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Putnam Voke outlasts Eagles, 24-21

  • Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts<br/>Returning veteran Franklin Tech shortstop Mackenzie Coburn applies the tag on a sliding Putnam baserunner last year during Tri-County League softball action. After a down year, the Eagles and Coburn are confident the team will display marked improvement this season. <br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts
    Returning veteran Franklin Tech shortstop Mackenzie Coburn applies the tag on a sliding Putnam baserunner last year during Tri-County League softball action. After a down year, the Eagles and Coburn are confident the team will display marked improvement this season.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Franklin Tech 4/23/13. Franklin Tech's Teagan Valeski fires the ball to the plate in the top of the 1st.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Franklin Tech 4/23/13. Franklin Tech's Teagan Valeski fires the ball to the plate in the top of the 1st.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Franklin Tech 4/23/13. Franklin Tech's pitcher #1 Sam Scopa, starts her delivery to the plate in the top of the 1st.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Franklin Tech 4/23/13. Franklin Tech's pitcher #1 Sam Scopa, starts her delivery to the plate in the top of the 1st.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts<br/>Returning veteran Franklin Tech shortstop Mackenzie Coburn applies the tag on a sliding Putnam baserunner last year during Tri-County League softball action. After a down year, the Eagles and Coburn are confident the team will display marked improvement this season. <br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Franklin Tech 4/23/13. Franklin Tech's Teagan Valeski fires the ball to the plate in the top of the 1st.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Franklin Tech 4/23/13. Franklin Tech's pitcher #1 Sam Scopa, starts her delivery to the plate in the top of the 1st.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

Franklin County Technical School broke out of its offensive funk Tuesday with 22 hits.

Its defense and pitching, however, were unable to close the deal.

Putnam Vocational High School took advantage of 16 walks and four errors and scored eight runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 24-21 victory over the Eagles in a Tri-County League softball slugfest at Gifford Field in Turners Falls.

The Beavers (8-1 overall, 5-1 TCL) used five hits and five walks in the sixth to overcome a 19-16 deficit. Alyssa Smith smacked a two-run single during the uprising.

Smith led Putnam with three singles, two doubles and four RBIs.

Franklin Tech had re-taken the lead with seven runs in the fourth, then added six more in the fifth on two-run singles from Ellie Diamond, Katie Newell and McKayla Coburn.

Katie Newell collected four hits and four RBI and Megan Doull had four hits and three RBIs to lead led the Eagles’ offense. Nicole Valeski added a single, triple and four RBI

“We hit the ball pretty well, and they weren’t cheap hits either,” said Eagles head coach Michael “Bubbles” Blanchard. “We’ve been working really hard on hitting, but we haven’t worked a lot on defense and it’s been lacking. It is what it is.”

Franklin Tech (3-5, 3-4 TCL) goes right back to work today when it hosts Greenfield High School at 3:30.

Girls’ tennis

Mohawk 5, Frontier 0 — Roz Lytle-Rich won a marathon match against Ricky Field at first singles to help lift Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a 5-0 victory over Frontier Regional School in Tri-County League girls’ tennis action Tuesday afternoon on a chilly afternoon in South Deerfield.

Field hit the ball well in the first set and took a 6-2 victory over Lytle-Rich but the Warrior No. 1 came back to claim a 6-1 victory in the second set and tie it. Lytle-Rich then managed to earn one break of serve in the third and deciding set to earn a 6-4 victory.

The Warriors (3-1, 2-1) went on to sweep the singles matches. Jen Field picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Eleni Balis at second singles, while Aliza Fassler earned a 6-1, 6-1 win over Lily Schuman at third singles.

The first doubles match wound up being competitive but Warrior duo Nelly O’Connell and Jessica Robinson came out on top with a 6-4, 6-4 over Christina Betanos-Orell and Crystal Niedbala. Mohawk’s Dorjee Dolma and Alma Crawford-Mendoza closed out the day with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at second doubles against seventh-graders Anna Zera and Emily Tourigny.

Frontier (2-4, 2-2) hosts Springfield School of Science & Technology today at 4. Mohawk travels to Mt. Greylock Regional High School Thursday at 4.

Boys’ volleyball

Athol 3, Central 1 — Athol High School bounced back from a loss in the first set to beat Central High School, 20-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-11, in an independent boys’ volleyball match Tuesday in Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

“I made some lineup changes that proved to be effective,’ said Red Raiders head coach Donna Lajoie. “Beau Guimond came off the bench and recorded a couple kills in a position that hadn’t been producing much up to this point. Cruz Chi did a nice job serving in a position that had been missing a lot of serves. They also bring positive energy to the court, which helps.”

Wyatt Doiron-LaRue tallied nine digs, six kills and a block, but made his biggest impact at the service line, where he was 34-for-34 and served 16 straight points in Game 4.

“(Wyatt) was a beast at the service line,” gushed Lajoie. “I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone put up those kind of stats before in all my years of coaching.”

Jose Sierra finished with a dozen digs, Tyler Lajoie totaled six digs, eight assists and five kills,

Erik Aikey added four kills and five blocks, and Mark Brighenti contributed three kills and three blocks. Lorenzo Carra chipped in three assists and 100 percent serving (12-for-12) for the Red Raiders (5-5 overall).

Girls’ ultimate

Four Rivers 11, Charlemont 4 — Juliana Blodgett’s precision passing and strong defensive play helped Four Rivers Charter School to an 11-4 victory over Charlemont Academy during a girls’ ultimate match Tuesday afternoon in Greenfield.

Luci Sweitzer was solid on defense for the Otters (4-0), and Taylor Chapin had good hands on offense.

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