High school: Northampton softball slugs past Mahar for season's first victory (PHOTOS)

Northampton’s Olivia Evans (16) heads toward home plate to score a run against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange.

Northampton’s Olivia Evans (16) heads toward home plate to score a run against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Northampton’s Haly Doucette-Kaplan connects for a double against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange.

Northampton’s Haly Doucette-Kaplan connects for a double against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Northampton’s Caroline Riordan (18)  connects against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange.

Northampton’s Caroline Riordan (18) connects against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Northampton’s Lily Pelis (1) delivers a pitch against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange.

Northampton’s Lily Pelis (1) delivers a pitch against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Northampton shortstop Haly Doucette-Kaplan (5) readies for a throw to first base after tagging second  against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange. Mahar runner Dakota Cleveland (4) was out on the force play.

Northampton shortstop Haly Doucette-Kaplan (5) readies for a throw to first base after tagging second against Mahar during Franklin County League East action on Monday in Orange. Mahar runner Dakota Cleveland (4) was out on the force play. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Staff Reports

Published: 04-15-2024 9:20 PM

Following four frustrating losses to start the season, including three straight in five innings, the Northampton softball team was on the other side of a mercy-rule contest on Monday afternoon.

The Blue Devils scored at least three runs in each of the five innings played en route to a 20-6 drubbing of Mahar in Franklin County League East action in Orange. They collected 14 hits, 13 walks and saw seven batters reach base multiple times to help them to win No. 1 of the spring.

Haly Doucette-Kaplan went 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs scored, and Sasha Rodriguez also went 3-for-3 at the plate – driving in a game-high five RBI and crossing the plate four times. Caroline Riordan scored five runs as well.

In the circle was Lily Pelis, who picked up her first career win in a stellar outing – pitching five innings and striking out seven on six hits.

Next up for Northampton (1-4) is a trip back to the North Quabbin Region on Friday for a date with Athol at 4 p.m.

Easthampton 10, West Springfield 8 — A four-run top of the seventh inning propelled the Eagles to an impressive Valley Wheel win on Monday.

Easthampton recorded eight hits, with Sophia Faginski (two RBI), Summer Routhier (one RBI) Rosemary Follet and Megan Fickett tallying two apiece. Follet earned the win in the circle.

Ware 22, Smith Academy 9 — The Falcons scored a season-high nine runs, but couldn’t keep pace with Ware on Monday.

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Meghan Bell smacked three hits and scored two runs for Smith Academy, while Emma Moynihan added two hits and two runs. Nataly Slysz, Caitlin Graves and Emma Tisdell all scored runs, and Anna Scagel had an RBI and scored twice.

Baseball

West Springfield 5, Belchertown 2 — Josh Misiaszek (four strikeouts) tossed a complete game on the mound and only surrendered one earned run, but a couple costly Orioles errors helped the Terriers offense do enough to hand Belchertown a loss on Monday.

Misiaszek added two knocks at the plate, and Ian McDonald and Jake Waller tallied singles as well. A three-run second inning gave West Springfield a lead it wouldn’t give  up the rest of the way.

Ham pshire 23, Holyoke 5 (5) — It was a third inning to remember for the Raiders on Monday.

Trailing 3-1, Hampshire exploded for 22 runs in the top of the third en route to a 23-5 victory in five innings at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke.

Jack Boyle hit a three-run home run in the frame, while Liam Pond, Drew Thompson and Mikey Thompson all collected three hits for Hampshire. Colin Hogan earned his second win of the season, tossing four innings with six strikeouts while allowing just two hits and four walks.

Holyoke’s Tristan Salgado had a hit and two RBIs, while Alex Robles doubled and Justin Rivera added a hit and an RBI.

Chicopee Comp 7, Northampton 5 — The Blue Devils overcame an early 3-0 deficit by taking a 5-4 advantage into the fifth inning, but the Colts shut the door on Northampton’s bid to match the school’s softball team with its first win of the season with three runs over the final three innings.

Aiden Keeling-Lococo went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Jamie Fowler drove in a run with a single of his own.

South Hadley 22, Granby 1 (5) — Eight first-inning runs set the tone for what was to come, as the Tigers then added a 10-spot in the fourth to put the game well out of reach.

Everybody in the starting lineup reached base safely for South Hadley, and seven of them collected at least two hits. Matt Drobiak led the way with five hits, five RBI and two runs scored while adding five innings and five strikeouts on the bump.

