Schools: Raiders take down Panthers

  • Athol High School’s Amber Mahony slides safely into third base, just beating the tag of Pioneer’s Amelia Marchand Monday afternoon during Franklin County League softball action in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer’s Kaylee Gibson slides into third base, where she is tagged out by Athol High School’s Hope Parker during Monday afternoon in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol High School’s Destiny Wrigley bats against Pioneer during their game Monday afternoon in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer’s Lizzie Fuller slides into second base, where she is tagged out by Athol High School’s Abby Leadbetter Monday afternoon during their Franklin County League softball game in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol High School outfielder Destiny Ricko gets under this fly ball to make the catch for a Pioneer out Monday afternoon. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer’s Lizzie Fuller launches into her swing against Athol High School Monday afternoon during Franklin County League softball action in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer losing pitcher Kaylee Gibson throws a pitch to Athol High School during their Franklin County League softball game Monday afternoon in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol High School’s winning pitcher Jessica Soucie releases a pitch to Pioneer Monday afternoon during their Franklin County League softball action in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer’s Amelia Marchand makes a catch for an Athol High School out during their Franklin County League softball game Monday afternoon in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/24/2017 10:17:21 PM

Early offense paced visiting Athol High School on Monday, as the Red Raiders staked themselves to a 4-0 lead early and danced around some trouble to secure a key 7-2 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School in a Franklin County League softball game in Northfield.

Athol (2-3, 1-2 FCL) scored twice in the top of the first and tacked on two more in the second, and the Raiders added three insurance runs in the fifth to take a 7-1 advantage they would never relinquish. Starter Jess Soucie managed to work out of several jams, scattering 12 hits in a complete-game victory that featured three strikeouts and four walks.

The Raiders were paced offensively by Destiny Ricko’s three hits, while Abby Leadbetter added two hits, including a double, to go with two RBI.

Pioneer held a 12-9 advantage in hits but couldn’t push runs across when necessary. Kaylee Gibson, Lizzie Fuller, Alexus Vergobbe, Brianna Jobst and Sophie Peduzzi-Nelson all had two hits for the Panthers (2-3, 2-1). Gibson, who also drive in a run at the dish, went all seven in the pitching circle, striking out nine and walking three.

Pioneer hosts Hoosac Valley High School on Wednesday in an independent game while Athol hosts rival Mahar Regional School on Thursday.

Frontier 10, Palmer 8 — In search of its first win of the season, Frontier Regional School turned to its bats on Monday.

The visiting Red Hawks pounded out 16 hits, breaking out offensively for a much-needed 10-8 victory over Palmer High School in an independent softball game in Palmer.

“We’ve struggled with our hitting and needed to hit so I’m happy that we were able to do that,” offered Frontier coach Carrie Fydenkevez.

Frontier (1-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third, but Palmer eventually tied the game 5-5 until the top of the sixth. The Hawks scored three in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 10-5 lead, and they managed to survive a three-run rally from the Panthers in the bottom of the seventh to escape back to town with their first win.

Seniors Sarah Meunier and Hanna LaClaire paced the offense for Frontier with four hits apiece. LaClaire had two singles, a triple and a solo home run in the third inning. Sophomore Ava Harper added two hits and drove in four runs, while McKenzie Patterson also had two hits to go with an RBI. Lexa Boyden drove in two runs as eight different Frontier batters recorded hits in the win.

Junior Lauren MacDonald tossed five innings to earn the victory for Frontier. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter before giving way to Emma Wesoloski for the final two innings of work in the circle. Palmer’s Sierra Cavanaugh pitched all seven innings, striking out one and walking three while allowing 16 hits to the Frontier offense.

The Red Hawks are slated to travel to Greenfield High School in Franklin County League action tonight under the lights at Veterans Field at 7.

Mohawk 18, FC Tech 0 (5) — Emily Page pitched a one-hit shutout on Monday afternoon and Mohawk Trail Regional High School defeated Franklin County Technical School, 18-0, in a five-inning, independent softball game at Gifford Field in Turners Falls.

Page struck out 10 and walked two in five innings. The only hit she allowed came in the third inning when Franklin Tech’s Jocelyn Crowningshield reached on a bunt single.

Mohawk gave Page plenty of offensive support, beginning in the first inning when the Warriors put eight runs on the board. Mohawk added four runs in the third and six more in the fourth. Ashley Reynolds led the offense with four hits and four RBIs, and Shelby Sinistore added three hits and two RBIs. Caitlin Johnston had two hits and two RBIs, and Emma Reid had three hits.

Franklin Tech starting pitcher Rachel Shearer was out due to an illness so Kelsey Winship made her first career varsity start despite never having pitched. She did not strike out a batter and walked eight.

Boys’ volleyball

Chicopee Comp 3, Athol 0 — Matched up against one of the top teams in western Massachusetts, the Athol High School boys’ volleyball team was unable to slay powerhouse Chicopee Comprehensive High School on Monday evening.

The visiting Red Raiders dropped back to the .500 mark on the season, as the Colts captured a 25-15, 25-17, 25-16 sweep in an independent match in Chicopee.

