Friday’s high school baseball/softball: Smith Academy teams roll in Hatfield
Friday was a good day on the home diamonds for Smith Academy.
The softball team kept its hope alive of making the postseason for the first time since 2002 with a 4-1 victory over rival Hopkins Academy.
The baseball team, meanwhile, knocked off Tri-County rival and league champion St. Mary 2-1 in eight innings.
Smith Academy 4, Hopkins Academy 1 — The Falcons continued their impressive turnaround as Lauren Grondin scattered five hits and struck out two.
Cassidy Snyder, Miranda Wendolowski, Kayla Miastowski and Grondin had one RBI each for Smith Academy (9-10), which went 2-18 last year.
The Falcons now must defeat Easthampton (13-4) at home Saturday at 9:30 p.m. to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament.
Westfield 14, Amherst Regional 8 — Jazzy Moonstone went 3-for-4 with one RBI and scored three runs as the Hurricanes (5-15, 2-6 Valley League) fell to the Bombers (17-1, 7-1) at home.
Cassie Long and Cassie Jeschke had two hits each for Amherst.
The loss marked the final game for Amherst seniors Haley Parker, Sarah Grace Spurgin, Elaine Manicke, Angelica Santiago and Jeschke.
Smith Academy 2, St. Mary 1 (8) — David Longstreeth made sure he didn’t have to pitch a ninth inning.
The Smith Academy baseball standout scored from first base on a Keith Natale double to deep right field to score the walk-off run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Falcons handed the Saints (17-2, 10-1) their first Pioneer Valley loss of the season.
Longstreeth went all eight innings on the mound for Smith (17-3, 9-3 Tri-County), allowing one unearned run on six hits and one walk while striking out 12.
In the eighth, Longstreeth was hit by a Noah Parker pitch and then scored on Natale’s blast.
Smith scored its other run in the first when Kevin Banas doubled and then scored on a Longstreeth double.
Cameron Woodward, Banas and Longstreeth each had two hits in the game. Woodward smacked a leadoff triple in the fifth inning, forcing St. Mary to bring in their ace, Parker, who left the runner stranded.
St. Mary’s lone other loss was to Mount Greylock.
Amherst Regional 5, Cathedral 2 — Jamie Carey had two hits and three RBIs as the Hurricanes (14-5) won at Stan Ziomek Field.
Asher Young allowed two unearned runs and struck out four in the victory.
Young added one hit and two RBIs in the win.
Frontier Regional 11, Easthampton 1 — Ben Ruddock fired a complete-game five-hitter as the Red Hawks (14-5, 12-3 Hampshire) earned the victory on senior day.
Jared Allis (three RBIs) and Matt Byrne (two RBIs, run) both went 2-for-3 for Frontier, which scored five times in the first inning. Sean Doyle was 3-for-4 and scored two runs, while Ryan Hoar (two RBIs) and Sam Tillona (RBI) each scored twice.
Nick Grise knocked in Austin Crow (two hits) for the Eagles (10-8, 8-8).
The Red Hawks travel to Greenfield (15-4, 12-3) Saturday at 4 p.m. with the winner claiming the outright league title.
Turners Falls 6, Hopkins Academy 2 — Jacob Kosakowski and an RBI single for the Golden Hawks (8-11, 7-9 Hampshire) in the loss at home.
Tim Knightly, Ethan Wenner and Andrew Omer also had hits in the loss.
Omer struck out eight and walked four in five innings of work and was charged with the loss.
Dean Tech 13, Smith Voke 1 — Jason Talbot smacked a solo home run to left-center field as the Vikings (0-19) were limited on offense on their season finale at Arcanum Field.
It was the final game for seniors Cody Gessing-Ames and Talbot.
Smith Academy 2, St. Mary 1 (8)
St. Mary 000 010 00—1 6 1
Smith Acad. 100 000 01—2 9 1
WP - Longstreeth; LP - Parker
Records: Smith (17-3, 9-3 Tri-County); St. Mary (17-2, 10-1)
Dean Tech 13, Smith Voke 1
Dean 401 200 6—13 11 2
Smith 000 100 0—1 1 3
WP - Cruz; LP - Wackerbarth
Records: Smith Voke (0-19)
Turners Falls 6, Hopkins 2
Turners 000 213 0—6 5 0
Hopkins 000 110 x—2 4 3
WP - Charboneau; LP - Omer
Records: Hopkins (8-11, 7-9 Hampshire)
Frontier 11, Easthampton 1
Easthampton 010 000 0—1 5 0
Frontier 500 213 x—11 14 0
WP - Ruddock; LP - Fickett
Records: Easthampton (10-8, 8-8 Hampshire); Frontier (14-5, 12-3)
Amherst 5, Cathedral 2
Cathedral 200 000 0—2 4 0
Amherst 003 200 0—5 5 2
WP - Young; LP - Danehey
Records: Cathedral (13-7, 3-4 Valley League) Amherst (14-5, 3-4 Valley League)
Smith Academy 4, Hopkins Academy 1
Hopkins Academy 100 000 0—1 5 0
Smith Academy 000 022 x—4 5 1
WP - Grondin; LP - Laclair;
Records: Smith Academy (9-10); Hopkins Academy (5-13)
Westfield 14, Amherst 8
Westfield 104 300 6—14 14 1
Amherst 201 001 4—8 9 5
WP - Menard; LP - Morrissey
Records: Westfield (17-1, 7-1 Valley) Amherst (5-15, 2-6)