School Softball: Hawks blow past Warriors

  • Mohawk baserunner Grace Ward steals second base ahead of the tag from Frontier shortstop Kimmie Asseng in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mohawk shortstop Caitlin Johnston throws from the ground after making a diving stop in the bottom of the fifth inning against Frontier Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier pitcher Lauren MacDonald throws against Mohawk in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mohawk shortstop Caitlin Johnston (6) dives to knock down a grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning against Frontier Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Mohawk baserunner Ashley Walker (3) attempts to slide around the tag at second base from Frontier’s Caroline Moreau (16) in the top of the third inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Kenzie Patterson drives in a run in the bottom of the third inning against Mohawk Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Through four innings of Wednesday’s Franklin County League contest, Mohawk Trail Regional School gave Frontier Regional School everything it could handle. Locked in a 7-7 game, however, the Red Hawks broke through with 10 unanswered runs to pick up a 17-7 victory at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.

Frontier (9-7 overall, 5-4 FCL) smacked three home runs on the day, with Charlotte Doulette, Natalie Denkiewicz and Maddie Fifield all rounding the bases in the win. Doulette’s home run was her second in as many games, while Denkiewicz had three hits and six RBI in another huge offensive outing out of the leadoff spot in the Frontier batting order.

Denkiewicz drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as her RBI fielder’s choice gave the hosts an 8-7 lead. It was 10-7 in the sixth when Fifield led off with a solo home run and the Hawks scored six more times in the inning to pull away.

Mohawk (4-12, 0-9) got off to a strong start in the top of the first inning, scoring three times with an Ashley Walker RBI single helping the Warriors get off and running. Walker finished with four hits for the visitors.

The Warriors led 5-3 in the third inning when Emmarae Reid belted a two-run homer to plate Isis Moon and give the visitors a 7-3 advantage.

Denkiewicz drove in a pair in the home half of the third to cut the deficit in half, and Kenzie Patterson drove in a run to go with a run scoring on a wild pitch that tied the game at 7-7.

Moon and Reagan Dupree had two hits each for Mohawk, while Nola Bloomer and Mya Lesieur combined to strike out two in six innings of work in the pitching circle.

Ariana Walker had a big day offensively for Frontier, registering four hits, while Caroline Moreau, Fifield and Patterson added two hits apiece.

Senior Lauren MacDonald came on in relief for the hosts and settled things with 3⅔ scoreless innings. The righty struck out two and walked two, limiting Mohawk to two hits.

Both teams are on the road Friday night, when Frontier travels to Pioneer Valley Regional School (6 p.m.) and Mohawk heads to Turners Falls High School (7 p.m.).

Turners 26, Mahar 0 (5) — Jade Tyler, Cassidhe Wozniak and Abby Loynd combined for 10 hits and 14 RBI, and all three clubbed home runs to propel Turners Falls to a 26-0 victory over Mahar Regional School in a run-shortened five-innings FCL softball game Wednesday afternoon in Orange.

Tyler’s long ball was a fourth-inning grand slam, and she tossed five shutout innings in the circle for the Powertown (12-2, 8-1) with seven strikeouts and three walks. The freshman limited Mahar (7-7, 3-4) to two hits, singles by Skylar Dodge and Juliana Herbert.

Wozniak also smacked a grand slam for Turners in the top of the fifth inning. Loynd hit a three-run shot in the second frame, and Aly Murphy made it four home runs on the day for the visitors with a two-run bomb in the fifth.

Olivia Whittier had three hits and three RBI in the win, while Lexi Lacey drove in a pair of runs. Turners totaled 20 hits over the five innings.

The teams meet again tonight in Turners, with first pitch set for 7 p.m. at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.

Greenfield 13, Pioneer 0 (6) — Audrey Bresciano finished a single short of the cycle and Olivia Joy allowed just one hit as Greenfield High School blanked Pioneer Valley Regional School, 13-0, in a six-inning, run-shortened FCL softball game Wednesday night at Vets Field.

Bresciano hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning for the Green Wave (11-2, 8-1), and added a double and a triple to finish with four RBI. Lizzy Howland also hit a home run, smacking a solo shot in the fifth.

Greenfield led just 1-0 until the fourth inning, when the offense got going thanks to a two-run single from Raegan Hickey and a two-run double by Bresciano that jump-started a five-run frame. The hosts put things out of reach with one in the fifth and six in the sixth inning.

“It took us a couple innings to start hitting the ball but Raegan and Audrey got us going (in the fourth),” said Greenfield coach Rian Lovett.

Heather Catlin had a hit and two RBI in the win, while Samantha Smith and Nikki Miner drove in runs.

Joy struck out 10 in the complete-game shutout, allowing just a second-inning single by Olivia Rowe for Pioneer (7-10, 4-5).

Steph Scoville struck out 12 batters in five innings of work for the Panthers, while Chloe Cutting struck out two in the sixth inning.

Athol 19, FC Tech 1 — Haley Bigwood slugged a three-run home run in the third inning Wednesday afternoon to lead Athol High School to a 19-1 win over Franklin County Technical School in an independent softball game in Athol.

The Eagles scored one run in the top of the first when Meara Henderson hit an RBI single, but Athol came back with six runs in the bottom of the frame and went on to the lopsided win.

Hailey Wrigley had three hits and three RBIs in the win, while Destiny Wrigley doubled and drove in two runs. Celesta Torroco had one hit and two RBIs, and Amber Mahony had a pair of hits.

Bigwood struck out five and walked four in three innings to earn the win. Lindsey Leblanc struck out four in the final two innings.

Desiree Doane walked 11 in four innings in the loss. Jocelyn Crowningshield added one hit.