Athol (5-5) was led by Josh Herk’s six kills and one block, while Nick Casella, Colby Soltysik and Anthony Potenti all finished with two kills in the loss. Soltysik registered 12 assists out of the setter slot.

Hudson Carlson was the team’s top defender with seven digs against Comp (6-2). Casella added six digs while Dustin Aikey contributed four digs on the night.

Athol returns to PVIAC East Division play on Thursday with a road trip to East Longmeadow High School.

Girls’ track

Frontier 73, Hampshire 72 —A dynamite performance from sophomore Jenna Martin was just what the doctor ordered for Frontier Regional School on Monday.

The Red Hawks needed every single point the multi-sport standout provided. Host Frontier eked out out a huge Suburban League victory, sneaking past Hampshire Regional High School, 73-72, in South Deerfield.

“I’ve got to give Jenna Martin credit,” lauded veteran Frontier coach Bob Smith. “She was a one-woman wrecking crew.”

Martin won three events and took second in another, scoring huge points in what wound up being a nail-biter. She captured the top spot in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches), long jump (14-11¾) and 400 hurdles (75.7 seconds).

Frontier (2-0, 2-0 SL) did the bulk of its winning in the field events. In addition to Martin’s wins, Olivia Vecellio won the discus (93-3), Reilly Isler took the javelin (80-1) and Jaime Byrne captured the shot put (28-6½). Marisela Ackerman added a win in the 400 meters (67.0) for the Hawks, who also won the 4x100 relay with a time of 54.5 seconds.

Smith also lauded the performance of freshman Kimani Topoloski-Burgess. She finished second in three events, earning valuable points in the long jump, high jump and 200 meters.

“I think (Hampshire) got more firsts than we did but we got more seconds and scored some key points there,” Smith explained.

Frontier continues its Suburban League schedule with a road trip to Belchertown High School on Thursday.

Mahar 137, Athol 7 — Kamryn Reilly won three events on Monday afternoon and Mahar Regional School cruised to a 137-7 win over Athol High School in a Intercounty League girls’ track & field met at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Reilly won the long jump (13-11½), 100 (13.5) and 200 (28.5) for the Senators (3-0), while Kianna Reilly won the triple jump (33-8¾) and the high jump (4-10). Maeve Powell won the javelin (73-7) and shot put (30-3), Hannah Paul won both the 100 hurdles (20.2) and 400 hurdles (78.0), and Emma Currier won the mile (6:15) and the 800 (2:45.5).

MaryAnne Prescott won the discus (68-2), Sienna Moore won the pole vault (7-0), Anna Wetherbee won the 400 (66.0), and Aileen Fitzgerald won the 2-mile (16:03.8).

Boys’ track

Mahar 121, Athol 14 — Host Mahar Regional School won all but two events, breezing to a 121-14 Intercounty League boys’ track & field victory over rival Athol High School Monday at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Athol’s Mason Barrieau and Dennis St. Jean were the lone winners for their team. Barrieau captured the top spot in the 400 meters with a time of 53.7 seconds while St. Jean won the mile in 5:02.9.

It was all Mahar besides that result however. Aaron Hendry won the 200 meters (23.9) and 110 hurdles (16.4), while Ash Shaw was the winner in the 800 (2:13.6) and high jump (5-8).

Teammate Nick Sharp was also a double-winner with victories in the shot put (39-5¼) discus (89-5), while Nick Stafford took the 100 (12.1) and long jump (19-2).

Also winning individual events for the Senators (3-0, 3-0 IL) were Cam Burnett (javelin, 131-8), Seth Mitchell (triple jump, 35-8¾ ), Camden Mosher (pole vault, 10-6), and Ed Bennington (2-mile, 12:12.2).

Boys’ tennis

Turners 4, Holyoke 1 — With a pair of strong doubles performances leading the way, Turners Falls High School waltzed past Holyoke High School in a 4-1 independent boys’ tennis match Monday in Turners Falls.

The first doubles tandem of Jovanni Ruggiano and Nick Morin took care of business in a 6-3, 6-0 win against Bobby Anderson and Gabby Fernandez, while Turners’ No. 2 duo of Will Turn and Josh Gaulin were 6-1, 6-2 winners to complete the doubles sweep.

Senior Ricky Craver won a tight match at second singles for Turners (4-2), edging Eddie Anderson by a 7-5, 6-4 score, while freshman Brian Poirier captured a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3.

Junior Jimmy Vaughn played the lone three-set match for Turners, and he won the opening set 6-0 before Holyoke’s Andy Mier came back and won the final two for an 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles.

Turners is right back at it against Springfield School of Science & Technology this afternoon at home.

West Springfield 5, Greenfield 0 — Shorthanded against a top opponent, Greenfield High School was unable to crack into the win column in a 5-0 loss at the hands of West Springfield High School in an independent boys’ tennis match Monday in West Springfield.

Greenfield (1-3) had just six players available, forcing the Green Wave to forfeit the match at third singles.

The closest loss of the day came at first singles, where Greenfield’s Fahrah Day was edged by West Side’s Andrew Shvetsox, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

At second singles, Greenfield’s Victor Ivancev was right in his match before falling to Joshua Alstede in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

The Wave is set to host rival Turners in a Tri-County League North match on Wednesday at the Davis Street Courts.


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