Red Raiders come alive late to get past Wave
Greenfield High School scored twice in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless game, but that only woke up the Athol High School bats as the Red Raiders scored six times over the next three innings to survive the Green Wave’s upset bid and take a 6-2 Franklin County League softball victory Friday night at Silver Lake Park in Athol.
The Red Raiders (7-4 overall, 7-3 FCL) found themselves in a 2-0 hole after Greenfield (4-8, 3-8) plated two runs in the top of the fourth inning as Valenka Kosick and Kelsey Roberts each batted in runs. The Athol bats woke up and the Red Raiders tied the score in the bottom of the fourth before adding one run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. The Raiders finished the scoring with three runs in the sixth.
Julia Salmond finished with three hits, while Jordan Carey added a pair of hits and two RBIs. Trisha Hazen struck out 10 and allowed four hits and two walks in the win.
Roberts tripled for the Green Wave, while Elise Brown struck out three and did not walk a batter in the loss.
Turners 12, Pioneer 3 — Turners Falls High School is back in the postseason.
The Indians scored seven times in the sixth inning to blow open a close game and take a 12-3 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in FCL softball play Friday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Jordan Meattey led the Indians (10-1, 8-1) with three hits, while Jenna Putala, Mackenzie Salls, Dakota Smith-Porter, Tanisha Sanders and Brittany York all added two. Meattey and Smith-Porter each drove in a pair of runs.
Turners scored four times in the third inning to go up 4-0 and added another run in the fourth, but the Panthers came back with two runs in the fifth on a Jackie LaFleur two-run home run, and then got another run in the sixth on an RBI single by Tara O’Neil.
Smith-Porter earned the win with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings. Shea Healy struck out four and walked three in four innings to suffer the loss. Erin Bertrand added two hits for the Panthers.
In the junior varsity game, Mackenzie Phillips fired a perfect game with 12 strikeouts, Gabby Arzuaga belted a two-run homer and Hailey Whipple had three hits as Turners blanked Pioneer, 14-0. Brittany Miller added a two-run double for the winners.
Hopkins 7, Mohawk 5 — Hopkins Academy scored three times in the final two innings to rally for a 7-5 FCL softball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Friday in Buckland.
Allie LaClair went the distance for the win and added a pair of hits.
Jen Dawson registered a pair of hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning, for the Warriors. Dawson also played well defensively. Tasha Buntin collected two hits and scored a run, and Angel Donovan pitched well.
Westfield V-T 19, FC Tech 9 — Westfield Vocational-Technical High School took advantage of 24 walks and seven hits to register a 19-9 Tri-County League softball victory over Franklin County Technical School Friday in Turners Falls.
Megan Ilnicky struck out four and walked three to earn the win. Elyza Colson doubled and hit four sacrifice flies to lead the Tigers (6-3, 6-3) with five RBIs, and Stephanie Allen doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs.
Mykayla Coburn tripled and drove in three runs for the Eagles (4-8, 4-6), while Ellie Diemand added two hits.