Wave shakes off loss

  • Greenfield second baseman Ryan Cote (1), left, throws to first baseman Hunter Campbell (6) for an out against Easthampton in the top of the third inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield second baseman Ryan Cote (1) fields a grounder for an out against Easthampton in the top of the third inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield baserunner Carlos Cardenales (13) rounds third base before scoring against Easthampton in the bottom of the second inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield center fielder David Carey (7) reels in a fly ball before throwing out an Easthampton baserunner at home plate in the top of the third inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's David Carey (7) throws out an Easthampton baserunner at home plate from center field in the top of the third inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Owen Phelps tosses a curve against Easthampton in the top of the sixth inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield celebrates scoring against Easthampton in the bottom of the second inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Owen Phelps fields an Easthampton grounder in the top of the fourth inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Owen Phelps throws against Easthampton in the top of the second inning Friday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

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Published: 4/12/2019 9:43:33 PM
Modified: 4/12/2019 9:43:22 PM

After a season-opening, extra-inning loss to Athol High School on Thursday afternoon, the Greenfield High School baseball team was looking for a spark on Friday as it played its home opener against Easthampton High School.

Things started precariously for the Green Wave as the Eagles loaded the bases in the first inning with nobody out but the hosts got out of the jam by turning a triple play. That momentum carried to the Greenfield offense as the Wave scored five times in the first three innings and went on to take a 8-0 victory in an independent game at Veterans Memorial Field.

One day after losing 6-5 to Athol in a nine-inning affair, the Green Wave was looking to get on the right track with its first win of the season. It wasn’t an easy start, as Easthampton’s Chet Kugler led off the game with a double and Nic Soucy and Matthew Arroyo each were hit by pitches to load the bases. Justin Colpack followed with a ground ball to Green Wave third baseman Joel Peabody that Peabody fielded cleanly and fired home to catcher Kyle Devlin for the force out. Devlin then threw to Hunter Campbell at first base for a force play there, and Campbell threw the ball back to Devlin at the plate who cut down Soucy trying to score from second base.

“It was certainly enjoyable to see that happen,” Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek said of the triple play.

Greenfield loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and forced a run in when Nate Haselton drew a walk. The Wave added three runs in the second inning to build on the lead. Carlos Cardenales roped a two-run double in the frame and then scored when Campbell singled him home. 

Easthampton threatened to get on the board in the fourth inning. With a runner on third, an Easthampton hitter lifted a ball to center field that Green Wave freshman David Carey caught and fired a strike to home plate to cut down a runner tagging up on the play.

Owen Phelps and Devlin each had one hit and one RBI for the Green Wave. Phelps pitched six innings to earn the win, striking out three and walking two. Devlin struck out one and walked one in one inning of relief.

Ohm Patel suffered the loss, striking out four and walking seven.

Athol 17, Drury 6 — Athol took advantage of 14 walks and seven errors to score 17 runs on Friday during a 17-6 victory over Drury in an independent baseball game in North Adams.

Drury held a 2-1 lead until the fifth inning when Athol erupted for five runs. The Red Raiders (2-0) added six runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh.

“We kind of wore them down, got to their bullpen early,” Athol coach Josh Talbot said. “We worked a lot of walks and had some key hits. Our approach at the plate right now has been pretty good. We don’t usually start hitting until May, so we are happy with the approaches the guys are taking right now.”

Dilan Fountain had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored in the win, and Bryce King doubled to knock in three runs and also scored twice. Mark Ferrari had one hit and two RBIs, while Jack Bonenfant and Anthony Oro each drove in a pair of runs.

Oro earned the win with three strikeouts and no walks in five innings, allowing just three hits.


Frontier 10, Belchertown 3 — Visiting Frontier stormed out of the gates with a five-run top of the first inning and cruised to a 10-3 win over Belchertown in an independent softball game Friday.

Natalie Denkiewicz did it all for the Red Hawks (1-0). She tossed five innings in the pitching circle — her first innings since seventh grade — to earn the victory, striking out six and walking five while scattering two hits and two runs. At the plate, the No. 2 hitter was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

Olivia Vecellio tripled and drove in three runs, while teammate Macy Ring doubled in a run in her Red Hawks debut after transferring in from Hopkins Academy. Chloe Cutting was 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored, and Ariana Walker also added a hit and scored a pair of runs.

Ring closed out the game in the pitching circle, allowing one run and two hits in two innings of work in relief of Denkiewicz.

