Friday’s high schools: Nadine Harris hits two homers in Northampton softball victory over Minnechaug
Nadine Harris smacked a pair of home runs as the Northampton softball team exploded offensively in a 21-10 victory over Minnechaug at home Friday.
Harris scored three runs and had three RBIs for the Blue Devils (1-1).
Maya Kerstetter went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs.
Rachel Sheehan (three RBIs, two runs), Kristin Gross (two RBIs, two runs) and Kait Kochapski (two runs, RBI) each had a pair of hits.
Mary Greco allowed eight hits with seven strikeouts to pick up the win in the circle. She also contributed offensively with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Holyoke Catholic 17, Renaissance 5 — An eight-run fifth inning blew it open as the Gaels (1-1) earned their first win of the season.
Andrea Boraski (three runs), Anna DeSimone (two RBIs, run) and Sydney Brosseau (run) each had a pair of hits for Catholic. Krista Jasak knocked in two with a hit and scored once, while Lindsey Robins doubled and scored three times.
Megan Logan struck out 14 and allowed just three hits in the complete-game victory.
Sci-Tech 18, Smith Vocational 2 (5) — The Vikings (1-1, 1-1 Tri-County) committed nine errors and handed out 10 walks in the home loss.
Rachel Small had a single and a double for Smith Voke, while Fawn Mougin doubled and scored a run. Alice Kubacki knocked in Prescilla Sepulveda with a groundout.
Madeline Spencer-Orrell gave up five hits and struck out five in defeat.
Granby 18, Commerce 0 (6) — Shane Hollenbeck threw a complete-game shutout as the Rams (1-2) took care of Commerce on the road.
Travis Padgett (home run, two RBIs), Noah Parent (three hits, three RBIs) and Zach Funk (three hits, two RBIs) led the way for Granby.
Easthampton 9, Holyoke Catholic 2 — Chris Starcun held the Gaels (0-1) to only two runs while also contributing two RBIs as the Eagles (1-0) opened their season with a win.
Starcun allowed three hits over 32∕3 innings, while striking out four and walking six.
Nick Limoges took the loss, striking out six over 41∕3.
Frontier Regional 4, Palmer 2 — Peter Watroba held opposing batters to just two hits over five innings as the Red Hawks (1-0) picked up a home win in their season opener.
Ben Ruddock allowed both Palmer runs in relief of Watroba, but picked up the two-inning save.
Matt Byrne recorded three hits, Rylan Baronas had a hit and two RBIs and Sam Tillona had an RBI double, while also making several nice defensive plays at first base.
Smith Academy 20, Putnam 2 (6) — David Longstreeth and Keith Natale were a dynamic duo for the Falcons (2-0) in the road victory.
Longstreeth allowed the only two Putnam hits and an earned run in four innings with eight strikeouts. He had four hits, scored four runs and drove in three.
Natale also had four hits with five runs scored and three RBIs. He pitched a pair of hitless innings and gave up an unearned run.
Also for Smith, Mike Molloy picked up three hits, scored three times and knocked in one, while Tony Pedruczny added a pair of hits and made a spectacular catch in center field.
Holyoke 4, South Hadley 2 — Pat Sears and Nate Flachs had the only hits for the Tigers (0-3), who fanned 12 times in the road loss.
Liam Murphy pitched the first two innings for South Hadley and took the loss, allowing two runs with a pair of strikeouts.
Pathfinder 18, Smith Vocational 8 — Peter Morales’ fourth-inning single was the lone hit for the Vikings (0-1, 0-1 Tri-County) off Tyler Moore (nine strikeouts) at Arcanum Field.
Northampton 14, West Springfield 1 — Alex Zadworny scored a game-high four goals and recorded three assists as the Blue Devils (2-0, 1-0 Valley Wheel) cruised at home. Ben Davis (assist) and Peter Higgins (assist) each scored three times, while Will Lombardi (assist) and Jared Yarde each scored twice.
Cody Malone contributed three assists, with Jake Ross and Simon Harrity each adding a helper, as well.
Tyler Walsh made eight saves in goal for Northampton and Bryce Wall recorded another.
South Hadley 9, Westfield 8 — TJ Fitzell scored with 2:41 left in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers (3-0) a 9-7 lead en route to the road win.
Fitzell added two assists, while Sam Duda and Tom Crotty each had three goals. Ryan Dickinson had two goals, while Evan Marcus added two assists in the win.
Justin Pontz made 16 saves in the win.
Westfield scored with 20 seconds left.
Holyoke Catholic 15, Cathedral 5 — Rita Hannoush and Lilly Klejna each scored a game-high four goals as the Gaels (1-0) picked up the road win.
Lexie Neffinger scored three times, while Liz Cavanaugh, Jessica Cavanaugh, Lauren Kennedy and Genevieve Koumentakis each added a goal.
Katie Klejna recorded 11 saves in goal.