Frontier offense turns around

  • Haley Bigwood, of Athol, makes contact against Frontier Regional, Tuesday in Athol.  FOR THE RECORDER/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Olivia Deane, of Frontier Regional, pitches against Athol High School, Tuesday in Athol.  FOR THE RECORDER/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Sadey Lehtomaki, of Athol, puts a charge into a pitch against Frontier Regional, Tuesday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Makayla Santos, of Frontier Regional, slides home safely as Athol’s Lindsey LeBlanc looks to make a play on the throw from the backstop, Tuesday in Athol. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Maddie Fifield, of Frontier Regional, snares a grounder before stepping on the bag against Athol High School, Tuesday in Athol.  FOR THE RECORDER/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Lindsey LeBlanc, of Athol, pitches against Frontier Regional, Tuesday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Charlotte Doulette, of Frontier Regional, takes a cut against Athol High School, Tuesday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Haley Bigwood, of Athol, makes contact against Frontier Regional, Tuesday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 4/23/2019 9:17:37 PM

ATHOL — An efficient offensive attack from the Frontier Regional School softball team scattered the ball all over the field in a 10-3 win over Athol High School at Athol-Royalston Middle School on Tuesday.

The jump in offense came just a day after the offense slowed down somewhat in a 5-4 loss to Taconic.  

Frontier’s Lily Spencer led the Red Hawks with three hits, including two doubles and four RBIs.

“We really work on the mental game on our team,” Spencer said. “My mental game has been really great and it kind of worked out for me.”

Eight different Frontier players had a hit.

“It’s awesome,” Frontier coach Gary Deane said. “It’s not always the same people that you can count on. Today was different heroes.”

Further down the lineup, freshman Makayla Santos had her best game as a varsity player with two singles, a triple and two RBIs.

“I definitely made more contact than I have been in the previous games,” Santos said. “I’ve just been working on different skills in practice and working on my swing. I think I was able to show it today.”

Santos also flashed some leather at second base for the Red Hawks (5-1, 2-0 FCL).  In the first inning with a runner at first base, Santos snagged a hard grounder by Athol’s Haley Bigwood.

Athol’s Lindsey LeBlanc took off for second base with the force in play.

“I got the ground ball and I saw that she was coming,” Santos said. “I just tagged her and quickly darted it to first. It felt so good.”

The play got the Frontier bench fired up as Santos went back to the dugout.

“Every time she makes a play it makes me so happy,” Spencer said. “Just seeing her blossom into this player is amazing.” 

The Red Raiders (2-2, 0-2) had six hits in the game, with Bigwood and Haley Wrigley both singling twice.

Sadey Lehtomaki and Kendall Deleo each had an RBI for Athol.  In the circle for the Red Raiders, LeBlanc pitched a complete game, giving up 13 hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.  After two innings, the Red Raiders faced a 4-0 deficit.

“We just came out flat,” Athol coach Sharon Chauvette said. “I don’t think they were ready for today’s game. As much as we try to prepare them. Frontier is a good team, but I don't they are that much better than we are.”

Frontier’s Olivia Deane got the win in the circle, pitching six innings with a strikeout and six walks. Deane forced Athol into a lot of grounders. The Frontier defense was solid behind Deane, especially Macy Ring at shortstopm, who had four assists on grounders.

Ring came on to pitch the seventh inning for the Red Hawks, allowing a walk and striking out two batters. 

Deane made a nifty play on a hard grounder by Athol’s Lexi Forte at shortstop to close out the Red Raiders in the seventh.

Spencer opened the scoring in the top of the first with an RBI single that scored Ring and Natalie Denkiewicz. 

In the second, Santos’ RBI triple made the score 3-0. Santos later scored on a wild pitch.

Athol responded by loading the bases in the bottom of the second. Athol only managed two runs on an infield single by Deleo, with another run scoring on a throwing error. 

Maddie Fifield’s RBI double in the top of the fifth made the score 6-2, before Santos’ second RBI hit.

Lehtomaki followed with a sacrifice fly to push home a run for Athol in the bottom half of the inning. 

Spencer and Fifield added RBI hits in the top of the sixth.

Frontier 10, Athol 3

Frontier ................... 220 033 0 — 10  13  1

Athol .......................  020 010 0 — 3  6  1

Hits: (F) Ring, Santos 3, Spencer 3, Denkiewicz, Vecellio 2, Deane, Fifield 2. (A) Roberts, Deleo, Wrigley 2, Bigwood 2 

2B: (F) Ring, Spencer 2, Fifield.

3B: (F) Santos.

RBI: (F) Spencer 4, Santos 2, Fifield 3. (A) Deleo, Lehtomaki.

WP:  Deane (6ip, 1k, 6bb); Ring (1ip, 2k 1bb).

LP: LeBlanc (7ip, 9k, 2bb).


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