Red Raiders quell Belchertown

  • Athol’s Haley Bigwood sends a ball to center field for a double to drive in the game’s first run against Belchertown High School on Monday in Athol. Athol Daily News/Mike Phillips—

  • Athol’s Lindsey Leblanc scores on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning to put her team up 5-1 over the Belchertown Orioles on Monday in Athol. Athol Daily News/Mike Phillips—

  • Athol’s Sadey Lehtomaki drives a two-run single to make it 7-1 Athol over the Belchertown Orioles on Monday in Athol. Athol Daily News/Mike Phillips

Published: 5/21/2018 10:44:03 PM

ATHOL — The Athol varsity softball team is one win away from making it back-to-back playoff appearances.

Amber Mahony went 3-for-4 with three Runs and one RBI, while Haley Bigwood went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles and two runs to beat the Belchertown Orioles on Monday.

The Red Raiders, now 9-7, need one more win to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division III playoff tournament.

“It’s going to take us coming ready to play, stay positive, keep the heads up and cheer for one another,” said Athol coach Sharon Chauvette.

The Red Raiders scored five runs in the second inning to go up 7-1. Athol took advantage of two Oriole errors, while Haley Wrigley and Mahony each had one hit in the inning to push across five runs. The team scored three more on three straight singles by Mahony, Bigwood and Destiny Wrigley to go up 10-3.

The Orioles, who were eliminated from making the playoffs after losing to the Red Raiders, scored two runs in the fourth inning, four runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth inning.

Bigwood pitched six innings for the Red Raiders and struck out four batters while giving up five runs. Lindsey Leblanc came in to pitch the fifth inning but replaced by Bigwood in the sixth inning. Bigwood started the game for the Red Raiders, pitched the first four innings and then pitched the sixth and seventh innings.

Frontier 10, Mahar 6

ORANGE — Although the Mahar varsity softball team is not mathematically eliminated from Western Massachusetts Division III playoff tournament, Monday’s loss to the Frontier Red Hawks made things a lot hard.

The Senators are now 7-10 on the year and will have to win their season outright to qualify for the postseason.

“We weren’t too sharp the first three innings,” said Mahar coach Jerry Duguay. “When we came around, it was too late. Just routine stuff not being made. It’s a bug and we’re stuck. I’m happy with what we’re doing but we have been in neutral.”

The Senators committed four errors within the first three innings and eight total. Three errors in the second inning allows the Red Hawks to go ahead 6-1. After Frontier added one run in the top of the third inning, the Senators got one back in the bottom half of the inning on a double by Sarah Graeff that scored Lani DeDiego to make it 7-2.

After Frontier scored two runs in the top of the fourth, the Senators got four runs back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to runs from Mackinley Drew, Alexis Mainville-Schaefer, Megan Rich and Skylar Dodge to make it 8-6.

Frontier scored two more runs in the fifth inning to make it 10-6.

Athol 3, Mahar 2

ATHOL — The Athol varsity baseball team ended Monday’s game against the Mahar Senators in a pile out on the field. The Senators left once again with a late inning loss, this time in nine innings to the long time rivaled Athol Red Raiders.

The Senators are now 5-10 on the year and are 1-5 in games decided by one run. The Red Raiders are now 7-8 and a little bit closer to making the Western Massachusetts Division III playoff tournament. The Senators will have to win their season outright to qualify.

Dakota Williams started the home half of the ninth inning with a walk on a full count. After coming in for Anthony Oro, Mark Ferrari hit a double to score the winning run all the way from first.

The Senators went up 2-0 in the fifth inning when Sam Paul reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on another error and then took home on a ground out by Noaha Chabot.

The Red Raiders tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Keegan Lutz took home on a single by Nicholas Bousquet and James Laford scored on an error to tie the game.

Bousquet pitched all nine innings for the Red Raiders, striking out 11 batters while giving up two runs (zero earned) on four hits and one walk. Jacob Berry pitched eight innings for the Senators, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks, striking out nine.

Mahar 92,Pioneer Valley Regional 53

ORANGE — The Mahar varsity boys track and field team remained undefeated after winning against Pioneer Valley Regional High School on Monday.

The Senators (4-0) had 11 first place finishes, nine second place finishes and 10 third places finishes.

First place finishes include: Ash Shaw (high jump, 5 feet, 6 inches; 400 meter run, 54), Hugo Frost (triple jump 39-6.5; high hurdles, 16.3 seconds; 400 meter hurdles, 63.8), Jon Gariepy (discus, 104-4), Aaron Hendry (100 meter dash, 11.6; 200 meter dash, 23.7), Connor Vaillaincourt (one mile, 5:37; two mile, 12:12) and Riley Drew (800 meter run, 2:24.2).

Athol 23, Belchertown 0

ATHOL — The Athol junior varsity softball team used three home runs and one triple to route the Belchertown Orioles. Kennedy Valincourt had three hits in the game, including one home run and five RBIs. Reily Polana had three sings, one home run and four RBIs. Emma Bacigalupo hit one home run and had three RBIs. Kristinna Sigurdsson added three hits, while Sam Kenniff and Margaret Holland had two hits each.

Sigurdsson pitched four innings and allowed one hit and struck out 11 batters. Polana pitched the remainder of the game for the Red Raiders.

Frontier 23, Mahar 6

ORANGE — Jazmine Vezina led the Mahar junior varsity softball team with three hits in their loss to the Frontier Red Hawks on Monday. Annabel Anderholm had two hits in the game. Brooke Mitchell, Abby Tandy and Juliana Lamontagne all had one hit each. Haylee Allen had three strikeouts while on the mound.


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