Hampshire derails Frontier
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA (May 9, 2013) - Frontier High Vs Hampshire High Softball. Frontier Pitcher #18 Krystel Enko. Photo by Beth Reynolds
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA (May 9, 2013) - Frontier High Vs Hampshire High Softball. Base runner #14 is safe at second. Frontier short stop is #11 Stankowski. Photo by Beth Reynolds
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA (May 9, 2013) - Frontier High Vs Hampshire High Softball. Lead off hitter #11 Enko connects with the ball. Photo by Beth Reynolds
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA (May 9, 2013) - Frontier High Vs Hampshire High Softball. Base runner #7 McGrau is safe. Frontier Catcher is Newsome. Photo by Beth Reynolds
Frontier Regional School already has a victory over Turners Falls High School in the month of May. On Thursday, it was looking to take down the other Franklin County League softball powerhouse when it hosted Hampshire Regional High School.
Despite very similar numbers in a lot of categories, Hampshire did a much better job of hitting with runners in scoring position and it lifted the Red Raiders into first place in the league with a 5-1 win at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Both teams finished with seven hits, and the two pitchers were similarly effective as well, as Frontier starter Krystel Enko struck out eight and walked two in seven innings, while Hampshire’s Ashley McGan struck out eight and walked one in seven innings. The difference was that Hampshire finished with four extra-base hits on the day — including a pair of home runs — while Frontier did not have any. Plus, Hampshire strung hits together, as opposed to Frontier, which finally plated a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“Krystel pitched an efficient game but (Hampshire) just put the bat on the ball when they got runners on base, and that’s something we struggle to do,” Frontier coach Carrie Fydenkevez said. “We’re getting hits, we had just has many hits as they did, but we’re just not hitting with the runners in scoring position.”
Hampshire (10-1 overall, 10-1) got on the board in the third inning when Danielle McGan doubled and scored on a Savannah Waters sacrifice fly. Waters again made contact with an Enko offering in the fifth inning but this time she drove the ball over the wall for a solo home run that made it 2-0 Hampshire. Two batters later, Anna Dizok followed suit with a solo home run of her own to make it 3-0. The Red Raiders added single runs in the sixth (on a Danielle McGan RBI single) and the seventh (on a Brianna Wetlich RBI single) to make it 5-0.
Frontier (9-4, 8-4) loaded the bases in the seventh inning and Enko hit an RBI single to push a run across, but that was all the Red Hawks would get.
The win gave Hampshire the season sweep over Frontier after the Red Raiders took a 6-0 victory in the first meeting in early April.
Frontier hosts Belchertown High School today at 4.
Hoosac Valley 7, Mohawk 2 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School had four players finish with three hits Thursday afternoon but the Warriors stranded runners in scoring position in four innings and dropped a 7-2 independent softball decision to Hoosac Valley Regional High School in Buckland.
Kaylee Quenneville, Caitlyn Milett, Tasha Buntin and Leigh Shippee each finished with three hits for the Warriors, and Angel Donovan struck out four in the complete-game effort.
Shippee also had a strong game defensively at short stop in the loss, while Jen Dawson was solid in center field.
Mohawk 2, Belchertown 1 (susp) — Heavy rains cut the Tri-County League girls’ tennis match between Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Belchertown short Thursday afternoon in Buckland with the Warriors leading 2-1.
The match will be finished when the two teams meet in Belchertown on May 20 prior to the regularly scheduled match on that day.
Roz Lytle-Rich earned one point at first singles with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Rachel Gustavson, and Jen Field picked up the second point of the day for Mohawk at second singles with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win over Vicki Law.
Belchertown got one point back with a win at second doubles as Kristin Piepias and Maddi Hamparian took a 7-5, 6-1 win over Dorjee Dolma and Rachel Purington.
That leaves two matches in the completion match and the Warriors need to win one of them to pick up the win. Aliza Fassler was in good shape to get that at third singles, where she was holding a 6-1, 2-0 lead over Kiana Shakeraneh. Mohawk’s first doubles team of Nelly O’Connell and Jessica is all tied up with Morgan O’Connor and Angela Grabazs as the Orioles won the first set 7-5, but Mohawk’s duo came back to take a 6-2 win in the second set. The teams were just starting the third set when the rains came.
Athol 103, Gardner 41 — Emily Casella won three events Thursday as Athol High School cruised past Gardner High School, 103-41, in an independent girls’ track & field meet in Gardner.
Casella won the 200-meter run in 28.4 seconds, captured the discus in 95 feet, 2 inches and won the shot put at 32-3 as Athol won all but three events on the day.
Tanner Favreau and Holly Brisette won two events apiece for Athol. Brisette swept the distance events with wins in the mile (6:50) and the 2-mile (14:54.6), while Favreau won the 400 low hurdles (79.1) and the long jump (14-0). Lindsey Hamlett won the 400 (70.6), Molly Cleveland won the 800 (2:49.6), Sophie Palmacci won the high jump (4-6), Shelby Bronnes won the javelin (73-0) and Callie Jillson won the pole vault (7-0).
Athol will next travel to Buckland on Friday for the WMass Division II Championships.
Gardner 79, Athol 54 — Matt Summers won two events Thursday but Athol dropped a 79-54 independent boys’ track & field decision to Gardner in Gardner.
Summers won the 200 (23.6) and the long jump (18-8.5) for the Red Raiders (1-5), while Giovanni Palermo won the 100 (11.2). Tom LaRose won the 400 hurdles (73.8), Matt Winters won the javelin (104-3), and Christian Currier won the shot put (40-2.25).