High Schools: Athol’s Lindsey LeBlanc strikes out 10 in win over Mohawk Trail

  • Athol pitcher Lindsey Leblanc throws against Turners Falls earlier this season. FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

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Published: 6/10/2021 9:43:02 PM
Modified: 6/10/2021 9:43:07 PM

Some early offense and solid pitching from Lindsey LeBlanc was enough to get Athol softball team in the win column on Thursday.

LeBlanc struck out 10 in seven innings, walking just one while scattering seven hits as the Bears picked up a 5-1 win over Mohawk Trail in Franklin County League action.

Athol (8-3, 7-3) scored two runs in the first and two more in the second to give LeBlanc a lead. The offense had just four hits on the day however, as Lexi Forte doubled while LeBlanc, Emma Bacigalupo and Jenna Bonenfant added singles.

“We were outhit 7-4 so we were a bit fortunate,” Athol coach Sharon Chauvette said. “We just have to find our drive again.”

Mya Lesieur smacked three hits for the Warriors (3-9, 2-9), while Hannah Gilbert tripled and Grace Ward added a pair of hits. Lesieur and Gilbert combined to strike out five.

Greenfield 19, Mahar 0 (5) — Holding just a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning, the Green Wave exploded for 16 runs in the bottom of the fourth to secure a 19-0 FCL win at Vets Field.

Gianna Conte tossed four innings hitless innings with seven strikeouts for Greenfield (9-2, 9-2), while Mackenzie Paulin struck out two in an inning of relief. Kaitlin Lavoine’s inside the park home run paced the offense, which also received contributions from Paulin (3-for-3, three RBIs), Carly Blanchard (2-for-4, RBI), Rachel Dodge (2-for-3, RBI), Brielle Widelo (2-for-3, RBI), Amber Bergeron (2-for-4, three RBIs), Ainslee Flynn (2-for-3, double), Ellis Benitez (hit), Kelsey Richardson (RBI), Anna Bucala (hit, RBI) and Caelyn Patenaude (double).

Mahar’s Keanna Thompson registered a hit in the fifth inning for the visitors.

Baseball

Greenfield 10, Athol 0 (6) — TJ Thibeault pitched a gem for the Green Wave on Thursday. 

Taking on the Bears, Thibeault tossed six innings, giving up just one hit — a single in the fifth inning — while striking out nine and allowing just one walk as Greenfield pulled away with a 10-0 win in six innings under the lights at Vets Field.

Jake Sak, Trevor Kuchieski, David Carey and MJ Paulin each had a hit in the win for the Green Wave (7-5, 5-5). 

Casey Mason recorded the lone Athol hit.

Mohawk Trail 4, Mahar 0 — Cam Lococo tossed a gem on the mound on Thursday against the Senators. 

The Warrior senior went the distance, giving up just four hits and striking out 10 batters to lead Mohawk Trail to a 4-0 shutout win over Mahar in a Hampshire League East contest in Orange. 

The offense came early for the Warriors, scoring two runs in the first and tacking two more on in the second. 

Shawn Davenport and Wyatt Edes each had a pair of hits for Mohawk Trail, with Tyler Dubreuil and Remick Bakey tallying a hit and an RBI. Brett Summers also had a hit in the win. 

Noaha Chabot, Eli Spencer, Connor Knetchtel and Aydan Sevigny had the four hits for the Senators. 

Liam O’Donnell struck out nine batters in five innings of work for Mahar. 

FC Tech 9, Gateway 8 — After falling behind 7-3, the Eagles rallied back by scoring a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to take the lead before Gavin Rubio came in to pick up the save late as Franklin Tech survived to earn a 9-8 Tri-County North win over the Gators on Thursday. 

Rubio had a pair of hits at the plate while Casey Hoffman came up with a single and a double in the win. Ty Sadoski and Joe Boyden also recorded hits for the Eagles (8-7, 7-3). 

Wrestling

Smith Voke 27, Mahar 12 — Jeff Kidwell picked up the lone win of the day for the Senators via pin at 132 over Viking Alex Martinez but it was Smith Voke who pulled away with a 27-12 win over Mahar on Thursday. 

Girls tennis

Pope Francis 5, Frontier 0 — The visiting Cardinals won every set en route to a 5-0 Tri-County League North victory Thursday.

The match of the day came at No. 1 singles, where Frontier’s Mary Laurens dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision to Pope Francis’ Chloe Stevens. At second doubles, Frontier’s Isabelle Brown and Madeline Powers fell to Madalyn Ferreira and Mikayla Messier, 6-3, 6- 3.

Ultimate 

Four Rivers 15, Lexington JV 2 — Ashley Schileng er and Afri Flyn had strong games as cutters and receivers to help lead the Otters girls Ultimate team to a 15-2 win in the state quarterfinals against Lexington JV on Thursday in Greenfield. 

Sage Fuller and Taylor Scheitzer played well as handlers and made great throws throughout the game to help Four Rivers pull out the win. 


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