High school state tournaments: Northampton girls tennis upsets Dartmouth to reach 2nd round

  • Amherst pitcher Sofia Holden fields the ball against Ludlow on Friday at Paul R Baird Middle School during the Division 2 state softball tournament. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst pitcher Sofia Holden pitches against Ludlow on Friday at Paul R Baird Middle School during the Division 2 state softball tournament. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Writer
Published: 6/3/2022 9:41:27 PM

The Northampton girls tennis team pulled an upset on the South Shore in the Division 2 preliminary round to earn a trip back.

The No. 33 seed Blue Devils bested No. 32 Dartmouth 4-1 on Friday in Dartmouth.

Northampton (12-6) will face top overall seed Scituate (17-1) on Monday at 4 p.m.

No. 28 Millis 4, No. 37 PVCICS 1 – The Dragons (9-9) fell on the road to end their second season in program history in the Division 4 preliminary round. Millis (11-8) will visit No. 5 St. John Paul II (19-1) at 4 p.m. Monday.

Baseball

No. 25 Oliver Ames 2, No. 40 Amherst 1 – Nate Mills walked with two outs in the seventh but was thrown out trying to steal second in a close play to end the Division 2 preliminary round game at Taunton High School.

The Hurricanes (11-10) led 1-0 with two outs in the fifth inning, but Oliver Ames scored the winning run with the bases loaded on a grounder.

Mills scored Amherst’s run in the second inning. He walked then attempted to steal second, and when the throw went long he raced home.

Ryan Schneider singled for the Hurricanes. Amherst pitcher Thatcher Rudnick allowed just five hits, including a leadoff triple in the second that he stranded. He struck out eight.

“What we accomplished as a team in just one year is something every coach would dream of,” said Amherst coach Jeff Gladu, whose team improved from one win to 11 in just a year. 

No. 22 Bishop Fenwick 4, No. 43 Belchertown 3 –  The Orioles led 2-1 after five innings in the Division 3 state tournament preliminary round, but the Crusaders scored three runs in the sixth to seal a spot in the next round. They’ll travel to No. 11 Dighton Rehoboth in the Round of 32.

“We proved we can hang with teams out east,” Belchertown coach Evan Berneche said. “These guys have been through a lot this year with what has happened, but I’m proud of them for fighting through the adversity and even though we didn’t come out on top, I think this is a step in the right direction for our program. These seniors have built that for me these last two years. I’m going to miss them.”

Cam Bacon doubled and singled for the Orioles (9-10), driving in a run. Belchertown’s Eli Sayball-Wimmer also doubled, while Chris Misiaszek added an RBI and scored a run.

Brady Perkins allowed just five hits with three walks and struck out five for the Orioles. He singled and scored a run.

Softball

No. 27 Ludlow 14, No. 38 Amherst 0 (5) – Hurricanes pitcher Sofia Holden singled, but Amherst fell in the Division 2 state tournament preliminary round. She also struck out six Lions.

Ludlow (16-5) will face No. 6 North Attleboro (14-6) in the Round of 32 at noon Sunday.

Stephanie Barton reached second on an error in the fifth inning for Amherst (14-5).

“Even though postseason for us didn’t go as planned, I am still very proud of the girls for how well they did this season,” Amherst coach Emma Mendoker said. “They came so far since last year, and I can’t wait for what next year has in store for us.”

Boys lacrosse

South Hadley is the No. 20 seed in the Division 4 state tournament. The Tigers (5-12) will travel to No. 13 Old Colony Regional (17-1) for a Round of 32 game.

Girls lacrosse

Northampton earned the No. 21 seed in the Division 2 state tournament. The Blue Devils (11-9) are at Western Massachusetts foe No. 12 Minnechaug in the Round of 32. They split two games during the regular season, as each team won at home by three goals.

No. 36 Amherst (14-4) will visit No. 29 Wakefield (11-7) in the preliminary round. The winner gets No. 4 Duxbury (12-6).

DIVISION 4 – Hampshire Regional qualified for the state tournament in its first year as a program. The No. 36 Raiders (11-8) are off to face No. 29 Winthrop (8-10) in the preliminary round. Whoever wins will visit No. 4 Nantucket (15-4).

In the Round of 32, No. 20 South Hadley (11-6) will travel to No. 13 Medway (6-12), while No. 23 Granby (10-8) is at No. 10 Tyngsborough (17-1).


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