Casella breaks own record again
Emily Casella broke a school record for the second consecutive meet and Athol High School swept a dual girls’ track & field meet Friday afternoon in Athol.
The Red Raiders defeated Greenfield High School, 92-44, in a Franklin County League tilt, and bested Springfield School of Science & Technology, 105-26, in an independent meet.
Casella was the star of the meet, winning three events, including the shot put, which she broke the school record in for the second meet in a row. Casella set the school record on Tuesday with a throw of 36 feet, 6 inches to break the previous school mark by a full five inches. She outdid herself by six inches on Friday, putting the shot an even 37 feet to eclipse her three-day-old record by six inches and set the new school mark.
Casella also won the discus at 111 feet, 4 inches, and she captured the 200 meter dash in 29.6 seconds. She also teamed up with Lindsey Hamlett, Elizabeth Casella and Tanner Favreau to win the 4 x 100 meter relay in 58.3 seconds.
Holly Brisette won a pair of events in the victory with wins in the 800 (3:06.3) and the mile (6:43) and was th eonly other multi-event winner for the Red Raiders. Lucy White won the 400 (76.4), Sophia LaRoche won the 100 high hurdles (22.5), and Favreau won the 400 low hurdles (83.5). Hope Parker won the triple jump (27-8), Sophie Palmacci won the high jump (4-2), and Hamlett won the javelin (82-6).
Erika Glabach won the 100 meter dash for Greenfield in 15.8 seconds, Jenna Silk won the 2-mile (14:44.5), and Raylyn Rockwood won the long jump (13-51/2).
Greenfield 6, Athol 3 — Greenfield baseball coach Tom Suchanek has seen a lot in his 42 years with the team, but he may have never seen anything like what took place at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield on Friday night.
Three Green Wave pitchers combined on a no-hitter but allowed three runs, while Athol High School pitching gave up just two infield hits but allowed six runs and the Green Wave punched its postseason ticket with a 6-3 win.
It was a miserable night for a baseball game as drizzly conditions made for a damp field and wet baseballs. The result was a game seemingly dominated by pitching, although the two teams combined to walk 16.
Greenfield’s Owen Schilling started the game and pitched four scoreless innings. He took a 1-0 lead into the fifth and sandwiched a walk to Bryce Melanson in between a pair of outs. Schilling appeared to get out of the inning but an error kept Athol alive and Schilling struggled with his control. A walk loaded the bases and a passed ball and wild pitch scored Melanson and Jerry Parker to give Athol a 2-1 lead. Another passed ball later in the inning allowed Alex Page to come home for the third Athol run. Suchanek turned to Garrett Hudson to come in and get the final out of the fifth, which wound up earning him the win.
Greenfield came back and scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning, doing so with the benefit of just one hit. Jake Elwell picked up the single when he hit a drag bunt down the line toward third. Jourdan York-Welcome and Hudson walked to load the bases, and a walk to Drew Barisano forced in a run. Andrew Toritto then reached on an infield error that allowed two runs to score, including the go-ahead run. Connor Eckstrom later plated another run on a fielders choice.
Barisano took over on the mound in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings to complete the no-hitter, striking out two and walking two. Suchanek jokingly said it was quite a night for baseball.
“It was a damp, soggy night and the ball wouldn’t go anyplace, and the pitchers had trouble gripping the ball,” he said.
Melanson suffered the loss, striking out five and walking six in four innings. Jamie Posk struck out one and walked one in two innings of relief.
Turners 11, Mt. Everett 3 — Turners Falls High School recorded 15 hits and took advantage of seven Mt. Everett Regional School errors en route to a 11-3 independent baseball victory Friday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Alex Carlisle was the offensive hero on Friday, recording two singles, two doubles and three RBIs. Tyler Charboneau doubled twice and plated two runs, Brody Markol tripled and drove in a run, and Zach Demars, Quinn Doyle and Eric Ferguson each had two hits, with Doyle and Ferguson each adding an RBI.
Charboneau earned the win, striking out five in five innings without allowing a walk.
FC Tech 12, Smith Voke 7 — You might say Franklin County Technical School stole one on Friday afternoon.
The Eagles swiped 14 bases on Friday and the aggressive baserunning helped translate to a 12-7 Tri-County League baseball win over Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton.
Franklin Tech scored five times in the first inning and led 9-5 after three innings. Many of the runs came as the result of the stolen bases — Ethan Wickline finished with five thefts, and Nate Crocker, Kyle Johnson, Dylan Mailloux and Austin Burdick each had two.
“The baseball was wet and the catcher and pitcher were having a hard time handling the ball,” Franklin Tech coach Brian Winslow said. “Our kids were getting good jumps and putting pressure on the defense. That’s something we want to do. We did run into some outs, but we put pressure on them as well.”
Wickline had a big day, finishing with four hits and one RBI. One of those hits was his WMass-leading sixth triple. Alec Milton had three hits and one RBI, Mailloux had two hits and three RBIs, while Johnson chipped in two hits and two RBIs.
Kyle Johnson earned the win in relief, striking out six and walking four in 4 2-3 innings.