Red Raiders edge Red Hawks, 4-3
Athol High School recovered from a shaky first inning to knock off Frontier Regional School, 4-3, in a Franklin County League softball contest on Monday in Athol.
Caitlin Sullivan had stroked a two-run double in the opening frame to stake the Red Hawks (6-3, 6-3 FCL) to a 2-0 lead.
Undaunted, the Red Raiders (6-4, 6-3) rallied for three in the second inning, when Danielle Whitman blasted a two-run triple to deep left field and later scored on Olivia Smith’s RBI single.
Liz Arpide added a run-scoring single in the fifth for insurance before Krystal Enko got one back in the sixth with her RBI base hit.
“I’m pretty happy with this win, they’re a great team,” said Athol head coach Colleen Bannister. “It was good, solid softball, no errors. I’m really proud that we didn’t give up after giving up those runs in the first.”
Julia Salmond banged out two hits and Tessa Neverett added a double for the Raiders.
Sullivan had two of the Hawks’ six hits. Sarah Toomey tripled.
Trisha Hazen struck out five and walked two in the complete-game win.
Enko suffered the loss. She fanned five and walked one.
Turners 5, Granby 0 — Turners Falls High School got a stern test from Granby High School before breaking for a 5-0 independent softball victory in a rematch of the Western Massachusetts Division III championship game Monday night at Bourdeau Field in Turners Falls.
The Indians broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with a pair of runs on RBI singles from Dakota Smith-Porter and Emma Johnson.
In the fifth, Jenna Putala singled home Jordan Meattey to make it 3-0. Then Smith-Porter smacked a line drive homer to straightaway center field to put the game out of reach.
That was more than enough for Tanisha Sanders, who fired a two-hitter and struck out five. She walked just two.
Smith-Porter and Morgan Ozdarski both had two hits for Turners, which finished with nine hits on the evening.
Tessa Cote fanned seven and did not walk a batter for the Rams.
Turners (9-0 overall) travels to Frontier on Wednesday at 4.
Pioneer 9, Mohawk 4 — Pioneer Valley Regional School scored seven times in the second inning and went on to defeat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 9-4, in a FCL softball contest Monday in Buckland.
Jackie LaFleur led the Panthers (5-6, 4-4 FCL) with three hits, including a double. Mark Luckham pitched in with a pair of singes and winning pitcher Shea Healy ripped a solo home run.
Morgan Dodge singled, tripled and drove in a run for the Warriors. Caitlin Millett added two hits.
Angel Donvan took the loss. Jen Dawson played well defensively in right field.
Hopkins 11, Mahar 6 — Hopkins Academy scored six times in the bottom of the sixth inning to overtake Mahar Regional School, 11-6, in a FCL softball game Monday afternoon in Hadley.
Hopkins scored five times over the first three innings to take a 5-0 lead but Mahar stormed back with two runs in the fourth and four more times in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Hopkins came back with six runs in the sixth to improve to 3-5 on the season.
Savannah Ring finished with three hits and three RBIs for Hopkins, while Allie Butterfield, Allie LaClair, and Joselyn Beaulieu each added two hits and one RBI. LaClair earned the win with eight strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.
Tiffany Tenney and Cailin Jillson each registered a single and a double for Mahar (3-8, 0-8) with Jillson driving in two runs and Tenney plating one. Erica Robinson added a hit and an RBI.
Hampshire 12, Greenfield 0 (6) — Savannah Waters had two singles, a double and two RBI to lead Hampshire Regional High School over Greenfield High School, 12-0, in a six-inning FCL softball game Monday in Westhampton.
Chelsea Mousette added two singles and a triple, while Lilly West (two RBIs) and Danielle McGan both chipped in two hits for the Red Raiders, who broke the game open with an eight-run fifth inning.
Tory Adams and Mackenzie Plasse had the lone hits for the Green Wave, which committed six errors on defense.
Ashlee McGan fanned 11 and walked one to earn the shutout.
Elise Brown had seven strikeouts and four walks for Greenfield.