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Local softball/baseball: Southampton wins 12U Suburban League title; Valley Blue Sox take NECBL championship

  • Southampton pitcher Emma Czarniecki, left, and head coach Donald Spear, far right, exchange smiles after the Heat beat Agawam, 4-2, in the Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton, Thursday. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Southampton pitcher Emma Czarniecki delivers to an Agawam batter in the fourth inning of the Heat’s 4-2 win over Agawam. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Southampton third baseman Katie Collins reaches for a pop fly in the sixth inning of the Heat's 4-2 win over Agawam in the Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton on Thursday, August 9, 2018. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Southampton first baseman Nora Hamel, left, forces an out on McKenna Wheeler of Agawam in the fourth inning of the Heat's 4-2 win over Agawam in the Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton on Thursday, August 9, 2018. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Avery Brooks, right, Southampton slides safely into second base under a late tag by Agawam shortstop Grace Fasier in the sixth inning of the Heat's 4-2 win over Agawam in the Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton on Thursday, August 9, 2018. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Avery Brooks singles in the third inning of the Southampton Heat’s 4-2 win over Agawam in the Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Southampton pitcher Emma Czarniecki, right, gets a hug from assistant coach Ashley Spear after the Heat beat Agawam, 4-2, in the Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton on Thursday, August 9, 2018. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Parents and fans of the Southampton Heat photograph the players their 4-2 win over Agawam in the Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton on Thursday, August 9, 2018. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • The Southampton team, left, in red, and the Agawam team pose for a photograph after their Suburban League 12U softball championship game at Parker Field in Southampton on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The Southampton Heat prevailed, 4-2. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING



Friday, August 10, 2018

The Suburban League 12-and-under softball championship was the last game for many of the players on Southampton.

The Heat made it count Thursday.

Southampton took an early lead en route to a 4-2 victory at William E. Norris School.

The Heat finished undefeated at 12-0. Several players will age out by next summer.

“They feed off each other,” assistant coach Ashley Spear said. “They came into today with a lot of energy.”

Southampton took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Kelsey Bouchard worked a leadoff walk and scored on an error. After two strikeouts, Katie Collins’ single scored Daelin Murdock for a 2-0 lead. Hailey Wodecki then singled in Collins for the final run.

Agawam, which beat Southampton in the playoffs last year, pulled within one with two runs in the third.

In the sixth, Avery Brooks (2-for-3) hit a leadoff double, took third on an error and scored on a Murdock comebacker.

Emma Czarniecki closed the door on Agawam. Czarniecki struck out eight, walked one and allowed two runs on three hits in the complete game.

“She’s very disciplined,” Spears said. “She’s really good at hitting her locations. We’re able to paint the corners. She has good control and usually doesn’t walk a lot of girls. She’s a veteran on this team.”

Moja Premny and Czarniecki each had a single.

“Being undefeated, you want to stay that way,” Spears said. “It was bittersweet for some of the girls.”

Baseball

Valley Blue Sox 19, Ocean State Waves 6 — The Blue Sox won their second straight New England Collegiate Baseball League championship with a road victory in Game 2 of the best-of-three series.

It was the first title for owner Fred Ciaglo, of Hadley.

Valley scored five runs in the first and never looked back. The Blue Sox led 6-0 after two and 11-3 after five.

The team collected 20 hits. Simon Whiteman was 6-for-7 with four RBIs and five runs scored. Connor Pauly was 4-for-6 with four RBIs, while Nate Cardy and Andre Marrero each homered and finished with three RBIs.

Tim Josten struck out three, walked four and allowed seven hits over five innings for the win.