Bombers heat up

WESTFIELD – The temperatures are heating up, and so are the Westfield Bombers.
Westfield exploded for a six-goal, third-quarter to rally from a one-run deficit en route to a convincing 13-5 win over visiting Amherst in a high school boys’ lacrosse game Tuesday.
Westfield’s Zach Gentle (3 goals, 3 assists), Matt Bonsall (1 goal, 5 assists), Max Maggipinto (2 goals), Kohl Lunardini (2 goals), Ryan Metcalf (3 goals, 1 assist), Landon Reyes (1 goal), and Sullivan Webster (1 goal) provided the offense.

Westfield’s Max Maggipinto takes one in for a goal against Amherst Tuesday. (Photo by Lynn Boscher)

Westfield goalies Alex Beauchemin (9 saves) and Ryan Reed (7) combined for 16 saves. Mitch Weiss delivered solid defense for the Bombers.

Pacers race past Saints
Chicopee 16, St. Mary 3

Chicopee raced out to an 8-1 first-quarter lead, and cruised to victory. Padraig Smith (1 goal, 1 assist), Aaron Blanchard (1 goal, 1 assist), Eddie Towers (1 goal), and Val Reopel (1 assist) scored for St. Mary.

Bombers rout Mustangs
Westfield 17, Monson 2

Kiele Bryant (4 goals, 1 assist), Hannah Jarvis (3 goals), Jordan Kowalski (3 assists), and Mackenzie Liptak (2 goals, 2 assists) provided the Westfield offense, and the Bombers’ defense clamped down on Monson.
“It was an outstanding job by the Westfield girls’ defense,” Westfield coach Paul Fenwick said.

Bombers bests TF
Westfield 4, Turners Falls 1

Westfield senior captain Tristan Viale led the way in the team’s home victory Tuesday.
Viale swept Jimmy Vaughn at first singles, 6-0, 6-0, Matt Roberts shook off a tough first match in defeating Ricky Craver at second singles, 7-5, 6-0, and both of Westfield’s doubles pairs celebrated victories.
Jalen Bodendorf and Jimmy Knapik won at first doubles, defeating Jovanni Ruggiano and Nick Morin 7-5, 6-2. Second doubles’ Joey Burzynski and Will Scott downed Will Turn and Josh Gavelin 6-3, 6-3.
“It was a great match and well played on both sides,” Westfield coach Pete Morizio said. “Westfield got the better of it today.”

Rams roll Panthers
Southwick 10, Palmer 2

Brittany Penland (3-for-5, RBI, 3 runs scored) homered, and Emily Lachtara (4 inn., 8 Ks) and Nicole Willey (3 inn., 5 Ks) combined for a two-hitter in Southwick’s victory, its second in two tries.
Lachtara also went 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs.
Southwick’s Molly Petit doubled in two runs and scored twice, Tori DellaGiustina finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and Allison Phelps collected her first varsity hit. Mckenna Leary delivered a hit, a run, and played great defense at third base.

Smith tips Gateway
Smith Academy 16, Gateway 14

Erica Wolfe (3-for-3), Audrey Gamble (3-5, triple), and Dayna Brittland (2-3) contributed offensively for Gateway.

Marsh leads Tigers
Franklin Tech 23, Westfield Technical Academy 2

Franklin Tech belted five extra base hits in defeating the host team.
Westfield Tech’s Leilani Marsh went 2-for-2 with a double, Hannah Roberts (run scored) and Arianna Levere each had a hit, and Cheyenne Slack scored a run.

Rams knock back Mustangs
Southwick-Tolland 10, Monson 6

Dan Burnett (1-for-2, hit by pitch, 3 RBIs), Bart Shea (1-2, run, 2 RBIs), Tyler Orban (1-4, 2 RBIs), and Connor Roy (2-3, 2 runs, RBI) delivered offensively for Southwick. Rams’ pitcher Nick Kavrakis struck out four batters in 5 1-3 innings.

Red Raiders rally past Tigers
Commerce 7, Westfield Technical Academy 2

An error-plagued sixth inning proved too costly for Westfield Tech to overcome as Commerce broke a 2-2 tie with five runs.
Andy Daniels and Tanner Haley had the lone hits for Westfield Tech. Chris Boyden and Alex Sparks each scored once.
Sparks also scattered four hits and struck out five in 5 1-3 innings.

Rams upend Indians
Southwick def. Ware, 13-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-19

Andrew Lachtara recorded five aces, three digs, and 16 assists, and Southwick went on to post a 3-1 win over visiting Ware.
Nolan Labrecque (2 aces, 5 kills), Nick Chambers (10 digs, 6 kills), Chance Tang (9 digs), and Nolan Winch (4 kills, 1 ace) also played well for the Rams.

McDonalds feast on success
Westfield 109, Chicopee 36

Moira McDonald won three events for Westfield – the 100 meter dash (12.9 seconds), 200 meters (27.50), and triple jump (4 feet, 4 inches) – and Bombers’ Mia McDonald (mile, 5:57.10; 2 mile, 15:15) and Amanda Hall (shot put, 33-10; discus, 76-7) each captured two first-place finishes.
McKenzie Chaban (110 hurdles, 17.30), Nicole Servetnik (400 hurdles, 1:19.60), Mary Philpott (800 meters, 2:36.20), Julie Guarente (high jump, 4-4), and Katie Knapik (javelin, 70-11) also struck gold for Westfield.

Monson 7, Southwick-Tolland 5

Frank Wyglarz pitched a strong 5 1-3 innings with no earned runs and eight strikeouts for Southwick. Rams catcher Dalton Bessette went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and threw out three baserunners from behind the dish.

Mon., April 10
Southwick 22, Central 1

Southwick exploded for 22 runs Monday against Central.

Mon., April 3
East Longmeadow 68, Westfield 63

Westfield produced a pair of multi-winners in its season opener.
Gabriel Piepergerdes finished first in the 110 hurdles (16.80) and high jump (6-0). Kyle McCaffrey captured victories in the shot put (35-10.5) and javelin (103-10).
Ryan Prenosil (400 meters, 52.10), Ricky Gao (400 hurdles, 1:27.70), Vito Ricciardi (800 meters, 2:23), Sam Wyniarski (mile, 5:11.20), and Jacob Curran (discus, 79-7) also won gold for Westfield.

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