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Taylor, Tyler power Thunder past Eagles

Published: 5/14/2019 11:24:18 PM
Modified: 5/14/2019 11:24:11 PM

Taylor Murphy hit a two-run bomb in the first inning and Jade Tyler struck out 13 in the circle to lead Turners Falls High School to a 6-0 win over Easthampton in an independent softball game Tuesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

Tyler allowed just three hits in the shutout, two of those coming in the final frame. She walked a pair, to her coach’s chagrin.

“She is working hard and working with a sore back, but I’m never satisfied,” Turners coach Gary Mullins said. “She only went four batters in three innings. She is doing the job for us, no question, I just know she can be even better.”

The Thunder (12-0) got to Easthampton starter Rachael Robinson for three runs in the first inning. Cassidhe Wozniak led off the home half of the frame with a walk and Murphy followed with her first blast of the year for a 2-0 lead.

Robinson walked the next three hitters — Tyler, Olivia Whittier and Aly Murphy — and with two outs Eliza Johnson worked a walk to force in another run.

In the second, Aly Murphy hit an RBI double, and in the third Lexi Lacey drove in the fifth Turners run of the day with an RBI groundout.

Robinson was hit on the hand with a pitch in the fourth inning and could not continue in the circle. Bryce Nelson came on in relief and pitched three shutout innings. Both pitchers struck out five hitters and combined to four-hit the Thunder.

“We had a nice first inning, offensively. We made Robinson work,” Mullins said. “There were just a few times we left people on base where if we had one more hit, it would have driven in some runs.”

Olivia Downer had two hits for the Eagles.

Mohawk 10, Mahar 7 — As has been the case throughout the spring, the Mohawk softball team rode its offense to a come-from-behind victory, Tuesday.

Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the host Warriors pushed four runs across en route to a 10-7 Franklin County League victory in Buckland.

The win has the Warriors at 8-6 overall, 3-5 in the FCL, and on the brink of a postseason berth.

Mohawk registered 14 hits as a team, with Caitlin Johnston leading the way with three hits and four RBIs. Mya Lesieur (two hits), Nola Bloomer (two hits, three RBIs) and Morgan Roccio (two hits, RBI) all provided plenty of offense in the win.

Lesieur took the win, striking out three and walking five in a complete-game outing for Mohawk.

Mahar (6-8, 1-7), which overcame an early 5-0 deficit to take the lead late, received two hits apiece from Jordyn Berry and Hannah Dupont. Lani DeDiego and Brooke Mitchell drove in two runs each.


Pioneer 14, Mohawk 13 — It’s every baseball coach’s worst enemy: Errors and walks.

It was precisely what did in the Mohawk Trail Regional High School baseball team on Tuesday.

A Warrior error in the seventh inning allowed Pioneer to tie the score and another Mohawk error in the eighth helped the Panthers pull ahead and Pioneer went on to edge Mohawk, 14-13, in a Hampshire League East baseball game in Buckland.

The Warriors finished with six errors on the day including a pair in the final two innings that helped the Panthers come from behind to win. Trailing 13-11 with two outs and runners on second and third in the top of the seventh, Pioneer’s Jalen McGraw hit a blooper to shallow left that was dropped by the Mohawk shortstop for an error, allowing both runs to come home and tie the game. In the eighth, Jason Quinn (four hits) led off by hitting a grounder to short that was thrown away, allowing him to run to second. After a groundout to short by Jack Loud that moved Quinn to third, Jacob Quinn came to the plate and hit a pop to shallow center that was caught on a dive but allowed Jason Quinn to run home with the go-ahead run.

Jared Hubbard held Mohawk off the board in the eighth inning to earn the victory. He worked 5⅔ innings and finished with two strikeouts and five walks. Ryan Potter had two hits and three RBIs, and McGraw and Troy Emond each had one hit and two RBIs. Jack Loud chipped in a single and a double, Jacob Quinn doubled, and Hubbard had two hits.

Mohawk got off to a fast start as it scored 10 runs in the first three innings to take a 10-5 lead. Reuben Bassett belted a three-run home run in the first inning, and Mohawk scored six times in the third. 

