in the big spots.”
Franklin Tech (1-3, 1-1) hosts Pathfinder Vocational High School on Monday at 11 a.m.
Pathfinder 8, FC Tech 0 — Jen Maska hurled a four-hit shutout and struck out 16 to lead Pathfinder Vocational High School to an 8-0 victory over Franklin County Tech in a TCL softball game Thursday in Turners Falls.
Maska also paced the Pioneers’ offense with two hits and three RBI. Hailey King (RBI) and Sam Squires also added a pair of hits.
Mackenzie Coburn, Kaylee Keene, Katie Newell and Melissa Vatalaro all collected a hit for the Eagles.
Teagan Valeski, making her first varsity start, went the distance and walked eight batters.
“I was pretty pleased,” Eagles head coach Michael “Bubbles” Blanchard said of Valeski’s effort. “I thought she did a good job. She kept us in the game.”
Blanchard added that he’s concerned about the offense, and understandably so.
“We need to start hitting the ball,” he said. “We have eight hits and 32 strikeouts in the last two games.”
Franklin Tech returns to action Monday at home against High School of Commerce at 3:30.
Turners 5, Mohawk 0 — Turners Falls High School earned its third straight win with a 5-0 verdict over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in independent boys’ tennis action Thursday at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Summer Forest-Bulley earned a 6-4, 6-0 win over Thomas Aurigemma at first singles, Ken Leng blanked Jacob Pieffer, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2, and Tensen Khenrab cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Zach Arfa at No. 3.
Turners dominated the doubles matches, as Liam Ellis and Sam Danford upended Robbie Buonoconti and Evan Bruffee, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1, and Alex Georghita and Spencer Hubert whitewashed Dante Gardner and Matt LaMontagne, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2.
Turners is scheduled to host Sabis International Charter School today at 4 p.m.