High schools: South Hadley softball holds off Frontier rally for 5-4 victory (PHOTOS)

Frontier’s Sophia Pinardi (15) hits an RBI single against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier’s Sophia Pinardi (15) hits an RBI single against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier baserunner Olivia Machon (9) sprints home to score against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier baserunner Olivia Machon (9) sprints home to score against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier baserunner Olivia Machon (9) crosses home plate to score against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier baserunner Olivia Machon (9) crosses home plate to score against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws against South Hadley in the bottom of the first inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws against South Hadley in the bottom of the first inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws against South Hadley in the bottom of the first inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws against South Hadley in the bottom of the first inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier first baseman Sophia Pinardi (15) reels in a foul ball for an out against South Hadley in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier first baseman Sophia Pinardi (15) reels in a foul ball for an out against South Hadley in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Delaney Fifield (12) drives in a run with a double against South Hadley in the top of the seventh inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier’s Delaney Fifield (12) drives in a run with a double against South Hadley in the top of the seventh inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws to first base for an out against South Hadley in the bottom of the fourth inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws to first base for an out against South Hadley in the bottom of the fourth inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Ashley Taylor (6) lays down a bunt against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier’s Ashley Taylor (6) lays down a bunt against South Hadley in the top of the sixth inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws against South Hadley in the bottom of the first inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor (6) throws against South Hadley in the bottom of the first inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Sophia Pinardi (15) lays down a bunt to move a runner over to third base in the top of the fourth inning Friday in South Hadley.

Frontier’s Sophia Pinardi (15) lays down a bunt to move a runner over to third base in the top of the fourth inning Friday in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports

Published: 04-19-2024 9:01 PM

A day after completing a comeback victory over Greenfield, the Frontier softball team looked like it had another rally in the works on Friday against South Hadley.

The Tigers held a 1-0 lead going into the sixth inning when the Redhawks rallied, putting two on the board to take a 2-1 lead. South Hadley had an answer however, scoring four in the bottom of the frame to take the lead going into the seventh.

Frontier kept the bats going and scored twice in the seventh, but the visitors were unable to get the tying run across from third base and the Tigers held on for a 5-4 independent victory. 

Ashley Taylor pitched all six innings for the Redhawks, striking out seven and scattering six hits. At the plate Taylor tallied two hits, one a triple. 

Delaney Fifield smashed an RBI double, Olivia Machon and Sophia Pinardi each recorded a hit and an RBI, Gabby Adams knocked two hits while Whitney Campbell and Raine Wonsey both hit safely for Frontier. 

Mohawk Trail 9, Mahar 2 — Riley Giard struck out 10 in the circle and added a base hit at the plate, propelling the Warriors to a Franklin County League East victory over the Senators in Buckland on Friday. 

Bella Brown and Rachel Pease each smashed a triple while Kaylin Sumner hit safely in the win. 

Laura McGinnis and MacKenzie Matthews each had a hit for Mahar in the loss. 

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 Athol 17, Northampton 12 — The Bears continue to light up the scoreboard. 

After scoring 24 runs against Belchertown and 23 against Mahar earlier in the week, Athol scored in all six innings on Friday to knock off the visiting Blue Devils in a Franklin County League East contest. 

Jenna Bonenfant recorded a single, a double and three RBIs, Hailey Cummings knocked two hits and three RBIs while Jaylynn Chapalonis tallied a pair of hits and RBIs for the Bears. Madilyn Hermes had two hits and an RBI, Abby Lutz recorded a hit and an RBI and Ally Robertson hit safely in the win. Chapalonis struck out eight in the circle. 

Baseball

Greenfield 10, Easthampton 0 — Arthur Fitzpatrick put on a show on the mound for the Green Wave on Friday. 

The sophomore threw a six-inning no hitter, striking out 11 and allowing just two walks as Greenfield got back in the win column with a Suburban League West victory at Vets Field. 

“We got a no-hitter from Arthur,” Green Wave coach Tom Suchanek said. “I was very pleased after some of our performances in the past. Walks have killed us but Arthur only allowed two. He got ahead on guys which we haven’t done this season which was good to see. We got some hits at the plate when we needed them.” 

Deven Dubie smashed three hits and two RBIs while John Marchefka had a hit and two RBIs in the win for Greenfield. 

