Easthampton wins battle of the birds

  • Frontier catcher Skyla Burniske tags out Easthampton baserunner Tessa Pond at home plate on a throw from center fielder Natalie Denkiewicz in the top of the second inning Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Maddie Fifield hits an RBI single against Easthampton in the bottom of the third inning Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier third baseman Lily Spencer, left, dives to tag Easthampton baserunner Tessa Pond who slides safely into third base on a throw from center fielder Natalie Denkiewicz in the top of the second inning Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier third baseman Lily Spencer throws to second for an out against Easthampton after fielding a grounder in the top of the fourth inning Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Caroline Moreau bats against Easthampton in the bottom of the fourth inning Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Easthampton shortstop Abby McClaflin, right, tags out Frontier baserunner Olivia Vecellio on the attempted steal at second base in the bottom of the second inning Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier pitcher Chloe Cutting throws against Easthampton in the top of the third inning Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 5/30/2019 11:04:21 PM

Easthampton High School belted three home runs on Thursday afternoon to defeat Frontier Regional School, 9-1, in an independent softball game in South Deerfield.

The Eagles hit a pair of home runs in the first inning to get things started. Lauren Morse belted a two-run home run for the first two runs of the game, and Kristalynn Culver added a solo shot later in the frame. Abby McClaflin added a solo shot in the third inning. Easthampton led 4-1 after three innings but added three runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh to pull away.

Morse, McClaflin and Culver each had two hits in the win, while Tessa Pond added two hits and one RBI. Rachael Robinson earned the win, striking out 11 and walking none in the complete-game performance.

Maddie Fifield had one hit and the lone RBI in the loss. Lily Spencer and Natelie Denkiewicz each had two hits for Frontier, while Ariana Walker, Skyla Burniske and Mandy Fuller each added one hit.

Olivia Deane suffered the loss.

Athol 12, Gardner 4 — Lindsey Leblanc struck out nine and walked four over seven innings to lead Athol past Gardner, 12-4, in an independent softball game Thursday in Gardner.

Athol finished with 17 hits in the win. Haley Bigwood had the only extra-base hit for the Red Raiders (12-8) with a double as part of a three-hit performance with one RBI. Sadey Lehtomaki and Reily Polana each had three hits and two RBIs, and Lexi Forte had two hits and two RBIs. Leblanc added three hits, while Jenna St. Cyr added one hit and one RBI.

Gateway 21, FC Tech 6 — Allison Manos had five hits, and Lilyann Ryan added four hits to power Gateway past Franklin Tech, 21-6, in a Tri-County League softball game Thursday in Huntington.

Abi Corey and Mackenzie Martel each had three hits for the Eagles (7-12), while Shannon Kurkulonis added a pair of hits.

Baseball

Greenfield 6, Smith Academy 2 — Greenfield picked a fine time to go on an eight-game winning streak.

The Green Wave finished off the regular season on an eight-game run as it closed out the year with a 6-2 win over Smith Academy in an independent game Thursday in Hatfield.

Greenfield finished the season 15-5 and will wait until Tuesday to find out its seed in the WMass Division 3 field when the seeds are announced Tuesday night at Greenfield High School.

“It’s a good time to win eight in row,” Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek said. “Our pitching has been the strength of our season so far. They’ve all done a good job, all three of them.”

Joel Peabody and Kyle Devlin each pitched well to help the Wave win. Peabody worked the first four innings, striking out four and walking none to earn the win. Devlin pitched the final three inings, striking out three and walking one.

Greenfield had just five hits, including a pair by Jared Hart. Hunter Campbell added one hit and two RBIs.

FC Tech 10, Mohawk 7 — An eight-run third-inning helped Franklin Tech get past Mohawk, 10-7, in an independent baseball game Thursday in Buckland.

Max Charest had a big day at the plate for the Eagles (13-6) with three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs. Garret Cole and Shawn Telega each had two hits and two RBIs, and Mike Patnode had one hit and one RBI. Nate Sciandra and Max Leh each added two hits. Sciandra struck out four and walked two in four innings to earn the win. Cole came on and pitched three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the save.

Jackson Hicks suffered the loss. Mohawk led 5-1 after two innings but surrendered eight runs in the third to fall behind for good. Shawn Davenport had two hits and two RBIs, while Hicks had two hits and one RBI. Rueben Bassett doubled and drove in a run, while Will Guyette added one hit and one RBI. Anthony Moffatt added a double.

