Aucoin pulls out tiebreak, secures win for Hawks

Staff Writers
Published: 5/22/2019 10:58:36 PM

With all eyes focused on Kayleigh Aucoin, the Frontier Regional School junior came through in the clutch, Wednesday.

Aucoin fought off match point in the third set of her match at third singles, rallying to nab the clinching victory in her team’s 3-2 independent win over Pioneer Valley Christian.

Aucoin picked up a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) victory over Liza Tunasyan as the final match off the court in Springfield.

“It was gritty,” Frontier coach James Fitzgerald said of Aucoin’s performance. “That’s the only word I can use to describe her match.”

Aucoin capped a singles sweep for the Red Hawks, which improved to 8-5 with the win. Tori Speth was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 1 over PV Christian’s Skylar Chapdelaine, while Mary Laurens followed suit at second singles behind a 6-3, 6-1 win over Sarah Emerson.

“Today was one of those matches that solidified to everyone on our team why we work so hard in practice,” Fitzgerald said.

At first doubles, Pioneer’s Christiana Dockter and Neriah Henry won a three-set nail-biter over Frontier’s Cambrie Hamilton and Coleman Hartner, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4. Frontier’s Sofia Patten and Jalen Sullivan fell, 7-5, 6-2, to Angie Murzin and Katya Jemiolo.

The Red Hawks are off until next week when they close out their regular season against Mohawk.

Greenfield 4, Palmer 1 — Lilya Georgitsa and Ngawang Tridytsang made their Senior Day a memorable one as both of Greenfield’s seniors won at singles and the Green Wave topped Palmer, 4-1, in an independent girls tennis match Wednesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.

Georgitsa bested Hannah Haley 6-1, 6-0 at first singles for a Wave point, and Tridytsang bageled Sasha Bernard 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. First-year Green Wave coach Alexis Silk said that she has enjoyed watching the two players blossom into the dominant forces they’ve been this season.

“I’ve watched them grow over the years and had the honor of coaching them this year,” she explained. “It has been amazing to see them enjoy the success they’ve had.”

Jenna Keith made it a sweep at singles as she also picked up a bagel win over Amelia Bachand, 6-0, 6-0. Greenfield (9-1) also earned a forfeit win at second doubles as Dina Samake and Eva Pruitt-Dahl remained unbeaten on the season.

Kaitlyn Phillips and Estera Covalenco went to three sets at first doubles but dropped a super-tiebreaker 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 to Renee Chaples and Will White.

Sabis 4, Mohawk 1 — A stellar performance at the top of the ladder saw Mohawk’s Avery Dupree capture her team’s lone victory of the day in a 4-1 loss to Sabis, Wednesday in Buckland.

Dupree was a straight-set winner over Sabis’ Emma Smith. She captured a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles for the Warriors.

Mohawk’s Paige King played a close match at second singles. Sabis’ Remy Girard edged the freshman, 7-6 (7-4), 10-5 (in a super-tiebreaker). 

Boys tennis

Greenfield 3, Westfield 2 — A doubles sweep helped lift Greenfield past Westfield, 3-2, in an independent boys tennis match Wednesday in Westfield.

Daniel Pena-Chadee and Petru Cojocaru topped Patrock Orszulak and Achut Badhatoki 6-1, 6-3 at first doubles, and Connor Pedigree and Gabe Larouche topped Alex Dawicki and Suman Ujelle 6-3, 6-3 at second doubles. Victor Ivancev also picked up a win for the Green Wave (10-4) at first singles with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ilya Ivanov.

Chance Koumentakos won for Westfield at second singles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Brandon Siow, and Nate Emmonds earned a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Anjou Kang-Stryker at third singles.

Turners Falls 5, Holyoke 0 — Turners Falls won every match by straight sets to pick up a 5-0 victory over Holyoke in an independent boys tennis match Wednesday in Turners.

Will Turn beat David Rex 6-1, 6-3 at first singles, Brian Poirier earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over Adam Pellerin at second singles, and Brody Trott topped Michael Lukasiewicz 6-3, 6-0 at third singles.

Joseph Kochen and Josh Gaulin earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ethan DeJesus and Cormack Norton at first doubles, and Mike Boyle and Corrin Wisnewski topped Dante Angelini and Jack Martin 6-2, 6-0 at second doubles.


Pioneer 6, Mt. Everett 2 — Teams aren’t going to want to see Pioneer over the final week and a half of the regular season.

Despite being eliminated from postseason consideration, the Panthers are playing as well as anyone in the Franklin County League down the stretch. They looked like a dangerous team on Wednesday, hitting the road and rallying from a 2-0 deficit to knock off defending WMass Division 3 runner-up Mt. Everett, 6-2, in an independent contest in Sheffield.

“This is the way we should’ve been playing all season,” explained Pioneer coach Tina Riddell, whose team improved to 4-11 overall. “We can’t change that now but let’s just try and knock people out the rest of the way, see what we can do.”

