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Mahar wins big, 9-3

Mahar Regional School scored five times in the sixth inning to break open a close ballgame and beat Franklin County Technical School, 9-3, in independent softball action Wednesday afternoon in Orange.

Tasha Polana showed why she will again be one of the Franklin County League’s most feared hitters, as she ripped a two-run single to highlight the sixth-inning uprising. Polana finished with two of the Senators’ five hits, while Erin Robinson (double) and Emily Melanson each contributed a hit and two RBIs.

Kate Donelan struck out four, walked five and allowed only four hits in the complete-game win.

Katie Newell collected two hits for the Eagles (1-1), while freshman Sam Scopa drilled a two-run home run and Megan Doull added a double.

Julia Carey suffered the loss. She fanned seven and walked eight.

“I thought both teams played pretty well, considering the conditions,” said Senators rookie head coach Ali Hartshorn. “There wasn’t a huge amount of offense.”

Hartrshorn added that she was pleased with Donelan’s effort in the circle, as well as Tiffany Tenney’s third-base defense.

Mahar (1-0) goes right back to work today when it hosts Hopkins Academy at 3:30 p.m. in the FCL opener for both schools.

Baseball

Pioneer 6, Mt. Everett 3 — Ryan Wagner entered the season as Pioneer Valley Regional School’s mound ace. He’s also already making some noise with the bat.

Wagner not only spun a masterful two-hitter on the hill but added two hits and two RBI to lead the Panthers to a 6-3 win over Mt. Everett Regional High School in an independent baseball game on a windswept Wednesday afternoon in Sheffield.

Pioneer (1-0) scored three times in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. Jake Hale started the rally with a one-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ben Lambert reached on a bunt single to put runners at the corners, and Hale scored the go-ahead run on Cole Tognarelli’s infield single. After Brian Llewelyn walked to load the bases, Wagner lined a single to center to plate Lambert and Tognarelli for insurance tallies.

Aaron Martin had given the Eagles a 3-2 lead when he smacked a one-out double, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Pioneer quickly tied it back up in the sixth when Wagner singled and eventually scored on Alex Keir’s base hit.

Wagner was dominant after yielding the two-bagger, striking out the final eight batters he faced to finish off his complete-game gem. He finished with 13 strikeouts and only one walk while throwing just 84 pitches (61 strikes).

“They (Everett) swung at a lot of first pitches,” offered Pioneer first-year coach Scott Minckler, whose squad won despite committing four errors. “(Ryan) was around the plate all game long, and keeping his pitch count down was huge. ... The original plan was to have him go three, because his arm had been a little stiff from the cold. (But) he was only at 25 pitches, so I kept checking with him and he was getting stronger as the game went on.”

Keir led the Panther offense with three hits and two RBIs. Wagner finished with two hits and two RBIs.

Zach Fife, who worked the final 1 2/3 innings, suffered the mound loss.

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