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  • Greenfield's Racquel Provost slides safely into home past Belchertown catcher Danae Weldon in the bottom of the second inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Above, Greenfield catcher Kelsey Richardson (29) makes a throw to first base from her knees, backed up by third baseman Audrey Bresciano (4), for an out against Belchertown in the top of the sixth inning Thursday in Greenfield. Right, Greenfield’s Racquel Provost slides safely into home to score a run. Staff Photos/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Rachel Dodge (20) slides safely into second base ahead of the tag from Belchertown shortstop Emma LeBlanc in the bottom of the second inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey hits an RBI single against Belchertown in the bottom of the first inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Olivia Joy throws against Belchertown in the top of the third inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Racquel Provost hits into a fielders choice against Belchertown in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield third baseman Audrey Bresciano tracks down a foul ball for an out against Belchertown in the top of the fifth inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Olivia Joy picked right up where she left off last season as the defending WMass champion Green Wave shut out Belchertown, 8-0, Thursday. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Olivia Joy throws against Belchertown in the top of the fifth inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Olivia Joy winds back to throw against Belchertown in the top of the second inning Thursday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writers
Published: 4/11/2019 10:50:31 PM

There was no championship hangover for Greenfield High School on Thursday.

The defending WMass Division 2 champions kicked off their 2019 campaign with a stellar all-around performance, blanking visiting Belchertown, 8-0, in an independent softball game at Vets Field.

The Green Wave (1-0) outhit Belchertown by a 12-1 margin, scoring at least one run in every inning en route to the victory.

“We hit the ball well. It was nice to see everybody hitting,” Greenfield head coach Rian Lovett began. “It was a big confidence builder for some of my younger kids.”

Audrey Bresciano, Kaitlin Lavoine, Rachel Dodge and Hannah Marchefka each had two hits and drove in a run. Raegan Hickey singled and drove in a pair of runs, while Kelsey Richardson, Alexis Farrick and Nikki Miner tossed in singles.

While Greenfield was doing the job at the plate, it was also picking up right where it left off in the pitching circle. Senior Olivia Joy was her usual dominant self in the opener, striking out 15 and not walking a batter in the complete-game shutout. The 15 strikeouts puts her on the cusp of 500 for her career, as she now sits at 498 entering Tuesday’s home game against Mount Everett (1 p.m.).

“Liv looked great,” Lovett lauded. “She was right back in midseason form, threw the ball hard and hit her spots.”

Greenfield’s game against Mt. Everett has been circled for some time. The Eagles beat the Wave early in last year’s regular season, and also knocked them out of the 2016 postseason.

Mohawk 17, South Hadley 4 — For the second consecutive day the Mohawk softball team had the bats ringing, defeating South Hadley soundly, 17-4, in an independent game Thursday in South Hadley. 

The win followed an impressive performance against Holyoke the day before, as the Warriors have now defeated their past two opponents by a combined score of 31-6. 

Shortstop Caitlin Johnson starred for Mohawk, smashing a home run and leading the team with four RBI’s. Leadoff batter Mya Lesieur had four of the team’s 15 hits and junior Isis Moon chipped in three hits and three RBI’s. 

South Hadley took an early lead in the first inning, scoring three runs, but freshman pitcher Nola Bloomer would only allow one more run the rest of the way, striking out five. 

With the game tied at three heading into the third, the Mohawk bats came alive, erupting for five runs to take control. A six-run sixth inning would put the game away. 

Mahar 9, Holyoke 1 — Megan Rich retired the side in order in five of her seven innings, and Mahar pounded out 17 hits at the plate to open 2019 with a 9-1 victory over Holyoke in an independent softball game at Young Field in Holyoke. 

Rich struck out five and didn’t issue a walk, allowing just a pair of singles to snag the victory. At the plate, she was 2-for-5 with an RBI triple.

The Senators (1-0) took a 5-0 lead in the second inning and didn’t look back. Jordyn Berry smacked a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to put things out of reach, while Rich, Lani DeDiego, Mackinley Drew, Alexis Mainville and Skylar Dodge all finished with two hits. Sarah Graeff kicked off her campaign with a three-hit outing, and Jordan Fournier singled and drove in a pair of runs during the offensive onslaught.

FC Tech 25, Sci-Tech 4 — Mackenzie Martel made her Franklin County Technical School debut a memorable one as she belted a grand slam and a three-run triple to finish with two hits and seven RBIs as the Eagles defeated Springfield School of Science & Technology, 25-4, in a five-inning Tri-County League softball game Thursday in Turners Falls.

