Otter boys, girls each place second in state

  • Four Rivers’ Michaela O’Donnell pulls the disc downfield during the Four Rivers annual Ultimate Tournament, Saturday at Greenfield Community College. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Ben Yu tosses downfield during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament, Saturday at Greenfield Community College. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Published: 5/26/2019 10:06:36 PM

It was a huge weekend for Four Rivers Charter School at the State Ultimate Championships.

Despite being one of the smallest schools in the field, both the Four Rivers boys and girls took second place in the state.

The boys fell to Amherst 13-7 in the championship match following a grueling day of games on Sunday. Edwin Anderson played great throughout as several players had to leave the game with injuries.

Four Rivers (30-3) had its best-ever finish at the state tournament. On Sunday, the Otters played three matches en route to the finals, and the quarterfinals and semifinals were both long, hard-fought games. In the quarterfinals, Four Rivers edged St. John’s Prep, 15-11, while in the semifinals, the Otters edged Lexington, 13-11, behind six points from Henry Zwart.

Four Rivers opened the tournament in pool play on Saturday and defeated Masconomet (15-6), Lincoln-Sudbury (15-3) and Newton North (15-5).

“I couldn’t be happier with the kids,” coach Terry Plotkin said. “I think they overachieved this season. They pushed as hard as they could and had fun doing it.”

The girls went 4-1 on the weekend but fell to Amherst, 13-8, in the championship match. Four Rivers had 14 defenses in the match, including three by Maddie Tombs. Lyra Macek finished with three points, and  Grace Cabral had a nice catch for a point.

In the semifinals against Newton North, the game went to hard cap and Anna Goldstein came up with a huge defensive play to get her team back on offense and Xihu Arfa threw a long pass to Afri Flynn for the game-winner as Four Rivers won 9-8. Flynn finished with three points in the win.

In the quarterfinals against Sharon, Four Rivers led 8-7 at half and went on to a 12-8 win. Macek had four assists and two points in the win, and Emily Braverman added two points.

On Saturday, Four Rivers opened with a 15-2 win over Amherst JV in a match fueled by the Otters’ defense. Goldstein had three defenses, and Jaida Buchanon had two defenses and four assists. Macek had four defenses, and Ashley Schlinger threw a great pass in the end zone to Flynn for a big point.

Also Saturday, Four Rivers defeated Needham, 14-2 behind three points from both Hjordis Aho and Tombs. Alouette Batteau had four assists and one point.

“I think a lot of the success this season was because the players took the season really seriously and were really kind and supportive to each other,” coach Dov Plotkin said. “It helped us come back when we did get behind, and they worked very hard.”


Turners 1, Belchertown 0 (10) — Belchertown High School pitcher Zack Bohnet fired a no-hitter over seven innings but did not get credit for a shutout or even a win.

Neither the Orioles or Turners Falls High School were able to score a run over nine innings until the Thunder finally scratched one run across on a wild pitch in the 10th and Turners earned a hard-fought, 1-0, Hampshire League West Division baseball victory Saturday in Belchertown.

The game-winning rally started in the 10th when Jake Dodge walked to lead off and moved to third on back-to-back bunts. Walks to Kyle Dodge and Jon Fritz loaded the bases, and a wild pitch allowed Jake Dodge to come around with the first and only run of the game. Turners reliever and winner James Robison allowed a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the frame but got Chris Tilton to fly out to left to end the game. 

Bohnet was perfect after three innings but finally allowed a baserunner with one out in the fourth. He went on to walk five hitters through seven innings, but never allowed a hit while striking out nine.

Jake Dodge was nearly as effective for Turners Falls (7-10), as he allowed just three walks through seven innings, but did issue seven walks in that time. Still, he managed to keep the Orioles off the board and forced extra innings. Dodge finished with seven strikeouts. Turners Falls finished with just one hit over 10 innings, a ninth-inning single by Jacob Burnett.


Athol 5, Chicopee 4 — A weekend road win secured a playoff spot for the Athol High School softball team.

The Red Raiders beat Chicopee, 5-4, in an independent matchup on Saturday at Szot Park.

A four-run fourth inning gave the Red Raiders a 5-2 lead.

After giving up two runs in the bottom of the fourth, the Red Raiders and pitcher Lindsey LeBlanc tightened up and held the Pacers scoreless for the final three innings to preserve the win. 

LeBlanc and Sadey Lehtomaki both had two hits for Athol. 

LeBlanc added an RBI to help her own cause in the circle where she struck out 11 hitters and gave up four hits.

Also knocking in runs was Haley Wrigley and Lexi Forte (double). 

Jenna St. Cyr and Roz Nelson also singled.  

Reilly Polana stole a bad and scored two runs. 

It’s the third year in a row the Red Raiders (10-8, 3-8 Franklin County League) have made the tournament.

Athol lost last season to eventual champion Greenfield High School in the quarterfinals of the Div. 2 tournament. 

Athol has two more games left in the season on Tuesday at Gardner and at Mohawk Trail Regional on Thursday.

Pioneer 12, Lenox 0 — Steph Scoville fired a one-hit shutout as Pioneer continued its late-season surge with a 12-0 victory over Lenox in an independent softball game Saturday morning in Lenox.

Scoville walked two and allowed a first-inning hit but nothing else on the day en route to the shutout. She registered strikeouts for 12 of her 15 outs in the mercy-rule shortened game.

Scoville helped herself out by clobbering a three-run home run and added a double to finish with five RBIs. Olivia Rowe singled, doubled and drove in three runs for Pioneer (6-11), while Charlotte Kahler had one hit and two RBIs. Kensey Gibson added a hit and one RBI.

Mt. Greylock 13, Frontier 5 — Mt. Greylock scored five times in the first inning and went on to defeat Frontier, 13-5, in an independent softball game Saturday in Williamstown.

Charlotte Doulette was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs for Frontier (13-6), while Maddie Fifield was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ariana Walker added three hits and played well defensively.

Chloe Cutting suffered the loss.

Turners Falls 1, Belchertown 0

Turners ............... 000 000 000 1 — 1  1  4

Belchertown ......  000 000 000 0 — 0  7  0

Hits: (TF) Burnett. (B) Kupinsky 2, Mankowsky, Bohnet, Endelos 2, Buffone.

2B: (B) Bohnet.

RBI: None.

WP: Robison (3ip, 1k, 2bb), J. Dodge (7ip, 7k, 7bb).

LP: Engelos (3ip, 2k, 6bb), Bohnet (7ip, 9k, 5bb).


Athol 5, Chicopee 4

Athol ............... 001 400 0 — 5  7  2

Chicopee............  002 200 0 — 4  4  1

Hits: (A) St. Cyr, LeBlanc 2. Lehtomaki 2, Nelson, Forte. (C) Gagnon, Gatzounas, Meade, Rivera

2B: (A) Forte

RBI: (A) LeBlanc, Wrigley, Forte. (C) Meade 2.

WP:  LeBlanc (7 ip, 11k, 5bb). 

LP:  Meade (7 ip, 9k, 2bb).

Pioneer 12, Lenox 0 (5)

Pioneer ............... 250 05 — 12  9  2

Lenox ................  000 00 — 0  1  3

Hits: (P) Rowe 2, Scovile 2, Sadlowski, Kahler, Gibson, Johnson, Martinez. (L) Lynch.

2B: (P) Scoville, Rowe.

HR: (P) Scoville.

RBI: (P) Scoville 5, Rowe 3, Kahler 2, Gibson.

WP: Scoville (5ip, 12k, 2bb).

LP: Johanson (5ip, 4k, 4bb).

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