Easthampton 11, Mohawk 1 — Junior Rachel Robinson struck out 13 over seven innings, and visiting Easthampton secured an 11-1 victory over Mohawk in an independent softball game Friday in Buckland.

It was the first loss of the season for the Warriors (2-1), which outscored its first two opponents by a 31-6 margin.

Easthampton (4-0) led 3-0 into the fifth inning before tacking on a pair. Mohawk cut into the deficit with a run in the bottom of the fifth, as Isis Moon scampered home with the team’s lone score.

Mya Lesieur, Reagan Dupree, Morgan Roccio and Moon all singled for the Warriors.

Easthampton’s Chelsea Indyk was 4-for-4 in the win, as the Eagles amassed 18 hits on the day. They put the game out of reach with a six-spot in the top of the seventh.

Wahconah 16, Pioneer 0 (5 inn.) — Abby Wells showcased her entire arsenal Friday. Visiting Pioneer unfortunately found itself on the receiving end of the Wahconah star’s big day.

Wells smacked a pair of home runs and totaled six RBIs, and struck out six while allowing just two hits in a five-inning complete game to help the Warriors to a 16-0 win in a run-shortened independent softball game in Dalton.

Wahconah took a 3-0 lead after one inning and tacked on four more in the second, four in the third and five in the fifth. The squad outhit Pioneer by a 10-2 margin.

Steph Scoville doubled and Hayley Pelletier singled for the two Pioneer (1-2) hits. Scoville took the loss on the bump, striking out six and walking four in four innings of work.

The Panthers are back in action Thursday with a 1 p.m. game against Hoosac Valley.

• Pioneer fared much better in the JV game, picking up a 21-7 victory over Wahconah.

Katie Trudeau was 4-for-5 with a grand slam for the Panthers. Mya Cooke was also 4-for-5, and Caitlin Hale clubbed a home run.

Girls tennis

Lee 5, Turners 0 — Powerhouse Lee High School showed why its one of the preeminent programs in WMass Friday, as the visiting Wildcats lost just eight games in five matches to sweep Turners Falls, 5-0, in an independent girls tennis match.

The closest match of the day came at second doubles, where Turners’ Mercedes Bailey and Emily Dennison lost a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Anna Martini and Emma Puntin.

At first doubles, Turners’ Cece Wood and Maria LaBelle were defeated by Lee’s Paige Berry and Cierra Lee, 6-1, 6-1.

Chicopee Comp 5, Frontier 0 — Aliza McLeish captured a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Frontier’s Tori Speth at first singles, propelling host Chicopee Comp to a 5-0 sweep in an independent girls tennis match Friday afternoon.

The Red Hawks (1-2) battled at No. 1 doubles, where the team of Cambrie Hamilton and Coleman Hartner played a strong first set before falling, 6-3, 6-1.

At No. 2 singles, Mary Laurens dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision, and at No. 3, Kayleigh Aucoin fell, 6-2, 6-0.

St. Mary’s 4, Mohawk 1 — Erin Olearcek beat Sienna Lewis 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 at second singles and St. Mary’s defeated Mohawk, 4-1, in an independent girls tennis match Friday in Westfield.

Haley Randall and Maddy Lilly played a close match for Mohawk at first doubles but fell to Amelia Murray and Madison Hamlin, 6-4, 6-1.

Mohawk’s lone win came at third singles where Paige King bested Maura O’Neill, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).

Boys tennis

Greenfield 4, Holyoke 1 — Greenfield matched its win total from all of last season on Friday afternoon as it picked up its first victory of the year with a 4-1 win over Holyoke in an independent boys tennis match at Crosier Field in Holyoke.

After winning one match last spring, the Green Wave needed just three matches this season to hit the mark. 

“It’s a good first win for us,” Greenfield coach Andrew Varnon said. “Holyoke is in the league ahead of us. They are a bit more lean this year, but we played really well today.”

Victor Ivancev beat David Rex 6-2, 6-0 at first singles and Brandon Siow earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Ethan DeJesus at third singles. The lone Holyoke win of the day came at second singles in a tight match between Greenfield’s Connor Pedigree and Holyoke’s Michael Lukasiewicz that was won by the Purple Knight playerk, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Greenfield swept the doubles matches. Seventh-graders Daniel Pena-Chadee and Petru Cojocaru bested Adam Pellerin and Cormac Norton, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) at first doubles, while Anjou Kang-Stryker and Dylan Roy played their first match of the season for the Green Wave at second doubles and earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Dante Angelini and Jack Martin.

