Schools: Georgitsa remains unbeaten in Greenfield tennis sweep

  • Greenfield’s Jenna Silk returns a shot from Mohawk’s Mary Monohon during their match Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mohawk’s Lilly Seaver serves against Greenfield’s Lilya Georgitsa during their match Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Above, Greenfield’s unbeaten Lilya Georgitsa returns a shot from Mohawk’s Lilly Seaver during their match Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield. Below, Seaver serves to Georgitsa. Recorder Staff photos/Dan Little

  • Mohawk’s Mary Monohon returns a shot from Greenfield’s Jenna Silk during their match Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mohawk’s Lilly Seaver lunges to return a shot from Greenfield’s Lilya Georgitsa during their match Wednesday afternoon at Greenfield, May 30, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/30/2018 11:31:41 PM

Shaking off a first-set loss in a tiebreaker, Greenfield High School junior Lilya Georgitsa rebounded to stay perfect on the season and keep the host Green Wave undefeated in the process Wednesday.

Georgitsa overcame a first-set loss to Mohawk Trail Regional High School senior Lilly Seaver at No. 1 singles, rallied to win 14 of the final 16 games and lead Greenfield to a 5-0 sweep of the Warriors in Tri-County League North girls’ tennis action at the Davis Street Courts.

Georgitsa wound up with a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2 victory over Seaver in a matchup of two of the top individual players in the area.

“In the second set, she really started to control the points and be patient,” said Greenfield coach Dennis Georgitsa of Lilya. “And she kept that going in the third set.”

Greenfield (14-0, 8-0 TCL) wrapped up an undefeated TCL North campaign with the win over second-place Mohawk (14-4, 5-3). The Wave goes for an unblemished regular-season when it closes things out today on the road against Pioneer Valley Christian Academy.

Although Georgitsa’s win helped spark the win, her fellow singles players continued their dominance with straight-set wins Wednesday. Senior Jenna Silk picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Mohawk’s Mary Monohon at second singles, while classmate Leah Bosco was a 6-0, 6-4 winner over Mohawk’s Rosalie Kinsey at No. 3. All three Greenfield singles players are undefeated this spring.

In doubles play, Greenfield’s Ngawang Tridytsang and Jenna Keith captured a 6-0, 6-2 win over Sienna Lewis and Avery Dupree at No. 1. The second doubles tandem of Katherine Fortin and Kaitlyn Phillips won a three-setter against Mohawk’s Chloe Doyle and Paige King, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

“It was a pretty tough match, one of the toughest we’ve had this season,” admitted Georgitsa.

Mohawk is off until the WMass Tournament, and the seeds for the tennis draw will be released on Friday.

Baseball

FC Tech 10, Smith Voke 2 — For the first time since 2005, Franklin County Technical School will get a banner in the gymnasium.

The Eagles closed their solid season in stellar form Wednesday, knocking off visiting Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 10-2, to close out the regular-season as co-champions of the Tri-County League South Division.

Franklin Tech (12-8 overall, 7-1 TCL) last won a league crown in 2005 when it finished atop the TCL North with a 16-4 overall record and eventually reached the WMass Division III quarterfinals before falling to Lee High School. The Eagles will share the South title with Westfield Technical Academy, as the teams split two regular-season meetings to end up with identical 7-1 marks.

“I’m so proud of these kids and what they’ve been through on and off the field this year,” explained Franklin Tech coach Brian Winslow. “To win a league title and now be moving toward the tournament, I’m really proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.”

The Eagles led 3-0 before Smith Voke (9-9, 4-4) pulled within 3-2, thanks to a pair of runs on passed balls in the top of the fourth.

The hosts responded in the home half of the inning, scoring three times. Dakota Deane contributed an RBI ground-out, setting up the big blow from Sam Bobala. The senior, who had four hits on the day, drilled a two-out, two-run double to plate Travis Cutting and Max Charest, pushing the lead to 6-2.

The Eagles put things out of reach with a four-spot in the sixth, and the pitching tandem of Bobala and Seth Aldrich combined for eight strikeouts while allowing just three hits in seven innings of work.

Charest had two hits while Deane drove in a pair of runs and Nate Pelletier had a hit and two RBI. Hunter Sessions added a single and an RBI.

Franklin Tech now awaits its postseason fate in the WMass Division IV Tournament, with seeds set to be released on Tuesday night. It’ll be the first postseason appearance for the program since 2012, when the Eagles were seeded 13th and upset No. 4 Ware High School in the opening round before falling to Turners Falls High School in the quarterfinals.

“I don’t think they’re finished,” began Winslow. “They’re hungry and they want more. They’re not satisfied just getting into the tournament. They want to be competitive there.”

Mohawk 9, Drury 6 — Luke Viens doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a first-and-third, delayed steal of home in the fourth inning, as Mohawk closed its season in winning fashion with a 9-6 independent baseball victory over Drury High School Wednesday in North Adams.

Mohawk (9-11) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning in its season-finale. After two quick outs, the Warriors got to work when Brian Allen walked and scored on an Iain Sanislo RBI double. Zachary McCloud made it 2-0 with an RBI single, and Anthony Moffatt followed with a single. That set up a two-run double by Brian Gagnon, who eventually scampered home on a passed ball to make it 5-0.

Drury chipped away, scoring three in the first and two in the third to tie the game.

But Mohawk went ahead for good in the fourth inning. Viens doubled, took third on an Allen single, and scored when the duo worked a double steal to make it 6-5. Allen came around on a passed ball for a two-run lead, and the Warriors tacked on two more in the fifth to hold on.

Jon Schuetze came on in relief to earn the win for Mohawk. The senior struck out six and walked one, allowing just two hits and one run after entering the game in the fourth inning.

Viens, Allen and McCloud had two hits apiece, as the Warriors outhit Drury by a 10-8 margin.


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