High schools: Hampshire’s Laci Chapdelaine tosses perfect game, plus Northampton-Amherst girls tennis photos

  • Northampton’s Roxie Clauson reaches for a high shot against Amherst on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Blue Devils fell 3-2. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s No. 1 singles player Camille Richmond hits a backhand shot against Amherst on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Blue Devils lost 3-2. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst No. 2 singles player Elena Ruiz reaches a shot shot against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Hurricanes prevailed 3-2. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Sofia DaSilva-Askew attacks a forehand against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. Her three-set victory at No. 1 singles clinched a 3-2 victory for the Hurrica STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst No. 1 doubles player Daniella Sherman fends off a shot against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Hurricanes triumphed 3-2. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Sarah Ryan focuses on a return against Amherst on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Blue Devils fell 3-2. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Sofia DaSilva-Askewreaches for a low shot against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. Her three-set victory at No. 1 singles clinched a 3-2 victory for the Hurricanes. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Rebekah Hong returns a shot against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Hurricanes won 3-2 by sweeping the three singles positions. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Ava Carvel tracks down a shot against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. THe Hurricanes won 3-2 thanks to a STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Ava Carvel tracks down a shot against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Hurricanes won 3-2 thanks to a singles sweep. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Roxie Clauson rips a backhand against Amherst on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Blue Devils lost 3-2. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Rebekah Hong sweeps a forehand against Northampton on Wednesday at JFK Middle School. The Hurricanes’ three singles wins secured a 3-2 road victory. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff reports
Published: 5/18/2022 9:27:12 PM

Hampshire Regional senior pitcher Laci Chapdelaine capped the softball regular season with a perfect ending.

She sat down all 15 Northampton batters she faced Wednesday, throwing a perfect game in a 20-0 victory. Chapdelaine struck out 11 Blue Devils.

“She had ’em off balance all day,” Hampshire coach Brian McGan said. “She’s been pitching great, spinning the ball really well.”

Hailey Wodecki paced the Raiders offense with a three-run homer, going 2 for 4. Ashley Cortis was 3-for-4 for Hampshire, scoring three runs.

Hampshire’s Hannah Wodecki doubled and drove in three runs on a 3-for-5 day.

Jocleyn Mettey doubled and tripled with two RBIs for Hampshire.

Pope Francis 7, Amherst 0 – The Hurricanes were shut out by Pope Francis on Wednesday. 

Riana Shaw and Maria Konieczny both singled in the loss. Pitcher Sofia Holden struck out 12 in the circle. 

Baseball

Amherst 12, Chicopee Comp 5 – Spencer Waite singled twice and scored a run for the Hurricanes, who secured their first playoff berth since 2014.

Ian Waite added two singles and two runs for Amherst. Amherst’s Ryan Schneider doubled and scored two runs. 

Frontier 10, Hampshire 0 — The Redhawks closed out their regular season in convincing fashion, as an eight-run top of the seventh inning put away Hampshire with a 10-0 win on Wednesday in Westhampton.

Frontier finished its regular season 14-4 overall, and Wednesday’s win capped a perfect 10-0 mark in the Suburban League West. 

“To win some tight games in the league this year and finish undefeated there, that’s a nice accomplishment for the guys,” Frontier skipper Chris Williams said.

Liam Skribiski-Banack went all seven innings, striking out seven for Frontier, while Kevin Baumann had four hits, three runs and an RBI. Dylan Martin was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the seventh, while Tyler Dubreuil and Alex Gochinski each had two hits and an RBI. Sam Schreiber also added two hits to pace the offensive effort.

Hampshire’s Tyler Galpin struck out two in five solid innings, while Justin Meunier added a pair of hits for the Raiders.

Westfield Tech 5, Smith Vocational 4 – In a dramatic battle for the Tri-County North title, the Vikings fell just short in the bottom of the seventh, allowing Westfield Tech to score the game-winning run.

The loss was the only blemish on the Vikings’ otherwise perfect year; they finished their regular season with a 15-1 record and split with Westfield Tech for Tri-County North top honors with one loss apiece. Smith Vocational won the first meeting between the two teams last month.

Roscoe Palmer had a hit and an RBI in two at bats, and Caelen Finnie drove in two runs along with a hit. 

Pitcher Race Drobiak threw six innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight.

Smith Academy 9, Mahar 1 — Logan Graves led the Falcons with three hits in a road win. He scored two runs and drove in one. Smith Academy’s Will Dobson had two RBIs and scored three times. Sam Dobson doubled and had an RBI for Smith Academy. He also struck out 10 on the mound, allowing just three hits and two walks. Ryan Belina tripled for the Falcons.

Greenfield 8, South Hadley 3 — Tyler Evans and Matt McDermott had the lone two Tiger hits in an independent loss to the Green Wave in Greenfield on Wednesday. 

Matthew Drobiak and John Viola each recorded a strikeout in the loss. 

