Indians defeat Commerce for 1st win
Turners Falls' Lauren Grimmard lands a 12'11" jump during the girl's track meet against Springfield's High School of Commerce on Wednesday. Grimmard placed second, losing to a Commerce opponent by a few inches.
Turners Falls slugger Amber Caouette is always a threat to go deep for her third-seeded Indians, who have been a postseason mainstay for many years.
Turners Falls' Lauren Grimmard leaps forward during the long jump event against Springfield's High School of Commerce on Wednesday. Grimmard landed a 12'11" jump, placing second against a Commerce opponent by only a few inches.
Lauren Grimard and Jenna Hackett both won two events on Wednesday to lead Turners Falls High School to a 75-53 independent girls’ track & field victory over High School of Commerce at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.
Grimard won the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 4 inches, and then won the 400 low hurdles in 1 minute, 26.4 seconds. The senior also placed second in the long jump at 12-11.
Hackett, meanwhile, won the triple jump for the Indians at 21 feet, 11 inches, and then captured the pole vault at 5-6. Haliegh Bassett won the shot put for the Indians at 23-91/2, Sophie Letcher won the 800 in 3:06.6, and Clarisse Hutchinson won the mile in 6:10.
The Indians also swept the relays. The team of Alicia Peters, Tala Houle, Wileshka Vega and Hackett won the 4 x 100 in 1:00.2, while the team of Hutchinson, Letcher, Emily Giguere and Lizz Saulnier won the 4 x 400 in 5:33.
Mohawk 118, Sabis 27 — Ashley Pierce and Kesheal Henderson each won two events on Wednesday and Mohawk Trail Regional High School improved to 2-0 on the season with a 118-27 win over Sabis International Charter School in an independent girls’ track & field meet in Buckland.
Henderson swept the sprinting events with a winning time of 13.5 in the 100 and a time of 27.9 in the 200. Pierce, meanwhile, swept the hurdling events as she won the 100 highs in 17.8 seconds and the 400 lows in 76.1 seconds.
Mohawk won all but two events on the day with nine individuals winning one event. Natasha Olanyk won the 400 meter run in 60.4 seconds, while Lilly Wells won the 800 in 2:50. Maddie Boucias won the mile in 5:59, and Juliette Shean captured the 2-mile in 12:28.
Elise Leonard won the long jump in 15-3, and Kelsey Scranton won the triple jump in 31-0. Sally Slowinski captured the high jump at 4-10, Laura Ward captured the javelin in 94-7, and Abbi Yezierski took the pole vault at 6-6.
Greenfield 5, Chic. Comp 0 — Greenfield High School remained unbeaten on the season as it won all five matches against Chicopee Comprehensive High School for a 5-0 victory Wednesday afternoon in Chicopee.
Paris Felogloy had a solid day at No. 1 singles with his 6-2, 6-1 victory over Andrew Fulewski. His brother, George Felogloy, played in the most competitive match of the afternoon as he dropped the first set 2-6 to Casey Ramos but came back to win the next set 6-3. With the match already decided, the two boys played a super tiebreaker instead of a third set and Felogloy won that 10-3. Stefan Walker finished off the sweep at singles with his 6-4, 6-0 win over Piotr Libersbazh.
Greenfield dominated the two doubles matches on the day as both tandems lost just three games en route to victories. Patrick Crowningshield and Ben Westerman beat Tim Kozikowski and Justin Adamszyk, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, while the pairing of Brayten Stack and Nick Brandl knocked off Ramon Bestalov and Artsom Izonov, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
Greenfield hosts Sabis International Charter School Monday morning at 11 a.m.
Central 3, Turners 2 — A lack of players forced Turners Falls to forfeit the match at third singles and it came back to hurt as it proved to be the deciding point in the match as Central High School edged the Indians, 3-2, in an independent boys’ match Wednesday in Springfield.
Central swept the three singles matches including the forfeit win at No. 3. Ian Patriarea knocked off Dennis Gheorghita 6-0, 6-4 at first singles to give Central the point there, and Ryan Thorpe edged Sam Danford, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.
The Indians came back to take both the doubles matches. Alex Gheorghita and Spencer Hubert knocked off Kevin Mulcahey and Jevon Ramsey, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, while Avery Palmer and Jonathan Cagle nearly shut out Micah Lebeau and Jeremy Cortez at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-1.
