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Tuesday’s high schools: Madeline Spencer-Orrell tosses no-hitter for Smith Vocational softball

Madeline Spencer-Orrell got the Smith Vocational softball season off to a resounding start on Tuesday afternoon.

The sophomore threw a 5-inning no-hitter and didn’t allow a ball to be put in play as the Vikings rolled to a 19-0 mercy-rule shortened victory over Dean Tech in Holyoke.

Spencer-Orrell struck out 15 batters, accounting for every recorded out. She also walked four.

“She absolutely dominated,” Smith Voke coach Dan Peters said. “It’s a great way to start the season to have your pitcher strike everyone out. We really only needed a pitcher and catcher out there.”

Prescilla Sepulveda had two of Smith Voke’s four hits and knocked in three runs while scoring twice. Natasha Cintron (two runs, RBI) and Fawn Mougin also picked up a hit. Spencer-Orrell and Nicole Houlihan each scored two runs.

South Hadley 5, Amherst Regional 4 — Merry Kocot hit a walk-off single to score Madi Kelleher with the winning run for the Tigers (1-0) in their season opener at home.

Tess Gauthier (single) came home with the tying run earlier in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Katy McClaflin. Shanel De Los Santos launched a solo home run in the fifth to pull the Tigers to within a run.

Gauthier earned the complete-game victory in the circle. She allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked three.

Mathena Morrissey fanned four and walked one in the loss for the Hurricanes (0-2). Cassie Long went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Granby 12, Pioneer Regional 2 — Tessa Cote (two hits) and Brianna Mercier (one) each drove in three runs as the Rams won their season opener at home.

Cote earned the win in the circle, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Mercier blasted a two-run home run in the victory, while eighth-grader Kate Sullivan was 2-for-4 in her varsity debut.


Northampton 7, Holyoke 6 — Jay Wright scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Blue Devils came back from an early 5-0 deficit to win their season opener at home.

Wright, who was born without most of his left arm just below the elbow, walked twice, scored twice and smacked a home run down the right-field line over the new fence.

John Grimaldi and Zack Goodwin-Boyd (RBI) each had two hits. Grimaldi’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth tied the game.

Mack Hale earned a win with two innings of scoreless relief behind starter Joe Warner.

Minnechaug 6, South Hadley 2 — The defending state Division 2 champion Tigers (0-1) gave up four runs in the top of the seventh in the season-opening home defeat.

Nate Flachs drove in a run for South Hadley, while Pedro Santiago (two stolen bases) and Charlie Allard each scored once. Starter Liam Murphy pitched well in the first four innings, allowing two runs on just three hits with five strikeouts.

Dean Tech 15, Granby 10 — The Rams (0-1, 0-1 Tri-County North) allowed 14 runs over the final two innings and dropped their season opener at home.

Andy Gifford allowed just a single run over the first five innings, but gave up five in the sixth to take the loss. He finished with five strikeouts and six walks, while allowing eight hits in six innings.

Brett Sullivan went 3-for-5 with two runs scored an an RBI for Granby. Matt Parent had two hits, scored a pair and knocked in another, while Shane O’Connor doubled home a run and scored once.

Cathedral 2, Amherst Regional 1 — Asher Young struck out eight and walked nobody, but allowed single runs in the first two innings in the road loss for the Hurricanes (0-1, 0-1 Valley League).

Justin Carey had a pair of hits for Amherst and scored its lone run in the third. He led off with a single, stole second and came home on a double by Jaimon Olmstead.

Smith Academy 15, Commerce 3 — Keith Natale had a perfect day at the plate in leading the Falcons (1-0) to a victory in Springfield.

Natale went 3-for-3 with a walk, scored four runs and drove in two more for Smith.

David Longstreeth earned the win by allowing no runs on two hits in four innings of work. He struck out eight.

Girls lacrosse

Amherst Regional 9, Monson 7 — Sarah Mangels scored five goals with an assist to lead the Hurricanes (1-0) to a season-opening independent win at home.

Eliza Fishman (assist), Mary Lovelace, Leah Goldman and Taylor Bartmon added a tally apiece for Amherst, while Meghan Sharick picked up an assist.

Katie Dunn stopped 14 shots for the win in goal.

Northampton 13, East Longmeadow 8 — Hunter Zackaricz scored three goals and Molly King assisted five times as the Blue Devils (2-1) picked up a home victory.

Missie Maiewski (assist) and Emily Allcroft had two goals apiece, while Kerry Fleming (assist), Shannon Keefe (assist), Emily Poehlein, Haley Subocz, Leila Kouakou and Emily Biggs each added a tally.

Dana Dufour (four saves) and Bridget Harrington (two) each played a half in net for Hamp, which trailed 7-6 at the half.

Agawam 15, South Hadley 8 — Brooke Marion scored three goals and had an assist, but the Tigers (0-1) lost on the road.

Meghan Ginley (two assist), Kelly Pouliot (two assists), Maddie Brandts (one assist), Claudia Menard and Sienna Hebert all scored once in the defeat.

Minnechaug 16, Belchertown 3 — Kayla Panek, Brea Allen and Chloe Zinter scored a goal apiece for the Orioles (1-1) in the home loss.

Abbey Norden made five saves in net for Belchertown.

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