Franklin Tech finishes the regular season Monday against Athol.

Turners Falls 4, Mahar 0 — After a home loss to the Thunder on Thursday in independent competition, the Mahar Regional baseball team has one more chance to secure a postseason berth.

The Senators (9-10) play at Mohawk Trail Regional on Saturday and must win to get into the postseason.

Jake Dodge came into Orange and pitched a gem for the Thunder. Dodge gave up two hits with six strikeouts in the shutout. 

Jon Fritz and Jack Putala had a pair of hits each, both hitting a double for Turners (8-10).

Jacob Berry pitched six innings and gave up only one earned run with nine strikeouts.

Berry had the two hits for the Senators.

Mahar committed two errors during the game.

Frontier 13, Palmer 5 — Frontier scored eight times in the seventh inning to pick up a 13-5 victory over Palmer in an independent baseball game Thursday in Palmer.

The Panthers came back from a pair of deficits against the Red Hawks (16-3) before falling. Frontier led 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth but a three-run effort by Palmer tied things up. Frontier went back in front in the top of the sixth when Kyle Barnes walked and later scored on a Connor Waitkus RBI single. Palmer came right back with another run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 5-5.

Frontier left little doubt in the seventh with eight runs, including three coming home on a bases-loaded triple by Waitkus. Corbin Blight and Kiernan Freeman each hit RBI doubles in the frame.

Gabe Gochinski picked up the win in relief. Matt Hildreth struck out five in the no-decision.

Frontier closes out the regular season tonight at Amherst at 7.

Boys tennis

Greenfield 4, Chicopee 1 — Three of Greenfield’s four seniors were victorious on Senior Day and the Green Wave defeated Chicopee, 4-1, in an independent match Thursday in Greenfield.

Victor Ivancev picked up a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Andre Gallant at first singles, and Anju Kang-Stryker earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory at third singles. Those two seniors were joined by classmate Connor Pedigree, who teamed with Gabe Larouche at second doubles and picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Gio Cotto and Jacob Maciaselz.

The Green Wave (11-4) also earned a victory at first doubles where a pair of seventh-graders — Daniel Pena-Chadee and Petru Cojocaru — beat Max Siecos and Gianni Mazza 6-3, 6-1. 

The lone senior to fall on the day was Brandon Siow, who dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Nate Roberts.

Turners 5, Chicopee 0 — After falling to Greenfield earlier in the afternoon, Chicopee headed over to Turners Falls to play its match with the Thunder and Turners cruised to a 5-0 victory.

The teams agreed to play one pro-set rather than best two-of-three set matches due to Chicopee playing the doubleheader.

Will Turn beat Roberts at first singles, 8-3, Brian Poirier beat Siecos at second singles, 8-0, and Brody Trott topped Mohammed Al Serafi 8-0 at third singles.

Joseph Kochan and Josh Gaulin earned a 8-3 win over Logan McClelland and Luis Rodriguez at first doubles, and Mike Boyle and Corrin Wisnewski edged Cotto and Maciaselz 8-5 at second doubles.

Girls tennis

Greenfield 5, Turners Falls 0 — Greenfield tuned up for its upcoming WMass Division 2 tournament appearance by dispatching Turners Falls, 5-0, in the regular-season finale Thursday in the Powertown.

The win clinched the Tri-County North title for the Wave.

Lilya Georgitsa earned a 6-0, 6-3 win over Haleigh Greene at first singles for the Wave, and Jenna Keith picked up a 6-4, 6-0 win over Izzy Farrick at second singles. The lone three-set match of the day came at third singles where Ngwang Tridytsang outlasted Steph Peterson 5-7, 6-0, 10-1.

Dina Samake and Eva Pruitt-Dahl picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over CeCe Wood and Maria LaBelle at first doubles, and Estera Covalenco and Kaitlin Phillips beat Emily Dennison and Mercedes Bailey 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles.

All tennis seeds will be announced this morning at 10 a.m. at West Springfield High School.

Track & field

Popusoi 10th in pole vault

Greenfield’s Theo Popusoi finished 10th in the pole vault at the MIAA All-State Track & Field meet Thursday at Westfield State University.

Popusoi cleared 11 feet, 6 inches to place 10th. The freshman has cleared 13-6 on multiple ocassions this season, which was the winning height at Thursday’s meet.

The rest of the All-State meet will take place Saturday.

