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Easthampton softball stymied by Turners Falls

  • Olivia Downer, of Easthampton, hits a single against Turners Falls, Friday, April 13, 2018 in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Chelsea Indyk, right, of Easthampton, tags Lindsay Whiteman, of Turners Falls, but she is safe at third on a hit from Hailey Bogusz, Friday, April 13, 2018 in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Rachael Robinson, of Easthampton, pitches to Turners Falls, Friday, April 13, 2018 in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Chelsea Indyk, of Easthampton, hits a single against Turners Falls, Friday, April 13, 2018 in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Sophia DeBlase, left, of Easthampton, catches a foul ball from Sienna Dillensneider, of Turners Falls, Friday, April 13, 2018 in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS



For the Gazette
Friday, April 13, 2018

EASTHAMPTON — In the top of the fifth the Easthampton softball team trailed Turners Falls by 10 runs at Nonotuck Park. The Eagles allowed Turners Falls to score seven runs off of six hits in the previous inning, and frustration showed.

“Everyone needs to pay attention, we’re still playing,” Eagles infielder Sierra Raskevitz called out.

In the previous inning the Indians Cassidhe Wozniak and Taylor Murphy each had two RBIs, while Lacey, Olivia Whittler and Alyson Murphy had one each.

“I think it was a second or third look for our batters. They were a little more comfortable with the play, and that makes a big difference,” Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins said. “We were distant enough for to not chase high stuff, and that was a big difference, so they had to throw more pitches, get more tired, make more mistakes and we whacked a few.”

Turners Falls ultimately won 12-0 on Friday.

After Turners Falls scored seven runs in the fifth, Easthampton (1-2) answered with only two hits, both singles from Chelsea Indyk and Olivia Downer.

“We have a young team, some girls are playing some positions for the first time...errors, mental errors that we are going to have to work hard to fix,” Easthampton coach Homar Gomez said.

The Eagles finished the game with five errors, while Turners Falls had two.

“As soon as we make one error usually the girls go down, and we are working on that,” Gomez said.

After the not allowing Tuner Falls to score during the fifth inning, the Eagles picked up their defense in the top of the sixth where the Eagles didn’t allow any Turners Falls players on base.  

“Playing against this kind of team is going to make us strong at the end of the season,” Gomez said.

In the final inning, Caitlin Reynolds and Wozniak each had an RBI to bring Turners Falls’ lead to 12. For the Eagles, the only hit in the seventh inning was a single from Downer, who stole second base and make it all the way to third the Indians pitcher Jade Tyler struck out the final Easthampton batter.

“We have the girls to play well, to play good defense and offense and my plan for the next few days is to practice hard,” Gomez said.