Gators chomped: Tyler, Thunder rout Gateway

  • Turners Falls pitcher Jade Tyler struck out eight on Sunday in a 16-2 win over Gateway. File PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Julianna Rode hits a single against Wachusett in the bottom of the second inning Thursday at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Cassidhe Wozniak bats against Hampshire in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Intern
Published: 6/9/2019 11:33:27 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Ace pitcher and slugger Jade Tyler led the way on both sides of the ball for Turners Falls High School Sunday night.

The sophomore struck out eight in the circle and went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double at the plate as Turners Falls topped Gateway, 16-2, in a five-inning, second round game in Western Mass. Division 3  softball tournament action at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.

Tyler did allow two runs but that came on just two walks and one hit.

“Jade’s a hell of a player. She can hit the ball as well as she can pitch it.” said head coach Gary Mullins. 

Although the slugger had a strong performance, her coach believes she has even more than what she offered Sunday.

“I think Jade took her foot off the gas pedal a little bit … we want Jade to throw 59 miles per hour, once in a while 60, but she was hitting 56 miles per hour most of the day, so we want to know why that happened,” Mullins said.

Turners Falls outhit Gateway 14-1 to punch its ticket to Wednesday’s semifinal, scoring 16 runs and committing two errors. Gateway scored two runs and committed two errors of its own. 

The scoring started almost immediately for the Thunder, as Cassidhe Wozniak led the game off with a single, followed by Tyler's moonshot to give her team an immediate 2-0 led. From there, the Thunder would use a combined effort of extra base hits and mental errors by Gateway to push across 12 runs in the first inning.

“We haven’t hit the ball very well recently, so we have something to concentrate on … just seeing the kids hit the ball was a great thing,” said Mullins. 

The Gators were held hitless and scoreless by the Powertown pitcher until the fourth inning, when Ava Auclair smacked the ball up the middle to score Kaitlyn Quinn to heal the drought. Lilyan Ryan also scored Nicole Hannigan off an error by the second baseman for the only two runs for Gateway.

While Tyler boasted powerful stats, the rest of Powertown’s lineup was not far behind. Wozniak went 2-for-3 with a walk, Aly Murphy went 2-for-3 with two doubles, and Hailey Bogusz was 2-for-2 with a double and a triple.

Gateway pitcher Hannigan couldn’t record a strikeout against Turners, giving up 16 runs and six walks. 

“It’s a great bunch of kids that work very hard to accomplish what they have accomplished so far, but they have higher goals and the coaching staff has the same expectations.” said Mullins. 

Turners now faces fourth-seeded Mt. Greylock at its home away from home, Sortino Field on the campus of UMass, Wednesday at 3 p.m. The other semifinal game between second-seeded Mt. Greylock and third-seeded McCann Tech will follow at 5.

Turners Falls 16, Gateway 2 (5)

Gateway ............... 000 20 — 2  1  2

Turners Falls ......  (12)01 3x — 16  14  2

Hits: (G) Auclair. (TF) Wozniak 2, T. Murphy, Tyler 3, A. Murphy 2, Bogusz 2, Whittier 3, Lacey.

2B: (TF) Tyler, A. Murphy 2, Bogusz, Whittier.

3B: (TF) Bogusz.

HR: (TF) Tyler.

RBI: (G) Auclair. (TF) T. Murphy, Tyler 3, Murphy, Bogusz 2, Whittier 2, Johnson, Lacey 2.

WP: Tyler (5ip, 8k, 2bb).

LP: Hannigan (3ip, 0k, 6bb), Bowler (1ip, 0k, 2bb).

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