School Softball/Baseball: Frontier girls unload on Mohawk, 11-2

  • Mohawk's Ashley Walker (3) steals second base ahead of the tag from Frontier in the bottom of the sixth inning on Monday in Buckland, April 30, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier winning pitcher Lauren MacDonald cranks it up against Mohawk in the bottom of the sixth inning on Monday in Buckland. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier pitcher Lauren MacDonald (22) throws against Mohawk in the bottom of the sixth inning on Monday in Buckland, April 30, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier winning pitcher Lauren MacDonald (22) winds up against Mohawk in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday in Buckland. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/30/2018 11:33:25 PM

Kenzie Patterson singled home Natalie Denkiewicz just two batters into the top of the first inning and Frontier Regional School never took its foot off the gas pedal en route to a convincing 11-2 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a Franklin County League softball game Monday afternoon in Buckland.

Frontier (6-3, 2-1) stormed out to a 3-0 first-inning lead, as Patterson scored on a passed ball and Maddie Crocker singled home Lily Spencer in the opening stanza.

The lead was 6-0 after three innings before Mohawk (3-6, 0-3) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Mya Lesieur singled and scored on an RBI triple from Ashley Walker to cut the deficit to 6-1.

Denkiewicz, Spencer, Patterson and Ava Harper all had two hits for the Red Hawks, which totaled 14 on the day. Spencer drove in a pair of runs, while Charlotte Doulette continued to swing a big bat in the heart of the Frontier lineup. The freshman clubbed a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to give the visitors an 8-2 lead. It was Doulette’s team-leading third home run this spring.

Reagan DuPree added an RBI for Mohawk, which finished with five hits against Frontier starter Lauren MacDonald (three strikeouts).

Both teams are home Wednesday when Frontier welcomes Pioneer Valley Regional School and Mohawk entertains Turners Falls High School.

Greenfield 14, Pioneer 2 — Despite periods of heavy rains, including a fourth-inning downpour that made life difficult for the parties involved, Olivia Joy continued her dominance of FCL lineups on Monday.

The Greenfield High School junior righthander struck out 16 batters and didn’t allow a hit over seven innings for her first no-hitter of the 2018 campaign. Joy and the Green Wave jumped out to an early lead and knocked off Pioneer Valley Regional School, 14-2, in FCL action in Northfield.

The rain did come into play, as Joy walked six batters in the outing, including two in the fourth-inning when Pioneer (4-4, 1-2) scored both of its runs thanks to passed balls.

Greenfield (6-1, 4-0) got off and running thanks to a big first-inning offensive effort. Kirsten Ward blasted a three-run home run and the Wave led 4-0 before Pioneer got its first cracks at the dish.

Racquel Provost led Greenfield with four hits and two RBI, while Samantha Smith had three hits and three RBI and Raegan Hickey roped three hits and knocked in two runs. Ward finished with a pair of hits, including the three-run shot.

Steph Scoville took the loss in the circle for Pioneer, striking out eight and walking three over seven innings.


Frontier 2, Belchertown 1 — Dylan Apanell fought through a shaky start to twirl a gem over the final six innings and Frontier upended Belchertown High School, 2-1, in a battle of the top two Hampshire League West baseball games Monday afternoon at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

Apanell struggled in the top of the first inning, walking the first two batters he faced and then allowing a single to Chris Tilton as the Orioles loaded the bases with nobody out. Apanell came back to strike out cleanup hitter Ryan French, before Jacob Torna hit an RBI single to score one run. Apanell got out of the jam by striking out opposing pitcher Matthew Soja and getting Aiden Bacesky to ground back to the mound.

“Obviously, we were a little distraught when he went out and walked the first two guys,” Frontier coach Chris Williams said. “He kept his composure, though, and worked through a tough jam.”

Frontier tied the game in the second inning when Jacob Bryant struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Apanell moved Bryant over on a ground-out and Kiernan Freeman hit an RBI single.

The game remained tied until the fifth when Frontier went ahead to stay. With one out, Ben Arnold doubled and stole third. A hit by pitch and infield error led to Frontier loading the bases, and Kalen Evans walked to force in Bryant with the go-ahead run.

Apanell, meanwhile, was dominant following the first inning. The sophomore allowed just one hit and did not walk a hitter after the first inning, finishing with eight strikeouts.

“At the end of the day, we got the W, won a close ballgame and that’s what I told the boys,” Williams said. “Apanell stepped up enormously for us on the mound.”

Alec Jordan added a double and Connor Waitkus singled for Frontier.

Soja pitched well in the loss, allowing just four hits and one walk, striking out two.

Frontier goes right back to work today when it travels to the Greenfield High School at 6.

Greenfield 3, Palmer 0 — Joel Peabody fired a four-hit shutout on Monday afternoon and Greenfield defeated Palmer High School, 3-0, in an independent baseball game at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

The Green Wave (6-2) scored three times in the first two innings to stake Peabody to the lead and the pitcher responded by scattering four hits and one walk over seven innings, striking out five. He needed just 74 pitches to get through the game.

“He pitched well,” Green Wave coach Tom Suchanek said. “He pretty much worked in front of guys and was in control.”

Greenfield plated a run in the first inning as Owen Phelps walked and Peabody singled. Back-to-back walks, the second of which was issued to Jared Hart, forced in the first Wave run of the day.

The Wave added two more runs in the second inning all with two outs. Phelps singled with two away and Peabody hit an RBI triple. He then scored when Colin Cloutier reached on an error on a ball hit to short.

Phelps and Peabody each finished with two hits apiece, while Hart and Josh Phillips had one hit each.

Joe Lombardi struck out eight and walked two in four innings for Palmer.

Pioneer 11, Smith Voke 0 — Cody Letourneau chucked a three-hit shutout and Pioneer Valley Regional School scored nine times in the fifth inning to rout Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 11-0, in an independent baseball game Monday afternoon in Northfield.

Letourneau struck out one and walked two in the complete-game performance. He also had a big day at the dish with two hits and four RBIs to pace the offense. The senior staked the Panthers (3-3) to a 2-0 lead as he hit an RBI single in the first inning, and then knocked in the second run on an RBI groundout in the third. Pioneer then broke things wide open in the fifth.

Jared Ackerman led off the fifth with a single and Zach Renaud followed with another hit. Jacob Quinn hit an RBI single, and Letourneau knocked in two more runs with his second hit of the game. Jacob Hubbard followed with a single, and Noah Keith grounded out to drive in the fourth run of the game. Kyle Devlin followed with a two-run single, and Cam Baird hit an RBI double. Jack Loud singled, and Ackerman came up for the second time in the inning and again singled, this time to drive in a run. Quinn followed by collecting his second hit and RBI of the inning when he doubled for the ninth and final run of the frame.

“It was the third time around in the order at that point,” Pioneer coach Jordan Branson said. “We had done a good job in the first couple of innings having long at-bats and getting the pitch count up. By the time everybody had seen (Smith Voke starting pitcher Jack O’Connell) the third time around, they were on it.”

Letourneau needed just 66 pitches to finish off hit shutout.

“He’s not an overpowering pitcher,” Branson said. “He started ahead of guys and forced them to swing at pitches on the edges. He wasn’t striking out a lot of guys, but he got a lot of fly outs and ground outs and our defense played well behind him.”

Pioneer hosts Mohawk tonight at 6.

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