Hawks Cutting to the chase

  • Frontier pitcher Chloe Cutting delivers to a Mohawk batter in Buckland on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk pitcher Nola Bloomer delivers to a Frontier batter in Buckland on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier (13) Charlotte Doulette catches fly ball hit by Mohawk (28) Nola Bloomer, foreground, in Buckland on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Macy Ring, left, tags out Mohawk’s Morgan Roccio at second base in Buckland on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk catcher Morgan Roccio tags out Frontier base runner Ariana Walker in Buckland on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier (7) Olivia Vecellio makes a leaping catch in right field vs Mohawk in Buckland on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk right fielder Mya Lesieur retires a Frontier batter with a running catch in Buckland on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writers
Published: 5/15/2019 10:06:47 PM

With just four varsity innings under her belt entering Wednesday, Chloe Cutting stepped into the limelight with a breakthrough performance.

The Frontier Regional School freshman tossed seven solid innings, allowing eight hits to go with one strikeout and two walks, to help the visiting Red Hawks edge Mohawk, 3-1, in an atypically low-scoring Franklin County League softball game between two top offensive squads in Buckland.

Cutting made her varsity pitching debut on May 2, tossing three innings in Frontier’s win over Palmer. She also tossed an inning against Greenfield on May 6, but Wednesday’s outing marked her first career start.

The visitors staked her to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as Caroline Moreau drove in Maddie Fifield with a two out, RBI single.

Mohawk (8-7 overall, 3-6 FCL) tied the game in the home half of the fourth. Morgan Roccio singled, and courtesy runner Courtney Allen came all the way around on an RBI double from Isis Moon to make it a 1-1 game.

With Cutting and Mohawk pitcher Nola Bloomer matching zeroes, it stayed that way until the sixth. Macy Ring tripled to lead off the top of the frame, and two batters later, Moreau smacked a two-run single into center field, plating Ring and Ariana Walker (single) for a 3-1 advantage.

That would be enough for Cutting, who didn’t allow a runner into scoring position over the final two innings. She was aided by a defensive effort that hauled in 12 flyouts and six groundouts.

Bloomer also pitched well, striking out three and walking three in a complete-game effort against a Frontier offense that has scored in double digits seven different times this spring.

Moreau, Walker and Lily Spencer had two hits apiece for the Red Hawks (11-3, 7-2), which won for the sixth time in seven games.

Roccio’s two hits paced the Warriors, while Reagan Dupree finished with a pair of singles. Mya Lesieur, Grace Ward and Sophia Guy added hits. 

Frontier gets a crack at league-leading Turners Falls tonight at 7 in the Powertown, while Mohawk will host Turners in FCL action on Friday.

Athol 3, Taconic 0 — Lindsey LeBlanc did not let a long trip to Berkshire County affect her efforts in the circle in a 3-0 Athol win over Taconic on Wednesday. 

LeBlanc dominated the Braves in a complete-game shutout, giving up only three hits with 13 strikeouts and no walks.

Sadey Lehtomaki had a double and a triple for Athol (6-6).

Athol scored three runs in the sixth inning with Lehtomaki and Rozlyn Nelson knocking in runs. 

Nelson added a triple at the plate.

Jenna St. Cyr, LeBlanc and Haley Bigwood all had singles for the Red Raiders. 

Greenfield 3, Pioneer 0 — Olivia Joy outdueled Steph Scoville on Wednesday night as Greenfield survived upset-minded Pioneer, 3-0, in a FCL softball game in Northfield.

Joy struck out 16 and allowed two walks and three hits in the complete-game effort, while Scoville struck out 12 in seven innings with one walk and six hits allowed. The victory officially clinched a postseason berth for the Green Wave (10-2), while Pioneer fell to 2-9.

The difference in the game was a Raegan Hickey RBI triple in the first inning, which stood up as the lone run in the game until the Wave tacked on two more in the seventh. Kaitlin Lavoine and Nikki Miner each plated runs in the final frame for the Wave.

Hickey finished with two hits, while Lavoine, Audrey Bresciano, Rachel Dodge and Hannah Marchefka each had one hit. 

Pioneer threatened to tie the game in the late innings. In the fifth, Kensey Gibson tripled but was stranded at third, and in the sixth Charlotte Kahler doubled and Scoville walked but Joy came back to get out of the jam.

Turners 13, Mahar 0 (5) — It’s all starting to come together for Turners Falls.

The nine-time state champions are hitting, pitching and fielding, and it’s all adding up to a dominant run of play. The Thunder were at it again Wednesday night, racking up 16 hits in just four offensive innings en route to a 13-0 win over Mahar in FCL action under the lights at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.

