Wednesday’s high school softball: Hampshire gets payback against Turners, wins in five innings
The Hampshire Regional softball team enjoyed sweet revenge against Franklin League rival Turners Falls in Westhampton on Wednesday.
After suffering their first mercy-rule shortened loss under seventh-year coach Brian McGan in Montague on May 6, the Raiders turned the trick on the perennial power Indians with a 12-0 victory in five-innings.
“We were ready to play,” said McGan, whose team lost 15-2 in six innings under the lights at Turners. “Last time, they had a chip on their shoulder because we were undefeated. This time, I think we had the chip on our shoulders. The kids came out playing hard. We played very well all-around.”
Ashlee McGan allowed four hits, all singles, and one walk while striking out five to earn the win in the circle.
“She hit her spots all game,” Brian McGan said of his daughter, a senior. “She kept them off-balance. The did hit the ball hard a couple of times, but we made nice plays behind her.”
Marissa McCarthy (three runs scored), Bri Weltlich (two runs), Savannah Waters (one run) and McGan (two RBIs) had two hits each.
Anna Dziok blasted a solo home run, her seventh of the year.
Hampshire (13-1, 12-1 Franklin) takes over sole possession in the league, one game ahead of Turners (13-2, 10-2) in the loss column.
The Raiders are the defending Western Massachusetts Division 2 champs, while the Indians are the two-time defending state D-3 winners.
Amherst Regional 10, West Springfield 8 — Cassie Long (2-for-4, three runs) opened an eight-run fifth inning with a solo homer as the Hurricanes (4-12) pulled away for their second straight win.
Cassie Jeschke went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Mathena Morrissey (triple, double) helped her cause with two walks and two runs.
Nadia Squitiero kept the big fifth going with a key bunt single, while Angelica Santiago had an RBI single in the frame.
Granby 18, Sabis 1 (5) — Tessa Cote tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts over five innings as the Rams (11-5, 4-4 Bi-County East) rolled at home.
Alex White went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and scored four times for Granby. Brooke Labrie also was 2-for-2 and knocked in four, while Noelle Menard (three RBIs) and Kiley Baran (two) also drove in multiple runs.
Easthampton 9, Smith Academy 7 — The Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to break a 7-7 tie and give Easthampton a win at home.
Kelly Avard had three hits, two RBIs and a run for the Eagles (12-4, 7-1 Bi-County West), while Rachel Connell (three runs) and Ashley Reardon (two runs, three RBIs) each had two hits.
Lauren Grondin (run) and Cassidy Snyder (run, RBI) each had three hits for Smith, while Brooke Pashek added a single and three RBI.
South Hadley 12, Holyoke 9 — The Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to hold off the Purple Knights at home.
Morgan Mongeon led South Hadley (4-12, 2-2 Suburban) with two hits, three runs and two RBIs.
Tess Gauthier added a single, a double, a run and an RBI, while Cassandra McClaflin singled, tripled and scored a run.
Belchertown 19, Ludlow 1 — The Orioles scored nine times in the third inning to pull away on the road.
Samantha Manitsas struck out four and walked four while allowing three hits in the win. She helped herself with three hits, and four RBIs.
Erica Boileau (run, three RBIs) and Erinne Dull (three runs, two RBIs) each had four hits for the Belchertown (13-4, 6-0 Suburban), while Carly Hodge (two RBIs) and Emily Silva had three hits apiece.
Hampshire 12, Turners Falls 0 (5)
Turners 000 00 —0 4 0
Hampshire 406 2x —12 10 0
WP - McGan; LP - Smith-Porter
Records: Hampshire (13-1, 12-1 Franklin) Turners (13-2, 10-2)
Granby 18, Sabis 1 (5)
Sabis 000 01—1 1 2
Granby 381 6x—18 9 3
WP - Cote; LP - Earley
Records: Sabis (1-14, 0-7 Bi-County East); Granby (11-5, 4-4)
Easthampton 9, Smith Academy 7
Smith Academy 500 002 0—7 13 1
Easthampton 103 302 x—9 14 0
WP - Mottor; LP - Grondin
Records: Easthampton (12-4, 7-1 Bi-County-West)
South Hadley 12, Holyoke 9
Holyoke 200 241 0—9 10 4
South Hadley 125 004 x—12 15 4
WP - Towne; LP - Bigelow
Records: South Hadley (4-12, 2-2 Suburban)
Amherst 10, West Springfield 8
West Springfield 000 034 1—8 9 0
Amherst 110 080 x—10 10 4
WP - Morrissey; LP - Metivier
Records: West Springfield (7-10) Amherst (4-12)
Belchertown 19, Ludlow 1
Belchertown 129 70 —19 22 1
Ludlow 100 00 —1 3 2
WP - Manitsas; LP - Chmura
Records: Belchertown (13-4, 6-0 Suburban) Ludlow (0-16, 0-5)