Shawn Davenport had three hits and two RBIs, and Jayden Hoff had two hits and two RBIs. Tyler Dubreuil had one hit and two RBIs, and Brian Gagnon had two hits including a double with one RBI.

FC Tech 12, Putnam 7 — Nate Sciandra pitched well in relief and Franklin Tech moved one step closer to a tournament berth with a 12-7 victory over Putnam, Tuesday in Springfield.

Putnam scored seven times in the first three innings off Franklin Tech starter Max Leh but Sciandra came in with two outs in the third inning and went the rest of the way, shutting down the Beavers and holding them scoreless over the final four innings.

“For a sophomore, Nate’s been very, very impressive,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said. “He’s been doing a real nice job. He has shown that he can hang in big spots and has come through when we needed him.”

Franklin Tech scored five times in the second and twice in the third to tie the game before scoring twice in the fourth to take the lead for good. 

Sam Trudeau singled, doubled and drove in three runs, while Sim Maniatty and Max Charest each doubled and drove in a pair. Leh had two hits and two RBIs, and Nate Pelletier had one hit and one RBI.

“Nate Pelletier has been putting in a lot of time at practice trying to fix his swing and this past Sunday we found a little hitch in it and he has been scorching the ball,” Prasol said. “He put the extra effort in and now it’s paying off.”

Easthampton 10, Mahar 1 — Chet Kugler had three hits including a double and finished with four runs scored and two RBIs to lead Easthampton past Mahar, 10-1, in a Hampshire League East baseball game Tuesday in Orange.

Nathan Morse and Liam Burke combined on a three-hitter in the win with seven strikeouts. Morse worked the first five innings to pick up the win.

Jake Tenney, Will Peredina and Charlie Barnes each had one hit in the loss, with Barnes hitting a triple and scoring the lone run.

Boys tennis

Central 5, Turners Falls 0 — Turners Falls had its hopes for a perfect season come to an end on Tuesday.

The Thunder won only one set all afternoon and suffered a 5-0 loss to Central High School in an independent match in Turners Falls.

The closest match of the afternoon came at third singles where Brody Trott suffered a 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 (super tiebreaker) loss to Keegan Lebeau.

Every other match was decided in straight sets. Hassan Abdi beat Will Turn 6-1, 6-0 at first singles, and Hanson Hoang beat Brian Poirier 6-0, 6-2 at second singles.

Ethan Lebeau and Justin Kieu topped Joseph Kochan and Josh Gaulin 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles, while Alex Phan and Nick Metzger defeated Mike Boyle and Miles Keith 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles.

Turners has to regroup for Thursday afternoon at 3:30 when it faces Greenfield for the Tri-County League title.

Chicopee Comp 4, Greenfield 1 — Visiting Chicopee Comp won a pair of tight doubles matches to seal the deal, and the Colts picked up a 4-1 independent win over Greenfield in boys tennis action, Tuesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.

The Green Wave (6-3) picked up their lone victory at No. 1 singles. Victor Ivancev was a straight sets winner over Comp’s Roger Deroshers, 6-3, 6-3.

Both doubles matches went to three sets. At No. 1, Comp’s tandem of Mike Foley and Erik Boyeur held on late to upend Greenfield’s Anjou Kang-Stryker and Matthew Lavoine, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

At second doubles, Comp’s Max Morgado and Cody Hedey won a third-set super-tiebreaker to beat Gabe Larouche and Jacob Frank of Greenfield, 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 10-7.

Girls tennis

Palmer 4, Mohawk 1 — Another win from Paige King provided the highlight for Mohawk, which went on the road and dropped a 4-1 decision to Palmer in an independent girls tennis match Tuesday.

King showed well again in her spot at No. 3 singles for the Warriors. She scored a 6-3, 6-1 win over Palmer’s Amelia Bachand to give Mohawk a point.

The tightest match of the day came at No. 1 singles. Mohawk’s Avery Dupree won the first set, but ultimately dropped a 3-6, 6-4, 10-5 to Will White.

Boys volleyball

Athol 3, Commerce 0 — Zach Aldrich had 14 kills and two digs and Athol defeated Commerce, 25-18, 25-16, 25-14, in an independent boys volleyball match Tuesday in Springfield.

