Senators knock off Panthers in FCL
Mahar Regional School’s offense came life on Friday, and made it a little more difficult for Pioneer Valley Regional School to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division III Softball Tournament.
The Senators unleashed a 17-hit assault, including eight for extra bases, and pulled away late for a 14-7 Franklin County League victory over the Panthers on Senior Day in Orange.
Pioneer (9-9 overall, 7-7 FCL) still needs to win one more game to qualify for the postseason, but has to travel to Hampshire Regional High School on Monday and Hopkins Academy on Tuesday to close out the regular season.
Mahar’s Tiffany Tenney gave Pioneer a preview of what the afternoon would be like when she clobbered Shea Healy’s first pitch for a home run.
Tenney — who led the Senators with four hits and four RBIs — then unloaded on another Healy offering for a two-run homer in the fifth to out the Senators up 5-1.
Pioneer got two back in the top of the fifth, but Mahar struck again, as consecutive doubles by Kyrie Boatwright, Mickey Boatwright, Meghan Berry and Krystal Fredette led to a five-run frame and a 10-3 lead.
The Panthers put up three more in the fifth to close the gap, but Mahar tacked on four more insurance runs in the bottom of the frame.
Fredette also had four hits for the Senators (7-11, 3-11), including two doubles, whileBerry had three hits and Kyrie Boatwright smacked a pair of two-baggers and drove in two.
Katlyn Grover led the Panthers with two hits and three RBIs.
Turners 7, Mt. Greylock 2 — Seven runs in the first two innings were more than enough for Turners Falls High School as it downed Mt. Greylock Regional High School, 7-2, in independent softball action Friday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Dakota Smith-Porter singled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Indians, while Tanisha Sanders, Morgan Ozdarski and Amber Caouette each had one hit and one RBI. Smith Porter struck out five and walked three in six innings to earn the win.
Frontier 4, Taconic 3 (11) — Ally Hamelin singled home Gwen Thayer with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Frontier Regional School eked out a 4-3 independent softball win Friday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Red Hawks pitcher Krystel Enko was stellar all afternoon, as she struck out a career-high 23 batters, walked only one and scattered four hits. She also blasted a solo home run in the first inning.
Gwen Thayer started the winning rally with a one-out single. She went to second on a passed ball, then after the second out, Hamelin ripped a shot to the gap and Thayer scored standing up.
Hamelin finished with three of Frontier’s 12 hits. Thayer, Courtney Newsome and McKayla Poissant each added two hits, and Sarah Toomey doubled.
Wahconah 19, Mohawk 0 (41∕2) — Mohawk Trail Regional High School was limited to two hits in a 19-0 loss to Wahconah Regional High School in an independent softball game Friday in Dalton.
Sam Davis and Brianna Benz both singled for the visiting Warriors.
Belchertown 3, Turners 2 — Meredith Brown closed out her Turners Falls career with a three-hour, three-set win as the Indians dropped a 3-2 decision to Belchertown High School in a Tri-County League North girls’ tennis match Friday at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Brown finished her marathon finale in a super tiebreaker against the Orioles’ Rachel Gustafson before finally pulling out a 3-6, 7-5, (10-6) decision.
Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak also won for Turners (3-11, 0-8 TCL North) at first doubles with a 6-4, 6-4 verdict over Morgan O’Connor and Angela Grabazs.
Belchertown (4-7, 2-3) earned the decisive point at second doubles, where Brook O’Neill and Alex Guillermo bested Kaili Lynch and Kortney Thurber, 6-4, 5-7, 6-0.