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Four Rivers girls 2nd, boys 7th at States

The Four Rivers Charter School girls’ ultimate team finished second overall at the State Ultimate Tournament Saturday afternoon at Greenfield Community College.

The tournament featured the 13 best ultimate teams in the state and Four Rivers entered the event ranked fourth. The teams were divided into four pools, but Four Rivers, the top seed in Pool D, had the extra team in its pool, which meant that while the other top seeds only had to play two games, Four Rivers had to play three. The Otters won all three, besting Andover High School (9-6), Needham High School B Team (11-0), and fifth-ranked Somerville High School (8-1) to advance to the semifinals. Four Rivers took on top-seeded Lexington High School in the semifinals and earned its biggest win of the season with a 9-7 victory.

“We just maximized on their errors, we were so efficient,” Four Rivers coach Amanda Griffith said. “And we played with poise. It was one of the best wins ever. They had just won the St. Johnsbury (Vt.) Tournament, which is a huge tournament, but we just said, ‘What the heck, let’s give them everything we have.’”

According to Griffith, the Otters ran out of gas from that win and succumbed to Amherst Regional High School JV A in the championship game, 13-2.

Four Rivers’ previous best finish at the state tournament had been third place.

“We still feel like the biggest winners,” Griffith said. “That was the biggest victory we’ve ever had.”

Boys’ tourney

Four Rivers took home a seventh-place finish in the 17-team Boys State Ultimate Tournament over the weekend at Greenfield Community College.

In their initial five-team pool, the Otters were seeded third and edged Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 4-3, in Saturday’s opener. That avenged a 15-14 home loss to Lincoln-Sudbury on May 11. Four Rivers then lost to top seed Needham High School, 11-3, but rallied back for victories over Abington High School (10-6) and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (11-5) to finish 3-1 in pool play.

“We played almost errorless disc in two games in sloppy conditions,” said Otters coach Terry Plotkin.

In Sunday’s consolation matches, Four Rivers got by Northampton High School, 11-7, before dropping an 11-4 decision to Newton North High School.

Lexington High School defeated Needham Sunday to claim the tournament championship.


Turners Falls 11, Mohawk 0 — Brody Markol and Tyler Charboneau each finished with three hits and three RBIs on Sunday to lead Turners Falls High School to an 11-0 Hampshire League baseball win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in the regular-season finale for both teams in Buckland.

The game was a continuation from Wednesday’s game that was halted due to rain with Turners Falls leading 8-0 in the top of the fourth inning.

Kramer Patenaude and Trent Bourbeau each finished with two hits and one RBI, while Marcel Ortiz picked up two hits. Nick York fired six shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks to earn the win. Zach Wright struck out one and walked one in one inning of relief. The Indians (14-6 overall, 11-5 HL) will find out their seed in the upcoming WMass Division III tournament Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Northampton High School.

Sam Slowinski finished with two hits for Mohawk (8-12, 6-10 HL), and Connor Maloney doubled. Sunday marked the final game for Warriors head coach Mike Billiel, who is stepping down after three seasons on the job.

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