High Schools: Race Drobiak pitches Smith Vocational into TCL North driver’s seat

  • Smith Vocational’s Race Drobiak delivers a pitch against Franklin Tech during the Vikings’ 4-2 win Wednesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Nate Sciandra (15) avoids the tag at second from Smith Vocational’s Rosco Palmer during the Vikings’ 4-2 win Wednesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 6/9/2021 9:55:28 PM

TURNERS FALLS — A three-run top of the fourth inning provided all the offense the Smith Vocational baseball team needed on Tuesday. As a result, the Vikings put themselves in the driver’s seat for the Tri-County League North regular season title.

A Franklin Tech error in right field on a fly ball helped jump start the Vikings, and Jeremy Torres’ two-run double with two outs in the frame lifted Smith Vocational to an eventual 4-2 victory over the Eagles in a battle of TCL North title contenders.

The Eagles (7-7, 6-3 TCL), which needed a win to assure at least a share of the TCL North title, led 2-0 after pushing a pair of runs across in the bottom of the third inning. Dylan Demers led off with a single and eventually scored on an RBI ground out from Joe Boyden. Cayden Lehtomaki delivered the big blow, an RBI double that plated Gavin Rubio (hit by a pitch) to make it a 2-0 game.

Smith Vocational (5-1, 5-1), which hadn’t played a game since May 27, rallied in the top of the fourth with Cole Boisvert’s leadoff double setting the table. After stealing third, Boisvert scampered home on an error in right field off the bat of Dylan Fil. With two outs, Torres delivered the go-ahead two-run double to the left center field gap to make it a 3-2 game.

Franklin Tech starter Jake Whitney, who went 5⅓ innings on the mound for the Eagles with four strikeouts, was pulled in the top of the sixth inning with a runner on third and one out. Caelan Finnie came through with an insurance run, lifting a sacrifice fly to left field off reliever Alex Sulda that plated Fil and gave the Vikings a 4-2 advantage.

Smith Voke’s Race Drobiak wiggled out of trouble in the home half of the sixth inning after Whitney reached on an error and Ty Sadoski reached after catcher’s interference was called with one out. Drobiak got a line out and a strikeout to quell the threat however, and got the Eagles 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh to snag the complete game victory. Drobiak struck out five in seven innings, scattering five hits and just one walk.

The Eagles nearly took a lead in the bottom of the second inning. Whitney led off with a double and moved to third base on a Sulda fly out to right field. Sadoski followed with a chopper to third base, and with Whitney breaking for home, Fil, Smith Vocational’s third baseman, gunned a strike to catcher Caden Payne for the out at the plate to keep the game scoreless.

The teams split their regular season series, as the Eagles won a tight 3-1 decision in Northampton back on May 13. The Vikings now control their own destiny in the TCL North race. If they win their final four games, they’ll take home a solo league crown. One loss would likely split honors with Westfield Tech (7-3, 7-2). The two teams actually play Friday in Northampton.

Granby 7, Monson 3 – The Rams remained undefeated, winning their 13th game in a row. Nolan Sullivan was 2-for-4 with a double and added two RBIs. COnnor Asselin singled twice with an RBI. Colin Moriarty smacked a two-run single that broke the game open in the fifth.

Softball

Sabis 17, Granby 5 — Alyson Barsalou drove in two runs for the Rams, which scored all five of their runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Mabel Carillon, Cassandra Flaherty and Emma Klekotka all had a hit.

FC Tech 9, Smith Voke 1 — Lauren Ross struck out eight in seven innings to lift the Eagles past the Vikings in Northampton.

The Vikings had three hits, and scored their lone run in the second inning.

Belchertown 13, Holyoke 12 — The host Orioles jumped out to a 13-7 lead after five innings and held on for a 13-12 victory on Wednesday.

Gina Camerota was 2-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Orioles offensively. Allison Cote and Jessa Troy also had two hits in the win, while Eliza Rothstein drove in a pair of runs.

Belchertown’s Olivia Lafayette went all seven innings, recording four strikeouts.

Greenfield 13, Frontier 9 — Kelsey Richardson’s three-run home run in the sixth lifted the Green Wave to a win.

Sabis 17, Granby 5 (5) — Alyson Barsalou had a two-run single for the Rams. Granby’s Mabel Carillon, Cassandra Flaher and Emma Klekotka each singled.

Belchertown 13, Holyoke 12 — Jessa Troy stole four bases and singled twice for the Orioles. Belchertown’s Eliza Rothstein and Gina Camerota (two hits) drove in two runs each.

Laura Cote doubled and singled.

Alysha Izquierdo had four hits (two doubles) for the Purple Knights with two RBIs. Samantha Authier singled twice and drove in two runs.

 Olivia Deane had two hits and three RBIs for the Hawks, while CC Gr eene had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs.

Charlotte Doulette and Delaney Fifield both registered RBI singles, while Ashley Taylor had two hits and drove in a run.




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