Local roundup: Valley Storm 12U softball posts 3-1 weekend

Staff Reports
Published: 7/12/2020 5:16:13 PM

After dropping the opening game of the weekend, the Valley Storm 12U softball team bounced back in fine fashion. The club won its final three games, posting a 3-1 mark at the Summer Extravaganza Tournament in Meriden, Conn.

The Storm started the weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Wolcott Eagles Red (Conn.). Kenzie Paulin struck out 12 in the circle for the Storm, while Anna Bucala had two hits, Paulin, Kylee Gamache, and Haly Doucette-Kaplan each had a hit, and Skyler Steele had a hit and drove in the team’s only run.

In their second game on Saturday, the Storm defeated the Western Mass. Heat, 6-4. Maggie Fay took the circle and picked up the win, striking out 10. Hannah Gilbert had a double and three RBIs, and Fay, Amelia Pierce, and Grace Laurie each had a hit. Mel Ring added an RBI in the victory.

That momentum carried into Sunday, when Paulin struck out six in the circle to help the Storm double up Valley Fusion of Prospect, Conn., 8-4. Offensively, Paulin had three hits and an RBI, Skyler Steele and Amelia Pierce each had two hits and an RBI, Cordelia Guerin had a hit and an RBI, Gilbert had a hit and an RBI, Bucala and Gamache each had a hit, and Ring added an RBI.

To close out the weekend, the Storm defeated the East Coast Scorpions, 10-2. Paulin struck out nine batters. Steele had two hits, including a home run and two RBIs, while Gilbert came through with two hits, including a triple and two RBIs. Gamache (hit, RBI), Bucala (hit, RBI), Guerin (hit, RBI) and Pierce (hit, RBI) all chipped in, and Paulin also had a hit.


Frontier Mantle wins

Ben Martino had two hits and an RBI, and Tyler Baranoski picked up the win on the mound with four strikeouts to lift Frontier Alber Hearing Services past Northampton, 4-1, in a Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League Mickey Mantle contest on Saturday night at Herlihy Park in Whately.

Ben Zaranek and Maxwell Edwards each drove in a run for Frontier, while Ethan Russell added a sacrifice fly to plate another run. Kyle Barnes struck out two batters to earn the save in relief of Baranoski, and the defense behind them did the job with just one error.

Greenfield edges West Side

Host Greenfield scored all of its runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on to capture a 4-3 victory over West Springfield in a Western Mass. Summer Baseball League Senior Division contest Saturday night at Vets Field in Greenfield.

Greenfield took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Matt Gardner drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single that plated Bryan Baumann (walk) and David Carey (walk). With runners at the corners, the hosts executed a perfect double steal, with Jacob Quinn scampering home from third base and Gardner taking second. Dylan Apanell made it 4-0 later in the frame when his sacrifice fly scored Gardner.

That was it for the Greenfield offense, which was paced by Gardner’s two hits on the night. Jaden Whiting also had a hit in the victory.

Greenfield starter Joel Peabody went three scoreless innings, helped in part by the defensive work of his catcher, Garrett DeForest, who threw out a pair of would-be base stealers. Apanell came on and struck out the side in the fourth before West Springfield scored twice in the fifth. Two errors in the sixth inning led to another run, but reliever Owen Phelps slammed the door from there, recording a 1-2-3 seventh frame to secure the victory.

Greenfield returns to action tonight with a road trip to play Easthampton (5:45 p.m.). That game is scheduled to be played at Labrie Field in Southampton.

Parks & Recreation

The Montague Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for several summer programs.

Baseball clinic

For kids ages 8-12, this will take place July 27-30 (July 31 rain date) beginning at 6 p.m. each evening at Unity Park Ballfield No. 1. Fee for Montague residents is $50, non-residents will cost $55.

Develop your hitting and fielding skills, and let’s build back what you may have lost these last few months. Equipment cannot be shared, so we ask that all players bring their own bats, gloves, and helmets. Registration deadline: Wednesday, July 22.

Soccer clinic

For kids ages 9-12, this will run Aug. 10-14 (Aug. 15 rain date) beginning at 6 p.m. each evening at Highland Park in Millers Falls. The fee is $50 for Montague residents and $55 for non-residents. 

The start of soccer season is right around the corner, so what better time to work on your skills. Learn from a current coach and player who will give you the tools to kick off the season on a high note. Registration deadline: Wednesday, August 5.

Esports with Mission Control

MPRD is getting into the E-gaming industry, where players can join our Esports Rec Leagues created and hosted by Montague Parks & Rec. Currently, we have nine different game leagues within our platform, and will be adding even more by the end of the summer. Applicable consoles include Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Leagues include many of today’s most popular sports and role playing computer games. Leagues are currently only $10, and you can join multiple leagues throughout the year. Call us now for more information.

All in-person programs will be following activity specific guidelines relative to Covid-19, as established by the State of Massachusetts. Additional program information can be found at www.montague-ma.gov, on Facebook, or simply call 863-3216.


Art Dufresne Memorial

The quartet of Dan Cote, Dave Corliss, Riley Jones and Rowen Jones shot 56 to capture first place at the 21st Annual Art Dufresne Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday at Ashfield Community Golf Club.

Bill Buck, Craig Sessions, Tim Nye and Dave Cote were right behind with a 57 in the four-person scramble, followed by the third-place team of Wayne Clark, Gary Hicks, Nick Johnston and Jaime Johnston (58).

Ethan Vandermark had the men’s longest drive on No. 4, and Jaime Johnston had the women’s longest drive. Closest to the pin on No. 5 were Hicks and Heidi Lilly, while closest on No. 9 were Brad Bellville and Lilly.

CFC Men’s League

Michael Doherty’s plus-10 point quota was more than enough for top honors in the Blue Tee of the Crumpin-Fox Club’s Men’s League on Thursday.

Jason Wallace and Tim Brandl were next at plus-4, followed by Ryan Mahan at plus-2 and  Ethan Stafford at plus-1. Doherty was closest to the pin at No. 3 (23 feet, 6 inches), and Tim Crowley posted the longest drive.

Gold Tee results saw David Puchalski finishing first with a plus-5 quota, ahead of Gene Kugler in second place (plus-3) and Richard DeGray (plus-2) in third. Chet Kugler was closest to the pin on No. 9 (18-4).

Timmons League

After a match of cards, Scott Bennett and George Handschuh took top honors with a low gross of 36 at Northfield Golf Club’s Timmons League.

Rodney Ebbighausen and Norm LaCoy settled for second place. Jim Jason and Rich Drozdal notched low net honors with a 28, and Tom Almstead and Dave Prevost won a match of cards for second with a 29.

Ebbighausen was closest to the pin at No. 6 (4-10), and Ray Kendrick was closest at No. 7 (3-7). Match medalist was Ebbighausen with a 38, followed by Matt Deane and Jim Cadran who each shot 39.

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