Greenfield outlasts Eagles
Tech 1 Sam tagged out at home Recorder/Paul Franz
GHS LaPointe pitchesRecorder/Paul Franz
FC Tech 1 Sam S safe at third Recorder/Paul Franz
Tech 1 Sam S safe at Third, errant throw Recorder/Paul Franz
FC Tech 2 Rachel Pitches Recorder/Paul Franz
GHS 8 Opalnik base hit Recorder/Paul Franz
After combining for two runs in the first four innings, there was an eruption of scoring over the final three innings of Friday’s independent softball game between Greenfield High School and Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls.
The squads combined to score 17 runs in the final three frames and the Green Wave held on for a 10-9 victory at Gifford Field.
Greenfield (1-2) scored twice in the top of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie, then added five more runs in the sixth to take what appeared to be a commanding 8-1 lead at the time. The Green Wave was helped out by three errors committed by the Franklin Tech defense in the sixth, and Erica Lapointe stroked a two-run single as well.
Franklin Tech (4-2) did not go away quietly, scoring six times in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull to within a run. The Eagles sandwiched a pair of walks around a Sam Macomber double to load the bases in the inning, and Sam Scopa and Brooke Meuse laced back-to-back two-run doubles. Nicole Valeski followed that with a two-run single to complete the scoring in the inning and pull the Eagles to within a run at 8-7.
Greenfield scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning and they proved to be huge when Scopa belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame to again make it a one-run game.
Green Wave pitcher Rachel Lapointe held on for the win, battling some wildness (she walked seven) and working around 14 hits against. Erica Lapointe finished with two hits for the Green Wave, which ended the game with only six hits.
Franklin Tech’s Rachel Shearer suffered the loss, striking out nine and walking seven. Scopa finished with five hits for the Eagles, while Meuse and Teagan Valeski each had two hits.
Frontier 3, Athol 2 — McKayla Poissant pitched a gem for Frontier Regional School, going the distance while striking out eight and walking just three as the Red Hawks came back for a 3-2 Franklin County League softball victory over Athol High School Friday afternoon at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, Frontier loaded the bases and Amanda Robinson knocked in the tying run with a single. Frontier then took a 3-2 lead on a bases loaded walk, and would hold on for the victory.
Poissant also had a good offensive day for the Red Hawks, doubling and knocking in a run. Courtney Newsome, Cassidy Ciesluk and Sarah Meunier all added base hits for Frontier.
Jess Soucie took the hard luck loss for Athol (2-1) but pitched well, striking out five in six innings. Julia Salmond and Molly Cleveland each had an RBI for the Red Raiders.
Frontier (4-0) returns to the diamond Monday at noon as it visits Taconic High School in Pittsfield.
Pioneer 16, Sabis 4 — Gabby Carpenter finished with two hits and five RBIs on Friday and Pioneer Valley Regional School defeated Sabis International Charter School, 16-4, in an independent softball game in Springfield.
Pioneer (4-2) scored 14 runs in the first three innings. Mary Luckham finished with three hits and three RBIs, and Nicole Bitzer added two hits and three RBIs. Jessica Scoville singled and plated two runs.
Katlyn Grover struck out seven and walked five in six innings of work to earn the win.
Taylor Early suffered the loss, striking out three and walking sevens.
Mohawk 13, Smith Voke 7 — Jenna Sencabaugh and Leigh Shippee each clubbed home runs to lead Mohawk Trail Regional High School to its first win of the season, 13-7, over Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in an independent softball contest Friday afternoon in Buckland.
Hope Lively paced the Warriors with three hits, including a triple, while Shippee and Emily Page each added two hits. Page earned the win, striking out nine and walking six in four innings of work. Lively closed it out for the save with six strikeouts and three walks in three innings.