Wave edges Warriors in 8 innings, 2-1
Danielle Townsley’s bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth inning forced in the go-ahead run and Greenfield High School earned a 2-1 Franklin County League softball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Friday afternoon in Buckland.
Elise Brown got the inning started with a one-out single, but Mohawk pitcher Angel Donovan came back to get the second out on a fly ball. The junior ran into trouble in the form of three straight walks, the first two coming to Rachel Lapointe and Mackenzie Plasse to load the bases before Townsley made it three in a row to force home Brown with the eventual game-winner.
Brown picked up the win with six strikeouts and no walks in eight innings of five-hit ball.
Greenfield (4-5, overall 3-5 FCL) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Plasse RBI single, but the Warriors (1-7, 0-7) came back to tie the score in the sixth inning when Kaylee Quenneville singled, stole second and scored on an error.
Donovan finished with two strikeouts and five walks in eight innings.
“This was a huge step for our girls,” Mohawk coach Fred Bourassa said. “The girls were disappointed in the loss, but they are happy to be making progress.”
Bourassa also credited both teams with strong defense on the day, including Greenfield second baseman Erica Lapointe, who made a diving catch in the seventh inning to help end a threat.
Turners 10, Athol 5 — Dakota Smith-Porter belted a two-run home run in the first inning to get the Turners Falls High School offense going and the Indians doubled up Athol High School, 10-5, in FCL softball action Friday evening at Silver Lake Park in Athol.
Smith-Porter finished with three hits and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the game. Jenna Putala added one hit and two RBIs for the Indians (8-0, 7-0), Tanisha Sanders singled and doubled, Amber Caouette collected two hits, while Jordan Meattey (double) and Brittany York each finished with one hit and one RBI.
Smith-Porter earned the win with four strikeouts, allowing eight hits and six walks.
Olivia Smith had a big night for the Red Raiders (5-4, 5-3) with four hits, including a double and triple, and two RBIs. Kiki Guerin and Lexi Hamlett each chipped in one hit and one RBI. Trisha Hazen suffered the loss with two strikeouts against 12 hits and three walks.
Pioneer 9, Taconic 7 — Mary Luckham finished with four hits and three RBIs on Friday afternoon and Pioneer Valley Regional School earned a 9-7 independent softball victory over Taconic High School in Pittsfield.
The Panthers (4-6) scored five times in the first inning to take an early lead but Taconic managed to cut the deficit to 7-6 after five innings. Pioneer would push home two more runs in the sixth inning for some breathing room that wound up being important when the Braves got one final run in the last of the seventh.
Cheyenne Hubert finished with four hits and one RBI in the win, while Jackie LaFleur singled and drove in two runs.
Shea Healy struck out 11 in the win and allowed 17 hits, but did not walk a batter.
Frontier 22, Mahar 1 (5) — Frontier Regional School piled up 21 hits on Friday en route to a 22-1 FCL softball victory over Mahar Regional School in Orange.
Frontier scored 13 times in the first inning. McKayla Poissant doubled, tripled and singled twice to drive in five runs for the Red Hawks (6-2, 6-2), while Cassidy Stankowski tripled as part of a four-hit performance and also drove in five runs. Aly Hamelin finished with two hits and four RBIs, Caitlin Sullivan singled twice and drove in one run, and Amanda Robinson singled, doubled and plated a pair of runs. Krystal Enko struck out five in two innings of work before Hamelin came on and struck out two over the final three innings.
Tasha Polana hit a solo home run for Mahar.
Sci-Tech 17, FC Tech 14 — Franklin County Technical School issued 17 walks to Springfield School of Science & Technology hitters on Friday afternoon and the CyberCats took advantage en route to a 17-14 Tri-County League softball victory in Springfield.
The CyberCats (4-4, 4-4) finished with just four hits on the day but pushed 11 runs across the plate in the fourth inning, many coming on the 17 walks allowed by Eagles pitching. Teegan Valeski suffered the loss, striking out two and walking 14 in 4 2-3 innings.
Mykayla Coburn paced the Eagles (3-7, 3-5) at the plate with two doubles and a home run for four RBIs. Hailey Keene finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Melissa Vatalaro added two hits and one RBI.