Indians roll, 15-2
Turners Falls sophomore second baseman Jenna Putala underwent reconstructive knee surgery in November and isn't expected to return until May, if all goes well. A precocious "veteran," Putala is a key player for the Indians, who will be dangerous with or without but better with her in the lineup.
This was expected to be a duel between the two best teams in the Franklin County League.
The Turners Falls High School offense had other ideas.
The Indians unloaded on three Hampshire Regional High School pitchers for 13 hits, including long home runs from Dakota Smith-Porter and Tanisha Sanders, and cruised to a six-inning, 15-2 FCL win Monday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Sanders actually ended the game with a two-run single to invoke the mercy rule.
“It was exciting see them take the challenge,” said Indians head coach Gary Mullins. “I thought they came with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, playing an unbeaten team, and they responded very, very well.”
Turners (11-1 overall, 9-1 FCL) scored three times in the third as Jordan Meattey singled, Jenna Putala doubled her home and Smith-Porter blasted a two-run homer.
The Indians extend their lead to 7-0 in the third, then blew it open with a four-run fifth to make it 11-0. Putala slapped an RBI single and Sanders launched a three-run homer in the frame.
Sanders drove in five runs overall, Putala finished with four hits and two RBIs, and Smith-Porter and Meattey each added two hits and two RBIs.
Smith-Porter scattered four hits and four walks while striking out five for the win.
Anna Dziok homered and Savannah Waters doubled twice and singled once for the Red Raiders (9-1, 9-1).
Frontier 15, Greenfield 2 — Krystel Enko struck out 17 Monday night and Frontier Regional School defeated Greenfield High School, 15-2, in FCL softball action at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Enko allowed two walks and four hits in the win, which moved Frontier (9-3, 8-3) to within one win of qualifying for the WMass Tournament. Caitlin Sullivan doubled as part of a four-hit performance for the Red Hawks with four RBIs, while Amanda Robinson added two hits and three RBIs. McKayla Poissant added three hits, while Courtney Newsome finished with three hits, including a triple, and one RBI. Cassidy Stankowski singled and doubled, Gwen Thayer singled twice, and Aly Hamelin singled and drove in a run.
All four of the Greenfield (4-9, 3-9) hits went for extra bases. Kelsey Roberts doubled and tripled, and Elise Brown and Valenka Kosick each doubled. Kosick and Roberts drove in the Green Wave runs, and Brown suffered the loss, with five strikeouts and two walks.
Pioneer 4, Hopkins 2 — Pioneer Valley Regional School opened a pivotal week with a 4-2 FCL softball victory over Hopkins Academy.
The Panthers (6-7, 5-5) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mary Luckham smacked a two-run single to put Pioneer in front, and Katlyn Grover added an insurance tally with her run-scoring single.
That proved to be enough for pitcher Shea Healy, who scattered four hits and three walks while striking out six.
Jackie LaFleur collected two of the Panthers’ seven hits on the afternoon.
Jocelyn Beaulieu finished with two hits and Kyra Michalak added a single and an RBI.
Allie LaClair fanned five and walked one in the complete-game loss.
Pioneer’s four-games-in four-days stretch continues today at home against Athol High School at 5.
Mohawk 5, Mahar 1 — Caitlin Millett rapped out four hits, including a double, and drove in two runs to power Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a 5-1 FCL softball win over Mahar Regional School on Monday in Buckland.
Millett’s two run single in fourth helped the Warriors extend their lead to 4-1, and they added one more insurance run in the sixth.
Kaylee Quenneville collected three hits and scored twice, and Tasha Buntin added a single and double for the winners, who totaled 15 hits in all.
Angel Donovan fanned seven, walked four and scattered five hits to pick up the win.
Meghan Berry’s RBI single in the second accounted for the only Senator offense. Tasha Polana, the league’s hottest hitter, was held to a single in four at-bats.
Kate Donelan took the loss.
St. Bernard’s 6, Athol 1 — St. Bernard’s High School took advantage of six walks and seven hits on Monday to earn a 6-1 victory over Athol High School in an independent softball game in Fitchburg.
Athol pitcher Trisha Hazen struck out seven but issued six walks and hit one batter to suffer the loss. The Red Raiders (7-5) did manage eight hits on offense, but could only push one run across the plate. That run came in the third inning when Olivia Smith (three hits) tripled and came home to score on one of Alexa Whitney’s two singles on the afternoon.
Kiki Guerin, Jordan Carey and Kayla Robideau each added one hit in the loss.
Athol travels to Northfield today at 5 to take on Pioneer.
FC Tech 14, Smith Voke 11 — Franklin County Technical School blew a seven-run in the fifth inning, but battled back to earn a 14-11 win over Smith Vocational & Agricultural School in Tri-County League softball action Monday at Gifford Field in Turners Falls.
The Eagles were out hit 11-7, but took advantage of 17 walks, four errors and a handful of passed balls to post the win.
Makayla Coburn led the offense with two hits, and Katie Newell added a single and two RBIs.
Natasha Cintron singled, tripled and drove in two runs for the Vikings.
Coburn struck out two and walked five to pick up the win.
Franklin Tech (5-8, 5-6 TCL) is scheduled to travel to Pathfinder Vocational High School on Wednesday.