“We hit the ball really hard tonight,” Turners coach Gary Mullins said of his team, which clubbed three home runs in the win.

Jade Tyler, who struck out nine and allowed just one hit in the circle to capture the victory, smacked a first-inning home run, while Cassidhe Wozniak and Alyson Murphy both hit homers in the second inning to help the hosts take a 7-0 advantage after two frames.

Wozniak had a breakout night at the plate for the Powertown (13-0, 8-0). The senior shortstop totaled three hits and finished with five RBIs, as she wound up just a triple shy of the cycle. If Wozniak and Taylor Murphy (two hits, RBI) can stay hot atop the lineup, look out.

“The two of them at the top can be really effective,” Mullins said of the 1-2 hitters in his lineup. “Five hits in six at-bats…. that’s what we’re looking for from them.”

Aly Murphy finished with two hits and four RBIs, while Olivia Whittier, Catie Reynolds and Mercedes Morales had two hits apiece.

Mahar (6-9, 1-8) recorded its lone hit in the fourth inning, a single from first baseman Skylar Dodge. Pitcher Megan Rich struck out one and walked two in four innings.

Baseball

Greenfield 9, South Hadley 3 — Less than 24 hours after a dramatic, extra-inning victory over Frontier, the Greenfield bats took a little extra time to come alive.

A six-run, fourth inning erased a 2-0 deficit and the Green Wave went on to defeat South Hadley, 9-3, in a Hampshire League West Division baseball game at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

The Tigers (3-10) took advantage of five Green Wave (9-5) errors to score each of its three runs, and that included single runs in the first and third innings to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Greenfield finally woke up in the fourth inning, as the bottom of the order got things started. 

Kyle Devlin reached on a bunt single to lead off, Jake Sak singled and Nate Haselton walked to load the bases. David Carey, who walked with the bases loaded on Tuesday night to force in the game-winning run, came up with the game-tying hit on Wednesday with a two-run double. Owen Phelps put the Wave ahead to stay with an RBI fielders choice, and later in the inning Cam Baird hit a squeeze bunt to drive in a run. Jared Hart added an RBI single in the frame, and Devlin drove in a run on a fielders choice.

“The bottom of the order got us going and the guys at the top got some hits,” Green Wave coach Tom Suchanek said. “We put the ball in play and made people make plays on us.”

Carey finished with three hits and two RBIs, while Baird and Hart each had two hits and two RBIs. Sak had three hits, and Phelps had a hit and two RBIs. 

That was enough for Joel Peabody, who struck out nine and allowed seven hits and one walk in the complete-game effort. All three runs were unearned.

Sean Doherty had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Tigers, and Nick Cirone had three hits. Tyler Evans struck out one and walked six in the loss.

Belchertown 8, Frontier 7 — Owen Raines hit a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Belchertown walked off past Frontier, 8-7, in a HL West baseball game Wednesday in Belchertown.

The loss was the second extra-inning defeat in as many days for Frontier (11-3), while the Orioles (5-7) picked up their first league victory.

Belchertown scored four times in the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead, but Frontier came back with three runs in the top of the seventh to regain the lead at 7-6. The Orioles came back with a run in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Errors again hurt the Hawks, who made four errors against the Orioles one night after making four errors against the Green Wave in a 4-3 loss in eight innings on Tuesday.

Jack Mankowsky had four hits for the Orioles and also picked up the win on the mound with a pair of relief innings. Raines had two hits and three RBIs.

Ian Blight had three hits including a double and one RBI for the Red Hawks, while Bryan Baumann doubled, tripled and drove in a run. Kyle Barnes had two hits and two RBIs.

Girls tennis

Frontier 3, Palmer 2 — A pair of wins in the top two singles spots helped Frontier move one step closer to a postseason berth.

The host Red Hawks won two of the three singles matches contested, and took advantage of a forfeiture victory at second doubles to hold off Palmer, 3-2, in an independent girls tennis match Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Tori Speth continued to roll at No. 1 singles, as she defeated Palmer’s Emma Martin, 6-1, 6-0 to pace the Hawks (6-4), which need one more win to secure postseason qualification. 

At second singles, Mary Laurens took care of business in a 6-2, 6-1 win over Palmer’s Amelia Bachand.

Palmer’s Will White and Maria Beauleau scored a win at first doubles. Frontier’s Sofia Patten and Jalen Sullivan stepped up to the top spot and played well before falling, 7-5, 6-1.

Turners 3, Mohawk 2 — The Turners Falls doubles teams showed up in a big way on Wednesday as they swept the two matches and helped the Thunder edge Mohawk, 3-2, in a Tri-County League North Division girls tennis match in Turners Falls.

