Athol softball roars back, 6-5
Athol High School scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to rebound from a 5-3 deficit and post a 6-5 Franklin County League softball victory over Mahar Regional School Monday night at Silver Lake Park in Athol.
Michelle Thompson started the rally with a leadoff walk before Lexi Hamlett (two hits) singled up the middle. Danielle Whitman hit a grounder to third for the first out of the inning, but Olivia Smith tied the game when she hit a two-run double. Smith scored when the next hitter, Liz Arpide, grounded back to the pitcher, who never checked her at third.
“I never thought we were going to lose this game,” Athol coach Colleen Bannister said. “We were behind or tied for much of the game but it always felt like we were about to break through.”
Smith finished with three hits for Athol (11-6 overall, 10-4 FCL), while Kiki Guerin added three hits and two RBIs. Trisha Hazen struck out eight and walked one in the complete-game victory.
Kyrie Boatwright added three hits and two RBIs for Mahar (7-12, 3-12). Tasha Polana singled and drove in two runs. Kate Donelan struck out two and walked one in the loss.
Frontier 10, Mohawk 1 — McKayla Poissant scattered five hits over seven innings and struck out eight to lead Frontier Regional School to a 10-1 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in FCL softball play Monday afternoon in Buckland.
Poissant, a junior, transferred from Mohawk this season and the backup pitcher took advantage of the opportunity to face her former team, allowing just one run in the sixth inning.
“She pitched great today,” said Frontier coach Carrie Fydenkevez. “My biggest concern is to get that first-pitch strike, and she did that today. Once you do that, you set yourself up and she was able to use her other pitches.”
Frontier (13-5, 11-4) plated seven runs in the third inning to take command of the game. Cassidy Stankowski belted a pair of triples and drove in two runs for the Red Hawks, while Gwen Thayer doubled and plated two runs. Ally Hamelin hit two singles, Caitlin Sullivan drove in two runs, and Amanda Robinson singled and plated a run.
Jenna Sencabaugh singled and drove in one run for Mohawk (2-15, 1-14), while Angel Donovan struck out two and allowed six hits and seven walks in the loss.
Turners 16, Hopkins 0 — Turners Falls High School continued its Western Massachusetts Tournament tune-up with a 16-0 whitewash of Hopkins Academy in FCL softball action Monday in Hadley.
Freshman Mackenzie Phillips made the most of her start in the circle, pitching six innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts and three walks.
Phillips also drove in the first run of the game on an RBI triple. Jordean Meattey later slapped a two-run double, then Jenna Putala and Dakota Smith-Porter rapped back-to-back triples to highlight a six-run inning.
After head coach Gary Mullins emptied his bench with a seemingly comfortable 7-0 lead, Turners’ subs unloaded with the bats and scored nine times in the seventh. Jaimee White and Julia Bryant both smacked three-run doubles in the rally.
Bryant, Phillips, Meattey, Putala and Smith-Porter all finished with two hits, while Brittany York singled, tripled and drove in a run, and Amber Caouette added two hits for the Indians (17-2, 13-2).
Savannah Ring, Nicole Morrison, and Jera Barrett had the only hits for the Golden Hawks.
Hampshire 16, Pioneer 2 (5) — Hampshire Regional High School inched closer to winning the FCL title as it downed Pioneer Valley Regional School, 16-2, in a 4 1∕2-inning softball contest Monday in Westhampton.
Bri Wetlich powered the Red Raiders’ offense with four hits, including a homer, and six RBIs. Savannah waters added a double, triple and two RBIs, and Marissa McCarthy slapped three hits. Hampshitre improved to 14-1 and 13-1.
Jackie LaFleur doubled and drove in both runs for the Panthers (9-10, 7-8), who must beat Hopkins today in Hadley to qualify for the postseason.
Mohawk 3, Belchertown 1
Mohawk 3, Belchertown 2 — Mohawk earned a share of the Tri-County League girls’ tennis title after earning a pair of wins over Belchertown High School Monday afternoon in Belchertown.
Before the teams could play their regularly scheduled match, they first had to finish their match from May 9 when their match was halted due to rain with Mohawk holding a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for the Orioles, third singles player Kiana Shakeraneh was injured and was unable to complete her match against Eliza Fassler, giving Mohawk the decisive point. The two teams elected not to finish the first doubles match since Mohawk had already won the match.
The Warriors then earned a 3-2 victory in the scheduled match. Roz Lytle-Rich earned a 6-1, 6-1 win over Rachel Gustavson at first singles, while Jen Field took a 7-5, 6-4 win over Vicki Law at second singles. Mohawk’s first doubles team of Nelly O’Connell and Jessica Robinson defeated Morgan O’Connor and Angela Grabazs, 6-3, 6-4.
Belchertown earned a close win at second doubles where Kristen Pietras and Maddie Hamparian came back from one set down against Mohawk’s Dorjee Dolma and Alma Crawford-Mendoza to take a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 win.
The two wins make Mohawk 6-2 in the TCL and tied them atop the standings along with Greenfield High School. The Warriors (11-4) travel to East Longmeadow High School today at 4.