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  • Turners Falls baserunner Amber Caouette scores Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls, where her Indians opened the WMass Division III Softball Tournament with a 22-0 win over Smith Voke at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

    Turners Falls baserunner Amber Caouette scores Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls, where her Indians opened the WMass Division III Softball Tournament with a 22-0 win over Smith Voke at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.
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  • Turners Falls winning pitcher Mackenzie Phillips cruises to a five-inning no-hitter Thursday in the Powertown.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

    Turners Falls winning pitcher Mackenzie Phillips cruises to a five-inning no-hitter Thursday in the Powertown.
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  • Turners Falls slugger Amber Caouette has been a productive hitter all season for Turners Falls, and that doesn't figure to change in the state tournament.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

    Turners Falls slugger Amber Caouette has been a productive hitter all season for Turners Falls, and that doesn't figure to change in the state tournament.
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  • Mackenzie Phillips pitches for TF  Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Turners Falls baserunner Amber Caouette scores Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls, where her Indians opened the WMass Division III Softball Tournament with a 22-0 win over Smith Voke at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz
  • Turners Falls winning pitcher Mackenzie Phillips cruises to a five-inning no-hitter Thursday in the Powertown.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz
  • Turners Falls slugger Amber Caouette has been a productive hitter all season for Turners Falls, and that doesn't figure to change in the state tournament.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz
  • Mackenzie Phillips pitches for TF  Recorder/Paul Franz

Mackenzie Phillips had been dealing with some soreness in her throwing arm recently, but on Thursday, she looked about as comfortable as could be.

The Turners Falls High School pitcher struck out 13 of the 15 batters she faced and finished one walk away from a perfect game as the third-seeded Indians demolished 14th-seeded Smith Vocational High School, 22-0, in a mercy-rule shortened first-round WMass Division III Softball Tournament game at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

Phillips walked Alli Kowalczyk with one out in the fourth inning to allow the only Viking baserunner of the day. In fact, the Vikings had trouble just putting the ball in play. Phillips needed her defense to make just two plays, one on a weak popup to center field, the other on a grounder to first base.

“Mack hasn’t thrown for a couple days because she’s been a little sore,” Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins said. “She wasn’t throwing real hard today, but she was moving the ball around a little bit and did well. It’s nice to get this first one out of the way.”

The Indians (19-2) took advantage of 12 walks from Smith Voke pitcher Fawn Mougin and also benefitted from seven errors. Turners had 12 hits on the day, including two apiece from Emma Johnson, Jordyn Fiske and Phillips. Johnson and Fiske each doubled and drove in one run, while Phillips collected two RBIs. Jenna Putala doubled and plated three runs, and Hailey Whipple had one hit and two RBIs.

The Indians will host the winner of today’s first-round game between St. Joseph’s Central High School and Renaissance School. The quarterfinal game is tentatively set for Saturday night at 7.

Pioneer 7, McCann Tech 4 — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Katlyn Grover broke her bat in half during practice on Wednesday and had to use a new piece of lumber for Thursday’s WMass Division III softball first-round game against McCann Technical High School in North Adams.

It’s safe to say Grover will probably hold on to her new bat for a while.

Grover led off the top of the seventh inning with a triple and sparked a four-run rally as Pioneer came back from a one-run deficit to post a 7-4 victory.

The ninth-seeded Panthers (13-8) will travel to top-seeded and unbeaten Mt. Everett Regional High School (19-0) Saturday afternoon at 2 for a quarterfinal game.

The eighth-seeded Hornets (11-10) took a 4-3 lead into the seventh, but Grover and her new bat got things going with a triple. Jessica Scoville was hit by a pitch before Tara O’Neil grounded out, but Grover scored on the play to tie things up at 4-4. Logan Anderson put Pioneer in front with an RBI double, and following the second out of the inning, Nicole Bitzer singled and Cheyenne Hubert hit a two-run double for some insurance.

“They finally started to hit,” Pioneer coach Joel Cole said. “That hit by Grover just seemed to put some confidence in them, and they started making contact. You know how rhythm goes.”

Anderson finished with three hits while Grover and Hubert each had two. Erin Bertrand earned the win for the Panthers, striking out seven and allowing seven hits and three walks.

Athol 10, Ware 2 — Athol High School recorded 16 hits and scored 10 times to help make it a relatively easy first postseason outing for freshman pitcher Jess Soucie during a 10-2 victory over Ware High School in the first round of the WMass Division III Softball Tournament Thursday in Ware.

The 10th-seeded Red Raiders (15-6) scored four times in the top of the second inning to open the scoring and helped Soucie calm some nerves. She wound up giving up single runs in the third and fourth innings, but was otherwise solid. Soucie’s walk total was higher than she would want at seven, but she allowed just five hits and finished with three strikeouts.

“She has a cold right now, and I’m not trying to make excuses, but she was not herself,” Athol coach Colleen Bannister said. “She was not around the plate. When she got around the plate, her confidence grew, and she did a good job keeping her composure.”

Athol teed off on Ware starter Sadie Simons, who struck out eight and walked two but gave up 16 hits. Liz Arpide, who returned to the Raiders’ lineup following an injury, singled, tripled and drove in a game-high four runs. Olivia Smith finished with four hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs. Jordan Carey and Kiki Guerin each added two hits and two RBIs. Kayla Robideau chipped in three hits including a double, Molly Cleveland had two hits, and Julia Salmond doubled.

Athol heads to second-seeded Monson High School for a quarterfinal Saturday at 2:30.

Hoosac 13, FC Tech 1 — Franklin County Technical School’s softball team faced a level of pitching Thursday that it doesn’t often see in the regular season.

Hoosac Valley’s Kali Puppolo allowed just two hits and an unearned run, striking out 10 in Franklin Tech’s 13-1 five-inning Western Mass. Division III first-round loss at Russell Field in Adams.

“We don’t see this type of pitching,” Eagles coach Mike Blanchard said. “We have one team in our league that (has) this kind of pitching, Pathfinder.”

Hoosac (13-6) took control early, scoring five times in the first inning, tacking on two in the second and ending the game with a six-run fifth — three of those runs scoring on one throwing error alone.

After falling behind 5-0 after one, the 13th-seeded Eagles (13-8) got a run back in the second. Teagan Valeski reached on an error to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error following Mackenzie Bardwell’s infield single. Bardwell would advance to third on a passed ball, but that was as close as Franklin Tech would get for the rest of the day. Puppolo struck out three batters in a row to end the inning, and K’d the first two batters in the third.

Missy Vatalaro had Tech’s only other hit of the day, an infield hit in the top of the fifth. She was thrown out trying to steal, ending the inning.

Erin Girard led fourth-seeded Hoosac with four hits and two RBI, while Abby Jamros and Gabby Vincent also drove in a pair apiece. Rachel Shearer took the loss for Franklin Tech, striking out six Hoosac batters.

“They earned five in the first, we were down 5-1 early and it doesn’t work,” Blanchard said. “They have a faster pitcher, and she pitched a really good game. We just came up here to try and compete. We knew we were a little out of our league.

“I’m proud of the girls. I just want them to learn how to compete a little bit harder.”

— Matthew Sprague, Berkshire Eagle

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