Schools: Mercy, mercy, Raiders rule
The bats were working for Athol High School softball on Thursday.
The Red Raiders scored 12 times in the first inning and finished with 26 hits and 21 runs in just four innings as they mercy-ruled rival Mahar Regional School, 21-2, in 41/2 innings of Franklin County League softball action in the Tooltown.
Eight players had multiple hits for Athol, including Molly Cleveland, who led the team with five hits (all singles) and also drove in three runs. Kayla Robideau finished a home run shy of the cycle and finished with four hits and three RBIs, and Julia Salmond added three hits and four RBIs. Jess Soucie recorded three hits, including a double and three RBIs, Olivia Smith netted three hits and two RBIs, Julia Carey collected three hits, and Liz Arpide chipped in two hits and two RBIs.
Soucie earned the win with three strikeouts and three walks in three innings of work. Salmond came on to strikeout four and walk one in two innings of relief.
Mahar actually took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning as Alex Temple hit an RBI double and Kacy Ninteau hit an RBI single. Ninteau added a double and finished with two hits for Mahar. Kate Donelan suffered the loss, striking out four and walking no one in 3 2/ 3 innings of work.
Frontier 10, Mohawk 3 — Frontier Regional School scored five times in the first inning, three more in the third and went on to post a 10-3 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School is FCL softball action Thursday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
McKayla Poissant ripped a two-run double in the opening frame to help stake the Red Hawks to their early lead, and Cassidy Cielsluk added two-run single in second to extend their advantage to 8-0.
Mae Fydenkevez also had an RBI single for Frontier, which finished with eight hits from eight players.
Hope Lively led the Warriors with three hits and one RBI, while losing hurler Emily Page added a double.
Poissant struck out nine and walked one in the complete-game win against her former team.
Frontier also won the junior varsity game, 12-7, behind Sara Corey’s two hits and a double from Camille Alli. Lydia Donahue led Mohawk with four hits, including a double, and Mikayla Bompastore chipped in with two hits.
Turners 17, Hopkins 1 (5) — Turners Falls High School played a little home-run derby Thursday night, launching six bombs en route to a 41/2-inning, 17-1 FCL softball win over Hopkins Academy at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Three first-inning home runs opened the floodgates when Emma Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot, Amber Caouette followed that up with a two-run shot, and Jordyn Fiske later belted a two-run homer of her own to build a 7-0 lead before the Golden Hawks recorded an out.
Turners added eight more runs in the second inning to build a commanding 15-0 lead, then capped off the offensive eruption with two more in the fourth.
Jera Barrett broke the shutout when she belted a solo home run off reliever Fiske in the fifth.
Morgan Ozdarski led the Indians’ hit parade with two homers, a double and a single. Caouette finished with three hits, as did Fiske and Gabby Arzuaga (double).
Emma Johnson finished with two solo homers, Mackenzie Salls added two hits and Maddy Johnson doubled.
Mackenzie Phillips struck out eight and walked no one in four innings for the win.
Turners also won the junior varsity game, 16-2. Peyton Emery struck out 14 in the circle, and aided her cause with a double, triple and two RBIs.
Greenfield 4, Renaissance 1 — Greenfield High School remained unbeaten with a 4-1 Tri-County League win over renaissance School in boys’ tennis action Thursday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
The Green Wave (6-0, 4-0 TCL) won two of three singles matches and the only contested doubles match.
Stefan Walker downed over Zach Johnson, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 2 singles, Nick Brandl bested Brandin Stewart, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 3 singles, and Patrick Crowningshield and Elijah Xeno defeated Nicholas Godding and Deryeri Santiago, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles.
Renaissance forfeited the second doubles match.
Greenfield hosts Holyoke High School on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Turners 3, Sabis 2 — Brothers Dennis and Alex Gheorghita won at the top two singles matches for Turners Falls on Thursday and the Indians edged Sabis International Charter School, 3-2, in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match in Turners Falls.
Dennis Gheorghita knocked off Colin Girard, 6-3, 6-2, at first singles and younger brother Alex Gheorghita made his debut at second singles a successful one with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Mason Reed.
Spencer Hubert fell to Taariq Woods, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) at third singles but the first doubles pairing of Avery Palmer and Jonathan Cagle bageled the Sabis duo of Robert Leblanc and Tyruse Taylor, 6-0, 6-0 to earn the decisive point.
Turners Falls had to forfeit the second doubles match due to a lack of players.
Commerce 80, Athol 54 — Marvin Lovett won three events to lead High School of Commerce over Athol, 80-45.
Lovett was tops in the triple jump (35-41/2), 100 meters (11.9) and 200 (25.3).
Michael Eyasu claimed blue ribbons in the javelin (121-7) and 800 meters (2:14), and Nick Perry took the high jump (5-2) and 100 high hurdles (21.2).
Athol’s field event winners included Matt Winters in the discus (84-1) and Travis Heath in the shot put (37-11). Tanner Pavilionis captured the 800 meters (1:03.2).
Zak Bergquist took the mile (5:44), Charlie White claimed a first in the two-mile (13:17) and James Riddell was victorious in the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:15.9).
Frontier 113, Southwick 32 — Frontier Regional School used a balanced effort to roll to a 113-32 win over Southwick-Tolland Regional High School in a Suburban League girls’ track and field meet Thursday in South Deerfield.
Kat Miner was the only double winner for the Red Hawks, as she claimed the high jump (5-0) and 100 meters (13.6).
Remi Quesnelle won the long jump (13-23/4) and Kimmi Logan took the triple jump (29-103/4), while Katherine Conlisk outdistanced her foes in the javelin (102-1), Meghan Grace-Slocombe did likewise in the shot put (25-111/2) and Jamie Byrne cleared 8 feet to win the pole vault.
Frontier also won three other running events and swept the hurdles.
Sarah Conlsik was tops in the 800 (2:35.3), Caitlin Burnett won the mile (5:54.1) and Taryn Marquis won the two-mile (13:21.2), while Brenna Sicard was first in the 100 highs (18.5) and Zoe Barker hit the tape first in the 400 lows (1:16.1).
Morgan Wundt led the Rams with wins in the discus (75-3) and 200 meters (29.3).
Frontier travels to East Longmeadow High School on Saturday for the George C. Steele Relays.
Four Rivers 15, Charlemont 3 — Four Rivers Charter School earned its fifth straight win as it cruised past Academy at Charlemont, 15-3, in a boys’ ultimate game Thursday in Greenfield.
Chandler Thoma registered five goals and Liam Carlton collected two assists and played well defensively for the Otters, who were able to pull away from the Aardvarks by scoring seven goal against the wind.
Four Rivers (5-0) heads to the Northfield Mount Hermon School tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.