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Friday’s high school softball: Samantha Manitsas almost perfect as Belchetown beats Frontier

Samantha Manitsas carried a perfect game into the seventh inning as Belchertown beat Frontier Regional 9-1 in South Deerfield on Friday.

Manitsas struck out six and didn’t walk anybody. Cassidy Stankowski broke up the bid for a gem with a solo home run to center leading off the seventh for Frontier (9-5).

Erinne Dull led Belchertown (11-4) with three hits, including two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. Sarah Woodcock added two hits and drove in a run.

Northampton 8, Ludlow 1 — Mary Greco took care of business throughout until the Blue Devils bats broke through late as Northampton (10-5) clinched a spot in the postseason for the third straight season.

Greco allowed just three hits and no walks, while striking out nine.

Rachel Sheehan (run, RBI) and Kristin Gross (run) each had two hits, while Emily Baldwin added a hit, two run and an RBI.

Monson 6, Granby 4 — The Rams (10-4, 3-3 Bi-County East) allowed four runs in the fifth and sixth innings and took the road loss.

Tessa Cote went 3-for-3 and knocked in a run for Granby. Alex White (run), Noelle Menard (run), Kate Sullivan (run) and Brooke Labrie each picked up a hit, while Hannah Casey had an RBI.

Cote gave up six hits and struck out nine in a complete-game effort.

Central 12, Holyoke Catholic 7 (8) — Julie Carroll’s base-clearing double helped the Gaels (6-7) take a 7-6 lead in the sixth, but the Golden Eagles scored one in the seventh and five in the eighth to win at Holyoke Community College.

Carroll finished the day with four RBIs. Anna Craig of South Hadley went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Andrea Boraski (double, run scored) of Southampton and Megan Logan (one RBI) had one hit each.

Logan allowed three earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out 11, but Holyoke Catholic made 10 errors behind her.

Chicopee 6, South Hadley 5 — The Tigers had the tying and winning runs aboard in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t push them across and fell at home.

Anna Robinson had two hits, a walk and a run for South Hadley (3-11, 0-2 Suburban).

Easthampton 11, McCann 2 — The Eagles scored eight runs in the third inning to blow the game open as they rolled past the Hornets in North Adams.

Caelin Mottor worked around 10 hits and a walk to only allow two runs while striking out three.

Kayla McFarland had three hits, a run and three RBIs for Easthampton (10-4), while Ashley Reardon (two runs) and Sydney Slattery (two runs, two RBIs) each had two hits.

East Longmeadow 4, Amherst Regional 1 — Jazzy Moonstone drove in Angelica Santiago for the lone Hurricane run as Amherst (2-11) fell at home.

Santiago was 2-for-3 in the game, while Nadia Squitiero added a double.

Softball

Monson 6, Granby 4

Granby 022 000 0—4 7 1

Monson 200 013 x—6 6 0

WP - Zielinski; LP - Cote

Records: Granby (10-4, 3-3 Bi-County East); Monson (10-5, 4-2)

Central 12, Holyoke Catholic 7 (8)

Central 101 004 15—12 9 1

HC 010 204 00—7 7 10

WP - Lopez; LP - Logan

Records: Holyoke Catholic (6-7)

Northampton 8, Ludlow 1

Northampton 001 101 5—8 8 0

Ludlow 000 100 0—1 3 2

WP - Greco; LP - Chmura

Records: Northampton (10-5) Ludlow (0-14)

Chicopee 6, South Hadley 5

Chicopee 302 010 0—6 7 3

South Hadley 010 120 1—5 8 2

WP - Topwich; LP - Gauthier

Records: South Hadley (3-11, 0-2 Suburban)

Belchertown 9, Frontier Regional 1

Belchertown 005 013 0—9 11 0

Frontier 000 000 1—1 2 5

WP - Manitsas; LP - Poissant

Records: Belchertown (11-4) Frontier (9-5)

Easthampton 11, McCann 2

Easthampton 308 000 0—11 13 0

McCann 000 100 1—2 10 3

WP - Mottor ; LP - Malloy

Records: Easthampton (10-4)

East Longmeadow 4, Amherst 1

Amherst 001 000 0—1 6 2

East Longmeadow 030 001 x—1 11 1

WP - Grande; LP - Morrissey

Records: Amherst (2-11)

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