Mahar falters in late innings against Greenfield

Published: 5/22/2018 10:46:04 PM
Modified: 5/22/2018 10:46:11 PM

ORANGE — Upon losing to Greenfield High School, 14-1, on Tuesday, the Mahar varsity softball team was eliminated from qualifying for the Western Massachusetts’ Division III playoff tournament.

The Senators are now 7-11 on the year. The team needed at least 10 wins to qualify and can only reach a maximum of nine if the team wins the rest of its season outright.

“In the seventh inning, we went kind of downhill,” said Mahar coach Jerry Duguay. “We played well when we play error-free ball, we’re playing with everyone when we play error-free ball.”

The Senators were down 6-1 heading into the seventh inning. The Green Wave (14-2), scored eight runs in the top of the seventh inning on nine hits, three Mahar errors and one walk to go up 14-1.

The Senators scored their lone run on a single by Jordyn Berry that scored Skylar Dodge and moved Sarah Graeff to third. A strikeout ended any chance the Senators had to take on more runs. Prior to the strikeout, Lani DeDiego was caught stealing after singling to start the inning.

“That was a big moment and a couple calls didn’t go our way,” said Duguay.

Greenfield broke a scoreless game in the fourth inning on a triple that scored Audrey Bresciano. The Green Wave added to more in the fifth inning on two Mahar errors to make it 3-0. Raegan Hickey hit a home run in the sixth inning to put Greenfield up 6-0.

Berry went 2-for-3 for the Senators with two stolen bases, one walk and one RBI. DeDiego went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.

Megan Rich pitched all seven innings for the Senators and struck out seven batters. She didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning.

“Megan kept batters off balance, she did well,” said Duguay. “I think she was happy with it.”

Easthampton 8, Mahar 6

EASTHAMPTON—The Mahar varsity baseball team rallied back to tie the game at six only to give up the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning, losing 8-6 to Easthampton High School on Tuesday. The loss eliminates Mahar from qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division III playoff tournament.

Charlie Barnes earned the loss for the Senators (5-11), walking three batters and giving up two runs (one earned) in two innings of relief.

Down 6-3 after the fourth inning, the Senators scored two runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth inning to tie the game. The Eagles went ahead 8-6 in the bottom of the inning.

Will Peredina went 3-for-3 for the Senators with three singles, one walk and one run. Barnes went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run. Todd Chaisson went 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. Jacob Berry and Sam Paul added one RBI each, while Paul and Joey Brozell added one run each.

Andrew Herk started for the Senators and gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks while striking out three.

Athol 14, Mohawk Trail 11

SHELBURNE FALLS—The Athol varsity softball team scored eight runs in the sixth inning to defeat Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Tuesday. The Red Raiders (10-7) qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division III playoff tournament with the win.

The Red Raiders went down 11-4 after the fourth inning. The team scored two runs in the fifth and eight in the sixth for the win. Mohawk scored four runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the first inning.

Athol’s Sadey Lehtomaki went 4-for-5 with six RBIs and one triple. Haley Bigwood had two hits with four runs. Destiny Wrigley had two hits as well. Lindsey Leblanc struck out six batters and earned the win.

Greenfield 16, Mahar 12

ORANGE—Makayla Mathurin had four strikeouts for the Mahar junior varsity softball team in their loss to Greenfield on Tuesday. Jazmine Vezina had six assists and two putouts in her first start at shortstop. Brooklyn Kennedy, a seventh grader playing in her first game, caught a line drive in center field that fell out of her glove when colliding with the left fielder. She regathered the ball and threw the runner out at second base. Brooke Mitchell had three hits with two doubles. Anabel Anderholm, Vezina and Abby Tandy all had two hits.

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