High Schools: Franklin Tech softball captures 1st TCL North title since 2016

  • The Franklin Tech softball team clinched the program’s first Tri-County League North regular season title since 2016 on Wednesday thanks to a 9-1 win over Smith Vocational in Northampton. The Eagles improved to 11-2 on the season, 9-0 in the league. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Published: 6/9/2021 10:02:45 PM

For the first time in five years, the Franklin Tech softball team gets to hang a banner.

The Eagles used a balanced all-around effort to clinch their first Tri-County League North regular season title since 2016 on Wednesday. Lauren Ross struck out eight in seven innings in the circle and nine different players recorded hits at the plate to lift Tech to a 9-1 win over Smith Vocational in a game played in Northampton.

“It’s a tribute to the kids,” began Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache. “It’s a fun group to coach. They work hard, everybody gets along. They all embrace their role day in and day out. They support each other.”

The Eagles (11-2, 9-0) stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, and scored three more times in both the fifth and sixth innings. Kendra Campbell and Keira Stevens each had two hits, while Mackenzie Martel tripled and drove in a run. Lauren Ross and Emily Eastman each added a double to pace the offense, while Lilly Ross drove in two runs. Kaitlin Trudeau, Chloe Brothers and Lillian Day also had a hit for Tech. Lauren Ross allowed just three hits with one walk. Smith Vocational’s lone run came in the bottom of the second.

“We had a strong pitching performance, played some pretty solid defense and every one of our starters chipped in with a hit,” Gamache said.

Next up is the TCL finale against Amherst on Friday.

Turners Falls 14, Mohawk Trail 0 (5) — Jade Tyler continued her dominant senior season on Wednesday night.

Tyler hit a pair of home runs, giving her 10 on the season, to propel the Thunder to a 14-0 win over the Warriors under the lights at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.

Madi Liimatainen had a single and double in the win, with Emily Young adding a hit and Hannah Marchefka had a two-run single.

Mya Lesieur hit safely twice for Mohawk Trail, with Hannah Gilbert adding an RBI double.

Tyler struck out seven in three innings of work while Liimatainen had four strikeouts in two innings in the circle.

Pioneer 13, Mahar 10 — The Senators held a lead for the majority of the game but one big inning by the Panthers proved to be the difference.

Trailing 6-3 going into the bottom of the fifth, Pioneer put seven runs on the board to take a 10-6 lead. The Panthers didn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way, pulling out a 13-10 Franklin County League victory.

“They pulled it together late,” Panthers coach Tina Riddell said. “I was pleased to get a win without our starting pitcher [Sofia Holden] available.”

Hailey Haughey picked up the win in the circle with a pair of strikeouts. Kensey Gibson had a pair of hits and Tayla Sadlowski hit safely in the win.

Mackinley Drew struck out two for Mahar, with Saylor Kegans and Keanna Thompson each hitting safely twice. Drew also had a hit for the Senators.

Boys volleyball

Athol 3, Central 1 — Luke Inniss put down 11 kills and Colin Mason added seven as the Bears knocked off Central, 24-26, 25-23, 25-12, 25-18 in a PVIAC East match Wednesday.

Raymond Castine went for four kills and three digs to aid the cause for Athol (5-4, 5-3). Holden Girouard dished out 22 assists while the back row defense received monster outings from Caleb LeBlanc (27 digs), Inniss (23 digs) and Ashan Santiago (13).

Girls track

Frontier 123, Monson 22 — Amelia Sobieski completed the hat trick, again.

For the second time this season, the Frontier Regional standout secured wins in the shot put (30 feet, 11 inches), discus (88-1) and javelin (97-10) to propel the Redhawks past Monson.

Brooke Davis was a winner in the triple jump for Frontier (4-1, 4-1) with a leap of 29 feet, while Abigail Howard won the high jump (4-10) and the 800 meters (2:46.5). Alena Maes-Polan was a double individual winner in the pole vault (8-6) and 400 hurdles (77.0), while the Redhawks won both the distance events on a hot and humid day thanks to brave souls Hannah Mackin (1-mile, 6:05.6) and Sasha Malo (2-mile, 15:04.2).

The 200 meter race came down to the wire, literally, as Sophia Leone took first place (28.2 seconds) while registered the same time as second place Lilah Evans and third-place Sierra Warren. Caroline Crocker took first in the 100 hurdles (17.6), while the 4x100 relay team (Leone, Isabel Marrapese, Warren, Evans) won in 54.7 seconds and the 4x400 relay team (Josie Fosnot, Kaitlyn Mackin, Howard, Alyson Barnes) were victorious in 4:47.7.

Boys tennis

PVCICS 5, Greenfield 0 — Despite a loss in the finale, it was still a successful 2021 campaign for the undermanned Green Wave. Greenfield had just six players on its roster this spring, but still finished with a winning record.

In Wednesday’s finale, host Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School scored a 5-0 win behind a 6-2, 6-2 win at first singles from Hugo Shinn over Greenfield’s Petru Cojocaru.

At second singles, Aidan Cleary held off Greenfield’s Daniel Pena-Chadee, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6). PVCICS’ Clayton English and James Scott were 6-2, 6-3 winners at first doubles over Greenfield’s Jacob Frank and Ethan Bross, 6-2, 6-3, while the No. 2 doubles team of Teddy Scott and Patrick Canavan-Gosselin held off Greenfield’s Matthew Lavoine and Christian Larouche, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 10-8.

“Overall it was a successful season,” said Greenfield coach Andrew Varnon, whose team won’t  be participating in the postseason due a lack of numbers.  “Going into it we only had six players and we came out with a winning record. Of any realistic assessment, that’s a good result.”

Wrestling

Hampshire 27, Mahar 18 — Henry Gilmore and Jeff Kidwell each won contested matches to aid the Senators in action on Wednesday.

Gilmore won via pinfall at 1:56 against Hampshire’s Luke Johndrow at 152 pounds. Kidwell needed just 46 seconds to win at 132, where he handled Hampshire’s Adin Clifford. Issa Gilmore scored points at 106 via a forfeit.




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