Tribe outlasts Hawks
Fron 16 Toomey late with tag on TF 8 Salls
TF 8 Bryant safe as Frontier pitcher Newsome tries to cover home
TF pitcher Jordan Meattey
TF 14 Tanisha Sanders connects for a GS
Frontier coach TO at mound
Frontier pitcher Enko
TF 4 York slides into 2nd FronToomey
Tanisha Sanders comes home
Tanisha Sanders belted a three-run home run as part of an eight-run, third-inning explosion and Turners Falls High School escaped a late comeback attempt to hold on for an 8-5 win in Franklin County League softball action Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.
The defending state Division III-champion Indians got going in the third inning when Dakota Smith-Porter and Jenna Putala led off with back-to-back doubles. After a pair of Frontier errors, Sanders unloaded on an offering from Krystal Enko and parked it well over the fence in left.
“We often win games when we have that big inning,” Turners coach Gary Mullins said.
Mullins was not pleased with how things ended in the season-opener. He said that he made some defensive substitutions that caused pitcher Smith-Porter to throw extra pitches in the final two innings, but the fact that Frontier scored five times in the final two innings was unsettling.
“We won the game but I was disappointed with some of the things I saw today,” he began. “We threw way too many pitches and, as a result, they started to swing the bats later in the game. We also made some errors that made Dakota throw some more. I was disappointed with her control as well. But that’s how she has pitched for some time. She’s been effectively wild.”
Smith-Porter finished with 10 strikeouts against six hits and one walk. Enko finished with one strikeout and five walks in three innings pitched. McKayla Poissant pitched the final three innings for the Red Hawks, striking out one and not allowing a single hit or walk.
Athol 2, Pioneer 0 — Tricia Hazen hurled a no-hitter to lead Athol High School to a 2-0 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in a FCL softball game Monday at O’Brien Field in Athol.
Hazen struck out seven and walked three in her gem.
The Red Raiders (1-1 FCL) scored both of their runs in the fourth inning. Nicole Guerin singled up the middle, Danielle Whitman roped a double to left field to plate Guerin with the first run, and Whitman scored on Liz Arpide’s RBI double.
Whitman finished with three of Athol’s eight hits. Arpide added two.
Shea Healy fanned three and issued one walk for the Panthers (1-2, 1-1 FCL).
Greenfield 7, Mahar 3 — Greenfield High School earned its first win under first-year head coach Rian Lively in besting Mahar Regional School, 7-3, in a FCL softball contest Monday at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Vicky Balis went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI to lead a balanced offense, which produced 10 hits. Kelsey Roberts added a single, double and an RBI, Elise Brown contributed a double, and Valenka Kosick and Tory Adams both had a hit and an RBI for the Green Wave (1-1 FCL).
Brown scattered five hits and two walks while striking out 12 to earn the win.
Tasha Polana collected two hits and Tiffany Tenney doubled for the Senators (2-1, 1-1).
Kate Donelan fanned 10 and walked one in the complete-game loss.
“I’m not happy with 10 strikeouts, but we’ll work on it tomorrow,” said Lively. “We’ve got to hit ball better and start clicking. The defense and pitching look OK.”
Hampshire 13, Mohawk 0 (5) — Anna Dziok roped two home runs to power Hampshrie Regional High School to a five-inning, 13-0 FCL softball win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday in Westhampton.
Dziok belted a two-run homer during the Red Raixders’ five-run first inning, and she added a solo shot in the fifth.
Ashlee McGanfired a two-hitter with four strikeouts.
Angel Donovan and Morgan Dodge had the only hits for the Warriors (0-2).
Pioneer 6, Catholic 2 — Don’t tell Pioneer that a revamped team equals a rebuilding year.
Despite graduating nine players from a year ago, the Panthers improved to 2-0 this season, following Monday’s 6-2 independent win over Holyoke Catholic High School at Sarah Jane Field in Chicopee.
For the second straight game, the Panthers got off to a fast start, scoring twice in the first inning and once in the second to race out to a 3-0 lead. Ben Lambert led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on a Cole Tognarelli RBI single. Tognarelli later scored on a Phil Peduzzi sacrifice fly. In the second, Jordan Cutting reached on one of three catcher’s-interference calls against the Gaels on the day, and later scored when Brian Llewelyn reached on a one-out error. The offense would go stale over the next four innings and Holyoke Catholic clawed its way back in, scoring once in the third and once in the fifth off Pioneer starter Alex Keir. But the Panthers picked up the starter with three more runs scored in the top of the seventh, including one on a Cutting RBI single.
Keir earned the win with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings before giving way to Ryan Wagner, who got the final three outs to preserve the win. The two pitchers combined on a five-hitter.
Jeff Laprade suffered the loss, striking out seven and walking three in 6 1-3 innings.
Greenfield 9, Hampshire 3 — Mike Duclos registered three hits and three RBIs to lead Greenfield over Hampshire, 9-3, in independent baseball action Monday in Westhampton.
Duclos’ two-run, fifth-inning single upped the Green Wave’s lead to 4-1. Greenfield also scored on an error and a balk in the frame to make it 6-1.
Garrett Hudson, who also had three hits, earned the mound won. He struck out eight, walked three and scattered five hits.
“He was pretty much in control,” said Wave head coach Tom Suchanek. “He gave up a few hits but he was ahead in the count a lot. He had a good fastball and breaking ball.”
Josh Brandl added a double for the Wave, which finished with 10 hits.
Greenfield hosts Hopkins Academy Wednesday at 3:30.
Hoosac 3, Mohawk 1 — A two-run fifth inning helped Hoosac Valley Regional High School snap a 1-1 tie and beat Mohawk, 3-1, in an independent baseball game Monday in Cheshire.
Mohawk trailed 1-0 until the top of the fifth, Ryan Spitzer singled and scored on J.J. Burt’s double to the left-center field gap. Sam Slowinski singled Burt to third and promptly stole second, but both were stranded when the next three batters were retired.
Slowinski had two of Mohawk’s six hits.
Hoosac scored both runs in the fifth on a two-out error.
Ryan Pease suffered the loss. He struck out four and walked three in 4 2/3 innings.