High schools: Cote helps Belchertown softball past Granby

Staff Reports
Published: 5/12/2022 9:56:29 PM

Laura Cote struck out five in five innings of work, and added a triple and an RBI at the plate to aid the Belchertown softball team in a 14-2 five-inning victory over Granby on Thursday.

Jessa Troy smacked three hits for the Orioles, which trailed 1-0 after one inning but scored three times in the second and five in the third to take control. Lex Piwcio and Aidenn Rose each had two hits in the win.

Granby’s Lauren Parker tripled and scored, and Sienna Hill came across for the team’s other run.

Easthampton 18, Longmeadow 0 – A 13-run third inning enabled the Eagles to run away and hide for a lopsided win on Thursday.

Rosie Follet allowed just one hit in the five-inning complete game, striking out 10 and not issuing a walk.

Abby McClaflin was 4-for-4 with three RBIs atop the Easthampton lineup. Ana Growhowski also had three hits and three RBIs, while Jess Cloutier, Kayley Downie and McKenzie McCarthy all finished with two-hit outings.

East Longmeadow 13, Northampton 3 – Kaliya Valentin and Sasha Rodriguez each had a hit for the Blue Devils, while Valentin struck out seven in the circle.


Belchertown 7, South Hadley 6 – Trailing 5-2 in the sixth inning, the Orioles never went away.

Trailing 6-4 in the seventh, the hosts pushed three runs across in their final at bat to walk off with a 7-6 victory on Thursday,

Ayden Cardwell earned the win in relief, getting the final out in the top of the seventh after starter Tyler McDonald went the first 6.2 innings.

Tim Mitus was 3-for-3 with three RBIs to propel the Belchertown offense, and Brady Perkins also had three hits in the win.

South Hadley’s Tyler Evans and Matt McDermott had two hits apiece.

Smith Academy 9, Turners Falls 3 – The Falcons erased a 2-1 deficit with a five-run bottom of the fourth en route to the league win.

Griffin Smiarowski got the win after throwing 4 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Will Dobson finished up, striking out two.

Smiarowski, Logan Graves, Will Dobson and Sam Dobson all had two hits in the victory.

Smith Vocational 10, St. Mary’s 0 – Another five-inning no-hitter for Race Drobiak and the Vikings.

Drobiak struck out eight and walked just one as Smith Vocational notched another run-ruled victory in Northampton on Thursday.

Smith led 3-0 into the fourth, but scored five in the frame and two more in the fifth to secure the 10-run win.

Rosco Palmer was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI in the win. Marshall Ingram, James Lavallee and Caden Payne added two hits apiece. Cole Boisvert drove in two runs.

Hampshire 3, Easthampton 2 – Hampshire pitcher Will Hogan went the distance on the mound, striking out four and allowing six hits in a tight win against Easthampton on Wednesday. 

Hogan also went 2-for-3 at the plate and teammates Nick Quenneville and Zach Phakos each added a hit.

Otis Follet went 2-for-3 for Easthampton in the loss. Andrew Thompson threw 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits, walking three and striking out four. 

Boys tennis

South Hadley 3, Central 2
Central 3, South Hadley 2 –
 Not much separated the two teams in a doubleheader on Thursday, as the schools split two matches.

Sean Whalen and Matthias Lipp both won singles matches for the Tigers on the day.

Amherst 5, Agawam 0 – Dash Merrill won a thriller at No. 3 singles to help complete the sweep. Merrill was a 2-6, 7-5, 11-9 winner for the Hurricanes.

Tychon Tkachenko and Evan Kang also notched a marathon win at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 5-7, 10-4.

PVCICS 5, Chicopee 0 – A day after suffering its first loss, the Dragons got back in the win column Thursday thanks to a dominant performance.

Aidan Cleary, Hugo Shinn and James Scott all breezed to singles wins.

Asa Taggert and Gabe Loinaz won a tight match at second doubles, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7.

Belchertown 5, Westfield 0 – The Orioles dropped just four games across four matches for a dominant win. Third singles was a forfeit win.

Thomas Vinagre (No. 1, 6-1, 6-2) and Kiernan Corish (No. 2, 6-1, 6-0) handled their business in singles action. The doubles teams of Carson Boscher/Jacob Chaisson and Chris Adzima/Michael Alves both scored 6-0, 6-0 wins.

Frontier 5, Chicopee Comp 0 — It was a clean sweep for the Redhawks against the Colts, with Miles Keefe winning 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to help propel Frontier to a win. 

Robert Fuqua won 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 singles, Caiden Manning earned a 7-5, 6-4 triumph in No. 3 singles, Jacob Han and Benjamin Desmond picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win in No. 1 doubles and Noah Nichols and Donovan Vichi earned a 4-6, 6-3, 10-3 victory in No. 2 doubles for Frontier. 

Girls lacrosse

South Hadley 15, Belchertown 11 – Gabi Moroney netted four goals and Raquel Losty added a hat trick to propel the Tigers to a 15-11 win on Thursday night.

The game was tied 6-6 at halftime.

Meghan Carey, Ella Marion and Margaret Watkins all buried a pair for South Hadley, and Watkins dished out four assists.

Belchertown’s Samantha Pacunas led her team with five goals and an assist. Michelle Zaluga and Madysen LePage added two goals apiece.

Hoosac Valley 17, Hampshire 9 – Hampshire dropped just its second league game against Hoosac Valley on Thursday. 

Sam Moran netted five goals for the Raiders while Summer Duda and Mary Thibault scored two apiece. Skylar Duda added two assists. 

Abby Hennessy made 10 saves in net. 

Boys lacrosse

Pope Francis 13, South Hadley 5 – Ethan Roy finished with three points (2G, 1A) in the Tigers loss to Pope Francis on Thursday. 

Charles Anischik doled out three assists for the Tigers and Averey Haber scored twice in the loss. Owen Dawson (1G) and Brock Fitzell (1A) added a point apiece. 

Boys volleyball

East Longmeadow 3, Belchertown 1 – Gabriel Ibekilo led the Orioles  with 15 kills and four aces in a close four-set loss (25-23, 24-26, 15-25, 19-25) to East Longmeadow. Belchertown took the first set bef ore dropping the next three to their opponent. 

Connor White finished with 13 kills, two aces and two blocks and Rainer Kristensen tossed 24 assists and added four aces. Nicholas Ibekilo had three blocks, three kills and three assists. 

West Springfield 3, Frontier 0  — The Redhawks suffered their second loss of the week to the Terriers, falling 25-16, 25-19, 25-16 on the road on Thursday. 

Jesse Kurkulonis smashed 11 kills for Frontier (10-2), with Patrick Boyden and Aleks Carey each tallying four kills. Deter Ngawang tossed 18 assists and  Payton Sladeski made 16 digs in the loss. 


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