HS Roundup: Sixth inning rally lifts Athol baseball to victory over Easthampton 

  • Athol’s Dilan Fountain grounds a double up the middle to drive in two runs against Mahar in the bottom of the fifth inning earlier this season in Athol. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

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Published: 5/11/2022 8:57:54 PM
Modified: 5/11/2022 8:57:53 PM

A big rally in the sixth inning gave the Athol baseball team its first Suburban League West victory of the season on Wednesday.

Easthampton — which beat the Bears 14-3 just last Friday — held a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Jacob Knowles got things going with a single and multiple Athol players reached on fielder’s choices before Logan Hume knocked a two-RBI triple and Shea Brennan brought Hume home with a single. Suddenly, the Bears held an 8-4 lead going into the seventh. 

The Eagles got one back in the final inning but that was all they could muster, with Athol coming away with an 8-5 victory. 

“We showed a lot of fight today against an Easthampton team that has run-ruled us the last four times we have met,” Bears coach Josh Talbot said. “We kept the pressure on and came through with a big inning in the bottom of the sixth. I'm just really proud of this group for continuing to battle for their school, community and one another.”

Quentin Polana got the start on the mound before Dilan Fountain came on in relief. 

“Quentin Polana battled on the hill to keep his teammates in it and Dilan Fountain slammed the door in relief,” Talbot said. “I'm really proud of the way they led their teammates today."

Brennan finished with four hits in the win, continuing to give the Athol (3-13, 1-8) lineup a jolt when it needs it most. 

“Shea Brennan has been a major spark of late and continues to lead with his effort and heart,” Talbot said. “He had a big day for us today."

Fountain cracked a pair of doubles while Connor Mahony, Owen Willhite and Logan Cormier hit safely in the win. 

Amherst 20, Mohawk Trail 1 (5) — Owen Lake knocked a base hit while Ty Griswold scored a run in the Warriors’ independent loss to the Hurricanes in Buckland on Wednesday. 

Softball

Turners 13, Mohawk Trail 2 — Emily Young tallied three hits at the plate to help propel the Thunder to an independent victory in Buckland on Wednesday. 

Morgan Dobias and Cady Wozniak each chipped in a double for Turners (10-6) in the win. 

Aileen Moffatt and Adrian Grant both hit a double while Mya Lesieur and Maddie Lamorie hit safely for Mohawk Trail (5-8). Mya Lesieur struck out six and Riley Giard had three strikeouts in the loss. 

Boys volleyball

Frontier 3, Granby 0 — Deter Ngawang switched over to setter for the Redhawks and dished 21 assists as Frontier came up with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 sweep of the Rams in Granby on Wednesday. 

Jesse Kurkulonis put down 13 kills and three aces for Frontier (10-1). Aleks Carey finished with eight kills, Patrick Boyden had five kills, Jack Carey smacked four kills, Tavo Vincent-Warner tossed 11 assists and Payton Sladeski made 21 digs in the win. 

Athol 3, Chicopee 1 — The Bears earned a 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18 win over the Pacers in Athol on Wednesday. 

Girls tennis

Frontier 4, Turners 1 — The Redhawks took two singles matches and both doubles to come away with a victory over the Thunder on Wednesday in South Deerfield. 

Emma Clancy earned a 7-5, 6-4 victory in No. 1 singles while Sam Scanlon won 6-1, 6-1 in No. 3 singles. Sydney Scanlon and Sam Baker came up with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in No. 1 doubles and Chloe Felton-Emrick and Grace O’Leary won 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles for Frontier. 

Abbi Holloway had the lone win of the day for Turners, taking No. 2 singles 7-6, 7-5. 

Greenfield 3, Chicopee 2 — The Green Wave came away with a victory behind a pair of singles wins to earn a road decision over the Pacers on Wednesday. 

Jenna Keith won 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles while Estera Covalenco earned a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in No. 3 singles. Kaitlyn Phillips and Rory Cronen-Townsend picked up a 6-3, 6-1 victory in No. 1 doubles to seal the win for Greenfield.  

Mohawk Trail 4, PVCICS 1 — The Warriors swept all three singles matches to come away with a victory over the host Dragons on Wednesday. 

Avery Dupree earned a 6-3, 6-2 win in No. 1 singles, Paige King won 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles and Palmer King came up with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph in No. 3 singles for Mohawk Trail. 

Yassen Abdelgawad and Lizzie Lynch picked up a 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 victory in No. 1 doubles for the Warriors. 

Deerfield scores

The Deerfield Academy girls lacrosse team picked up a 19-10 win over Kimball Union while the boys lacrosse team beat Kent, 20-2, on Wednesday. 

The Big Green softball team fell to Suffield, 5-3, DA’s golf team beat Wilbraham 208-251 but lost to Choate, 205-208, and the Big Green boys tennis team lost to Hotchkiss, 4-3. 

DA’s ultimate team beat MacDuffie, 15-6.


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