Serving up a win for the kilt

  • Greenfield's Petru Cojocaru returns a shot from Sci Tech's Nick O’Brien and Guillermo Diaz during their second doubles match Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Victor Ivancev returns a shot from Sci-Tech's Rolando Barcelo during their first singles match Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Victor Ivancev serves against Sci-Tech's Rolando Barcelo during their first singles match Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Victor Ivancev serves against Sci-Tech's Rolando Barcelo during their first singles match Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield boys tennis coach Andrew Varnon talks to his team during their match against Sci-Tech on Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Connor Pedigree returns a shot from Sci-Tech's Andrew Rodriguez during their second singles match Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Daniel Pena-Chadee serves against Sci-Tech's Nick O’Brien and Guillermo Diaz during their second doubles match Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Daniel Pena-Chadee returns a shot from Sci-Tech's Nick O’Brien and Guillermo Diaz during their second doubles match Friday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 4/19/2019 9:41:30 PM
Modified: 4/19/2019 9:41:17 PM

Last year, Greenfield High School tennis coach Andrew Varnon told his players he would wear a kilt to a match after the squad got its first win of the season. Mired in a rebuilding year, the Green Wave managed to get one win, but the coach was true to his word and donned a kilt at one of the Wave’s home games.

On Friday, Varnon’s kilt made another appearance at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield, albeit under very different circumstances.

Varnon wore his kilt for the first time this season and he did so on the day the Green Wave improved to better than .500 on the season as Greenfield nearly pitched a perfect shutout with a 5-0 victory over Springfield School of Science & Technology in a Tri-County League boys match.

One year after the the Green Wave (3-2) had to battle to get just one win and get the coach to wear the kilt, the team now finds itself firmly entrenched in a hunt for a postseason berth.

As for the kilt, Varnon’s great, great grandfather came over from Scotland and his son, Wallace Dunbar (who is Varnon’s great grandfather) had a kilt that has been passed down as a family heirloom. Varnon was actually married wearing his great grandfather’s “Wallace Tartan” kilt. He bought a second kilt — a Wallace Hunting kilt, which is green — so that he could wear it without worrying about ruining a family treasure. After the players won their first match this season, Varnon knew he was going to wear the kilt to an upcoming match, and Friday proved to be that day.

The team responded by nearly winning every single game against the Cybercats, who did not have a program last year, but are back this spring with good numbers. 

Victor Ivancev earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles over Rolando Barcelo, and Connor Pedigree followed suit by “bageling” Andrew Rodriguez at second singles. Brandon Siow made it a perfect sweep at third singles by a 6-0, 6-0 score over Brandon Tsang. Daniel Pena-Chadee and Petru Cojocaru also earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Nick O’Brien and Guillermo Diaz at second doubles.

The only Sci-Tech team to win a game was Ryan Chasse and Michael Rivera, who did pick up one game against Gabriel Larouche and Jacob Frank at first doubles but the Wave team still cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Turrners Falls 4, Sabis 1 — Turners Falls remained unbeaten on the season as it swept the three singles matches en route to a 4-1 win over Sabis International Charter School in a TCL boys tennis match Friday in Springfield.

Brian Poirier bested Patrick Morrow 6-1, 6-0 at first singles for the Thunder (4-0), Will Burn beat Jio Gruz 6-0, 6-0 at second singles, and Brody Trott took a forfeit at third singles.

The first doubles team of Joseph Kochan and Mike Boyle beat Noah Demers and Brandon Risinque 6-3, 6-3. The lone Sabis win came at second doubles where Emmanuel Rivera-Vega and Mackenzie Mongeon beat Corin Wisnewski and Miles Keefe 6-4, 6-1.

Turners hosts Westfield Monday.

Softball

Greenfield 9, Mohawk 4 — The Greenfield bats woke up in a big way on Friday and it was a good thing they did.

The Green Wave slugged three home runs and used a big third-inning to stave off upset-minded Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 9-4, in a Franklin County League softball game at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Mohawk (3-2) took a 4-1 lead with four runs in the top of the third inning, which included a three-run double from Caitlin Johnston and an RBI single from Mya Lesieur. The Wave responded in the home half of the frame with six runs. The Wave (3-1) loaded the bases with nobody out as Audrey Bresciano and Samantha Smith led off with hits and Kelsey Richardson walked, which set the table for Raegan Hickey, who belted a grand slam to put the Wave in front for good. Racquel Provost added two RBIs in the frame as Greenfield turned the 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 advantage.

“That was huge,” Green Wave coach Rian Lovett said of the response. “I really think if we didn’t have a big inning, they would have hung their heads and it would have been a totally different outcome. My seniors really stepped up when I needed them to.”

Smith led off the fourth inning with a solo bomb, and Hickey belted her second dinger of the game in the sixth with a solo shot. Provost, Bresciano, Smith and Hickey each had two hits on the day.

“We came off a not very good game yesterday, offensively,” Lovett said. “When they scored four runs, I think it kind of lit a fire.”

Olivia Joy struck out eight and did not walk a batter in the complete-game victory, although Warrior hitters did collect nine hits off the Wave’s hurler.

Lesieur finished with three hits, while Grace Ward added two hits. Lesieur walked six and did not strike out a batter in six innings in the loss.

Gateway 22, FC Tech 10 — Gateway benefitted from 22 walks to defeat Franklin Tech, 22-10, in a Tri-County League softball game Friday afternoon in Huntington.

Summer Gadreau had two hits and two RBIs in the loss, and Haley Kurkulonis had a hit and two RBIs. 

Baseball

Pioneer 9, Smith Voke 6 — A big effort from ace Jacob Quinn and timely hitting in a five-run fourth inning helped Pioneer Valley Regional School to a 9-6 victory over Smith Voke in an independent baseball game Friday morning in Northfield.