Athol 12, Smith Academy 4 — Logan Cormier was a home run away from the cycle, blasting a single, a double and a triple while knocking in a pair of runs, leading the Bears to a Bi-County North win over the Falcons in Athol on Friday. 

Riley Young tallied two hits and an RBI, Oliver Johnson cracked two hits, Alex Lavigne and Ethan Heuer each recorded an RBI double while Marc Gould and Dominik St. Andre hit safely for Athol. 

Heuer allowed one hit and struck out three in two innings on the mound while Lavigne went five innings on the bump, striking out nine and scattered four hits. 

Oakmont 6, Pioneer 4 — The reigning MIAA Division 3 state champs handed the Panthers their first loss of the season, as Oakmont took a 6-2 lead after four and held off a late Pioneer rally to walk away with a 6-4 triumph in Ashburnham on Friday. 

Hugh Cyhowski went 4 2/3 innings for the Panthers, striking out six and surrendering six hits. Jackson Campbell went the rest of the way and didn’t allow a hit or a walk. 

Jackson Glazier knocked a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Evan Tsipenyuk tallied two hits and an RBI, Heath Gomez and Cyhowski each had a hit and an RBI while Alex McClelland, Braeden Tsipenyuk and Ben Werner hits safely for Pioneer. 

Smith Vocational 7, Mahar 0 — James Lavallee threw a no-hitter for the Vikings, allowing just one base runner on a walk as Smith Voc defeated the Senators in an independent game in Northampton Friday. 

Matt Vitello struck out six on the mound for Mahar. 

Boys volleyball

Athol 3, Southwick 1 — The Bears earned their first win of the season on Friday, walking away with a 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23 triumph at Mallet Gymnasium over the Rams. 

Agawam 3, Frontier 0 — Tavo Vincent Warner dished 19 assists for the Redhawks in a 25-14, 25-19, 27-25 loss to the Brownies in Agawam on Friday. 

Aleks Carey put down 12 kills, Jack Carey tallied five kills while Will Petrin smashed three kills for Frontier. 

Boys tennis

SICS 3, Turners 2 — Noah Kolodziej earned a comeback 4-6, 6-4, 12-10 match at No. 1 singles for the Thunder, which fell to the Bulldogs in Turners on Friday. 

Vaughn LaValley and Mario Pareja walked away with a 6-4, 7-6 triumph in No. 1 doubles for Turners. 

Track & field

Kane Invitational

The Kane Developmental Invitational — a meet that consists of freshmen and sophomores — took place in Agawam on Friday, with Frontier, Mahar, Mohawk Trail and Turners Falls among the schools competing. 

The Senators had a pair of winners, with Stellina Moore taking first in the girls pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches) while Coltin Fausett won the boys pole vault (9-3). Moore added a second place finish in both the 100-meter hurdles (18.3 seconds) and the high jump (4-10). Madilyn Moore placed fourth in the girls shot put (26-5.5) while Katie McGinnis came in eight in the girls high jump (4-2) for Mahar. 

For Frontier, Madelyn Antes won the girls 400 hurdles (1:12.99) while Maia Christensen won the girls high jump (4-10). Rylan Waskiewicz took fourth in the girls 100 (13.48) and eighth in the 200 (28.5), Mara Allium came in fourth in the girls 800 (2:39.8), Addison Morrey placed fourth in the girls mile (5:50.45), Liv Christensen came in third in the 2 mile (13:37.38) and fifth in the pole vault (6-6), John Reloj placed seventh in the boys discus (96-5), Julian Adams took seventh in the boys javelin (110-11) and Bailey Cusson took fourth in the girls javelin (80-0). 

For Mohawk Trail, Virginia Krezmien placed second in the girls 800 (2:34.27) and seventh in the high jump (4-4). Heidi Helenek came in eighth in the girls 100 hurdles (19.34) and ninth in the 400 (1:07.9), Anya Read took eighth in the girls 800 (2:45.67), Morgan Raffa placed fourth in the girls discus (84-3) and second in the javelin (83-6) while Zephyr Jetzon took fifth in the girls long jump (14-6.25) and fourth in the triple jump (30-10.75). 

Turners Falls’ Jakhia Williams came in sixth in the girls 100 (13.64) and seventh in the 200 (28.46).