Boys volleyball

Putnam 3, Athol 0 — League-leading Putnam survived a tight second set and closed out a sweep of Athol, 25-14, 25-23, 25-19, in a PVIAC East boys volleyball match Friday night in Springfield.

Athol (2-2, 2-2) received a team-high 5 kills apiece from Parker Deleo and Zach Aldrich, and Matt Willhite added 4 kills. Setter Colby Soltysik dished out 12 assists.

The defensive effort was paced by Deleo’s 10 digs. Soltysik was right behind with 9 digs, followed by 5 each from Owen Willhite and Issac Dodge.

The Beavers improved to 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the East.

Greenfield 8, Easthampton 0

Easthampton ............ 000 000 0 — 0  5  3

Greenfield ................  131 003 x — 8  5  3

Hits: (E) Lloyd 2, Kugler, Colpack, Jolicouer. (G) Phelps, Cardenales, Campbell, Carey, Devlin.

2B: (E) Kugler. (G) Cardenales.

RBI: (G) Cardenales 2, Phelps, Campbell, Haselton, Devlin.

SB: (G) Haselton.

WP: Phelps (6ip, 3k, 2bb), Devlin (1ip, 1k, 1bb).

LP: Patel (3ip, 4k, 7bb), Robbins (1ip, 1k, 2bb), Jolicouer (2ip, 2k, 2bb).

Athol 17, Drury 6

Athol ........................ 001 056 5 — 17  8  5

Drury .......................  011 000 4 — 6  5  7

Hits: (A) Fountain 3, Bousquet, Lutz, Ferrari, Paine, King. (D) Moulton 2, Rumbolt 2, Barnes.

2B: (A) King.

RBI: (A) Fountain 3, Ferrari 2, Bonenfant 2, Oro 2, King 3, Paine. (D) Moulton, Rumbolt, Crockwell.

SB: (A) Fountain 3, Tarbell, King. (D) Pettengill, Crockwell, Barnes, Rumbolt.

WP: Oro (5ip, 3k, 0bb), Fountain (1⅔ip, 1k, 3bb), Paine (⅓ip, 0k, 0bb).

LP: Rumbolt (1⅓ip, 2k, 5bb), Davignon (1⅔ip, 3k, 4bb), Cowell (3ip, 1k, 2bb), Pettengill (1ip, 0k, 3bb).


Easthampton 11, Mohawk 1

Easthampton ........ 030 020 6 — 11  18  1

Mohawk ................  000 010 0 — 1  4  1

Hits: (E) McClafflin 2, Downer 3, Morse 2, Robinson, E. Downer, Pond 2, Indyk 4, Banigan, G. Downer 2. (M) Moon, Lesieur, Dupree, Roccio.

2B: (E) Morse, McClafflin, Indyk.

3B: (E) Morse, Indyk, E. Downer.

RBI: (E) McClafflin 2, E. Downer 2, Morse, Robinson, Pond, Indyk, G. Downer.

WP: Robinson (7ip, 13k, 0bb).

LP: Lesieur (5ip, 2k, 2bb), Bloomer (2ip, 0k, 3bb).

Frontier 10, Belchertown 3

Frontier .................. 500 014 0 — 10  10  0

Belchertown .........  100 010 1 — 3  4  4

Hits: (F) Walker, Denkiewicz 3, Ring, Doulette, Fifield, Vecellio, Cutting, Fuller. (B) Leblanc, O’Brian, Camerota, Ouimette.

2B: (F) Denkiewicz 2, Ring.

3B: (F) Vecellio, Cutting.

RBI: (F) Denkiewicz 2, Ring, Vecellio 3. (B) O’Brian, Troy.

WP: Denkiewicz (5ip, 6k, 5bb), Ring (2ip, 0k, 1bb).

LP: n/a

Wahconah 16, Pioneer 0 (5)

Pioneer ..................... 000 00 — 0  2  7

Wahconah ..............  344 5x — 16  10  0

Hits: (P) Scoville, Pelletier. (W) Wells 2, Lenski 2, Marauszwski 2, O’Bryan, Duma, Kays, Rose.

2B: (P) Scoville. (W) Lenski.

HR: (W) Wells 2.

RBI: (W) Wells 6, Lenski 2, Marauszwski 2.

WP: Wells (5ip, 6k, 1bb).

LP: Scoville (4ip, 6k, 5bb).


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