Smith-Porter chucks no-hit gem
Dakota Smith-Porter was nearly perfect Wednesday night.
The UMass-bound pitcher fired a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts to lead Turners Falls High School over Greenfield High School, 6-0, in a Franklin County League softball game at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
“She was right on,” said Green Wave head coach Rian Lively of the Turners senior. “She had excellent speed and placement.”
Smith-Porter walked just two batters, negating a potential perfect game, but the offense did enough to keep things on control.
The Indians (4-0 FCL) scored twice in the first, once in the second and once on the third to build a 4-0 lead, then added two more in the sixth.
Smith-Porter, Jenna Putala and Brittany York all doubled for three of Turners’ four hits. Morgan Ozdarski knocked in a pair of runs, and Smith-Porter added an RBI.
Amber Caouette had the other hit off losing hurler Elise Brown, who struck out nine and walked four for the Green Wave (2-3), but her defense committed two costly errors that both led to runs.
Frontier 10, Pioneer 0 — Krystal Enko pitched four-hit ball and struck out 11 over six innings to power Frontier Regional School to a 10-0 FCL victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in softball action Wednesday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Enko also sparked the offense with three hits, including a two-run single during the Red Hawks’ five-run second inning to extend their lead to 6-0.
Cassidy Stankowski collected two singles, a double and two RBI, Sarah Toomey had three hits and an RBI, Ali Hamelin (two RBI) and Courtney Newsome both added two hits and Gwen Thayer knocked in three runs for Frontier (2-2).
Mary Luckham smacked two of the Panthers’ four hits.
Shea Healy, who struck out five and walked four, took the loss for Pioneer (2-4, 2-3 FCL).
Athol 12, Hopkins 5 — Julia Salmond blasted two home runs to lead Athol High School to a 12-5 win over Hopkins Academy in a FCL softball game Wednesday in Hadley.
The Red Raiders (3-2 FCL) were hanging onto a 5-3 lead when Salmond clubbed a three-run homer in the sixth. She then capped off a four-run sixth to break the game open.
Liz Arpide led Athol’s 15-hit attack with four hits and an RBI. Kiki Guerin registered two singles, a double and three RBIs, including a two-run single in the second to extend its early lead to 5-0. Tessa Neverett also finished with two singles and a double.
Allie LaClair doubled and tripled for the Golden Hawks (2-2), while Alliwe Butterfield and Nicole Morrison both added a double and an RBI.
Hampshire 14, Mahar 0 (41∕2) — Hampshire Regional School banged out 18 hits — nine of them doubles — and went on to defeat Mahar Regional School, 14-1, in a FCL softball contest Wednesday in Westhampton.
Chelsea Mousette led the Red Raiders (5-0 FCL) with a single, two doubles and two RBIs. Savannah Waters added three hits, including a double, and two RBIs, and Lilly Rubeck doubled twice.
Erin Robinson’s RBI single was one of the three hits for the Senators (2-4, 0-4 FCL).
Greenfield 5, Turners 0 — Greenfield continued its hot start and remained unbeaten with a 5-0 victory over Turners Falls in Tri-County League girls’ tennis action on Wednesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
The Green Wave’s Manisha Malik and the Indians’ Meredith Brown played the match of the day at first singles, as Malik eventually outlasted Brown, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3.
Even though the match had already been decided, “Neither girl wanted to lose,” said Greenfield head coach Barry McColgan. “They were out there for 2 1/2 hours. It was a pleasure to watch.”
Greenfield easily won the other four matches in straight sets. In other singles matches, Alexis Silk downed Sara Bradley, 6-1, 6-1, at No,. 2, and Courtney Kimball whitewashed Felicia Craver, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3.
In doubles, Aliona Olaru and Emily Franklin bested Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1, and Shannon Gibson and Ashley Lowell rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 verdict over over Kaili Lynch and Hailey Trott, 6-0, 6-1
“The girls are coming on very strong. They’re playing nice tennis,” said McColgan of his squad, now 4-0 overall and in the TCL. “Their strokes have improved and their court smarts have really improved.”
Greenfield enters the independent portion of its schedule today at 3:30 when it hosts Palmer High School.
Greenfield 4, Mohawk 1 — Greenfield moved back over .500 for the season as it bested Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 4-1, in an independent boys’ tennis match Wednesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
Greenfield won the first two singles matches, as George Felogloy rallied to beat over Thomas Aurigemma, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1, and Paris Felogloy beat Jake Pieffer, 7-5, 6-0, at No. 2.
In doubles, Pat Crowningshield and Ben Westerman came back to defeat Robbie Buonoconti and Evan Bruffee, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1, and Nick Brandl and Jackson Pelletier upended Dante Gardner and Matt LaMagdelaine, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 2.
The Warriors earned their only point at third singles, where Zach Arfa downed Dustin Cutler, 6-4, 6-2.
Greenfield (3-2 overall) travels to Central Monday at 4.