Schools: Layoff no problem for Frontier girls tennis

  • Frontier's Mary Laurens returns a shot against Turners Falls' Izzy Farrick during the second singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Mary Laurens eyes the ball to return a shot against Turners Falls' Izzy Farrick during the second singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Tori Speth serves against Turners Falls' Haleigh Greene during their first singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Haleigh Greene lobs a return shot against Frontier's Tori Speth during their first singles match Wednesday afternoon. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Haleigh Greene serves against Frontier's Tori Speth during their first singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Tori Speth serves against Turners Falls' Haleigh Greene during their first singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Tori Speth lunges to return a shot from Turners Falls' Haleigh Greene during their first singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Izzy Farrick returns a shot against Frontier's Mary Laurens during the second singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Izzy Farrick serves against Frontier's Mary Laurens during the second singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Mary Laurens serves against Turners Falls' Izzy Farrick during the second singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Mary Laurens serves against Turners Falls' Izzy Farrick during the second singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Izzy Farrick returns a shot against Frontier's Mary Laurens during the second singles match Wednesday afternoon in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Athol’s Jared Rouleau flies through the air in the long jump during the visiting Red Raiders’ 101-30 Intercounty League loss to Mohawk, Wednesday in Buckland. COURTESY/Molly Divoll

Staff Writer
Published: 4/24/2019 9:59:31 PM

After 12 days off from match play, the Frontier Regional School girls tennis team was more than eager to get back to work, Wednesday.

The visiting Red Hawks rebounded from a loss in their last outing (April 12 to Chicopee Comp) and got back into the win column with a 4-1 Tri-County League North victory over Turners Falls High School.

“It was nice after a little bit of a layoff to come back and get a win,” Frontier first-year head coach James Fitzgerald said. “They were anxious to get back at it and they brought so much energy to the court.”

Frontier’s Tori Speth was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Turners’ Haleigh Greene in the No. 1 singles spot, while teammate Mary Laurens picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Turners’ Izzy Farrick.

Turners (2-4, 1-2) snagged its lone win of the day at third singles, where Steph Peterson claimed a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kayleigh Aucoin of Frontier.

The Red Hawks (2-2, 1-1) swept the doubles matches, dropping just two games in the process. The No. 1 tandem of Cassidy Bardwell and Coleman Hartner were 6-1, 6-1 winners over Turners’ Maria LaBelle and Cece Wood, while Frontier’s Sophia Patten and Jalen Sullivan blanked Mercedes Bailey and Emily Dennison of Turners at No. 2, 6-0, 6-0.

Boys tennis

Greenfield 4, St. Mary’s 1 — Senior Victor Ivancev continued to roll, and host Greenfield moved to 4-2 on the season behind a 4-1 victory over St. Mary’s in TCL action Wednesday at the Davis Street Courts.

Ivancev cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over St. Mary’s Kevin Lu in the first singles slot to set the tone.

“Victor is playing really well right now,” Greenfield coach Andrew Varnon said. “He’s showing leadership at the top of the order.”

Greenfield’s Brandon Siow also had little trouble winning his match at No. 2, where he dispatched St. Mary’s Joe Wilcox, 6-1, 6-0.

The other two Green Wave (4-2, 3-1) wins came in the doubles matches. The top team of Anjou Kang-Stryker and Matthew Lavoine picked off Ben Richter and Ryan Sweeney, 6-1, 6-3, while the No. 2 duo of Gabe Larouche and Jacob Frank cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over St. Mary’s Tom Young and Ben Howes.

Turners Falls 5, PV Christian 0 — Without three of its top players, host Pioneer Valley Christian Academy was unable to threaten undefeated Turners Falls, Wednesday.

The Powertown dropped just 10 games in total, cruising to a 5-0 TCL win in Springfield.

Turners’ Brian Poirier set the table with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Daniel Docktor in the No. 1 spot, followed by singles wins at Nos. 2 and 3 from Will Turn (6-1, 6-0) and Brody Trott (6-0, 6-1), respectively.

The Thunder (6-0, 5-0) finished the deal with wins at both doubles spots. At No. 1, Mike Boyle and Joseph Kochan were 6-1, 6-0 winners over Brandon Aikman and Sam Shively. Corin Wisnewski and Miles Keefe closed it out with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Reese Ficarra and Max Ficarra at No. 2.

Softball

Turners 10, Saint Peter-Marian 0 — Every batter in the lineup recorded a hit, and Turners Falls went on the road and made an impressive early-season statement behind a 10-0 thumping of Division 1 Saint Peter-Marian in an independent softball game Wednesday in Worcester.

