High Schools: Hopkins Academy softball runs to 4-3 win over Smith Academy

  • Hopkins Academy’s Jessica Markowski makes contact against Smith Academy on Thursday in Hadley. The Golden Hawks won 4-3. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hopkins Academy catcher Sara Beauchamp reels in an out against Smith Academy on Thursday in Hadley. The Golden Hawks won 4-3. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hopkins Academy pitcher Kaelyn Zakaitis delivers against Smith Academy on Thursday in Hadley. The Golden Hawks won 4-3. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hopkins Academy’s Taylor Barry slides in to home against Smith Academy on Thursday in Hadley. The Golden Hawks won 4-3. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hopkins academy shortstop Taylor Barry throws to first base against Smith Academy on Thursday in Hadley. The Golden Hawks won 4-3. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Reports
Published: 6/10/2021 9:37:02 PM

Hopkins Academy’s bats weren’t getting the job done against the Smith Academy softball team, so the Golden Hawks used their feet. They scored three runs on heads-up baserunning plays and prevailed 4-3 in Hadley on Thursday.

Hopkins shortstop Taylor Barry took a pitch to the back with one out in the bottom of the first. She stole second then came around to third and eventually home on a poor throw trying to catch her.

The lead didn’t last long. The Falcons scored all three of their runs in the third inning.

Smith Academy nine-hole hitter Julia Dobson drew a one-out walk, and Bailey McCoy brought her home with an RBI double. She was thrown out trying to go to third on the Hopkins throw home.

Emma Moynihan and Amanda Novak walked, then an error loaded the bases. A second error brought two runs across and put the Falcons up 3-1 before Hopkins pitcher Kaelyn Zaikitis stopped the bleeding with a strikeout. She finished with 14 punchouts.

Hopkins Academy only had one hit over the next two innings — an Izzy Palmisano single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gabby Dyjach reached first on a dropped third strike. Sara Wright smacked an RBI single to bring her home and cut the deficit to one run.

Barry led off the bottom of the sixth with a single then advanced to second and third on passed balls. Sara Beauchamp then tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Ally Markowski put the Golden Hawks ahead for good by keeping her head up on the basepaths. The senior, two hits away from 100 in her career and hitless on the day, walked with one out. Zakaitis singled to move her over, and Markowski came home when Smith Academy threw to first after another dropped third strike.

Zaikitis struck out the side in the seventh to end the game with an exclamation point.

Easthampton 19, South Hadley 2 (5) — Haley Routhier doubled twice among three hits and scored three runs for the Eagles on the road. Chelsea Indyk had four RBIs on two singles She also struck out seven and allowed just a hit in four innings in the circle to earn the win.

McKenzie McCarthy (three hits) and Rosie Follet (double) added three RBIs each. Abby McClaflin (two hits) and MaKenna Slate had two RBIs and scored three runs each.

Kelly Vey singled and doubled for the Tigers.

Gateway 5, Smith Vocational 4 — Emma Bean-Barlow laid down a walk-off bunt single in the seventh for the Gators.

Gateway’s Nicole Hannigan and Anna Sakaske each had an RBI. Kaitlyn Maynard singled twice. Stephanie Paiva scored two runs and walked six times. Hannigan also struck out 10 in the circle with no walks.

Ciara Sinno had two RBIs for the Vikings. Smith Vocational’s Sarah Paradee and Morgan Ball each singled twice. Lily Ryan doubled.


South Hadley 6, Easthampton 5 — Tyler Evans had three hits and an RBI and scored two times for the Tigers in a home win. John Sherwood (double) and Liam Quinn (two hits) drove in two runs each. Matt McDermott had two hits. Grady Provost scored two runs.

South Hadley took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Andrew Thompson had three hit and an RBI for the Eagles. Easthampton’s Winter Roske (two hits), Nick Lloyd and Zak Thibodeau each drove in a run.

McCann Tech 5, Smith Vocational 2 — Cole Boisvert struck out five in six innings pitched for the Vikings.

Hampshire 6, St. Mary’s 2 — Tyler Galpin shut down the Saints, scattering three hits in a complete game win. He struck out seven and walked just one.

Liam Pond had two hits, while Jack Boyle, Will Hogan and Brayden Burgielewicz each singled once.

Granby 6, Ware 1 — Nolan Sullivan struck out nine to keep the Rams unbeaten at 14-0. He only allowed four hits and added a two-run single in the sixth.

Granby’s Ryan Gaughan had three hits and an RBI.

Franklin Tech 9, Gateway 8 — The Gators couldn’t hold a five-run lead on the road. They led 7-3 after three innings before the Eagles rallied.

Girls lacrosse

Granby 10, South Hadley 8 — Ella Laliberte poured in eight goals to notch 100 tallies for her Rams career on Thursday. She also had an assist. Granby’s Gabby Walz scored twice, and Liberty Conlin saved 14 shots.

Gabrielle Maroney put away four goals with an assist for the Tigers. Meghan Carey had a hat trick for South Hadley, while Olivia Marion found the net once. Alyson Cote made eight saves.

Granby 19, South Hadley 10 — Laliberte’s shooting percentage was nearly perfect when the teams met one day earlier on Wednesday. Laliberte scored 10 goals on 11 shots to lift the Rams past the Tigers.

Walz scored three goals and assisted on two others for Granby, while Emily Vallee also netted a hat trick. Conlin made 14 saves.

Moroney scored six goals to pace her side. Marion and Lola Londraville tallied two goals apiece while Cote made 14 saves.

Girls tennis

Pope Francis 5, Frontier 0 — The visiting Cardinals won every set en route to a 5-0 Tri-County League North victory Thursday.

The match of the day came at No. 1 singles, where Frontier’s Mary Laurens dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision to Pope Francis’ Chloe Stevens. At second doubles, Frontier’s Isabelle Brown and Madeline Powers fell to Madalyn Ferreira and Mikayla Messier, 6-3, 6-3.

Girls track & field

South Hadley 87, Hampshire 54 — Maddie Foley was victorious in the discus and shot put to power the Tigers on Wednesday. Anna Evans took first in the 1-mile and 800 meters, while Emma Sanford snagged wins in the 200 and high jump.

Paige Marjanski (javelin), Lauren Marjanski (100), Farrell Dawson (400) and Melanie Hurley (400 hurdles) were other individual winners.

Hampshire’s Brie Salamao took first in the long jump (15-1) and triple jump (33-7½).

Boys track & field

Hampshire 119, South Hadley 15 — Josh Denoronha (high jump, long jump), Gulian Marconi (triple jump, 200) and Nicky Elias-Gillette (pole vault, 400 hurdles) all won multiple events to lift the Raiders on Wednesday.

South Hadley’s Jonas Clark was the lone individual winner for his side, taking first in the 100 (10.9).

Youth baseball

Greg King tossed three scoreless innings with five strikeouts as the Burke Chevrolet Red Sox beat the Amherst Office Park Giants, 7-0, Wednesday night at Mill River.

Oscar Peterson, Ian Burns and Graham van Giessen all had a hit and scored a run for the Red Sox.

For the Giants, Owen Eddy struck out five and singled, while Noah Poreda struck out four and added a hit.

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