Hampshire smacks Red Raiders, 13-2
A seven-run, fifth-inning propelled Hampshire Regional High School to a 13-2 victory over Athol High School in Franklin County League softball action Monday afternoon in Athol.
Hampshire (4-0 overall, 4-0 FCL) led 5-2 heading into the fifth but came up with seven runs to open up the comfortable lead. Danielle McGan and Paige Sullivan, both eighth-graders, belted solo home runs and Hampshire also benefitted from five Athol errors. Marissa McCarthy doubled as part of a two-hit game with one RBI, Anna Dizok singled and doubled, and Chelsea Mousette chipped in two hits and one RBI. Ashlee McGan struck out four and allowed three walks and one hit in four innings.
Kiki Guerin singled and drove in one run for the Red Raiders (2-2, 2-2). Michelle Thompson added a double. Tricia Hazen struck out seven and walked two in seven innings in the loss.
Greenfield 4, Hopkins 1 — Greenfield High School took advantage of two eighth-inning errors by Hopkins Academy to plate three runs and earn a 4-1 FCL softball victory Monday afternoon in Hatfield.
The teams battled into extra innings tied at 1-1 and neither team had committed a miscue to that point. Leah Wallner got things started with one of two legitimate hits in the inning by roping a one-out double. Tylor Narkewicz came to the plate with two outs and Wallner still at second and hit a ball to second that was booted for an error, allowing Wallner to score. Narkewicz then stole second and scored when Tori Adams hit a fly ball to right field that was dropped. Adams took second on a wild pitch and scored on Eleni Balis’ RBI single.
“The biggest thing was that we stayed positive,” Greenfield coach Rian Lively said. “Our confidence has gotten much better, and a win like this builds that confidence.”
Greenfield took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an Erica Lapointe RBI single, but Hopkins tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a wild pitch. That would be the only blemish on Green Wave pitcher Elise Brown, who struck out eight and walked three in the complete-game. Brown had a no-hitter going through four innings and finished with two hits against.
“She was phenomenal today,” Lively said. “She got stronger as the game went on.”
Allie LaClair suffered the loss, striking out five and allowing five hits and no walks in eight innings.
Pioneer 13, Mahar 6 — Pioneer Valley Regional School got a big effort from the bottom half of its lineup to push home 13 runs and earn a 13-6 victory over Mahar Regional School in FCL action Monday afternoon in Northfield.
Beginning with No. 5 hitter Cheyenne Hubert, the Panthers (2-3, 2-2) got 10 hits and eight RBI from the No. 5 through No. 8 hitters. Hubert finished with three hits and three RBIs in the win, while Mary Luckham added three hits and two RBIs. Erin Bertrand added two hits and two RBIs, and Katlyn Grover chipped in two hits and one RBI.
That was enough support for starting pitcher Shea Healy, who finished with 14 strikeouts against six hits and two walks in the victory.
Tiffaney Tenney and Erin Robinson each finished with two hits and one RBI in the loss, while Emily Melanson doubled and drove in a run. Kate Donelan struck out two and allowed 15 hits and six walks in the loss.
Pioneer travels to Frontier Regional School Wednesday, when Mahar (2-3, 0-3) travels to Hampshire.
Turners Falls 12, Mohawk 0 (5) — Mackenzie Phillips nearly made her first career varsity start extra memorable.
The freshman right-hander came within one out of a no-hitter as she led Turners Falls High School to a 12-0, mercy-rule-shortened, five-inning FCL softball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Leigh Shippee broke up Phillips’ no-hit bid with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, when she reached on a bunt single. Phillips finished the game with 12 strikeouts and three walks to earn the win.
“She threw very well,” Turners coach Gary Mullins said. “She got away with a couple of mistake pitches but did very well for herself today.”
The Indians made things comfortable for Phillips in her first start with 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Amber Caouette doubled and drove in four runs in the win, while Morgan Ozdarski singled twice and plated a pair of runs. Dakota Smith Porter doubled and drove in a run, and Mackenzie Salls doubled.
Angel Donovan struck out one and allowed seven hits and seven walks in three innings to suffer the loss.
FC Tech 15, Commerce 3 — Franklin County Technical School ended a three-game losing streak with a 15-3 victory over High School of Commerce in a six-inning, mercy-rule-shortened Tri-County League softball game Monday afternoon in Springfield.
The Eagles (2-4, 2-3) scored in each of the six innings, including three runs in each of the first two innings to jump out to a 6-0 lead. Alyssa Andrews doubled as part of a two-hit, three RBI performance, while Brittany Andrews added two hits and two RBIs. Brooke Meuse and Megan Doull each finished with two hits and an RBI in the win, and Mackenzie Coburn singled. Teagan Valeski earned her first career varsity win, striking out three and allowing six walks and three hits in six innings.
Erika Rosario struck out three and allowed nine hits and 13 walks in the loss. Abigail Rivera chipped in two hits.
Franklin Tech hosts Dean Technical High School Friday morning at 11.