Phillips powers Indians past Red Raiders, 10-2
Mackenzie Phillips struck out 14 over seven innings to lead Turners Falls High School past Athol High School, 10-2, in a Franklin County League softball game Friday evening at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Phillips allowed seven hits and walked one as the Indians finished the season 18-2 overall (14-2 FCL), one game behind Hampshire Regional High School. Athol (11-8 overall, 10-6 FCL), which has already clinched a postseason appearance, finishes the regular season today at home at 2 p.m. against St. Bernard’s High School.
Athol took a 2-0 lead right out of the gate with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning but Turners Falls came back in the bottom of the second to grab the lead for good with three runs. All three runs came courtesy of Emma Johnson, who blasted a 3-run home run over the fence as part of a two-hit performance on the day. Dakota Smith-Porter finished with three hits for the Indians, Phillips added two hits and two RBIs to help her own cause, and Julia Bryant and Sam Peabody each collected two hits and one RBI.
Olivia Smith finished with two hits, including a double, for the Red Raiders, Liz Arpide added a pair of hits, and Kiki Guerin singled and drove in a run. Trisha Hazen struck out five and allowed 12 hits and five walks in the loss.
Both teams will learn their postseason fate on Tuesday when the softball seeds are announced.
• Turners’ junior varsity squad capped off a perfect 20-0 season Friday with a mercy rule-shortened, 22-4 win over Athol.
Jessica Loynd scattered six hits and four walks while striking out five in five innings for the pitching win, while Hailey Whipple, Melissa Hersey and Brittany Miller all ripped two hits apiece.
Jess Mann led Athol with two hits and an RBI.
Greenfield 8, Mohawk 4 — Greenfield High School put the finishing touches on a season of growth on Friday evening with an 8-4 FCL softball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
After finishing with just four wins in each of the past three springs, the Green Wave saw its win total nearly double, improving to 7-11 this season, including a 5-11 mark in the nine-team league to finish sixth. First-year Greenfield coach Rian Lively said that she was pleased with the progress and hopes it will carry over to next spring.
“It was a really good season,” she began. “We really turned it around toward the end of the season. Hopefully we can take what we learned this year into next season and put together an entire season.”
Elise Brown struck out six and allowed eight hits and three walks over seven innings to earn the win. Erica Lapointe and Mackenzie Plasse each finished with one hit and two RBIs for the Green Wave, which led 4-0 after four innings. Valenka Kosick chipped in one hit and one RBI, and Brown helped herself out with a pair of hits.
Brianna Benz finished with three hits and one RBI for Mohawk, which finished the season 2-16. Tasha Buntin, Laura Ward and Crystal Stevens each added one hit and one RBI in the loss. Angel Donovan struck out one and walked three in four innings, while Lindsey Warger struck out two and walked five in the final two frames.
St. Mary 3, Greenfield 2 — St. Mary High School earned a win at first doubles for the decisive point on Friday in a 3-2 Tri-County League boys’ tennis victory over Greenfield in Greenfield.
Brayten Stack came back from one set down at third singles to earn a point for the Green Wave, which finished the regular season 8-7 overall and qualified for the WMass Division II boys’ tournament. Stack picked up a 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Corey Clemente. Greenfield’s second doubles pairing of Nick Brandl and Jackson Pelletier also earned a hard-fought victory with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Will Armstrong and Mike Haley.