Kelsey Richardson drives in four runs to lead Greenfield softball to Class C title game 

  • Greenfield’s Rachel Dodge high-fives first base coach Andy Rup after recording a base hit during the Green Wave’s 7-3 victory over Taconic in the Western Mass. Class C semifinals on Wednesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Greenfield’s Rachel Dodge tries to beat a throw to second base from Taconic during the Green Wave’s 7-3 victory in the Western Mass. Class C semifinals on Wednesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Greenfield catcher Kelsey Richardson smacks a two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning during the Green Wave’s 7-3 victory over Taconic in the Western Mass. Class C semifinals on Wednesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Richardson had four RBIs to pace the offense. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Greenfield freshman MacKenzie Paulin delivers a pitch during the Green Wave’s 7-3 victory over Taconic in the Western Mass. Class C semifinals on Wednesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Greenfield’s Kaitlin Lavoine puts her bat on the ball during the Green Wave’s 7-3 victory over Taconic in the Western Mass. Class C semifinals on Wednesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Greenfield’s Carly Blanchard slides in safely while Taconic shortstop Anna Bongini tries to haul in the thro during the Green Wave’s 7-3 victory over Taconic in the Western Mass. Class C semifinals on Wednesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

For the Recorder
Published: 5/25/2022 9:22:06 PM

GREENFIELD — No mercy rule would be invoked Wednesday for the third meeting of the season between Greenfield and Taconic.

The May 17 doubleheader between the two featured a Greenfield sweep and a 30-6 run differential, but Taconic served notice in its first at-bat that things would be different in the Western Mass. Class C softball semifinals by plating a pair of runs right away.

With single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, Greenfield snapped out of a 3-3 tie and went on to post a 7-3 victory at Veterans Memorial Field.

The top-seeded Green Wave (14-6) advanced to next week’s Class C championship at Westfield State, to face the winner of Thursday’s second semifinal between No. 2 Mount Greylock and No. 3 Franklin Tech in Williamstown.

Taconic, the No. 4 seed, dropped to 6-13 but can still look ahead to the upcoming Division 5 state tournament.

“Anytime you play a team three times in a season, it’s tough. Three times in a week, it’s even tougher,” said Greenfield coach John Hickey. “This was a great tuneup game, and I knew they’d be gunning for us and were going to play us tough. Now we’re in the finals for the second straight year, and let’s see if we can get it done this year.” 

Against Green Wave pitcher Mackenzie Paulin, the Thunder got three straight one-out singles from Anna Bongini, Rylee Paronto and Leena Schettini to take an immediate 1-0 lead. Amelia Leasure then dropped a sacrifice bunt as Paronto crossed the plate to make it 2-0.

Kaitlin Lavoine began the Greenfield first when she was hit on the foot by a Paronto pitch and was erased at second on Carly Blanchard’s grounder. Paulin followed with a base hit to right to move Blanchard to third, then Kelsey Richardson tripled into the right-field corner to bring home both runners. Rachel Dodge (two hits) followed with a single up the middle, scoring Richardson to make it 3-2.

Taconic answered quickly in the second when Chloe Wendling doubled to right, went to third on Julia Pierce’s bunt base hit and scored on a wild pitch by Paulin.

Richardson, who ended the evening with four RBIs, put Greenfield back in front for good in the third. Blanchard led off with a double to right, stole third and came in on Richardson’s groundout to third.

Amber Bergeron, who went 3-for-3 out of the No. 8 spot for the Green Wave, doubled with one out in the fourth and went to third on an infield out. Lavoine then drew a walk, kept on running toward second to pressure the defense, and Bergeron broke for home on a delayed steal for a 5-3 advantage.

Paulin (two hits) led off the fifth inning with a base hit to right and moved all the way to third on an outfield error, with Richardson driving her in on a groundout. The hosts finished the scoring in the sixth on a one-out single by Bergeron, a groundout and an infield hit by Lavoine.

The Thunder managed 10 hits against Paulin, matching Greenfield’s total. The visitors had a pair of two-out threats, getting runners to third in the third and then second and third in the fifth, but could not capitalize.

Pierce, Schettini, Leasure and Wendling each had a pair of hits for Taconic.

“I told my kids it wasn’t going to be like last time. We’re going to make a name for ourselves and hopefully make a run for the tournament,” said Taconic coach Jaclyn Candelet. “I was happy that we went up 2-0, but they’re a good hitting team and I knew they were going to hit the ball.

“You look at our record, but our strength of schedule really helps us. We’ve had no cupcakes this year. We lost a lot of games by two or three runs.”


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