“We took advantage of some mistakes but we got a lot of timely hits and that makes a big difference,” Turners coach Gary Mullins said.

Turners (5-0) pounded out 15 hits on the day, two each from Jade Tyler, Aly Murphy, Catie Reynolds, Juliana Rode and Cassidhe Wozniak. Lexi Lacey drove in three hits on the day, while Tyler recorded a pair of RBIs.

The Thunder took a 2-0 lead with a pair in the top of the first, then tacked on four more in the third and two in the fourth before finishing out the scoring with two runs in the seventh.

Tyler struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter in seven scoreless innings in the pitching circle. She scattered seven hits, all singles, for Turners.

Baseball

Greenfield 9, Mahar 7 — Host Greenfield battled back twice from deficits and took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning when David Carey scored on a wild pitch to lift the Wave to a 9-7 victory over Mahar in a Hampshire League crossover tilt Wednesday at Vets Field in Greenfield.

Owen Phelps went all seven innings for Greenfield (4-2), striking out seven and walking three to earn the victory. It wasn’t the prettiest performance, as both teams committed five errors on the afternoon.

“It wasn’t his best outing but we didn’t help the situation by making (five) errors,” Greenfield skipper Tom Suchanek said of Phelps. “He got the job done.”

Mahar (3-2) stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, fell behind 6-4 after Greenfield scored a five-spot in the fourth, only to regain a 7-6 advantage with three runs in the fifth. Logan Dodge came through with a two-run single in the inning to give the Senators the lead.

Greenfield retook the lead in the home half, and scored two of its three runs in the frame on wild pitches.

Charlie Barnes smacked three hits for the Senators, which received a hit and two RBIs each from Dodge and Jacob Berry.

Carey, Jared Hart and Ryan Cote led the Wave offense with two hits each.

Hopkins 6, Mohawk 5 — A valiant comeback bid saw visiting Mohawk score four runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Hopkins Academy avoided further damage, holding off the pesky Warriors for a 6-5 independent win, Wednesday in Hadley.

Trailing 6-1, the Warriors got to work in the their final at-bat. Jordan Grenier singled to open the frame and Cam Lococo followed with a single that scored Grenier after an error. Tyler Dubreuil also singled in a run, and Jackson Hicks doubled in Dubrueil to make it a 6-4 game. Hicks would later score on an Anthony Moffatt RBI ground out, but Mohawk was unable to push the tying run across as pitcher Jack Feltovic was able to induce a ground out to end the game.

Reuben Bassett and Moffatt added hits for the Warriors (0-6), which finished with six on the day.

Grenier took the loss on the mound, tossing four-plus innings while striking out five and walking four. Jared Jacobs finished things out for Mohawk.

Andrew Ciaglo tossed six innings to earn the victory on the mound for the Hawks (4-2).

Frontier 7, Easthampton 0 — The shutouts continue to pile up for Frontier.

The Red Hawks were at it again, Wednesday, as Dylan Apanell struck out eight in six dominant innings and Dylan Polan finished it off with a scoreless frame of relief to send Frontier to a convincing 7-0 victory over Easthampton at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

Frontier (4-1), which procured its third shutout win of the year, led just 1-0 until the fifth inning. That’s when the bats came to life, and the hosts pushed six runs across to provide plenty of support for Apanell. The pitcher helped himself plenty, smacking a double and a triple with two RBIs. Bryan Baumann and Connor Waitkus also had two hits apiece, with Waitkus tripling and driving in three runs. Kiernan Freeman also had a hit and an RBI.

Apanell allowed just one hit in his six innings of action. In two starts this spring, he’s allowed just two hits in 10 scoreless frames.

Athol 5, Belchertown 0 — The stars were out for Athol, Wednesday.

Nick Bousquet struck out 12 in a seven-inning shutout on the mound, and Mark Ferrari was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBIs to help the Red Raiders stay perfect with a 5-0 victory over Belchertown in an independent contest.

Holding a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Athol (6-0) escaped damage thanks to the work of Bousquet. With two runners on, he recorded back-to-back strikeouts to keep Belchertown off the board.

“That gave us a rush of energy,” Athol coach Josh Talbot offered.

The energy carried into the top of the seventh. Ferrari belted a two-run home run as part of a three-run inning, providing some much-welcomed insurance to account for the 5-0 final.

Ferrari, Bousquet, Noah Pottinger and Maysin Tarbell all slashed two hits for the Raiders, with Pottinger and Tim Casavecchia recording RBIs.

