School Softball: Hawks roar back for 8-7 win

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/24/2018 11:35:22 PM

Emma Wesoloski continued her clutch hitting, lacing a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning that put host Frontier Regional School ahead for good Tuesday afternoon. The Red Hawks rallied from a 7-2 deficit, scoring six unanswered runs to capture an 8-7 victory over Athol High School in a Franklin County League softball game at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.

Trailing 7-6 in the sixth, Ariana Walker reached on an error and Charlotte Doulette walked to put a pair of runners on base for Frontier (5-2 overall, 1-0 league). With two outs, Wesoloski came through with a two-run double to left that gave the hosts an 8-7 lead it didn’t lose.

Wesoloski had two hits while Ava Harper smacked a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that pulled the Hawks within striking distance, down 7-6. Maddie Crocker and Kenzie Patterson finished with two hits each while Patterson registered a pair of RBI.

Athol (2-3, 0-2) got off to a strong start, scoring three in the second and four in the top of the third to take a 7-2 lead. Sadey Lehtomaki had an RBI double in the third, while Lindsey LeBlanc (three hits) added an RBI single to aid the Red Raiders. The Red Hawks committed two errors in the third.

Frontier starter Olivia Deane held Athol off the board over the next three innings, however, and Lauren MacDonald closed things out with a scoreless seventh in the circle.

Amber Mahony totaled two hits for the Raiders, while Haley Bigwood earned the loss after striking out four and walking two over six innings of work.

Athol hosts Greenfield High School Thursday. Frontier travels to play Turners Falls High School.

Mahar 8, Pioneer 5 — Skylar Dodge clubbed a two-run, first-inning home run and Mahar Regional School opened its Franklin County League slate with an impressive 8-5 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School Tuesday in Orange.

“It was a no-doubter,” said Mahar coach Jerry Duguay of Dodge’s blast. “It was a good win for us. First league game, first league win. We’ll certainly take it.”

Mahar (2-3, 1-0) led 5-0 after two innings and never looked back. Starting pitcher Megan Rich struck out six and walked six in seven innings. The sophomore also had another big offensive day, amassing two hits.

“She continues to swing a pretty healthy bat,” Duguay said of Rich.

Jordan Fournier had two hits for the Senators and Julianna Herbert added a double. Dodge drove in three runs total, adding a sacrifice fly later on, while Sarah Graeff and Lani DeDiego added RBI. Duguay lauded the defensive work of freshman Hannah Dupont at second base.

Pioneer (4-3, 1-1) received three hits from Anneka Johnson. Shelby Avery kept her hot start to the season going, totaling two hits and two RBI, while Olivia Rowe had a hit and an RBI.

Kaylee Gibson and Steph Scoville combined to strike out 11 batters for the Panthers.

Mahar hosts Hopkins Academy on Thursday while Pioneer is off until Monday when it hosts Greenfield.

Drury 10, Mohawk 8 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School built an 8-7 lead on the road in the sixth inning, but Drury High School struck for three runs in the home half of the frame and held on for a 10-8 independent softball victory Tuesday in North Adams.

Mohawk (3-4) trailed 6-2 in the third inning before scoring three times in the third and three more in the fourth to take the lead.

Morgan Roccio and Isis Moon both tripled for the Warriors, with Moon driving in two runs. Mya Lesieur had three hits and an RBI, while Alicia Johnston smacked two hits and scored a pair of runs. Mohawk held a 10-8 advantage in hits on the afternoon, but the teams combined for 13 errors.

Anna Dix and Katie Booth hit home runs for Drury (2-2). Booth earned the win in relief, striking out five in three innings.

Lesieur struck out four and walked four in the complete-game effort in the pitching circle for Mohawk.

Westfield Tech 13, FC Tech 11 — It was a much closer call for Franklin County Technical School, as the Eagles scored five runs in the sixth inning to pull within a run. Visiting Westfield Technical Academy tacked on an insurance run in the seventh and held on, however, keeping the Eagles winless in a 13-11 Tri-County League verdict Tuesday in Turners Falls.

Franklin Tech (0-8, 0-5) trailed 12-6 in the sixth before scoring five runs. It was too little too late however, and the Eagles continue to seek their first victory of 2018.

“Overall it was a much better game,” said Franklin Tech coach Amber Crochier of the tight loss. “We just couldn’t string any hits together until the sixth inning. We ran out of time.”

Franklin Tech held a 14-12 edge in hits on the day. Hailey Jackson had four hits and two RBI, while Jocelyn Crowningshield totaled three hits, including a triple and a double. Desiree Doane also had three hits, and Summer Gadreau registered two hits and two RBI.

Doane went all seven innings in the circle, striking out three and walking six for the Eagles, which travel to Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School on Friday.

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