Golden Hawks stun Red Raiders
Hopkins Academy took advantage of nine walks and 11 hits to stun Athol High School, 12-11, in eight innings of Franklin County League softball action Friday afternoon in Hadley.
The Golden Hawks (3-10, 2-7) opened the day as the bottom team in the FCL, while the Red Raiders (9-5, 6-4) opened the day in third place and need one more win to qualify for the tournament. It appeared to be a mismatch on paper, but that’s why they play the games.
“We were in a funk today,” Athol coach Colleen Bannister said. “We hit the ball, but you can’t walk 10 people and hit three more and expect to keep them from scoring.”
Hopkins scored five times in the first inning and led 10-8 after four innings. Athol tied the game with two runs in the sixth inning, and neither team scored in the seventh, setting the game up for extra innings. Athol took a 11-10 lead in the top of the eighth on a solo home run by Julia Salmond, but Hopkins came back in the bottom of the frame to win it. Jera Barrett (four hits, two doubles, three RBIs) and Kyra Michalak (two hits, two RBIs) opened the inning with back-to-back singles and the Golden Hawks tried to bunt the runners over but Athol reliever Julia Salmond laid out to catch the bunt, which was popped up. Salmond issued a walk to load the bases, but she came back to register a strikeout for the second out of the inning. Peyton Ring walked to force in Barrett with the tying run, and a wild pitch scored Michalak with the game-winner.
While Salmond suffered the loss, she helped Athol get back into the game as she came on in the fourth inning to get Athol out of trouble and then pitched three straight scoreless innings. The reliever finished with two strikeouts and two walks in 4 1-3 innings, while starter Jess Soucie struggled to locate and finished with one strikeout and seven walks in 3 1-3.
Kayla Robideau finished with three hits and one RBI in the win, and Jessica Mann doubled, tripled and plated three runs. Kiki Guerin tripled and belted a solo home run in the fourth inning to finish with two RBIs.
Peyton Ring earned the win, coming in to pitch with one out in the first inning and finishing with three strikeouts and one walk in 7 2-3 innings of work.
Turners Falls 22, Greenfield 1 (5) — Morgan Ozdarski finished with two hits and five RBIs as Turners Falls High School bested Greenfield High School, 22-1, in a five-inning, FCL softball game Friday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Amber Caouette added two hits and four RBIs in the win, Hailey Whipple singled and drove in two runs, and Emma Johnson doubled and plated a pair. Mackenzie Phillips struck out eight and walked two in four innings of work, and Jordyn Fiske struck out one and walked one in one inning of relief. Together the two pitchers allowed just one hit.
Danielle Townsley had the only hit for Greenfield. Rachel Lapointe walked 10 and struck out one in two innings to suffer the loss. Amanda Elwell struck out one and walked five in two innings of relief.
Pioneer 18, Mohawk 6 (5) — Pioneer Valley Regional School scored 16 times in the first inning and wound up beating Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 18-6, in five innings of FCL softball action Friday night in Northfield.
The Warriors issued nine walks in the first inning and needed three pitchers to get out of the jam. Hope Lively walked six and hit a batter without registering an out, and Emily Page walked three in 1-3 of an inning before getting lifted. Leigh Shippee came on and pitched well in relief, striking out one and walking two in 4 2-3 innings, pitching three shutout innings before allowing two runs in the fifth to end the game. Jenna Sencabaugh doubled, while Jess Dawicki and Ashley Lowell each had one single to account for the three Mohawk hits.
Cheyenne Hubert doubled, tripled and drove in three runs for Pioneer, while Erin Bertrand doubled and drove in two runs. Katlyn Grover doubled and drove in one run, and Taylor Flaherty had three hits.
Bertrand struck out one and did not walk a batter in four innings to earn the win, while Grover struck out two and walked three in one inning of relief.
Renaissance 15, FC Tech 13 — Renaissance School took advantage of some third-inning wildness from Franklin County Technical School pitcher Katie Shearer to score 10 runs and held off an Eagles’ comeback to hold on for a 15-13 Tri-County League softball victory Friday afternoon in drizzly Turners Falls.
The teams combined to score 28 runs but many of those were the result of the 21 walks issued by the two pitchers, as the two clubs combined for just 11 hits.
Franklin Tech led 3-2 after two innings but Renaissance broke it open with 10 runs in the third inning. The Phoenix had just two hits in the frame, but worked seven walks from Franklin Tech pitcher Katie Shearer, helping them score the 10 runs.
The Eagles began chipping away at the deficit and trailed 12-9 after four innings but were unable to overtake the visitors. Franklin Tech managed only four hits off Renaissance pitcher Keyla Oliveras, who did walk 11 and struck out four. Sam Scopa doubled and drove in two runs, Teagen Valeski drove in two runs, and Mackenzie Bardwell tripled.
“We didn’t hit, plain and simple,” Franklin Tech coach Bubbles Blanchard said.
Katie Shearer suffered the loss, striking out 11, but walking 10.