Athol and Frontier will resume their suspended game from Monday this afternoon, with the Red Hawks holding a 4-0 lead after two innings.

Pioneer 15, So. Hadley 0 (5 inn.) — Jared Hubbard’s big outing lifted Pioneer to its most convincing victory of the season, Wednesday.

Hubbard was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored out of the No. 6 spot in the lineup, and the Panthers rolled to a 15-0 five-inning, run-shortened victory over South Hadley.

“He’s one of our best players and he’s struggled a bit to start the year so we moved him to the six-spot in the lineup, took some pressure off and he had a day, to say the least,” Pioneer coach Jordan Branson said of Hubbard, a freshman.

Pioneer (3-4) scored three runs in the first and five in the second to get off and running. The visitors put things out of reach with a six-spot in the fifth. Jason Quinn, Jacob Quinn, Ryan Potter, Cam Dresser and Dylan Fisher all drove in runs for the Panthers.

The offensive barrage, which took advantage of 14 walks issued by South Hadley pitching, was plenty for starting pitcher Nate Mousseau. He went all five innings, striking out four and not issuing a walk while scattering six hits.

Smith Academy 4, Turners 3 — Carter Woodward plated the game-winning run thanks to a Turners Falls error, and visiting Smith Academy overcame a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh to earn a wild 4-3 victory, Wednesday in the Powertown.

The Thunder (3-3) led 3-1 entering the final inning. The Falcons totaled three hits and took advantage of the error to come from behind and steal the road win.

Turners used back-to-back RBI singles from Kyle Dodge and Jon Fritz to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Dodge had two of his team’s four hits and drove in two runs to go with three stolen bases, while Jacob Burnett also singled.

Smith’s Daniel Cavanaugh tossed seven innings, striking out eight, to earn the win. Kyle Dodge was saddled with the loss in relief, with brother Jake Dodge going the first six innings of action.

Boys track

Mohawk 101, Athol 30 — Guy Rice-Lesure swept both hurdle events, and Cullen Brown took top finishes in a trio of events to help Mohawk handle Athol, 101-30, in an Intercounty League boys track & field meet held Wednesday in Buckland.

Rice-Lesure took first in the 110-meter hurdles (17.8 seconds) and 400 (62.0) for the Warriors (2-1, 2-1). Brown was first across in the 100 meter dash (11.7), and picked up field victories in the high jump (5 feet) and triple jump (37 feet, 10½ inches).

Mohawk’s London Summers won the javelin (131-6) and shot put (32-3½), with Mason Biagini capturing the discus (88-0) and Oscar Cassin taking the win in the long jump (18-4¾). Bennett Boucias bested the field in the 400 (54.2).

Athol (0-1, 0-1) won three of the running events. Mason Barrieau (200, 24.1), Dennis St. Jean (2:08.9) and Anthony Marcucci (mile, 5:21.1) were all victorious for the Red Raiders.

BASEBALL

Greenfield 9, Mahar 7

Mahar ...................... 400 030 0 — 7  6  5

Greenfield ..............  001 530 x — 9  11  5

Hits: (M) Peredina, Barnes 3, Dodge, Berry. (G) Phelps, Campbell, Hart 2, Haselton, Carey 2, Peabody, Rice, Cote 2.

2B: (G) Campbell, Hart, Haselton, Peabody.

RBI: (M) Barnes, Herk, Dodge 2, Berry 2. (G) Phelps, Haselton, Carey, Peabody, Rice.

SB: (M) Tenney, Herk 2. (G) Phelps, Hart, Carey 2.

WP: Phelps (7ip, 7k, 3bb).

LP: Berry (1ip, 1k, 4bb), Barnes (4ip, 3k, 0bb), Peredina (1ip, 1k, 0bb).

Hopkins 6, Mohawk 5

Mohawk ................. 100 000 4 — 5  6  3

Hopkins ................  100 131 x — 6  10  0

Hits: (M) Hicks, Lococo, Dubreuil, Bassett, Moffatt, Grenier. (H) Tudryn 2, Higgins 2, Ishida 2, Feltovic, Ciaglo, Michalak, Mushinski.

2B: (M) Hicks.

RBI: (M) Hicks, Moffatt, Dubreuil. (H) Scanlon-Deane, Michalak.

SB: (M) Moffatt. (H) Tudryn, Mushinski.

WP: Ciaglo (6ip, 9k, 4bb), Feltovic (1ip, 0k, 1bb).

LP: Grenier (4⅔ip, 5k, 4bb), Jacobs (1⅓ip, 0k, 0bb).

