Wave tops Hawks; earns FCL title share

  • Above, Greenfield’s Lizzy Howland connects for a single Thursday afternoon as the Green Wave defeated Frontier, 9-0, in a Franklin County League softball game at Zabek Field in South Deerfield. The win helped the Wave earn a share of the Franklin County League crown. Below, Frontier slugger Charlotte Doulette leans back from ball four during one of her four walks on the afternoon. Recorder PHOTOS/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield base runner Kelsey Richardson slides into second as Frontier shortstop Caitynn Devine attempts to field the throw on Thursday where the Green Wave picked up a 9-0 victory. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield base runner Lizzy Howland is out on a close play at second with Frontier's Maddie Fifield Thursday in South Deerfield where the Green Wave won 9-0. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Frontier's Charlotte Doulette leans away from ball four during one of her four walks on the day but the Red Hawks suffered a 9-0 loss to Greenfield Thursday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield base runner Kelsey Richardson takes off for third base in front of Frontier shortstop Caitynn Devine Thursday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield where the Green Wave earned a 9-0 victory. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Frontier coach Gary Deane talks with Kelsey Jarvis Thursday where the Red Hawks suffered a 9-0 loss to Greenfield at Zabek Field in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Frontier pitcher Lauren MacDonald winds up for a pitch Thursday against Greenfield but the Green Wave earned a 9-0 win at Zabek Field in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Frontier's Charlotte Doulette fields a slow grounder from Greenfield’s Sam Smith on Thursday during the Green Wave’s 9-0 win at Zabek Field in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Top, Frontier’s Charlotte Doulette fields a grounder from Greenfield hitter Sam Smith on Thursday. Below, Smith narrowly beats the throw to first base as Frontier first baseman Ava Harper fields. Greenfield won the game 9-0 to earn a share of the FCL title, its first league crown since 2004. Recorder PHOTOS/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/24/2018 11:34:25 PM

Three league games in as many days?

No problem.

After splitting with Turners Falls High School in the regular season, Greenfield High School finished the deal with three Franklin County League wins in a row. Thursday’s 9-0 shutout of Frontier Regional School at Zabek Field in South Deerfield gave the Green Wave (16-2 overall) a share of the FCL championship with the Thunder (17-2) as both teams finished 11-1 in the league race. It’s the first league title for Greenfield since 2004, when current head coach Rian Lovett was a junior on the team.

“It’s something that you work for for a long time,” said Lovett of the league crown. “These girls have been working for this for years. We had a couple slip-ups last year, but this year we were able to bear down and win games when we needed to.”

The task was tall for Greenfield against Frontier (11-8, 7-5), which finished in sole possession of third place in the FCL. The Red Hawks boast one of the top offenses in the FCL, scoring 10 or more runs on eight different occasions.

“Historically, we haven’t had our best games down there,” said Lovett of Frontier. “We talked about how we have to score runs early because when we played them at home, they took a lead and we had to battle back. We wanted to get command of the game early.”

Greenfield pitcher Olivia Joy continued her lights-out junior campaign with her second shutout in as many days. Joy struck out 13 and allowed just four hits — all singles — though she did walk six batters, some of which Lovett contributed to fatigue after throwing four games overall in four days (all wins).

“Olivia did not have her best game, but it was her fourth in a row and all were against good teams,” Lovett lauded. “And the defense behind her stepped up and played great. Hanna (Marchefka) made two huge catches in the outfield.”

Kelsey Richardson led the offense with a perfect 4-for-4 night, and the eighth-grader smacked a home run and finished with three RBI. Racquel Provost (two doubles), Samantha Smith and Lizzy Howland all had two hits, while Heather Catlin had a hit and two RBIs in the win.

Greenfield led 2-0 before scoring three times in the third. The Wave tacked on five in the seventh to put things out of reach.

“They knew that a win meant a league title and they were ready to go from the get-go,” Lovett said of her team.

Frontier’s Natalie Denkiewicz had two of her team’s four hits, while Charlotte Doulette walked all four trips to the plate. Kenzie Patterson and Ariana Walker also had singles.

Greenfield now has nearly two weeks off before the WMass Div. II Tournament seeds are released on June 5. Frontier closes out its regular season Monday against Monson High School.

Athol 6, Pioneer 3 (8) — Lexi Forte came through with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth inning, and Athol High School knocked off Pioneer Valley Regional School, 6-3, in FCL action Thursday in Northfield.

After Athol (11-8, 5-7) tied the game to force extra innings with a run in the top of the seventh, the Red Raiders scored three times in the eighth, with Forte’s RBI single helping jumpstart the offensive effort.

The Red Raiders received three hits from Roz Nelson, who also drove in two runs. Haley Bigwood had two more hits in the win, and Sadey Lehtomaki doubled and drove in a run.

Pioneer (8-12, 4-8) took a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Shelby Avery drove in a run to tie the game with an RBI single, and Jill Gadreault put the hosts on top with another RBI hit.

Gadreault, Olivia Rowe and Jennie Fuller all had two hits, with Fuller doubling, and Rowe adding a triple. Avery had two of the three RBIs for the Panthers.

Lindsey Leblanc struck out four to earn the victory for Athol, which heads to Monson High School for an independent game today.

Steph Scoville recorded an impressive 12 strikeouts, walking one in a complete-game effort for Pioneer.

• In the JV game, Kensey Gibson hit a sixth-inning home run to lift Pioneer to a 5-4 win over Athol. Chloe Cutting earned the win in the pitching circle for the Panthers, which finished 13-3 on the season.

Mohawk 9, Mahar 7 — Visiting Mohawk Trail Regional High School scored five times in the top of the seventh inning to rally and pick up its first FCL victory of the season on Thursday.

The Warriors (6-14, 1-11) trailed 7-4 entering their final at-bats of the entire season, but five hits in the seventh enabled them to get past Mahar Regional School, 9-7, in Orange.

Morgan Roccio had three hits in the win for Mohawk, including an RBI double in the five-run seventh. She finished with a pair of RBIs and two doubles. Alicia Johnston and Mya Lesieur totaled two hits apiece, and Reagan Dupree drove in three runs. Ashley Walker had a hit and an RBI, and Caitlin Johnston doubled.

Mahar (7-12, 3-9) led 5-0 after two innings behind the offensive work of Jordyn Berry and Sarah Graeff (two doubles), who each had two hits and an RBI. Megan Rich doubled and drove in a pair, while Lani DiDiego added a double and an RBI.

Lesieur picked up the win in the circle, striking out two and working around 10 walks for the Warriors. Rich took the loss, recording seven strikeouts and a pair of walks in seven innings.

Commerce 19, FC Tech 14 — Hailey Jackson had four hits, including a triple, and drove in a pair of runs, but Franklin County Technical School fell on the road to High School of Commerce, 19-14, in a Tri-County League softball game Thursday in Springfield.

Franklin Tech (4-15, 4-9) jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning, but Commerce (7-5, 6-4) responded with five runs in the home half of the frame and never relinquished the advantage. The Eagles rallied within 16-14 in the sixth, but Commerce added three insurance runs to put things out of reach.

Hailey Larned totaled three hits, including a triple, for the Eagles. Jocelyn Crowningshield had two hits and an RBI, while Brooke Adams and Eliza Kelton each had two hits and two RBIs. Kelton doubled as one of her two hits, while Adams recorded a triple, giving Franklin Tech three of them on the afternoon.

The Eagles, which finished with a 17-8 advantage in hits, close out their season Tuesday with a trip to TCL-leading Gateway Regional High School.

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