The Panthers continued their form from Tuesday night, when they pushed undefeated Turners Falls to the brink in a 2-0 loss. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth against Mt. Everett (9-4), Pioneer rallied. Steph Scoville came through with a two-run double, tying the game with Hannah Perlberg and Tayla Sadlowski scoring on the play. Abby Briggs put the visitors on top with an RBI single of her own, while Kensey Gibson (RBI single) and Sammie Martinez (bases-loaded walk) drove in runs to make it a 5-2 lead.

The Panthers tacked on one more in the top of the seventh inning, providing plenty of support for Scoville in the circle. The right-hander struck out 11 batters and didn’t issue a walk, limiting the Eagles to just one run each in the third and fifth innings.

Frontier 14, Monson 0 — An offensive explosion featured 17 hits, as visiting Frontier broke things open in the latter innings en route to a 14-0 thumping of Monson, Wednesday in an independent softball game.

Charlotte Doulette led the barrage at the dish. She clubbed a pair of home runs (a solo shot in the third and three-run home run in the seventh) to go along with a triple, driving in six runs for the Red Hawks (13-4). Olivia Deane also finished with three hits, while Ariana Walker (two hits, RBI), Chloe Cutting (two hits, RBI), CC Green (two hits), Mandy Fuller (two hits, two RBIs) and Caroline Moreau (two hits, RBI) all had big days offensively in the victory.

Frontier led just 1-0 into the fourth inning, but scored two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, five in the sixth and three in the seventh to pull away. That was plenty for Deane, who went all seven innings in the pitching circle to earn the shutout. She struck out five and walked one, limiting Monson (1-14) to just five hits on the day.

Athol 16, Palmer 0 — In an independent match up at Athol High School, the Red Raiders pounded Palmer, 16-0, in five innings on Wednesday.  

A 10-run second inning helped the Red Raiders take control early.

The win moved Athol (9-7) to within one win of securing a playoff berth with a home game against Pioneer set for today.

Lindsey LeBlanc surrendered only one hit with eight strikeouts in the shutout for the Red Raiders.

Haley Bigwood had three hits, including a double and a solo shot to go with three RBI. Sadey Lehtomaki continued to hammer away for Athol with two doubles, a single, and six RBIs. Lehtomaki now has 28 RBI on the season. Jenna St. Cyr (RBI) and Sam Kenniff (RBI) also had doubles. Rozlyn Nelson added a couple of hits with an RBI and Lexi Forte had two hits and drove in a run for Athol.


Athol 3, Pioneer 1 — Keegan Lutz scored the go-ahead run on an error in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Evan Mayer followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Mark Ferrari as host Athol struck late to capture a 3-1 victory over Pioneer in Hampshire League East action, Wednesday in Athol.

Pioneer (8-10, 3-6), which needs to win its final two games to earn a spot in the WMass Division 3 tourney, struck early for its lone run. Nate Mousseau singled to lead off the top of the first inning, and eventually scampered home on a wild pitch to stake the visitors to a 1-0 lead.

Athol (11-6, 5-4) tied the game in the home half of the second, when Ferrari reached on an error and scored on another error.

Athol’s Nick Bousquet and Pioneer’s Mousseau traded zeroes on the mound until the bottom of the sixth. Lutz and Ferrari roped back-to-back singles, and both scored runs to send the Red Raider faithful home happy.

Bousquet delivered a much-needed standout mound performance for the Raiders. The southpaw struck out 15 batters and walked three, limiting Pioneer’s offense to just three hits — all singles — in a complete-game effort.

Mousseau also threw the ball well, going the distance with two strikeouts and one walk. Just one of his three runs were earned.

Pioneer’s postseason pursuit reaches critical mass, today. The Panthers travel to Smith Academy and close with Franklin Tech next week, needing wins in both games to qualify. Athol heads to Greenfield Friday night.

Mahar 8, Smith Academy 0 — The Senators are now one win away from punching their postseason ticket.

Mahar won its third game of the row, Wednesday, and the timing couldn’t be better. Jacob Berry tossed seven shutout innings, striking out 11 and not issuing a walk to help the Senators blank Smith Academy, 8-0, in a HL East ballgame in Orange.

Mahar (9-7, 4-4) stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. It scored one more in the third and three in the fifth. That would be plenty for Berry, who limited the Falcons to just three hits in the win.

Jacob Tenney, Charlie Barnes, Andrew Herk and Logan Dodge all had two hits for the Senators, with Dodge driving in three runs and Liam O’Donnell adding a hit and two RBIs. Noaha Chabot also had a hit and an RBI, as Mahar held an 11-3 edge in the hits department.

The Senators can earn their postseason qualification today, when they host Quabbin at 3:30 p.m.

Greenfield 8, Turners Falls 1 — Joel Peabody struck out 11 and allowed five hits and one walk as Greenfield defeated Turners Falls, 8-1, in a HL West baseball game Wednesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

Peabody allowed a run in the bottom of the first inning on a Dom Carme RBI single but kept the Thunder off the board over the final six frames.

The Green Wave scored twice in the top of the first and never trailed. Greenfield’s offense hit a pair of bombs, as Hunter Campbell hit a two-run shot in the first inning, and David Carey belted a two-run blast in the seventh. 

Kyle Devlin added an RBI double in the win, while Cam Baird hit a two-run single in the fifth.

Ryan Campbell suffered the loss, striking out one and walking six.

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