Athol roars back, 15-8
After falling victim to double and a triple plays, Athol High School took its frustrations out on the softball.
The Red Raiders ripped seven hits and scored nine times in the sixth inning, snapping a 6-6 tie and propelling Athol to a 15-8 win over Mahar Regional School in a Franklin County League softball game Wednesday in Orange.
The Senators, who tied the game with three runs in the third, kept it tied when right fielder Emily Abbott made a lunging catch and threw to first baseman Krystal Fredette for a 9-3, inning-ending double play in the fourth. In the fifth, Mahar’s defense upped the ante when center fielder Cydnie Guerra made a running catch with both Athol runners on the move to start an 8-4-3 triple play, as she flipped the ball to Kyrie Boatwright, who tagged second and fired over to Fredette.
The Red Raiders avenged the unfortunate turn of events by batting around in the sixth. Michelle Thompson and Liz Arpide both delivered bases-loaded triples in a rally that saw them benefit from three walks and two errors.
Julia Salmond belted a grand slam during a five-run second inning to help the Raiders erase an early 2-1 deficit.
Arpide finished with four hits and four RBIs, Jordan Carey also had four hits, Salmond collected three hits and five RBIs, and Thompson chipped in with two hits and four RBIs.
Tasha Polana clubbed a double, homer and drove in two runs for Mahar. Erin Robinson tripled and Mickey Boatwright added two RBIs.
Trisha Hazen struck out 11 and walked nine in the complete-game win. Kate Donelan suffered the loss.
Turners 9, Hopkins 3 — Turners Falls High School maintained as share of the FCL lead as it downed Hopkins Academy, 9-3, in softball play Wednesday night at Bourdeau Fields in Turners Falls.
Hopkins, which managed only two hits off Dakota Smith-Porter, manufactured runs in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead.
The Indians (7-0, 6-0 FCL) score once in the third to make it 2-1, then Sam Caouette roped an RBI double and Morgan Ozdarski and Tanisha Sanders both slapped run-scoring singles to put Turners in front 4-2.
The Golden Hawks (2-4, 2-4 FCL) got one back in the fifth, but Turners scored twice in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Sanders capped it off with a two-run homer, her second of the season.
Caouette, Sanders, Smith-Porter and Mackenzie Salls all rapped out three hits for the Indians, who finished with a season-high 18 on the evening. Ozdarski and Jenna Putala each added two hits.
Smith-Porter struck out nine but walked five in the complete-game victory.
Allie LaClair,who had an RBI single, fanned three and walked one in the setback.
Turners travels to Athol Friday night at Silver Lake Park.
Frontier 8, Mohawk 0 — Cassidy Ciesluk belted a two-run double as part of a seven-run explosion in the fourth inning and Frontier Regional School knocked off Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 8-0, in FCL softball action Wednesday afternoon at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Gwen Thayer added one hit and one RBI in the win, while Aly Hamelin chipped in a pair of hits.
Krystal Enko earned the win with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings. McKayla Poissant finished up with two strikeouts in two innings of work. Together, the pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout.
Kaylee Quenneville collected the lone hit for the Warriors (0-6, 0-6), and Angel Donovan suffered the loss.
Frontier (5-2, 5-2) travels to Mahar on Friday at 4, while Mohawk travels to High School of Commerce today at 4.
Hampshire 12, Pioneer 0 — Ashlee McGan fired a one-hitter and struck out nine to lead Hampshire Regional High School over Pioneer Valley Regional School, 12-0, in a six-inning FCL contest Wednesday in Northfield.
The Red Raiders (6-0, 6-0 FCL) scored four times in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, then put it away with an eight-run sixth.
Marissa McCarthy led the Hampshire offense with three hits and two RBIs. Bri Wetlich doubled and tripled, and Anna Dziok smacked a two-run triple.
Erin Bertrand’s single was the only Panther hit. Shea Healy fanned nine and walked four in the loss.
Greenfield 16, FC Tech 4 (6) — Greenfield High School scored in every inning as it smacked Franklin County Technical School 16-4 in an independent softball game Wednesday at Gifford Field in Turners Falls.
Tylor Narkewicz (double) and Leah Wallner led the Green Wave (3-5) with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Elise Brown (RBI) and Rachel Pelc also collected a pair of hits, Vicki Balis tripled and Rachel Lapointe drove in two runs.
Alyssa Andrews collected two hits and two RBIs for the Eagles (3-6), while Sam Scora singled and doubled and Nicole Valeksi chipped in two hits.
Brown fanend 10 and walked three in a complete-game effort for Greenfield,. which took advantage of eight Franklin Tech errors.
Teagan Valeski struck out three and walked four in the circle for the Eagles.