Mercy, mercy Raiders romp
Hampshire Regional High School was seeking revenge Wednesday, and the Red Raiders got it in a big way.
The Red Raiders’ offense unloaded on Turners Falls High School early and often, scoring four runs in the first and six more in the third on the way to a 12-0 rout during their Franklin County League softball showdown in Westhampton.
Hampshire (13-1 overall, 12-1 FCL), which had been mercy-ruled by Turners, 15-2, on May 6, came out firing away on offense and used Marissa McCarthy’s two-run double and Ashlee McGan’s RBI single to grab a 4-0 lead.
In the third, Anna Dziok led off with a solo home run, Bri Wetlich doubled and McCarthy walked, prompting Indians head coach Gary Mullins to replace starter Dakota Smith-Porter with Tanisha Sanders. Hampshire continued its barrage, scoring five more times in the frame to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Lily West also had a two-run double in the rally.
“The best motivator for a good team is to get jacked like that,” said Mullins, referring to the May 6 game. “I think that’s a very powerful tool.
“I’ve coached long enough to know that if you pop a team that good, it’s very hard to beat them again,” added Mullins. “I was disappointed with how we competed, but (Hampshire) is a good team and they had a great day.”
Turners (13-2, 10-2) managed just three hits, singles from Brittany York, Jenna Putala and Jordan Meattey.
Winning pitcher McGan fanned five, walked two and was one of three Raider players with two hits; the other two were Wetlich and McCarthy.
Turners travels to Mahar Regional School today at 3:30.
Pioneer 5, FC Tech 1 — Pioneer Valley Regional School scored twice in the fourth and three times in the fifth to down Franklin County Technical School, 5-1, in an independent girls’ softball game Wednesday night in Northfield.
Mary Luckham led the Panther offense with three hits, Shea Healy added two hits and an RBI, and Taylor Flaherty chipped in a double and an RBI.
Alyssa Andrews had one of the Eagles’ five hits and drove in the only run.
Healy fanned nine and walked no one in the complete-game win.
Makayla Coburn, who struck out one and walked three, suffered the loss.
Pioneer (8-8 overall) hosts Greenfield tonight at 7.
Athol 3, Putnam 2 — Athol High School needed to go to a fifth set, but finally earned a Western Mass. Tournament berth as it outlasted Putnam Vocational High School, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13, in a PVIAC East Division boys’ volleyball action Wednesday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
“I’m very proud of my boys today,” said Red Raiders head coach Donna Lajoie. “I never expected to make it to tournament this year with such a young and inexperienced team.”
Lorenzo Carra led Athol (10-9, 3-5 East) with a career-high 23 assists, Wyatt Doiron-LaRue added 17 kills and four blocks, and Erik Aikey contributed nine kills and four blocks
Devon Vazquez led the Beavers with 41 assists and 58 digs.
4 Rivers second
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School scored the universal point to beat Four Rivers Charter School, 10-9, and win the River Valley Athletic League tournament Wednesday at Greenfield Community College.
Four Rivers scored twice late in the contest to tie it at 9-9, forcing the universal point to be played to decide the winner.