Turners rebounds with 6-1 win
Mackenzie Phillips fired a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and Emma Johnson smacked three hits to power Turners Falls High School over Mahar Regional School, 6-1, in a FCL softball contest Thursday in Orange.
Johnson’s two-run single in the second inning helped the Indians (14-2, 11-2) build a 3-0 lead. Turners also scored twice in the fourth in the once in the sixth to extend its advantage to 6-0.
Mickey Boatwright’s RBI single in the seventh broke Phillips’ shutout bid.
Jenna Putala and Tanisha Sanders both added two hits, Jordan Meattey doubled and Phillips also supported herself with a single and an RBI.
Tasha Polana’s double was the only other Mahar hit.
Kate Donelan struck out four and walked two in the loss.
Pioneer 7, Greenfield 6 (9) — Pioneer Valley Regional School scored the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Greenfield High School, 7-6, in a FCL softball game Thursday night in Northfield.
Yona Smith hit a grounder to second and the throw appeared to beat LaFleur, but she was called safe, and Greenfield protested to controversial call to no avail.
LaFleur finished with four of the Panthers’ 19 hits, including a triple, and an RBI. Smith and Katlyn Grover both added three hits and Shea Healy singled and tripled for the winners.
Mackenzie Plasse banged out a season-high four hits for the Green Wave, while Leah Wallner had two hits and two RBIs and Kelsey Roberts homered.
Healy struck out nine and walked three in the complete-game win.
Greenfield’s Elise Brown had six strikeouts and two walks in her 8 1-3 innings of work.
Pioneer (9-8, 7-6 FCL) travels to Mahar today at 4.
Frontier 8, Hopkins 2 — Frontier Regional School scored three times in the first and five times in the second and went on to an 8-2 FCL softball victory Thursday afternoon at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Caitlin Sullivan finished with three hits and three RBIs in the win, while Aly Hamelin doubled and drove in two runs. Krystel Enko struck out four and walked one in seven innings of four-hit ball to earn the victory.
Allie Butterfield and Jocelyn Beaulieu each had one hit and one RBI for Hopkins, while Allie LaClair struck out two and walked two in six innings in the loss.
Athol 9, Mohawk 2 — Trisha Hazen tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts to lead Athol High School to a 9-2 FCL softball win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Thursday in Buckland.
The Red Raiders scored five times in the seventh — all with two outs — to break the game open. Alexa Whitney slapped a two-run single and Julia Salmond and Jordan Carey both added RBI singles in the rally.
Olivia Smith led the Raiders with four hits, while Salmond finished with three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs.
Tasha Buntin and Crystal Stevens had the Warriors’ only hits. Angel Donovan was the losing pitcher.