Turners Falls 5, Mohawk 0 — Melanie Howard edged Lilly Seaver 6-4, 6-4 at second singles in the best match of the day and Turners Falls beat Mohawk, 5-0, in a Tri-County League North Division girls’ tennis match Wednesday in Turners Falls.
Sara Bradley earned a 6-4, 6-1 win over Nelly O’Connell at first singles for the Indians, and Kortney Thurber beat Ashley Robertson, 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.
Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak bageled Kylee Cole and Mary Monahan, 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles, and Felecia Craver and Hailey Trott dropped Olivia Girard and Laura Spencer, 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.
Frontier 3, Chic. Comp 2 — Olivia McCulloch and Shelby Telega made their first varsity match one to remember as they won the decisive point at second doubles to lift Frontier Regional School to a 3-2 win over Chicopee Comp in a Tri-County League North Division girls’ tennis match Wednesday afternoon in South Deerfield.
McCulloch and Telega are both newcomers this season on a young Frontier team but the duo played well to earn the final point of the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Polina Walsh and Briana O’Connell. That helped the Red Hawks sweep the doubles as Ashley Barrington and Peter Bronke knocked off Kristen Hubert and Kayleigh Morin, 6-4, 6-0.
Alli Zera won the only singles match for Frontier with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Allison Ulasewich at second singles.
Lily Schulman played the most competitive match of the day but wound up on the losing end of a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 score in her match against Comp’s Morgan Hiersche. Brooke Gardiner earned the other point for Chicopee Comp with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over A.J. Mensah at third singles.
“They played really well,” Frontier coach Steve Barrett said. “Overall, the kids did a really nice job.”
Turners 13, Pioneer 0 (6) — Mackenzie Phillips struck out 10 over six shutout innings to lead Turners Falls to a 13-0 win over Pioneer in a Franklin County League softball game Wednesday afternoon in Northfield.
The game was stopped after six innings due to the mercy rule.
Phillips allowed just three hits and one walk in the shutout victory for the Indians, who were playing their season-opener. Emma Johnson finished with a double, triple and one run batted in, and Amber Caouette clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning. Phillips finished with two hits and two RBIs, Gabby Arzuaga collected two hits and one RBI, and Morgan Ozdarski picked up two hits.
Erin Bertrand suffered the loss, striking out three and walking one in six innings. She was the victim of nine errors committed by the Pioneer defense. Logan Anderson finished with two hits for the Panthers (2-2 overall), and Mary Luckham added one hit.
• Turners Falls also won the junior varsity game, 9-2. Peyton Emery struck out 14 and walked only two in the complete-game win, and also hit a two-run double. Amelia Marchand and Lizzie Fuller each had one hit in the loss.
Pioneer 4, Turners 2 — Jake Hale pitched six strong innings and Pioneer Valley Regional School won its first game of the season with a 4-2 independent baseball triumph over Turners Falls High School Wednesday afternoon in Northfield.
Hale struck out nine and allowed just three hits over six innings of work. He struggled somewhat with his control, allowing six walks, but first-year coach Dan Abrahamson was pleased with the hurler, who was a tough-luck loser to the Indians in the season-opener two weeks ago.
“Jake battled out there,” Abrahamson said. “He obviously had a little problem with his control, but it was cold out and he couldn’t find a grip on his curveball. But he hit his spots with his fastball. I’m really proud of him.”
Turners Falls (2-2) starter Eric Ferguson struggled even more with his control, walking eight in 2 1-3 innings of work. After the Indians staked him to a 1-0 lead on a Tyler Charboneau RBI single in the top of the first inning, Ferguson gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning as Pioneer took the lead for good. Jordan Cutting and Zach Lambert led off with back-to-back walks and Cole Tognarelli was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Cutting to score, and two more came around when Lennon Robichaud stroked a single.
Pioneer (1-5) added another run in the third inning to chase Ferguson. Kyle Hubbard and Tim Atkins led off with walks and Hubbard later scored on a wild pitch. The Indians got one back in the fifth inning, but Hale pitched a scoreless sixth and Tognarelli struck out two as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the save.
Tanner Jones was a bright spot for Turners Falls on the day, pitching 3 2-3 innings of relief, striking out five and walking two.
“When Jake comes out and pitches like this, it gives confidence to the rest of the team,” Abrahamson said. “We knew that all we needed to do was score a few runs to win.”
Both teams return to action on Friday.