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Franklin Tech blanks PVCS, 3-0

Franklin County Technical School registered just one hit in its Tri-County League baseball season opener but the Eagles manufactured some runs and had three pitchers combine on a five-hit shutout to open the season with a 3-0 victory over Pioneer Valley Christian School in Turners Falls.

Joey Barcomb, Kyle Johnson and Mitch Mailloux combined on the shutout on the mound for the Eagles, who already have one quarter of their win total from a year ago when they won just four games. Barcomb started the game and struck four in three innings of work before giving way to Johnson, who struck out four in his three innings of work. Mailloux came on for the seventh inning and punched out one batter to earn the save.

As for the offense, it scrapped together three runs, including two in the first inning to stake the pitchers to a lead. Nate Crocker reached on an error to open the bottom of the first inning and move to second on the play. He later came around to score on Johnson’s RBI single, which represented the only Eagles’ hit of the day. Johnson then got to work on the base paths, moving to second on a passed ball, stealing third and scoring on a passed ball. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when Franklin Tech tacked on an insurance run and again it was Johnson, as he led off with a walk, stole second, and took the next two bases on a pair of passed balls.

“I told the kids after the game that that’s how we are going to win baseball games,” second-year Franklin Tech skipper Brian Winslow said. “We are going to play good defense and make some things happen on the bases.”

The Eagles host Putnam Vocational High School on Monday afternoon.

Granby 9, Mohawk 3 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School stranded 11 runners on the base paths and committed four errors in the field and it added up to a season-opening, 9-3, independent loss to Granby High School in baseball action Friday afternoon in Granby.

Brett Sullivan earned the complete-game victory for the Rams with nine strikeouts against eight hits and three walks. He loaded the bases in two innings but got out of both jams, including the fourth inning when Mohawk loaded the bases with nobody out but did not score a run as Sullivan came back to strike out the side.

Teddy Robert finished with two hits and two RBIs for Granby, while Sullivan collected a pair of hits, and Shane O’Connor had one hit and one RBI.

Mark Buck paced the Mohawk offense with three hits, including a double. Javier Morales singled and doubled, and Sam Slowinski collected two hits and drove in one run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Billy Gray suffered the loss, striking out four in 2 1/3 innings.

Softball

FC Tech 15, Commerce 2 (5) — Mackenzie Bardwell made her first career varsity home run a big one, as she belted a grand slam as part of a nine-run third inning to propel Franklin Tech to a 15-2 Tri-County League softball victory over High School of Commerce Friday afternoon in Springfield.

The game was ended after the fifth inning due to the 12-run mercy rule.

Commerce actually led 2-1 after one inning but the Eagles scored twice in the second to take the lead for good before blowing the game open with nine runs in the third. Bardwell highlighted the big inning with her grand slam, while Sam Scopa added a two-run shot in the third as well. Cassie Harris and Katie Newell each singld and doubled in the game, and Newell drove in a pair of runs.

The Eagles got a solid opening-game performance out of its freshman battery as pitcher Rachel Shearer teamed up with classmate and catcher Harris on a one-hitter in the win. Shearer struck out nine and walked one in the five-inning win.

Franklin Tech hosts Mohawk on Monday.

Taconic 6, Pioneer 3 — Amanda Ely and Mallorie Smith each homered on Friday to help Taconic High School to a 6-3 season-opening softball victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.

The game was tied 2-2 until the fifth inning when Taconic struck for two runs to take the lead for good. Ely added two more runs with her blast in the sixth inning for some insurance. Smith hit a solo shot in the fourth.

Carly Decker earned the win for Taconic, striking out four and walking six in the complete-game effort. She allowed four hits to Pioneer — one each for Logan Anderson, Erin Bertrand, Brianna Jobst and Tara O’Neil.

Bertrand hit an RBI double in the fourth inning and later came around to score on a ground out by Nicole Bitzer. Anderson drove in the third Pioneer run on the day in the seventh inning on a ground out. Bertrand suffered the loss, striking out seven and allowing 12 hits and one walk in seven innings.

Boys’ tennis

Turners Falls 4, St. Mary 1 — Turners Falls High School won all three contested matches on Friday afternoon and defeated St. Mary High School, 4-1, in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match in Westfield.

Dennis Gheorghita and Sam Danford captured the top two singles spots for the Indians (1-1). Gheorghita defeated Kieran O’Donnell 6-3, 6-0 at first singles, while Danford knocked off Jake Weiker 6-2, 6-0 at second. Avery Palmer and Jonathan Cagre earned a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ben Rutledge and Andrew Tilniki at first doubles.

Boys’ track

Mahar 109, Gardner 36 — Mahar Regional School won all but two events and only Ethan Nye and Dan Bergman were multi-event winners for the Senators as they spread around the wealth on Friday to earn a 109-36 independent boys’ track and field victory over Gardner High School in Orange.

Bergman swept the hurdling events with a victory in the 110 high hurdles in 17.7 seconds, and a win in the 400 intermediate hurdles in 67.1 seconds. Nye won the 200 yard dash in 24.8 seconds, and outleapt everyone in the triple jump for a winning distance of 38 feet, 11 seconds.

From there it was a mixed bag of winners for the hosts. Clay Richardson won the 100 in 11.8, while freshman Nick Stafford picked up a victory in the 400 in 60.3 seconds. Freshman Issak Reinikainen earned a victory in the 800 in 2:21, and Zabien Shaw opened the season with a victory in the 2-mile in 10:47.

Angel Biegen won the long jump in 17-10.5, and Pat Richard took the pole vault in 8-6. Mahar also swept the throws on the day as Aaron Briggs won the discus (93-9), Leo Jillson won the javelin (130-3), and Russell Grasso won the shot put (38-5).

Boys’ volleyball

Athol 3, Commerce 0 — Lorenzo Carra served 19 straight points in Game 1 on Friday to set the tone for the rest of the match as Athol High School shut out High School of Commerce, 25-7, 25-12, 25-9, in an independent boys’ volleyball match in Athol.

Tyler Lajoie finished with a team-high five kills for the Red Raiders, who were able to use everyone on the roster. Erik Aieky and Ryley Saisa each had three kills, while Cruz Chi, Branden Thomas and Matt Drazek picked up two kills apiece.

Carra added 13 assists and seven digs, and Thomas led Athol with 13 digs. Wyatt Doiron-LaRue chipped in seven digs, and Nelson Leadbetter collected six digs.

Girls’ ultimate

Four Rivers 15, NMH 2 — Sara DiPaolo and senior captain Sophie Buchanan each played well offensively to lead Four Rivers Charter School to a 15-2 win over Northfield Mount Hermon School in a girls’ ultimate match Friday afternoon in Gill.

Lea Sweeney had a strong defensive effort to help the Otters limit the Hoggers to just two points.

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