Granby’s Colin Murdock tallied two hits, and Nik Misiaszek scored Anthony Santiago on an RBI single.

Boys lacrosse

South Hadley 14, Belchertown 7 — A six-pack of goals from Ethan Roy helped the Tigers double up the Orioles on Monday in Belchertown.

Owen Dawson had two goals and dished out six assists for South Hadley, which also received scoring from Sly Curto (two goals), Mason Peters (two goals), Avery Haber (one goal) and Noah Marion (one assist). It was a big performance for Marion in the faceoff circle, as he won all 13 of his draw attempts. Bennett Allen made nine saves in net.

Nico St. George tallied a hat trick in the Orioles’ loss.

Northampton 15, Granby 3 — Another game, another offensive masterclass from the Blue Devils boys lacrosse team. For the fourth time in as many tries this season, Northampton scored at least a dozen goals as it improved to 3-1 with a rout of Granby.

Minti Peterson (three assists), Jackson Oravec (one assist) and Jack Carpenter (three assists) each found the back of the net four times for Northampton while Keller Mahoney (three goals) and Liam Parr (four assists) had big days as well. Henry Fallon added 12 stops in goal in the win.

Girls lacrosse

Belchertown 14, Tantasqua 9 — Madysen LePage’s monster 10-point day helped the Orioles to a comfortable win over out-of-region opponent Tantasqua on Monday afternoon.

LePage buried six goals and added four assists for Belchertown, while Paige Magner notched four goals and an assist of her own. Morghan Litz (two goals), Kenzie LePage (one goal) and Lia Pikul (one goal, two assists) rounded out the Orioles’ scoring.

Chicopee Comp 18, Granby 12 — A whopping nine goals from Kalli White weren’t quite enough to help the Rams past the Colts on Monday, as Comp had four players tally at least three times in the win.

Brenna Moreno (two goals, one dime), McKenna Zumbruski (one goal), Mylin Laliberte (one assist) and Lauren Barlow (one assist) also recorded points for Granby, while Faith Ramos nabbed eight saves in the cage.

Girls tennis

Ludlow 5, Northampton 0 — Each match was very competitive, but the Blue Devils were stymied by the Lions to fall to 1-2 on Monday afternoon.

Northampton’s Summer Sorensen lost 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in an entertaining match at first singles.

Lenox 5, Frontier 0 — The Millionaires swept Frontier singles players 6-0, 6-0 in each of the three matches to walk away with an independent win on their home courts.

Esther Ehle and Kayla Fagan fell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles while Aylen Shaw and Thanushi Ratnatunge (6-3, 6-1) fought hard, but couldn’t pick up the win at second doubles.

Boys tennis

Belchertown 4, Ludlow 1 — Trevor Weiss led the way for the Orioles with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles, while Luke Dudek also scored a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 3.

Belchertown swept the doubles points on Monday. Tyler Burrows and Camryn Kaczowka were 6-2, 6-4 victors at No. 1, and the tandem of Jake Gormely and Josh O’Connor nabbed a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win at No. 2.

PVCICS 4, Frontier 1 — The Dragons were dominant in four of the five matches en route to a decisive league victory on Monday at Hampshire College.

PVCICS sixth grader Lee Ferguson snagged a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Frontier’s Jacob Han at first singles, while Asa Taggert also scored a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles for the Dragons against Matt Sibley.

Frontier’s point came via a tight victory at No. 2 singles from Robert Fuqua, who outlasted Clayton English 4-6, 6-2, 10-3.

At first doubles, twins James and Teddy Scott took down Frontier’s Brayden Reipold and Oliver Brown, 6-1, 6-0, while the second doubles pairing of twins Derek and Devan Ye were 6-0, 6-0 winners against Frontier’s Donovan Vichi and Noah Nichols.

Track & field

Frontier 134, Turners 11 (girls); Frontier 109, Franklin Tech 30 (boys) — Jack Storm took the long jump (19 feet, 2.25 inches), the triple jump (37-6.75) and the 100 (11.2 seconds) while Ben Cachiguango won the 100 hurdles (15.4) and the 200 (23.4) and Luke Howard came in first in the high jump (5-10), mile (4:56.9) and 800 (2:12.6). 

Alex Schreiber took the shot put (35-4.5) and 400 hurdles (1:16.7), Julian Adams won the discus (113-10), Aiden Dredge took the javelin (148-10), Brendan Dawson won the pole vault (5-6) and Adrien Pazmandy took the 400 (55.5) for the Redhawks. Frontier won the 4x400 relay (4:07.2). 

