Bulletin Board: Limoges, Holyoke Catholic beat Panthers
Nick Limoges hit two triples and drove in five runs on Saturday as Holyoke Catholic High School edged Pioneer Valley Regional School, 8-5, in an independent baseball game in Northfield.
The Gaels struck for four runs right out of the gate in the top of the first inning and Limoges was right in the middle of it, stroking a bases-loaded triple to plate three of the four runs. After Pioneer cut the lead in half on a two-run single by Kyle Hubbard in the bottom of the third inning, Holyoke Catholic put four more runs on the board in the fourth, including two more on Limoges second triple of the day. Will Kennedy also had a bases-loaded walk to force in a run in the frame.
Pioneer closed the gap in the fifth inning as Jake Hale hit a two-run triple of his own to make it 8-4, and Zach Lambert hit an RBI single.
Both starting pitchers struggled with control on the day. Pioneer’s Matt Faulkner lasted just 3 1-3 innings, walking four and hitting four batters, while striking out two. Nate Laprade started for Holyoke Catholic but did not get in line for the win, lasting just 2 1-3 innings, walking six and striking out four. Tom Heavren picked up the win in relief, firing 2 1-3 innings, striking out two and walking two.
Pioneer heads to Greenfield High School today at 4.
Makayla Pydych went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored to help Northfield Mount Hermon School to a 17-2 mercy-rule-shortened prep softball victory Saturday in Farmington, Conn.
Yona Kimball-Smith finished 2-for-2 at the dish with four runs scored, and Paige Michel went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and one run. Suki White finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored in support of winning pitcher Maddie Spencer-Orrell, who struck out four and allowed three hits and no walks in five innings.
NMH (3-0) travels to Loomis Chaffee School on Wednesday.
Matt Creonte scatted eight hits over 4 2-3 innings of work to lead NMH to a 10-4 prep baseball victory over Deerfield Academy Saturday in Deerfield.
Creonte struck out four in the win. Tanner Jillson went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored for NMH (1-2), while Gabe Bitzer and Sam Kasten each finished 2-for-3 with one RBI.
NMH heads to Tilton on Wednesday.
Track & field
Caroline Sullivan and Sristi Sunil each won four events for NMH on Saturday to lead the Lady Hoggers to a first place finish in a girls’ track & field tri-match Saturday in Gill.
NMH defeated Suffield Academy and Cushing Academy on the day.
Sullivan won the 1,500, 800 and 3,000 individually and ran the anchor leg of the 4 x 400 race, while Sunil won the high jump, long jump, triple jump and anchored the 4 x 100 team.
• On the boys’ side, NMH took seven of the 17 first places to win a tri-meet over Suffield and Cushing Saturday in Gill.
The NMH varsity boys’ crew team won their race Saturday over Farmington High School Saturday in Farmington, Conn.
The varsity boat, consisting of Eli Wise, Matt Greenwood, Jody Desmond, Jake Wilson, Steve Huber, Daniel Packard, Javier Ysert Egusquiza, Will Capitani and Chandler Glass, won with a time of 4 minutes, 1 second.
Paul Butler scored three goals on Saturday but NMH suffered a 14-5 loss to Hotchkiss School in a boys’ prep lacrosse match in Lakeville, Conn.
Peter-Owen Hayward finished with one goal and one assist in the loss, Jordan Dow recorded two assists, and James Gittzus chipped in a goal.
• On the girls’ side, Phillips Exeter Academy outlasted NMH, 12-9, in overtime Saturday in Gill.
Yihao Yang defeated Noah Wilson 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 1 singles for NMH on Saturday but the Hoggers fell to Berkshire School, 5-2, in a boys’ prep tennis match in Gill.
Matt Swiman defeated Yanno Fernandez at No. 4 singles, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) for the other NMH point.
UMass women win
UMass scored 17 times in the first half on Sunday to cruise past George Mason, 22-2, in a women’s lacrosse match at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst.
The 10th-ranked Minutewomen (13-1 overall, 4-0 A-10) set the Atlantic 10 record for all-time league wins for a school with its 75th as a member of the conference.
Sam Rush and Katie Ferris led the attack with 11 points combined as Rush scored five goals, while Ferris tallied three goals and three assists. Rush moved into a third-place tie with Kathleen Typadis among all-time scorers at UMass with 190.
The Minutewomen head to Richmond on Saturday for a matchup betweeen the top two teams in the A-10.
UMass men fall
Senior Connor Mooney scored three goals and added a pair of assists on Saturday but No. 14 UMass suffered a 13-9 loss to Drexel University at Vidas Field in Philadelphia.
Grant Consoletti recorded a personal-best four points in the loss with a pair of goals and two assists. Jeff George and Nick Mariano each had a goal and an assist, while Sean Cleary and Grant Whiteway netted one goal apiece.
UMass trailed just 8-7 entering the fourth quarter but Drexel scored five times in the frame to put the game away. Drexel came into the game receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll and was inside the Media Top-20 poll.
UMass returns to Garber Field in Amherst on Saturday at 7 against No. 16 Hofstra.
UMass baseball falls
UMass baseball had its four-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Saint Louis in 11 innings at Lorden Field in Amherst.
UMass is now 7-20 overall, 5-7 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Billikens improved to 20-13 overall, and 8-3 in conference action.
Jake Henson reached on a fielder’s choice in the top of the 11th inning and back-to-back one-out singles by Danny Mannion and Josh Benselmeyer knocked Henson home for the eventual game-winner.
The beautiful weekend weather brought out the golfers and on Sunday Nate Burdick and Rob Haigh fired a 68 to win the KMP Shootout at the Country Club of Greenfield.
Matt Eaton and Jared Ewart came in second with a 71.
Brian Luippold and Bill Canon won low net with a 64, while Chris Cole and Josh Cook took second with a 67.
Oak Ridge League sign-ups
Oak Ridge Golf Club in Gill is looking for anyone interested in playing in a Wednesday evening scramble league.
The league will hold a meeting on Wednesday night at 6.
Interested players should attend the meeting or call Al Holmes (522-7808) or Oak Ridge (863-9693).
K of C tourney
The Greenfield Knights of Columbus Council 133 is looking for golfers interested in playing in its inaugural tournament on May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Country Club of Greenfield.
The event includes 18 holes with a cart as well as lunch, dinner and a large raffle.
For more information contact Jason Semaski at 626-3378 or Lou Grader at 774-2848.
Babe Ruth meeting
The Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball League will hold a pair of meetings on Thursday at St. Kazimierz Society in Turners Falls.
The rules committee meeting begins at 5 p.m., with the general membership meeting to follow at 6.
Topics in the latter meeting will include additional registrations and skills clinic set-up for April 26.
For more information, contact Gabe Mousseau at 695-3471 or Joe Mignault at 774-3876.