Bulletin Board: Valley Storm blast past competition for tourney-title in Conn.

Staff Writer
Published: 7/14/2019 11:06:39 PM

Ashley Taylor smacked three hits, including a double and Sophia Pinard had two hits and three RBIs to help the Valley Storm 12U softball team edge the Methuen Rangers, 7-5, in the championship game of the Conn. Stealth Summer Challenge over the weekend in Norwich, Conn.

The Storm went a perfect 6-0 on the weekend to claim the title. Sofia Holden went the distance in the title game, striking out eight, while Madison Liimatainen (double, RBI), Holden (hit, RBI), Margarette Howland (hit, RBI) and Maggie Fay (hit) all came through in the final.

The team earned the No. 2 seed after going 3-0 in pool play on Saturday. They beat the Methuen Rangers (8-1), Southcoast Rebels (12-2) and Dirtdawg Sports (9-4) in pool play games, earning a spot in the single-elimination bracket on Sunday.

In the quarterfinal round, the Storm blanked Mass. Xtreme I, 12-0, as MacKenzie Paulin went the distance, striking out four without issuing a walk and allowing just one hit. Lucia Doulette had two hits and two RBIs, including a home run, Liimatainen had two doubles and two RBIs, Paulin had two hits, Pinardi had a triple and an RBI, Skylei Lapan had a double, Taylor had a hit and an RBI, Howland had a hit, and Holden added an RBI.

In the semifinals, the club doubled up the Adirondack Force (N.Y.), 10-5. Paulin pitched a complete game, striking out six for the win. Howland had three hits, including a home run and four RBIs, Taylor had two hits, including a triple, Doulette had two hits and two RBIs, Holden and Pinardi each had two hits and an RBI, Liimatainen had two hits, and Fay had a hit and an RBI.

During pool play action, Doulette smacked two home runs and registered a whopping 10 RBIs in three wins. Howland also hit a home run in the opener against Methuen.


47th Greenfield Open

Al Alminas shot 66, besting the Blue Flight by one stroke to capture the low gross title in the 47th Greenfield Open at the Country Club of Greenfield over the weekend.

Mike Mertes was the runner-up with a 67, followed by the quartet of Joe Wilson, Chris Bourbeau, Dean Godek and Ed Garbacik all at 70.

Jeff Jackman and Josh Harker tied for the low net with 66s, while Jason Kelton was third (68) and Tim Brandl was fourth (69).

In the White Flight, Bob Bergeron and John Varner tied for the low gross with rounds of 73. Jay Adamczyk was third at 74, with Bill Young, Sam Lussier and Scott Livingstone all tying for fourth place with 76s.

Terry Sinclair and Mitchell Parker tied for the low net in the White Flight with 63s, while Jason Yuryan took third (64) and Ryan Martin was fourth (65).

Thomas Memorial championship

Ryan Lenois blitzed the field, firing a two-round total of 138 to capture the club championship at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls over the weekend.

Charlie McCracken was the runner-up, shooting 151 between his two rounds, while Darren Lenois took third at 156.

Jane Smith was the women’s club champion after a two-round total of 171. She also had the low net of the weekend with a 129.

Ashfield’s Art Dufresne Memorial

Mark Eaton, Bill Buck, Tom Miner and Clint Phillips teamed to shoot 58 and capture first place as the Ashfield Community Golf Club held its annual Art Dufresne Memorial four-person scramble tournament on Saturday.

Bob Jillson, Steve Lilly, Heidi Lilly and Artie Pantermele won a match of cards to finish second with a 65, ahead of Terry Norwood, Diane O’Connell, Tim Norwood and Dave Gangcoft.

Tim Norwood was closest to the pin on No. 9 and Buck was closest on No. 5. Eaton had the longest drive on the men’s side, and Heidi Lilly was longest on the women’s side.

Elks League

Two teams are tied for first place after 11 weeks of the Greenfield Elks League, as the duos of Greg Call/Bob Zaikowski and Peter Kuzmeskus/Jamie Bozek sit with 59 points each.

John Cariddi and Stan Maynard are tied with Mike Duclos and Sharon Rawson right behind with 58½ points apiece, while Bob Ferris and Vinnie Melendez are next with 58 points.

Dave McDonald was closest to the pin during Week 11, firing within 12 feet, 6 inches. 

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