Hawks beat Mustangs; Indian netmen win
Frontier Regional School scored four runs in the second inning and got a strong performance in the circle from McKayla Poissant to knock off Monson High School, 6-4, in independent softball action Monday afternoon in Monson.
The Red Hawks (2-0) also scored single runs in the first and fifth innings and led 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth before Monson made things interesting by scoring two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Poissant slammed the door with a scoreless seventh to keep the Hawks unbeaten in the early going.
The big inning for Frontier was the second when Caitlin Sullivan and Ally Hamelin sandwiched hits around a walk to Hannah Adams to load the bases. After a strikeout, Cassidy Ciesluk hit a bases-clearing double to the gap in left-center field. Ciesluk later came around to score on a Courtney Newsome RBI single.
That put the Hawks in front 5-0 and was enough for Poissant, who scattered six hits and three walks over seven innings of work. The hurler finished with six strikeouts on the day.
Frontier hosts Athol High School Wednesday at 4.
Turners 4, Renaissance 0 — Dennis Gheorghita beat Wayne Farrell 6-0, 7-5, at first singles and Turners Falls High School swept the four contested matches en route to a 4-0 victory over Renaissance School in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Sam Danford won at No. 2 singles for the Indians with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Anthony Nescemboni. Alex Gheorghita and Spencer Hubert knocked off Nicolas Godding and Xavier Farrell, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Avery Palmer and Jonathan Cagle dropped Chris Ortega and Brandon Stewart, 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.
Sci-Tech 5, Mohawk 0 — Springfield School of Science & Technology swept all five matches over a youthful Mohawk Trail Regional High School team for a 5-0 independent girls’ tennis victory Monday afternoon in Springfield.
Mohawk’s Nelly O’Connell is the only returning player on the team this season and she played the season-opener at No. 1 singles for the Warriors where she was downed by Brianna Flahive, 6-1, 6-3.
After her the Warriors feature all newcomers this season and while the team did not win a match, coach Christian Austin was encouraged by the play of his entire team.
“It was very promising,” he said. “They’ve had less practice than any team in the league because we hold snow longer up here and they’ve never played a match in their lives.”
Lilly Seaver fell to Elizabeth Schabot 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and Ashley Robertson fell to Linnell LaRusse 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Kylee Cole and Mary Monahan fell to Nicole Schabot and Veronica Korobkov 6-4, 6-2 at first doubles, and Olivia Girard and Laura Spencer dropped a 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-2 (third set tiebreaker) to Adriana Martinez and Francheska Bermudez at No. 2 doubles.
Central 3, Athol 2 — Athol High School rallied from a 2-0 deficit, but was unable to complete the comeback as Central High School held on for a 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 13-25, 20-18, in a PVIAC Eastern Division boys’ volleyball match on Monday in Springfield.
Wyatt Doiron-LaRue collected a team-leading 12 kills to go along with 7 digs, Tyler Lajoie dished out 18 assists and had 6 digs, Lorenzo Carra added 14 assists and 6 digs, and Nelson Leadbetter contributed 17 digs for the Red Raiders.
Athol (3-3, 0-1 East) goes right back to Springfield today as it takes on independent foe High School of Commerce at 4 p.m.