Cece Wood and Maria LaBelle picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Maddy Lilly and Haley Randall at first doubles, while Mercedes Bailey and Emily Dennison defeated Lizzy Lynch and Holly Hocks 6-1, 6-4 at second doubles.

“We had a ball machine out there yesterday just working on their volleys and it helped the doubles,” Turners coach Vic Gonzalez said.

The third Turners Falls win came at second singles where Izzy Farrick earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Sienna Lewis.

The match of the day came at first singles where Avery DuPree bested Haleigh Greene 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 10-6 (super tiebreaker) for a Mohawk point, while Paige King continued her strong season at third singles with a 6-0, 6-2 over Steph Peterson.

Frontier 3, Mohawk 1

Frontier ................... 010 002 0 — 3  10  1

Mohawk ..................  000 100 0 — 1  8  1

Hits: (F) Vecellio, Spencer 2, Fifield, Ring, Walker 2, Moreau 2, Burniske. (M) Lesieur, Dupree 2, Ward, Roccio 2, Moon, Guy.

2B: (F) Burniske. (M) Moon.

3B: (F) Ring.

RBI: (F) Moreau 3. (M) Moon.

WP: Cutting (7ip, 1k, 2bb).

LP: Bloomer (7ip, 3k, 3bb).

Athol 3, Taconic 0

Athol ....................... 000 003 0 — 3  7  0

Taconic ..................  000 000 0 — 0  3  3

Hits: (A) St. Cyr, LeBlanc, Bigwood, Lehtomaki 2, Nelson 2. (T) Ostellino, Bramer, Christopher

2B: (A) Lehtomaki 

3B: (A) Lehtomaki,  Nelson

RBI: (A) Lehtomaki, Nelson 

WP:  LeBlanc (7ip, 12k, 0bb).

LP:  Carrigan( 7ip, 8k, 1bb).

Greenfield 3, Pioneer 0

Greenfield ............... 100 000 2 — 3  6  0

Pioneer ...................  000 000 0 — 0  3  1

Hits: (G) Lavoine, Hickey 2, Bresciano, Dodge, Marchefka. (P) Kahler, Scoville, Gibson.

2B: (P) Kahler.

3B: (G) Hickey. (P) Gibson.

RBI: (G) Hickey, Miner, Lavoine.

WP: Joy (7ip, 16k, 2bb).

LP: Scoville (7ip, 12k, 1bb).

Turners 13, Mahar 0 (5)

Mahar .................... 000 00 — 0  1  1

Turners ................  252 4x — 13  16  0

Hits: (M) Dodge. (TF) Wozniak 3, T. Murphy 2, A. Murphy 2, Tyler, Whittier 2, Bogusz, Rode, Reynolds 2, Morales 2.

2B: (TF) Wozniak.

HR: (TF) Tyler, A. Murphy, Wozniak.

RBI: (TF) Wozniak 5, T. Murphy, A. Murphy 4, Tyler 2, Morales.

WP: Tyler (4ip, 9k, 1bb), Rode (1ip, 3k, 0bb).

LP: Rich (4ip, 1k, 2bb).

Baseball

Greenfield 9, South Hadley 3

South Hadley ........... 101 010 0 — 3  7  1

Greenfield ..............  000 630 x — 9  14  5

Hits: (SH) Evans, Cerrone 3, Doherty 3. (G) Carey 3, Phelps, Campbell, Peabody, C. Baird 2, Hart 2, Devlin, Sak 3.

2B: (G) Carey, Peabody.

RBI: (SH) Doherty 3. (G) Carey 2, Phelps 2, C. Baird 2, Hart 2, Devlin.

WP: Peabody (7ip, 9k, 1bb).

LP: Evans (4ip, 1k, 6bb), Garvin (1ip, 0k, 1bb), Sears (1ip, 2k, 0bb).

Belchertown 8, Frontier 7 (9)

Frontier .................. 200 101 300 — 7  9  4

Belchertown .......  100 104 101 — 8  14  2

Hits: (F) Baumann 2, Blight 3, Hildreth, DeForest, Barnes 2. (B) Kupinsky, Torna, Buffone 2, Mankowsky 4, Bohnet, Tilton, Zatowski 2, Raines 2.

2B: (F) Baumann, Blight. (B) Buffone, Tilton.

3B: (F) Baumann.

RBI: (F) Baumann, Freeman, Blight, Barnes 2, Bryant. (B) Tilton, Zatowski 2, Raines 3.

WP: Mankowsky (2ip, 1k, 2bb), Jenks (6ip, 1k, 0bb), Bohnet (1ip, 1k, 1bb).

LP: Hildreth (4ip, 3k, 3bb), Barnes (5ip, 4k, 1bb).


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