For the girls, Hannah Davis won the triple jump (30-11.5) and the 100 hurdles (18.0) while Nicole Plasse took the long jump (14-10) and 800 (2:37.4), helping the Redhawks walk away with a victory over the Thunder in Turners on Monday. 

Other Frontier winners were Lilly Novak in the shot put (27-7.5), Abbi Grover in the discus (86), Micky McCarthy in the javelin (83-10), Maia Christensen in the high jump (4-6), Ohia Dellert in the pole vault (6-3), Rylan Waskiewicz in the 100 (13.0) and 200 (28.0), Leah Gump in the mile (5:57.3), Josie Fosnot in the 400 (1:07), Maddie Antes in the 400 hurdles (1:16.9) and Sylvie DiBartolomeo in the 2 mile (12:45). The Redhawks won the 4x100 (55.3) and 4x400 (4:43.9) relays.

Hampshire 97, Palmer 32 (girls); Hampshire 89, Palmer 37 (boys) — Kat Simmons took first in the javelin and discus as well as second in the shot put in a solid field performance on Monday, while Rylee Joseph grabbed first in the triple jump. 

Charlotte Niswonger (mile, two mile), Amelia Perry (800m) and Caroline Payson (400m) all picked up victories in their respective events.

On the boys side, Jaiden Kudelka won the triple jump as the lone Raiders winner in the field. On the track, Jack Laliberte (mile), Nick Jones (800m), Oscar Schiff (two mile) and Aidan Conklin (400m) took home first place in their events.

Both the boys and girls’ 4x400 relay team won their races.

Boys volleyball

Central 3, Frontier 1 — Tavo Vincent-Warner etched his name into Frontier boys volleyball lore on Monday afternoon, as he became the first Redhawks player in program history to reach 1,000 assists with 26 of them in Monday’s loss to Central.

Set scores were 22-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-20.

Aleks Carey continued his strong season with 19 more kills, Jack Carey put down eight of his own while Vincent-Warner (nine) and Theo Sargeant (eight) combined to dig up 17 balls in the Frontier loss.

Youth baseball

Sandy Koufax

Amherst 2, Eaglebrook 1 — Amherst posted one run in the top of the first inning off the bats of Brady Klaes and Drew Holland with Oliver Howard crossing the plate in the third to extend the lead to 2-0.

Meanwhile, Cyrus Arwade spun four scoreless, two-hit innings from the mound, keeping the Eaglebrook JV offense at bay. Klaes, who caught the first four innings, traded places with Arwade and recorded a two-inning save to end the six-inning contest.

Late weekend results

Baseball

Tantasqua 11, Belchertown 1 — The Orioles grabbed a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but seven Tantasqua runs in the bottom of the second separated the two squads on Saturday afternoon.

Tantasqua went on to score two more runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Josh Misiaszek tallied two of Belchertown’s four hits, and Ryan Gould drove in the team’s only run with an RBI single.

Softball

Ware 16, Granby 15 — After leading 14-7 heading into the final inning, the Rams watched their advantage slip away as Ware put up nine runs in the top of the seventh.

Granby added one more in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough in a high-scoring affair. Kaitlyn Curran (2-for-2, two runs, three walks, RBI), Cassie Flaherty (two singles, two runs, one RBI) and Jordan Placzek (single, double, two runs, RBI) led the way for the Rams offense.

Girls lacrosse

Granby 11, Pittsfield 6 — The Rams used their stingy defense to hold Pittsfield scoreless in the fourth quarter and pull away for a weekend win on Saturday.

Brenna Moreno (four goals) and Kalli White (three goals, one assist) each notched four-point days to pace Granby’s offense, while McKenna Zumbruski, Ava-Elizabeth Loughman, Mylin Laliberte and Abigail Landry each found the back of the net once to round out the scoring. Faith Ramos snagged three saves in the cage.

Boys lacrosse

Lenox 13, Northampton 12 (2 OT) — The Blue Devils were on the wrong end of a double overtime thriller over the weekend in what was their first loss of the spring.

Jack Carpenter (three goals, two assists) had a five-point day, Minti Peterson buried three goals and dished out an assist, and Liam Parr (two assists), Keller Mahoney (one assist) and Jackson Oravec each scored twice. Henry Fallon stopped nine shots in goal.