High schools: Gateway Regional softball pulls away from Smith Academy

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  • Angela Wright, right, of Gateway Regional, runs to first to earn a single, beating a throw from Bailey McCoy, of Smith Academy, Thursday at Gateway Regional High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Haley Springman, right, of Smith Academy, steals home as Gateway Regional catcher Stephanie Paiva takes the throw, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Gateway pitcher Nicole Hannigan pitches to Smith Academy, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Karlie Guimond, of Smith Academy, bunts a RBI single against Gateway Regional, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jessica Garriepy, left, of Gateway Regional, scores on a hit by Allison Manos, ahead of a tag by Smith Academy catcher Karlie Guimond, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kaitlyn Quinn, of Gateway Regional, hits a single against Smith Academy, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Karlie Guimond, right, of Smith Academy, steals second by evading a tag by Lilyan Ryan, of Gateway Regional, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Smith Academy second baseman Morgan Neal, left, forces out Allison Manos, of Gateway Regional, on a hit by Stephanie Paiva, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Arianna Marchese, left, of Gateway Regional, catches at first, sending Maddy Skawski, of Smith Academy, back to the dugout, Thursday at Gateway Regional High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Erin Gilrein, of Smith Academy, reacts to striking out against Gateway Regional, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 6/6/2019 11:34:31 PM

The Gateway Regional softball team advanced to the Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinals for the second year in a row after beating Smith Academy, 12-9, Thursday in Huntington.

Top-seeded Turners Falls, the five-time defending champion, awaits the eighth-seeded Gators in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Nicole Hannigan tripled and scored two runs on three hits for Gateway (15-6). She also struck out seen and earned the win. Kaitlyn Quinn singled three times and touched home once.

Stephanie Paiva (two runs) and Grace Van Buren (run) added two hits each.

The Gators scored seven runs in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead and pull away.

Erin Gilrein (two hits) and Maddie Skawski doubled for the Falcons (10-9). Karlie Guimond singled three times and scored two runs.

Amanda Novak threw 1⅓ innings of scoreless relief, striking out four with no hits.

Girls lacrosse

Granby 14, Auburn 16 — The sixth-seeded Rams held a two-goal lead with 10 minutes left, but the No. 3 Rockets rallied in the Central/West Division 2 quarterfinals.

The Rams were issued a yellow card with 6 minutes, 57 seconds left and gave up three goals in the player-down situation.

Madison Sexton finished with four goals and one assist. Julia Frappier had three goals and two assists, and Jasmine Rodrigues-Jones had three goals.

Liberty Conlin had six saves for the Rams (13-7).

First-year coach Allie Roy led the team to the second round of the postseason after it finished with a 3-14 record last season.

“I really can’t say anything other than positive things about this team,” Roy said. “Some of these seniors have had a different coach every year. They gave me a great first year. We’re losing four seniors that are impactful, but I don’t see anything other than going up from here. We have a great young team. I am already thinking about next season and what we can do to get back to the playoffs next season.”

Boys lacrosse

St. Bernard’s 14, South Hadley 6 — The 11th-seeded Tigers fell on the road in the Central/West Division 3 quarterfinals. They couldn’t pull off a second-consecutive upset after besting Hoosac Valley in the first round. It’s the second consecutive year South Hadley (10-10) lost in the quarterfinals.

Softball

Frontier Regional 16,
Belchertown 1

Belchertown                  000 10 — 1 0 5

Frontier Regional          248 2x — 16 15 3

WP—Deane LP—LeBlanc S—Martin

Records: Frontier (14-7) Belchertown (9-10)

Northampton 8,
West Springfield 6

Northampton                 000 014 3 — 8 13 0

West Springfield            001 140 0 — 6 7 3

WP—Badorini LP—Madore

Records: West Springfield (10-11) Northampton (10-11)

Gateway 12, Smith Academy 9

Smith Academy         100 403 1 — 9 9 6

Gateway                     027 120 x — 12 13 6

WP—Hanigan LP—McCoy

Records: Gateway (15-6) Smith Academy (10-9)

Baseball

Athol 1, Easthampton 0

Easthampton         000 000 0 — 0 4 2

Athol                        000 001 x — 1 2 0

WP—Ferrari LP—Burke

Records: Athol (14-7) Easthampton (11-10)




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