Athol High School softball and baseball season recaps
ATHOL — With the MIAA, West Division III softball and baseball tournaments set to wrap up today at UMass Amherst’s facilities, it’s a good time to wrap up the season for Athol High School’s softball and baseball teams.
In a competitive Franklin league that consisted of five teams above .500 and three teams with 15 or more wins, the Athol High School softball team finished the year with a 15-7 record and made it to the quarter-finals in the MIAA, West Division III softball tournament. After going 7-13 the previous season, the softball team’s season can be considered a huge improvement and success.
The team as a whole batted .340, while they knocked in 179 runs on the year. The team combined for a .480 slugging percentage with 37 doubles, 3 triples and 18 home runs. The team only let up 123 runs, compared to the 152 runs they gave up the previous season. The hits allowed were down to 151 from 173 and strikeouts were up to 128 from 81.
Haley Bigwood (.420), Brejahna Geise (.431) and Jessica Soucie (.420) all batted over .400 while Hope Parker batted .377 and Destiny Ricko batted .358. Soucie had five home runs and 18 RBI while Bigwood led the team with 28 runs followed by Abby Leadbetter not far behind with 26. The team as a whole had one of the most potent offenses in the league.
Soucie pitched 105 innings for the team, winning 12 games along with one save. She struck out 74 batters as well. Bigwood won three games for the team, striking out 54 batters in 41.2 innings.
Athol High School’s baseball team finished with a 7-12 record, but still an improvement from their 4-16 record the previous season. The team batted .250 as a whole with 64 runs.
Nicholas Bousquet batted .482 in 56 at-bats along with 14 runs and nine RBI and four doubles. Tyler Lutz had 12 runs while the next most on the team was Kris Selanis with six.
Bousquet also pitched 20.1 innings for the team, striking out 30 and walking only seven. Merrick Decker pitched 24.1 innings and Mark Ferarri pitched 19.2 innings and picked up one save.
Both Athol High School teams improved this season and have a good future ahead.