Abi Corey had one hit and three RBIs for the Eagles, who also took advantage of 21 walks issued by Sci-Tech pitcher Estrella Star-Torres. Hailey Larned, Jenesis Currier and Renee Reed each added two hits, including a triple for Reed. 

Currier picked up her first career varsity win as the freshman pitched five strong innings for the Eagles. Currier struck out three and walked 10, allowing just one hit.

“I’m really happy with Jenesis. She hasn’t pitched in two years and she just picked up the ball and decided to pitch this year,” Franklin Tech coach Tom Gaffigan — who also earned his first career varsity softball victory — said. “She’s been working really hard and even though she had 10 walks today, she got through it. That’s the toughness in her and I’m really happy with her.”

Easthampton 10, Pioneer 2 — Lauren Morse blasted a three-run home run in the fourth inning to help Easthampton pull away from Pioneer during a 10-2 win in independent action Thursday in Easthampton.

Morris, an eighth-grader, finished with three hits in the victory, including a double, and was one of three players with three hits for the Eagles. Olivia Downer added three hits and three RBIs, and Abby McClaflin chipped in three hits. Rachael Robinson had one hit and one RBI. Robinson struck out eight and walked three in seven innings to earn the win.

Charlotte Kahler had a pair of hits for Pioneer (1-1), and Abby Briggs hit a two-run triple in the seventh for the Panthers’ runs. Steph Scoville finished with one hit, and also struck out six and walked two in six innings of work in the loss.

Greenfield 8, Belchertown 0

Belchertown ............ 000 000 0 — 0  1  3

Greenfield ...............  121 112 x — 8 12  0

Hits: (B) Mann. (G) Bresciano 2, Richardson, Farrick, Hickey, Lavoine 2, Miner, Dodge 2, Marchefka 2.

2B: (G) Lavoine, Dodge.

RBI: (G) Bresciano, Hickey 2, Lavoine, Dodge, Marchefka.

WP: Joy (7ip, 15k, 0bb).

LP: Ouimette (6ip, 2k, 2bb).

Mohawk 17, South Hadley 4

Mohawk .................. 215 126 — 17  15  2

South Hadley ........  300 100 — 4  9  4

Hits: (M) Lesieur 4, Dupree, Ward, Johnston 2, Roccio 2, Bloomer, Moon 3, Guy. (SH) Bisson 2, Fontaine, Dahrouge, Goshea, Matherson 2, Zuhsky, Duncan.

2B: (M) Lesieur, Johnston.

3B: (M) Moon.

HR: (M) Johnston. (SH) .

RBI: (M) Lesieur 2, Dupree, Ward 2, Johnston 4, Moon 3, Guy 2. (SH) Fontaine, Goshea, Zuhsky, McCallum.

WP: Bloomer (6ip, 5k, 4bb).

LP: Gurek (6ip, 1k, 4bb).

Easthampton 10, Pioneer 2

Pioneer .................... 000 000 2 — 2  4  3

Easthampton .........  105 301 x — 10  11  0

Hits: (P) Kahler 2, Scoville, Briggs. (E) McClafflin 3, Morris 3, Robinson, Downer 3, Benigan-Whiter.

2B: (E) Morris.

3B: (P) Briggs. (E) Downer.

HR: (E) Morris.

RBI: (P) Briggs 2. (E) Morris 3, Robinson, Downer 3.

WP: Robinson (7ip, 8k, 3bb).

LP: Scoville (6ip, 6k, 2bb).

FC Tech 25, Sci-Tech 4

Sci-Tech .................. 110 20 — 4  1  3

FC Tech ............  (13)56 1x — 25  11  0

Hits: (ST) Mileily Fernandez. (FT) Martel 2, Stevens, Corey, Larned 2, Currier 2, Reed 2, Doane.

3B: (FT) Reed, Martel.

HR: (FT) Martel.

RBI: (FT) Martel 7, Corey 3, .

WP: Currier (5ip, 3k, 10bb).

LP: Estrella Star-Torres (5ip, 6k, 21bb).

Mahar 9, Holyoke 1

Mahar ..................... 051 003 0 — 9  17  0

Holyoke .................  000 100 0 — 1  2  0

Hits: (M) DeDiego 2, Dupont, Dodge 2, Graeff 3, Berry 2, Rich 2, Fournier, Drew 2, Mainville 2. (H) Dunn, Colon.

3B: (M) Rich.

HR: (M) Berry.

RBI: (M) Dupont, Dodge, Berry 3, Rich, Fournier 2. (H) Falcon.

WP: Rich (7ip, 5k, 0bb).

LP: Izquierdo (7ip, 1k, 4bb).




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