Bulletin Board: Greenfield, Frontier to meet in boys middle school final of DRIVE League

Staff Reports
Published: 7/21/2021 9:15:54 PM
Modified: 7/21/2021 9:16:01 PM

Grayson Thomas dropped 25 points and Gavin Arsenault racked up 18 points to lead Greenfield to a 44-30 victory over Hinsdale in a boys middle school basketball playoff game in the DRIVE League at Pioneer on Tuesday. 

Chris Colon scored seven points in the loss for Hinsdale. 

In the second middle school playoff game of the night, Luke Howard poured in 27 points as Frontier beat Pioneer, 53-35. 

Kainen Stevens had 12 points and Jackson Cogswell scored 10 points in the loss. 

Greenfield and Frontier will square off in the championship game on Thursday at Pioneer, with tipoff set for 6:45. 

In the JV playoffs, Greenfield beat Orange, 45-40, behind 18 points from Jon Breor. Morgan Softic had 14 points for Orange in the loss. 

Later, Will Doyle’s 21 points led Belchertown to a 59-27 victory over Frontier. Sasha Dragovich scored 12 points in the losing effort. 

Greenfield and Belchertown will play for the JV championship on Thursday, with tipoff at 7:45 at Pioneer. 

In boys varsity action at Greenfield High School on Tuesday, Brayden Thayer dropped 22 points and Jalen McGraw added 12 points as Pioneer beat Turners, 62-17. 

Branden Truesdell had nine points for the Thunder. 

Later, James Fenton had 11 points to lead Northampton past Hampshire, 52-51. 

Soccer

Brady Burch scored a pair of goals and dished two assists as Frontier beat Chicopee Comp, 4-1, in a Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League game in Chicopee on Wednesday. 

Aidan Valderrama had a goal and an assist while Matthew Sicard found the back of the net for Frontier. Payton Sladeski had an assist, David Pettinato played well on defense and Niko  Lorantos came up with six saves in goal in the win. 

Baseball

Babe Ruth

A three-run seventh inning propelled Parody Builders to a 8-5 triumph over Brattleboro in a Franklin County Babe Ruth League contest on Tuesday. 

Dylen Richardson had a pair of hits — one a double —  and a pair of RBIs in the victory for Parody. Aidan Heffernan and Michael Hioe each had a hit and an R BI while Will Johnson, Thomas Unkles, Patric Gillespie and Will Ainsworth each hit safely in the win. 

Unkles had one strikeout in three innings on the mound before Teagan Dexter and Richardson came on in relief to combine to strike out three batters. 

Softball

FCL 

Emily Eastman and Kelly Baird each each had a pair of hits and RBIs while Morgan Dobias had two hits to help lead the Bombers to a 12-9 win over the Flyers on Tuesday in a Franklin County Summer Softball League contest. 

Rachel Wood picked up the win on the mound before Ivy Rae pitched well in relief. 

Kaitlin Trudeau had three hits for the Flyers, with Olivia Machon and Rochelle Bouthet each knocking two hits in the loss. 

Golf

Knights of Columbus

John Plotkin was the weekly winner in the Knights of Columbus League at Thomas Memorial, posting a score of plus-6. 

Kent McGahan was second with a score of plus-5, followed by Ken Morin and Joe Kapitulik in third with scores of plus-3. 

McGahan won closest to the pin on No. 7 (four feet, two inches) and Darren Lenois won closest to the pin on No. 9 (16 feet, one inch).  Lenois also won skins on the week. 

Co-ed softball

Kerry Dougan celebrated her 40th birthday with a three-hit, one-RBI performance to lead Common Ground Fitness to a 19-4 win over the Liberty Tax Sharks on Wednesday in a Greenfield co-ed softball game. 

Tom Crossman had four hits including a home run and six RBIs in the win, with Jerich Smith going for a trio of hits and RBIs and Kelly Smith, David Maston and Steph Williams each recording two RBIs. 

Joe Guibablni, Ashley Dufraine and Andrew Straugh each had an RBI for the Sharks.

Hockey

Springfield Thunderbirds
announce opener

The Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced Wednesday that they will host the Hartford Wolf Pack in the club's home opener on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:05 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. It is the first of 38 regular season home games for the Thunderbirds in 2021-22.

The first matchup with the Wolf Pack also marks the second straight season that the Thunderbirds will open their season on home ice. The full 2021-22 AHL regular season schedule is expected to be announced on Friday.

Single game tickets will go on sale at a later date. For more information or to become a 2021-2022 Springfield Thunderbirds ticket member, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625) or visit www.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com.


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