Easthampton 9, Frontier 1

Easthampton ......... 301 030 2 — 9  12  2

Frontier .................  001 000 0 — 1  8  3

Hits: (E) McClaflin 2, E. Downer, Morse 2, Culver 2, O. Downer, Pond 2, Indyk, McDermott. (F) Spencer 2, Denkiewicz 2, Fifield, Walker, Burniske, Fuller.

HR: (E) Culver, McClaflin, Morse.

RBI: (E) Morse 2, McClaflin, Robinson, Culver, Pond, McDermott. (F) Fifield.

WP: Robinson (7ip, 11k, 0bb).

LP: Deane (2ip, 0k, 1bb), Cutting (5ip, 2k, 2bb).

Athol 12, Gardner 4

Athol .................... 002 811 0 — 12  17  3

Gardner ..............  200 100 1 — 4  6  4

Hits: (A) St. Cyr, Leblanc 3, Bigwood 3, Lehtomaki 3, Kerwin, Polana 3, Forte 2, Deleo. (G) Carlson, Merchant, Lashua, Santos, Columbus 2.

2B: (A) Bigwood. (G) Carlson.

RBI: (A) St. Cyr, Bigwood, Lehtomaki 2, Polana 2, Forte 2. (G) Santos 2, Columbus.

WP: Leblanc (7ip, 9k, 4bb).

LP: Columbus (4ip, 0k, 4bb), Lashua (3ip, 2k, 1bb).

Baseball

Frontier 13, Palmer 5

Frontier ............... 000 401 8 — 13  13  2

Palmer ..............  000 131 0 — 5  5  2

Hits: (F) Waitkus 2, Freeman 2, Blight 3, Bryant, Hildreth, Evans, DeForest 2, Barnes. (P) Bollea, Lombardi, Tenczar 2, Hess.

2B: (F) Freeman 2, Blight 2. (P) Tenczar.

3B: (F) Waitkus, DeForest, Barnes.

RBI: (F) Waitkus 5, Freeman, Hildreth, DeForest 2, Barnes. (P) Lombardi 2, Tenczar, Smith.

WP: Gochinski (1⅔ip, 1k, 1bb), Hildreth (4⅓ip, 5k, 2bb), Santiago 1ip, 2k, 1bb).

LP: Tenczar (1ip, 0k, 1bb), Lombardi (5ip, 5k, 2bb), Bolleau (1ip, 0k, 1bb).

Greenfield 6, Smith Acad 2

Greenfield ............... 050 010 0 — 6  5  1

Smith Academy .....  100 000 1 — 2  4  3

Hits: (G) Campbell, Hart 2, Monkiewicz, Cote. (SA) Woodward, Dadmun, Ferrara, Baranowski.

2B: (SA) Ferrara.

RBI: (G) Campbell 2, Phelps. (SA) Barrett.

WP: Peabody (4ip, 6k, 0bb), Devlin (3ip, 3k, 1bb).

LP: Woodward (2ip, 2k, 2bb), Cavanaugh (5ip, 6k, 3bb).

Turners Falls 4, Mahar 0

Turners Falls ............... 003 100 0 — 4  6  2

Mahar............  000 000 0 — 0  2  2

Hits: (TF) Dodge, Fritz 2, Lehtomaki, Putala 2. (M) Berry 2

2B: (TF) Putala, Fritz, Lehtomaki​​​​​​

WP:  Dodge (7ip, 6k, 4bb). 

LP:  Berry (6ip, 9k, 3bb) Barnes (1ip 0k 0bb).

FC Tech 10, Mohawk 7

FC Tech ................... 108 010 0 — 10  14  4

Mohawk .................  141 100 0 — 7  9  4

Hits: (FT) Charest 3, Sciandra 2, Maniatty, Cole 2, Patnode, Leh 2, Bergman, Telega 2. (M) Davenport 2, Hicks 2, Guyette, Bassett, Grenier, Gagnon, Moffatt.

2B: (FT) Charest 2. (M) Bassett, Moffatt.

RBI: (FT) Charest 2, Cole 2, Telega 2, Patnode. (M) Davenport 2, Hicks, Guyette, Bassett, Hoff.

WP: Sciandra (4ip, 4k, 2bb), Cole (3ip, 0k, 2bb).

LP: Hicks (2⅔ip, 1k, 2bb), Grenier (4⅓ip, 4k, 1bb).




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