Bulletin board: Turners softball rallies past Hopkins, Frontier baseball suffers 1st loss

  • Turners Falls pitcher Madi Liimatainen (5), shown here earlier this season against Easthampton, struck out 18 in the Thunder’s 8-5 win over Hopkins Academy on Saturday in Hadley. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports
Published: 4/17/2022 4:15:36 PM
Modified: 4/17/2022 4:14:24 PM

Trailing 3-1 after four innings on Saturday, the Turners Falls softball team ramped up the pressure.

The visiting Thunder put runners on base and took advantage, snatching the lead with a three-spot in the top of the fifth inning en route to an 8-5 win over Hopkins Academy in an independent game played in Hadley.

Turners improved to 3-1 on the season with the win, setting up what should be an interesting battle for the Powertown on Monday when the club travels around the corner to play at Franklin Tech.

In the three-run fifth, Turners worked a pair of walks to force in runs, and a third came around on a wild pitch to make it a 4-3 game.

Pitcher Madison Liimatainen continued to rack up the strikeouts in the win, as she sent down 18 Hopkins Academy batters. At the plate, she drove in a pair of runs to go with two hits.

Baseball

Nipmuc 14, Frontier 7 – In a road trip to play a dangerous Division 3 foe, the Redhawks suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday.

Host Nipmuc pounded out 16 hits, including a home run and eight doubles, en route to doubling up Frontier in Upton.

Frontier pitcher Tyler Baranowski was tagged for 11 earned runs in the loss, as the hosts moved to 3-2 on the season.

The Redhawks (5-1) hit the ball well themselves, registering 13 hits on the afternoon. They’ll look to bounce back on Tuesday when they host Hampshire Regional.

Frontier also dropped the JV game, 14-3, falling to 5-1 on the year. Aidan Heffernan and Kaden James each had a hit and drove in a run.

Shelbure Falls Bowling

Josh Shearer and Nick Grey were named champions of the second half of the Scotch Doubles League at the Shelbure Falls Bowling Alley. 

For high scores last week, Jen Tobey rolled the women’s high single (109) and Marilyn Wilson had the women’s high triple (288). Rob Muzzy had the men’s high single (114) while Erich Price had the men’s high triple score (297). 

Wilson had the women’s high single of 111 in the Wednesday Mixed League and tied with Shelbea Lee Williams for the women’s high triple score of 280. Eric Wasileski rolled the men’s high single (115) and triple (311) scores. 

Colleges

Phelps at Castleton

Owen Phelps picked up the save for the Castleton University baseball team on Friday against UMass Dartmouth, retiring all three batters he faced as the Spartans picked up a 6-4 victory.

Phelps also tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the second game of the doubleheader against UMass-Dartmouth, a 12-7 loss.

O’Sullivan at Westfield State

Senior Amy O’Sullivan was the winner as the lone competitor in the women’s 10,000 meters during Saturday’s Jerry Gravel Invitational at Westfield State University, coasting home in 39 minutes, 5 seconds to set a performance mark for the upcoming MASCAC Championship meet.


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