WESTFIELD – Westfield Tech had a blast – two in fact – in pulling out a nail-biting “W” in a high school softball game Wednesday at Whitney Field.
Sophomore Cheyenne Slack cranked two home runs, and drove in three runs for Westfield Tech, which edged Renaissance, 15-14. Tigers’ Samantha Melchionne belted two doubles, Jennisha Alvalle hit a triple, and Taya Allen doubled as well.
Westfield Tech pitchers Stephanie Allen and Keisha DeJesus put together a winning effort on the mound.
Renaissance catcher Nahyska Dumey delivered a third-inning grand slam and first baseman Antonaya McMillian hit a triple. Sophomore pitcher Casandra Perez pitched all six innings.
Rams post shutout
Southwick 10, Easthampton 0
Tori Delaguistina (5-for-5, double, 3 RBIs), Sydney Rogers (4-for-5, double, 3 runs scored), Kate Sylvia (3-for-4, double, run, 2 RBIs), and Britt Penland (2-for-4, RBI) led Southwick at the plate.
Rams’ pitcher Emily Lachtara was solid on the mound. Lachtara pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout. She struck out 13 batters and walked two.
Gators host double header
Smith Academy 14, Gateway 11; Palmer 25, Gateway 0
Kayla Priest, Audrey Gamble, and Joanna Arkoette scraped together the lone hits for Gateway in the first game of a double header. The Gators made a valiant comeback against Smith, rallying from a 12-2 deficit with a six-run fifth inning.
Bombers sweep Beavers
Westfield def. Putnam, 25-12, 25-10, 25-17
Westfield bounced back from a loss to Agawam with a solid road win.
Igor Belokopytov (10 kills), Tyler Stanton (12 digs), Scott Walsh (28 assists, 2 aces), Eddie Loboda (6 kills, 5 aces), and Ryan Murray (8 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks) contributed to the all-around team effort.
“It was a nice start to (the) independent portion of our schedule (thanks to) efficient offensive performance from our hitters,” Westfield coach Tyler Wingate said.
The Bombers next host South Division leaders, Sabis, Friday at 12:15 p.m.
WMA topples Southwick
Wilbraham-Monson Academy def. Southwick, 25-15, 26-18, 16-25, 25-22
Nick Chambers (10 digs, 3 kills), Andrew Lachtara (2 aces, 8 assists), and Declan O’Donnell (9 digs, 4 kills) led Southwick.
Bombers stay unbeaten
Westfield 4, Central 1
Westfield improved to 3-0 with an impressive effort against Central.
Shayne Holloway and James Knapik won at second (6-4, 6-3) and third singles (6-0, 6-1), respectively, for Westfield. Bombers’ Colin Gilbert and Jalen Bodendorf swept first singles, 6-0, 6-0; second doubles’ pair Joe Burdzenski and Jacob Perpetua won 6-1, 6-2.
Westfield’s Tristin Viale lost a tough, hard-fought match to Hussein Abdi at first singles, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (7-10).
Bombers post shutout
Westfield 5, Northampton 0
Westfield’s Clara Hinck toppled Shannon Collins at first singles, 6-2, 6-2; Anushka Sharma defeated Northampton’s Tousey Pfarren at second singles, 6-2, 7-6, (7-2); and, Bombers’ Nicole Vilane downed Hanna Kanig at third singles, 6-2, 7-6, (7-1).
Northampton forfeited both doubles’ matches.
TF edges STM
Turners Falls 3, St. Mary 2
St. Mary’s Jessica Crosby posted a decisive win, defeating Turners Falls’ Kortney Thurber at second singles, 6-0, 6-4. Saints’ third singles’ player Ashley Forest delivered impressive results, winning her second singles match of the season, 6-3, 6-1.
In second doubles, St. Mary’s Alexis Shedd and Mariah Suarez faced Amber Taylor and Emily Severens, of Turners Falls. This match was a 3-set battle for the win for the teams. Turners Falls took the first set 6-4. The Saints’ battled back and took the second set 6-2 and sending the match into a third and deciding set. The Turners Falls girls regrouped and came back to win the third set 6-3.
Red Raiders topple Tigers
Commerce 13, Westfield Technical Academy 4
Elliot Avery (double, run, RBI), Cade Bradley (RBI), and Cody Garwacki (double, run, RBI) managed two hits apiece for Westfield Tech.
Kevin Andino (double, 5 runs), A.J. Archeval (2 runs, 2 RBIs), and Luis Santiago (2 runs, 2 RBIs) each collected three hits.
BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD
Castor, Lecrenski multi-winners
Putnam 50, Southwick 38
Brandon Castor won three events – 200 meters (23.10), 400 meter hurdles (1:08.40), and the high jump (5-10) – to lead Southwick. Rams’ Matt Lecrenski finished first in the 400 meters (56.30) and long jump (18-1.5).