School Softball: Greenfield roars back to beat Pioneer, 9-2

  • Pioneer pitcher 10 Kaylee Gibson. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s winning pitcher Kirsten Ward loads up to let one fly at a Pioneer batter Thursday afternoon during a 9-2 Franklin County League softball win at Vets Field in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield shortstop Kelsey Roberts’ tag at second base is too late to get Pioneer base-stealer Kaylee Gibson Thursday at Vets Field in Greenfield, where the host Green Wave prevailed, 9-2, in Franklin County League softball action. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/28/2016 11:30:56 PM

Greenfield High School couldn’t solve Pioneer Valley Regional School pitcher Kaylee Gibson through the first three innings.

Once the Panthers drew first blood, however, everything changed.

Greenfield erupted for five runs in the fourth inning to erase the two-run deficit and went on to post a 9-2 Franklin County League softball victory over Pioneer Thursday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Olivia Rowe had belted a two-run double in the top of the fourth to stake the Panthers to the early advantage.

Greenfield (5-0 overall, 3-0 FCL) responded quickly and decisively in the bottom of the frame.

Audrey Bresciano started it by reaching on an error. She stole third, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Leah Wallner’s sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. Kelsey Roberts was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Lizzy Howland’s single to tie the score. Then Samantha Smith singled, Molley Duclos walked to load the bases and Kirsten Ward cleared them when she drilled a triple to the left-center-field gap.

Greenfield added two in the fifth on Wallner’s second sacrifice fly and an error, and the other two runs came via an error in the sixth.

The Green Wave managed only six hits, but four of them went for extra bases. Ward had her triple, and Roberts, Howland and Audrey Bresciano all doubled. Howland finished with two hits.

Gibson had two of the Panthers nine hits, while Rowe, Amelia Marchand and Brianna Jobst all doubled.

Ward picked up the win in the circle, despite no strikeouts and no walks.

Gibson struck out eight and walked one in five innings.

Greenfield travels to Turners Falls High School Monday night at 7 in a battle of the two remaining FCL unbeatens.

Mahar 6, Athol 4 — Mahar Regional School scored three times in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie and went on to defeat Athol High School, 6-4, in FCL softball play Thursday in Orange.

Skylar Dodge’s RBI single pushed across the go-ahead run, then an error and a passed ball allowed the other two runs to score.

Mahar also used defense to get the victory, as shortstop Hannah Britt snagged a line drive and turned it into an unassisted double play in the seventh. Then she chased down a pop up for the final out.

Joslyn O’Brien collected two of the Senators’ six hits and knocked in a run. Alex Temple also had a hit and an RBI.

Ana Ricko had a hit and two RBIs and Amber Mahony added a hit and an RBI for the Red Raiders.

Sophia Smith struck out five, walked four and scattered seven hits to earn the pitching win.

Frontier 10, Mohawk 0 — Hannah Adams had three hits, including a double, and Lexa Boyden had one hit and three RBIs to lead Frontier Regional School to a 10-0 victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a FCL softball game Thursday in Buckland.

Lauren MacDonald had a solid effort in the circle, striking out 11 in the complete-game shutout. She allowed seven his and four walks but worked around them.

Ava Harper singled and doubled for the Red Hawks, while Sarah Meunier had one hit and two RBIs. McKenzie Patterson doubled and had one RBI, and Natalie Denkiewicz drove in two runs.

Ashley Walker led Mohawk with two hits. Lydia Donahue suffered the loss, striking out one and walking six.

Turners 17, Hopkins 5 (5) — Hailey Whipple broke out of her early-season slump in style, ripping a single, double and triple and driving in two runs to help Turners Falls beat Hopkins Academy, 17-5, in a five-inning FCL softball game Thursday in Hadley.

Whipple, Gabby Arzuaga and Mackenzie Phillips all smacked run-scoring doubles during a five-run second inning. Then Cassidhe Wozniak’s two-run single highlighted a 10-run fourth inning to extend the lead to 15-0.

Jordan Meattey also had three hits and drove in three runs for Turners (7-0). Arzuaga doubled twice and Wozniak and Jess Loynd also had two hits.

Peyton Emery struck out six, walked one and allowed five hits to earn the pitching win.

FC Tech 15, Commerce 2 (4½) — Franklin County Technical School scored 10 times in the first inning and went on to beat High School of Commerce, 15-2, in a 4½-inning Tri-County League softball game Thursday at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls.

Emily Sullivan’s two-run double and Rachel Shearer’s two-run homer were the big hits in the opening rally. Sam Macomber and Ashlee Townsley blasted back-to-back homers in the third.

Townsley and Sullivan both finished with three hits for the Eagles. Shearer (four RBIs), Macomber (two RBIs), Cassie Harris (two RBIs), Shayla Demers, Erin O’Neil all added two hits.

Shearer fanned 11 and walked three in the complete-game win.

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