Matt Willhite had five kills, seven aces and three digs in the win, while Colby Soltysik had five kills, 27 assists, three blocked shots and two aces. Luke Innis had five kills, and Issac Dodge had three kills.


Turners 6, Easthampton 0

Easthampton ........... 000 000 0 — 0  3  3

Turners ......................  311 001 x — 6  4  0

Hits: (E) O. Downer 2, Pond. (TF) Wozniak, T. Murphy, A. Murphy, Reynolds.

2B: (TF) A. Murphy, Reynolds.

HR: (TF) T. Murphy.

RBI: (TF) T. Murphy 2, A. Murphy, Johnson, Lacey.

WP: Tyler (7ip, 13k, 2bb).

LP: Robinson (3ip, 5k, 5bb), Nelson (3ip, 5k, 1bb).

Mohawk 10, Mahar 7

Mahar ....................... 041 101 0 — 7  10  3

Mohawk ..................  500 104 x — 10  14 3

Hits: (Ma) DeDiego, Berry 2, Dodge, Rich, Fournier, Dupont 2, Mitchell, Mainville. (Mo) Lesieur 2, Dupree, Johnston 3, Ward, Bloomer 2, Roccio 2, Reynolds, Moon, Guy.

2B: (Ma) Mitchell, DeDiego, Dodge. (Mo) Bloomer, Johnston.

RBI: (Ma) DeDiego 2, Berry, Fournier, Mitchell 2. (Mo) Johnston 4, Ward, Bloomer 3, Roccio, Reynolds.

WP: Lesieur (7ip, 3k, 5bb).

LP: Rich (6ip, 3k, 0bb).


Pioneer 14, Mohawk 13

Pioneer ................ 032 240 21 — 14  14  3

Mohawk .............  316 021 00 — 13  13  6

Hits: (P) Mousseau, Jas. Quinn 4, Loud 2, Jac. Quinn, Emond, Hubbard 2, Potter 2, McGraw. (M) Dubreuill, Lococo 2, Bassett 2, Gagnon 2, Moffatt, Grenier, Davenport 3, Hoff 2.

2B: (P) Loud, Jac. Quinn. (E) Lococo, Gagnon.

HR: (M) Bassett.

RBI: (P) Mousseau, Jac. Quinn, Emond 2, Potter 3, McGraw 2. (M) Dubreuil 2, Hicks, Bassett 3, Gagnon, Moffatt, Davenport 2, Hoff 2.

WP: Hubbard (5 2/3ip, 2k, 5bb), Mousseau (2 1/3ip, 1k, 3bb).

LP: Hicks (3⅓ip, 3k, 1bb), Grenier (3ip, 1k, 4bb), Bassett (0ip, 0k, 3bb), Moffatt (1⅔ip, 3k, 2bb).

FC Tech 12, Putnam 7

FC Tech ................... 052 203 0 — 12  8  0

Putnam ....................  223 000 0 — 7  8  3

Hits: (FT) Maniatty, Charest, Pelletier, Leh 2, Trudeau 2, Telega. (P) n/a.

2B: (FT) Maniatty, Charest, Trudeau..

RBI: (FT) Maniatty 2, Charest 2, Pelletier, Patnode, Fritz, Leh 2, Trudeau 3.

WP: Sciandra (4⅔ip, 9k, 3bb), Leh (2⅓ip, 3k, 4bb).

LP: Santiago (4ip, 3k, 6bb), Hamercheck (3ip, 1k, 1bb).

Easthampton 10, Mahar 1

Easthampton ......... 300 401 2 — 10  13  4

Mahar ....................  000 100 0 — 1  3  1

Hits: (E) Arroyo 2, Kugler 3, Lloyd 2, Morse 2, Patel 2, Robbins, Thibodeau . (M) Tenney, Peredina, Barnes.

2B: (E) Kugler 2.

3B: (M) Barnes.

RBI: (E) Kugler 2, Lloyd 2, Morse, Jolicouer, Soucy.

WP: Morse (5ip, 3k, 0bb), Burke (2ip, 4k, 0bb).

LP: Berry (5ip, 2k, 4bb), Dodge (2ip, 4k, 2bb).

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