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Pioneer tourney bound

Pioneer Valley Regional School earned its spot in the Western Massachusetts Division III Softball Tournament berth with an 8-3 win over Hopkins Academy in a Franklin County League contest Tuesday in Hadley.

The game was delayed twice by lightning.

Pioneer broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with three runs, as Jackie LaFleur delivered a big two-run double in the rally.

Shea Healy, Taylor Flaherty and Kelly Sweeney all contributed two hits and an RBI for the winners (10-10 overall, 8-8 FCL).

Jera Barrett led the Golden Hawks with a single and double.

“I’m really happy for the girls, especially Shea and Jackie,” said Panthers head coach Joel Cole. “They’ve never been to tournament. ... I’d like to get this tradition (of qualifying) started again.”

Hampshire 2, Athol 1 — Marissa McCarthy raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Hampshire Regional High School edge Athol High School, 2-1, in FCL softball play Tuesday in Westhampton.

McCarthy was at third with no outs and held up on a grounder to first. As the first baseman tagged the runner out, McCarthy broke for home and the throw sailed high as McCarthy slid in with the winning run.

Bri Wetlich had a single, double and an RBI for Hampshire.

Julia Salmond doubled and Danielle Whitman singled her home in the second inning for Athol, which outhit Hampshire 5-4.

Ashlee McGan struck out eight and did not walk a batter in the complete-game effort.

Trisha Hazen fanned two and walked no one in the loss.

Athol (11-7, 10-5) travels to Turners Falls High School tonight at 7.

Putnam 16, FC Tech 4 (5) — Dezmarie Montanez had two hits and three RBIs as Putnam Vocational High School rolled to a five-inning, 16-4, win over Franklin County Technical School in Tri-County League softball play Tuesday in Springfield.

Cynthia Rodriguez added a double and three RBIs for the Beavers, who took advantage of 21 walks on the afternoon.

Ellie Diamond had two hits and Brooke Meuse added a hit and two RBIs for the Eagles.

Franklin Tech (7-11, 7-8 TCL) finished up its season Friday at home against Springfield School of Science & Technology.

Girls’ tennis

Chicopee 3, Frontier 2 — Chicopee High School won third singles and swept both doubles matches to edge Frontier Regional School, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match on Tuesday in South Deerfield.

The Red Hawks (8-7 overall) won both of their points with relative ease. Ricky Fields cruised past Lilly Roberts, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, and Eleni Balis downed Ines Yanyule, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 singles.

Frontier travels to Belchertown High School toady at 4.

East Longmeadow 3, Mohawk 2 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School closed out its regular season with a 3-2 loss to East Longmeadow High School on Tuesday.

The Warriors (11-5) earned a par of wins in singles for their points. Roz Lytle-Rich posted an 8-1 win over Tulsi Mali at No. 1, and Aliza Fassler edged Drew Peters, 7-6, at No. 3.

The match started at East Longmeadow High School, but after a downpour and a phone call, the match was moved to the Enfield (Conn.) Tennis Club. Due to time constraints at the club, the teams agreed to either shorten matches to eight-game pro sets or declare the leader of each incomplete match as the winner.

Volleyball

Athol seeded 10th

Athol was seeded 10th in the Western Massachusetts Volleyball Tournament, the seeds of which were announced Tuesday morning at Agawam High School.

The Red Raiders (10-10) will hit the road on Thursday night to face No. 7 seed and PVIAC East rival East Longmeadow High School at 6:30 in a first-round match.

If Athol can spring the upset, it will move on to a quarterfinal matchup against No. 2 seed Ludlow High School on Tuesday at 6:30.

Semifinal matches are set for May 30 at 6:30 at the sites of the higher seeds, and the championship match is scheduled for June 3 at 6:30 at Holyoke Community College’s Bartley Center.

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