No. 2 Franklin Tech falls to Mount Greylock in D3 softball semifinals, 4-1

  • FCTS's Lauren Ross is forced out at second as Mt Greylock's Emma Newbury fields the hit and touches the bag in Montague on Wednesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • FCTS Lauren Ross pulls in a pop fly backed up by Faith Smith vs Mt Greylock in Montague on Wednesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • FCTS's Kaitlin Trudeau gets caught stealing second by Jordyn Codding of Mt Greylock in Montague on Wednesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Lauren Ross tosses to first base for an out to get Mount Greylock's Veyda Larabee during the WMass Div. 3 semifinals in Turners Falls on Wednesday. The No. 2 Eagles fell to the sixth-seeded Mounties, 4-1. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • FCTS Lauren Ross pitches vs Mt Greylock in Montague on Wednesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Emily Eastman makes contact during a WMass Div. 3 semifinal against Mount Greylock on Wednesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 6/23/2021 11:39:23 PM

TURNERS FALLS — An almost-spotless defensive effort foiled the Franklin Tech offense on Wednesday.

Second-seeded Franklin Tech consistently put the ball in play, but sixth-seeded Mount Greylock committed just one error across seven innings. The visiting Mounties advanced to play for a Western Mass. final as a result, knocking off the Eagles, 4-1, in a Division 3 semifinal contest.

Franklin Tech head coach Joe Gamache said the team’s overall performance was good, but the offense couldn’t find gaps in the defense.

“It was a good game on both sides,” Gamache began. “Defensively they were very solid. We put a lot of balls in play but they made the plays when they needed to. We struggled to find holes offensively.”

The Mounties (12-4) took the lead right out of the gate with an Emma Newberry RBI double down the left field line made it 1-0 in the first inning.

They tacked on two more runs in the top of the third inning with another double and Newberry’s second RBI of the game on a line drive single.

The Eagles’ offense failed to find its footing for most of the game, but found some life in the bottom of the fifth. It was the first time Franklin Tech (16-3) had threatened Greylock, as the hosts put two runners on second and third with two outs before a ground ball to third base ended the threat.

Trailing 4-0, Franklin Tech did strike in the bottom of the sixth as junior pitcher Lauren Ross helped her own cause when she crushed a ball down the left field line. Ross ran all the way to third base, hesitated for a split second, then took off for home plate. The throw got past the catcher’s mitt as Ross slid face-first into the plate to score the Eagles’ lone run.

Mount Greylock head coach Mark Pierson said the pitching performance from sophomore Kamryn Sweet helped keep Franklin Tech at bay.

“She battles, she throws strikes and she fields the position. She’s done well,” Pierson said. “I’d like to commend (Franklin Tech) on a good season.”

After missing last season and having a few down years, Gamache said his program brought their best and put together a great season.

“This group’s come a long way. They’re a relatively young group, we only have one senior,” Gamache said. “We got some great leadership out of the older kids this year and the group as a whole, they were a tight group. They had a lot of fun together and worked hard together.”

Gamache said he’s hopeful next year’s team uses their experience this season to push forward in the future.

“We want to try and build on this year’s success,” Gamache said. “We don’t want to take a step backward, we want to keep moving forward.”

Mount Greylock advanced to play at top-seeded Turners Falls in Friday night’s WMass Div. 3 final. It’s the first title-game appearance for the Mounties since 2001.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081




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