Quinn gave the young Panthers (2-4) exactly the kind of performance they needed as he struck out three and walked one in the complete-game victory. Smith Voke scored three times in the seventh inning to close the gap.

Smith Voke led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning when the Panthers’ bats came to life. It all started with the bottom of the order, as Pioneer’s No. 6 hitter started the inning and three of the first four hitters in the frame reached to bring up leadoff hitter Nate Mousseau, who belted a two-run double. Jack Loud had an RBI single in the inning, and Jason Quinn drove in a run on a ground out. Pioneer scored five times to take a 6-3 lead it never relinquished.

Jacob Quinn finished with three hits, including a triple, and drove in a run in the win, and Cam Dresser had two hits and an RBI. Mousseau had two hits and three RBIs, and Loud had two hits and one run batted in. Ryan Potter added a double.

Wahconah 2, Mohawk 0 — Mohawk did everything but win the baseball game on Friday.

The Warriors outhit Wahconah 9-1 and got a strong pitching performance from Jackson Hicks but Wahconah defeated Mohawk, 2-0, in an independent game in Dalton.

Wahconah scored twice in the first inning as Jake Gai was hit by a pitch and Zak Bernardo walked to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Caden Frazier then hit a fly ball to right that was dropped for the lone error of the game by Mohawk, allowing one run to score. Chad Howes then laid down a sacrifice bunt to score the second run of the frame.

Kyle Lee scattered nine hits over seven innings but did not allow the visitors to score as he finished with six strikeouts and no errors. Hicks allowed just one hit and three walks with no strikeouts in six innings in the tough-luck loss.

Hicks singled and doubled for Mohawk (0-5), and Jordan Grenier had two hits. 

Westfield Tech 7, FC Tech 0 — Brody Zabielski pitched a two-hit shutout and Westfield Tech defeated Franklin Tech, 7-0, in a Tri-County League South Division baseball game Friday in Turners Falls.

Zabielski struck out two and walked one in the shutout. Garret Cole singled and Sim Maniatty doubled for the Eagles (3-2).

Zabielksi had two hits and two RBIs in the win, and Mike Durkee doubled and drove in three runs. 

“Hopefully, this game is a wakeup call to take some of the air out of our egos that we shouldn’t have,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said after his team lost for the second time in as many days.

Pioneer 9, Smith Voke 6

Smith Voke............... 012 000 3 — 6  7  2

Pioneer ...................  001 512 x — 9  11  1

Hits: (SV) Mollison, Zatkowski, Doyle, Boisvert 2, Barayon 2. (P) Mousseau 2, Jas. Quinn, Loud 2, Jac. Quinn 3, Potter, Dresser 2.

2B: (P) Potter, Mousseau.

3B: (P) Jac. Quinn.

RBI: (SV) Doyle 3, Drobiak, Boisvert, Barayon. (P) Mousseau 3, Jas. Quinn, Jac. Quinn, Loud, Potter, Dresser.

SB: None.

WP: Jac. Quinn (7ip, 3k, 1bb).

LP: Drobiak (5ip, 3k, 4bb), Doyle (⅔ip, 0k, 2bb), Zatkowski (⅓ip, 1k, 1bb).

Wahconah 2, Mohawk 0

Mohawk .................. 000 000 0 — 0  9  1

Wahconah ..............  200 000 x — 2  1  0

Hits: (M) Hoff, Dubrieul, Hicks 2, Gagnon, Bassett, Moffatt, Grenier 2. (W) Borowski.

2B: (M) Hicks. (W) Borowski.

RBI: (W) Howes.

WP: Kyle Lee (7ip, 6k, 0bb).

LP: Hicks (6ip, 0k, 3bb).

Westfield Tech 7, FC Tech 0

Westfield Tech ......... 000 340 0 — 7  4  1

FC Tech ....................  000 000 0 — 0  2  2

Hits: (WT) Zabielski 2, Sanchez, Durkee. (FT) Cole, Maniatty.

2B: (WT) Durkee. (FT) Maniatty.

RBI: (WT) Zabielski 2, Sanchez 2, Durkee 3.

WP: Zabielski (7ip, 2k, 1bb).

LP: Fritz (2⅓ip, 2k, 6bb), Coe (3ip, 1k, 1bb), Maniatty (1⅔ip, 0k, 0bb).

SOFTBALL

Greenfield 9, Mohawk 4

Mohawk ............... 004 000 0 — 4  9  1

Greenfield ..............  106 101 x — 9  11  1

Hits: (M) Reynolds, Dupree, Lesieur 3, Ward 2, Johnston, Allen. (G) Provost 2, Bresciano 2, Smith 2, Hickey 2, Richardson, Dodge, Marchefka.

2B: (M) Johnston.

HR: (G) Hickey 2, Smith.

RBI: (M) Johnston 3, Lesieur. (G) Hickey 5, Provost 2, Smith, Lavoine.

WP: Joy (7ip, 8k, 0bb).

LP: Lesieur (6ip, 0k, 6bb).

Gateway 22, FC Tech 10

FC Tech ............... 070 030 — 10  13  4

Gateway ..............  348 421 — 22  9  0

Hits: (FT) Doane 2, Currier, Martel 2, Gadreau 2, Trudeau, H. Kurkulonis, S. Kurkulonis, Stephens, Poulin. (G) Hannigan 2, Manos, Clare 2, Ryan, Bean-Barlow.

RBI: (FT) Gadreau 2, H. Kurkulonis 2, S. Kurkulonis, Stephens 3, Poulin 2. (G) Ryan 3, Hannigan 2, Auclair 5.

WP: Hannigan (6ip, 0k, 1bb).

LP: Currier (5⅓ip, 2k, 22bb).


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