HS Roundup: LeBlanc leads Athol softball past Franklin Tech (PHOTOS)

  • Franklin Tech’s Kyra Goodell slides in safely at second base before the tag of Athol shortstop Jenna Bonenfant during the visiting Bears’ 4-2 victory on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Athol’s Lindsey LeBlanc reaches third base after smacking the go-ahead RBI triple in the top of the fifth inning during her team’s 4-2 victory over Franklin Tech on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Franklin Tech’s Hannah Gilbert (helmet) is congratulated by her teammates on the bench after hitting a home run in the bottom of the fourth against Athol on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Franklin Tech second baseman Lilly Ross throws to first for an out during action against Athol on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Athol pitcher Lindsey LeBlanc struck out 10 in the circle to help the Bears to a 4-2 win over Franklin Tech on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Athol pitcher Lindsey LeBlanc tosses to first base for an out during the visiting Bears’ 4-2 victory over Franklin Tech on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Athol’s Alyssa Logan takes a swing during her team’s 4-2 win over Franklin Tech on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Lauren Ross struck out six in the circle during the Eagles’ 4-2 loss to Athol on Wednesday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Staff Reports
Published: 5/18/2022 9:10:36 PM
Modified: 5/19/2022 12:39:43 PM

Lindsey LeBlanc and the Athol softball team put an end to Franklin Tech’s unbeaten record in the Franklin County League East on Wednesday. 

LeBlanc hit an RBI triple to put the Bears ahead 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning, and that stood to be the game-winning hit as Athol came away with a 4-2 victory in Turners Falls. 

LeBlanc also picked up the win in the circle, striking out 10 and giving up just five hits. Kennedy Vaillancourt knocked a double, Jenna Bonenfant tallied a pair of hits and an RBI, Emma Bacigalupo had a hit and an RBI while Sadey Lehtomaki, Alyssa Logan and Maddi Hermes hit safely in the win for the Bears (11-6, 7-2). 

Hannah Gilbert drilled a solo home run, Kaitlin Trudeau had a pair of hits, Kendra Campbell knocked a triple and Kylee Gamache hit safely for the Eagles (16-2, 9-1). Lauren Ross struck out six in the loss. 


Franklin Tech 17, Mohawk Trail 0 (5) — The Eagles are officially state tournament bound. 

Mason Lehtomaki, Noah Fuess, Dylen Shinall and Gavin Crossman combined to toss a five-inning no hitter as Franklin Tech pulled away with a 17-0 victory in Turners on Wednesday. 

The win assures the Eagles (10-8, 7-3) will finish with a .500 record which qualifies them for the state tournament. 

“Our goal from the start of the year was to make the Western Mass. and state tournament and we accomplished that,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said. “If we show up ready to play, we can compete with anybody.”

Alex Sulda went 2-for-2 with a double, Jake Whitney was 3-for-3 with a double and Chris Ryan went 2-for-2 with a triple in the victory. Oliver Johnson and Carter Miller pitched for the Warriors (0-14, 0-10) in the loss. 

Greenfield 8, South Hadley 3 — TJ Thibeault went the distance, striking out seven and surrendering just two hits as the Green Wave came up with an independent win at Vets Field on Wednesday over the Tigers. 

Thibeault added a pair of hits and RBIs at the plate while David Carey had a single, a triple and two RBIs in the win. MJ Paulin knocked a pair of hits and brought in a run, Jackson Campbell had a hit and two RBIs, Drew Conant and Caleb Thomas each tallied two hits, Jackson Petrin hit safely and John Marchefka had an RBI for Greenfield (11-7). 

Frontier 10, Hampshire 0 — The Redhawks closed out their regular season in convincing fashion, as an eight-run top of the seventh inning put away Hampshire with a 10-0 win on Wednesday in Westhampton.

Frontier finished its regular season 14-4 overall, and Wednesday’s win capped a perfect 10-0 mark in the Suburban League West. 

“To win some tight games in the league this year and finish undefeated there, that’s a nice accomplishment for the guys,” Frontier skipper Chris Williams said.

Liam Skribiski-Banack went all seven innings, striking out seven for Frontier, while Kevin Baumann had four hits, three runs and an RBI. Dylan Martin was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the seventh, while Tyler Dubreuil and Alex Gochinski each had two hits and an RBI. Sam Schreiber also added two hits to pace the offensive effort.

Hampshire’s Tyler Galpin struck out two in five solid innings, while Justin Meunier added a pair of hits for the Raiders.

• The Frontier JV team beat Hampshire 16-7 to close out its season with a 15-1 record. 

Pioneer 6, Turners 3 — The Thunder took a 3-0 lead after one inning but the Panthers fought back, scoring one in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and adding a run in the seventh to pull away with a Bi-County League North win in Turners on Wednesday. 

Jared Hubbard, Jason Quinn, Hugh Cyhowski, Brayden Thayer, Ian Simpson and Peter Loud each tallied a hit for Pioneer (14-1, 9-0) in the win. Alex Quezada, Lincoln Coleman, Levin Prondecki, Derek Wissmann and Joey Mosca each hit safely for Turners (9-7, 5-5). 

Smith Academy 9, Mahar 1 — Jeremy Vezina knocked a pair of hits while Nate Danielson had a hit in the Senators Bi-County League North loss to the Falcons in Orange on Wednesday. 

Sam Connor struck out six on the hill while Danielson had a pair of strikeouts for Mahar (3-12, 2-7). 

Boys volleyball

Frontier 3, East Longmeadow 1 — After dropping the first set the Redhawks rallied to win the next three and pull out a 20-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21 victory over the Spartans in East Longmeadow on Wednesday. 

Aleks Carey smashed 15 kills, Jesse Kurkolonis put down 13 kills and Patrick Boyden had four kills for Frontier (14-2). Tavo Vincent-Warner tossed 27 assists while Payton Sladeski tallied seven aces and 10 digs in the win. 

Girls tennis

Chicopee 3, Turners 2 — Abi Holloway picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win in No. 3 singles while Jill Reynolds and Maria Labelle came up with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 victory in No. 1 singles for the Thunder in a loss to the Pacers on Wednesday. 

Boys tennis

West Springfield 4, Turners 1 — Alex Sabin picked up the lone point for the Thunder, winning 7-5, 6-3 in No. 2 singles as Turners fell on the road on Wednesday. 

Deerfield scores

It was a successful day for DA athletics, with the Big Green boys lacrosse beating Salisbury, 12-7, the DA baseball earning a 13-5 win over Avon, the Big Green golf beating both Westminster and Williston and DA’s ultimate squad earning a 15-11 win over MacDuffie. 

The Big Green softball team lost to Loomis, 9-5. 

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