Longmeadow 7, Northampton 4 — Caleb Steineger hit a home run and had two RBIs, but the Blue Devils fell at home. Marty Maslowski was 2-for 2 with a double, scored a run and drove in a run for Northampton.

Girls lacrosse

Amherst 15, Chicopee 1 – Amherst netminder Cedar Conrad was steady between the pipes, making six saves in the blowout victory. 

Emily Ireland (3G, 1A), Esme Siegel (3G, 1A) and Talia Sadiq (3G, 2A) all recorded hat tricks. Abi Como scored twice and added an assist for the Hurricanes. 

Westfield 14, Northampton 12 – Down 9-4 at halftime, Northampton nearly pulled off a comeback against Westfield on Wednesday, but fell just short. 

Sofia Ciaglo and Chloe Denhart scored four goals each; Ciaglo also dished out three assists. Izzy Epstein added two goals and two assists. Blue Devils goaltender Riley Shea made 10 saves. 

South Hadley 24, Granby 18 – It was a high-scoring affair between the Rams and Tigers on Wednesday afternoon, but South Hadley was able to come away with the victory. 

South Hadley’s Meg Carey scored a team-high seven goals and added two assists, and teammate Olivia Marion netted four goals and five assists. Ella Marion (5G, 1A) and Margaret Watkins (3G, 3A) also had a productive day for the Tigers. Goalies Ashley Scott (6 saves) and Evelyn Gingras (8 saves) split time in net. 

Gabby Walz and Ella Laliberte did everything they could to get the Rams the win, but fell just short. Walz finished with eight goals and an assist, and Laliberte scored seven goals for Granby. Ari Klekotka also recorded a hat trick in the loss. 

Boys tennis

Amherst 3, Belchertown 2 – With Amherst and Belchertown both with two wins in hand, it came down to the No. 1 doubles match to decide Wednesday’s contest between the two tennis squads. 

Amherst’s team of Josh Kellogg and Ben Oates defeated Belchertown’s Kiernan Corish and Carson Boscher 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in the deciding match. 

No. 1 singles Zach Richards (6-2, 6-1) and No. 3 singles Rohan Shenoy (6-3, 6-1) got the other two wins for the Hurricanes. 

No. 2 singles Trevor Weiss (6-3, 6-1) and No. 2 doubles team Chris Adzima and Jacob Chaisson (6-1, 6-1) won their matches for the Orioles. 

East Longmeadow 3, Northampton 2 – No. 3 singles Ethan Metz (3-6, 6-4, 10-4) and No. 1 doubles team Durrell Patrick and Max Cahillane (6-4, 6-0) won both their matches, but the Blue Devils fell short against East Longmeadow in a Valley League matchup. 

Northampton is now 7-7 on the season.

Girls tennis

Amherst 3, Northampton 2 – Control of the singles positions helped the Hurricanes earn a rivalry win on the road.

No. 1 singles player Sofia DaSilva-Askew clinched the match with a three-set victory over Northampton’s Camille Richmond. Richmond won the first set 6-3 before DaSilva-Askew responded with back to back 6-0 victories over the final two sets. 

Amherst’s Rebekah Hong bested Sarah Ryan 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, Ava Carvel handled Roxie Clauson 6-2, 6-1.

Northampton’s No. 1 doubles pair of Annalisa Agliati and Phoebe Ryan prevailed 6-3, 6-2 over Daniella Sherman and Allive Osman. The Blue Devils rallied in the No. 2 doubles match, as Alli Flynn and Leah Abel Waisman fell 6-3 before prevailing 6-1, 6-4 against Elena Ruiz and Tanaki Ewaton.

SICS 3, Holyoke 2 – No. 2 singles Kelsey Brainard (6-0, 6-1) and No. 1 doubles team Ava Tellier and Allison Jourdain (6-3, 6-3) won both their matches for the Purple Knights on Wednesday. 

Boys volleyball

Southwick 3, Belchertown 1 – Though Belchertown dropped their match against Southwick (21-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20), the two teams shared a meaningful moment before the game. The Southwick players came wearing pink headbands to honor Zachary Fraleigh, the Belchertown student who was killed in a single-car crash two weeks ago.  

Belchertown won the first set before dropping the next three. Connor White led the team with 12 kids and four blocks. Rainer Kristensen tossed 16 assists and had three aces. Will Hill had nine kills and two aces, and Ty Bogdanovich led the Orioles with six aces. 

Holyoke 3, Chicopee 0 – The Purple Knights bested Chicopee in straight sets on Wednesday (25-14, 25-15, 25-18).

Frontier 3, East Longmeadow 1 – The Redhawks closed out their regular season with a 3-1 win to give them a 14-2 record in their first season. 

Aleks Carey had 15 kills and two blocks and Jesse Kurkulonis smashed 13 kills and had nine digs. Payton Sladeski led the  team with 10 digs and seven aces. Tavo Vincent-Warner tossed 27 assists. 


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