Class C softball: Lauren Ross tosses shutout as Franklin Tech blanks Frontier, 4-0 (PHOTOS)

  • Franklin Tech’s Kylee Gamache drives in a run against Frontier in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech baserunner Hannah Gilbert slides safely into third base ahead of the tag from Frontier’s Skyler Steele in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Lauren Ross throws against Frontier in the top of the third inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Kendra Campbell celebrates after hitting an RBI triple against Frontier in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Kendra Campbell celebrates with Joe Gamache after hitting an RBI triple against Frontier in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor throws against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier catcher Delaney Fifield, right, tags out Franklin Tech baserunner Lauren Ross on a close play at home plate in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier third baseman Skyler Steele dives to knock down a grounder from Franklin Tech in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Lauren Ross throws against Frontier in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Lauren Ross throws against Frontier in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Skyler Steele hits a single against Franklin Tech in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier shortstop Hailey Hutkoski makes a jumping catch for an out against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier right fielder Camryn Rogowski (21), left, makes a running catch for an out against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier pitcher Ashley Taylor throws against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Lauren Ross throws against Frontier in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech gathers at the mound before the start of the top of the fourth inning against Frontier on Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier left fielder Olivia Machon reels in a deep fly ball for an out against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech shortstop Hannah Gilbert , left, lays down the tag on Frontier baserunner Gabrielle Adams (4), right, for an out at second base in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Kendra Campbell hits a single against Frontier in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier shortstop Hailey Hutkoski fields a grounder for an out against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech catcher Kylee Gamache checks for signs behind the plate in the top of the fourth inning against Frontier on Tuesday during the Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech celebrates after winning their Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal game against Frontier 4-0 at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech celebrates after winning their Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal game against Frontier 4-0 at Nancy Gifford Field in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 5/24/2022 8:36:34 PM

TURNERS FALLS — With the way the Frontier softball lineup has hit the ball this season, Lauren Ross knew she’d have to bring her ‘A’ game on Tuesday.

The Franklin Tech senior pitcher did just that.

Ross struck out six, scattered four hits and didn’t walk a batter. At one point, she retired 13 straight batters, ultimately sending the third-seeded Eagles to a 4-0 victory in a Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal at Nancy Gifford Field.

Franklin Tech (17-2) will travel to No. 2 Mount Greylock for a semifinal tilt on Thursday at 4 p.m.

“They just beat Athol and Turners Falls so they’ve definitely been a force to be reckoned with the last couple weeks,” Ross lauded of Frontier. “But I believe in my defense so I just had to hit my spots and let them make plays. I just wanted to go out and throw the game I knew how to throw.”

Franklin Tech head coach Joe Gamache said he knew his side would have to put together a complete game in order to get past the sixth-seeded Redhawks (4-15).

“They’re a really talented offensive team,” he said of Frontier. “Lauren did a nice job hitting her spots and moving the ball. The whole team stepped up. Obviously we got a great pitching performance, made some outstanding defensive plays and then we had a couple of timely hits. It was a complete game, a complete team effort.”

Ross and the Eagles took an early lead, as Kaitlin Trudeau was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first inning and eventually scored when Ross helped herself with an RBI double to make it 1-0.

Two more runs came around in the second, as Cordelia Guerin singled and scored on an RBI triple from Kendra Campbell. Keira Stevens made it 3-0 when her ground out to second base allowed Campbell to scamper home.

Kylee Gamache drove in the game’s final run in the bottom of the third when her ground out plated Hannah Gilbert (single) to make it 4-0.

It was a pitcher’s duel from there, as Ross and Frontier righty Ashley Taylor matched zeroes over the final four frames. Taylor didn’t walk a batter and the Eagles didn’t record a strikeout at the plate, but the Redhawks defense was sound behind her and limited the damage to keep the visitors within striking distance until the end.

Frontier left two runners on base in the sixth inning after Taylor (hit by a pitch) and Makayla Santos (single) reached with one out. Ross got a pair of fly outs to escape the jam however, and also worked around a Skyler Steele lead-off single in the top of the seventh to preserve the shutout.

“It was a really good softball game… both teams deserve to be here and played like it,” Gamache said.

Gilbert, Campbell and Lauren Ross all had two hits for Franklin Tech. In addition to Steele and Santos, Delaney Fifield and Gabby Adams also had base hits for the Redhawks.

Ross said Thursday’s semifinal with Mount Greylock has been a year in the making. The Mounties knocked Franklin Tech out of last year’s sectional semifinal round.

“We’re ready for some redemption,” she said. “We know we have to work hard for it and play a really good game against them. But we definitely want it.”


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