Athol 5, Belchertown 0

Athol ........................ 001 001 3 — 5  9  1

Belchertown ...........  000 000 0 — 0  3  2

Hits: (A) Bousquet 2, Ferrari 2, Pottinger 2, Paine, Tarbell 2. (B) Ratals, Kupinsky 2.

2B: (A) Pottinger, Ferrari. (B) Ratals, Kupinsky.

HR: (A) Ferrari.

RBI: (A) Ferrari 3, Pottinger, Casavecchia.

SB: (A) Tarbell 2, Lutz, Bousquet. (B) Tilton.

WP: Bousquet (7ip, 12k, 4bb).

LP: Jenks (5⅓ip, 5k, 3bb), Bohnet (1⅔ip, 0k, 0bb).

Frontier 7, Easthampton 0

Easthampton ........... 000 000 0 — 0  4  2

Frontier ...................  001 060 x — 7  10  0

Hits: (E) Kugler, Lloyd, Colpack, Moores. (F) Baumann 2, Freeman, Apanell 2, DeForest, Evans, Blight, Waitkus 2.

2B: (E) Kugler. (F) Apanell.

3B: (F) Apanell, Waitkus.

RBI: (F) Freeman, Apanell 2, Waitkus 3, Barnes.

SB: (F) Baumann, Barnes.

WP: Apanell (6ip, 8k, 1bb), Polan (1ip, 2k, 0bb).

LP: Patel (5ip, 0k, 6bb), Burke (1ip, 2k, 0bb).

Pioneer 15, So. Hadley 0 (5)

Pioneer .................... 351 06 — 15  6  3

South Hadley .........  000 00 — 0  6  6

Hits: (P) Jac. Quinn, Hubbard 4, Fisher. (SH) Sullivan 2, Evans, Cirone, Garvin, Ortyl

RBI: (P) Jas. Quinn, Jac. Quinn, Hubbard 5, Dresser, Fisher, Potter.

SB: (P) Mousseau, Jas. Quinn, Jac. Quinn, Mousseau, Emond 2, Hubbard 2, Potter, Dresser. (SH) Sullivan, Evans, Cirone.

WP: Mousseau (5ip, 4k, 0bb).

LP: Cirone (1ip, 1k, 5bb), Colon (2/3ip, 0k, 6bb), Garvin (3ip, 5k, 2bb), Provost (1/3ip, 1k, 1bb).

Smith Academy 4, Turners 3

Smith Academy ....... 000 010 3 — 4  8  2

Turners ....................  000 102 0 — 3  4  1

Hits: (SA) Dadmun, Gratz, Cavanaugh 2, Bassett, Moynihan, Jeffress, Baranowski. (TF) K. Dodge 2, Fritz, Burnett.

RBI: (SA) Woodward, Dadmun, Ferrara. (TF) K. Dodge 2, Fritz.

SB: (SA) Dobson, Bassett. (TF) Putala, K. Dodge 3, Campbell 2, Fritz.

WP: Cavanaugh (7ip, 8k, 1bb).

LP: K. Dodge (1ip, 0k, 0bb), J. Dodge (6ip, 1k, 4bb).

SOFTBALL

Turners 10, St. Peter-Marian 0

Turners .................... 204 200 2 — 10  15  2

St. Peter Marian ....  000 000 0 — 0  7  2

Hits: (TF) Lacey, T. Murphy, Tyler 2, A. Murphy 2, Whittier, Bogusz, Reynolds 2, Rode 2, Wozniak 2. (SPM) Saltys 2, Herlihy, Moran, Belend 2, Rawlston.

2B: (TF) A. Murphy, Reynolds, Wozniak.

RBI: (TF) Lacey 3, Tyler 2, A. Murphy, Whittier, Reynolds, Rode, Wozniak.

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

LP: Smith (7ip, 2k, 2bb).

BOYS TRACK

Mohawk 101, Athol 30

100 —  Brown (M), 11.7

200 —Barrieau (A), 24.1

400 —Boucias (M), 54.2

800 —St. Jean (A), 2:08.9

Mile —Marcucci (A), 5:21.1

110 HH — Rice-Lesure (M), 17.8

400 LH —Rice-Lesure (M), 62.0

4x100 relay —Mohawk, 49.1

4x400 relay — Mohawk, 4:06.1

Long jump — Cassin (M), 18-4¾

Triple jump — Brown (M), 37-10½

High jump — Brown (M), 5-0

Discus — Biagini (M), 88-0

Javelin — Summers (M), 131-6

Shot put — Summers (M), 32-3½

Pole vault — Not contested




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