SOUTHWICK – The season may be young, but the Southwick High School softball team is playing like a veteran squad.
Southwick’s pitching staff tossed a combined one-hitter, and the Rams shut out the visiting Gateway Gators 12-0 Friday.
Sophomore Emily Lachtara struck out nine batters, and allowed just one hit in three innings. Vicky Willey allowed no hits and one walk in two innings of relief.
Jenn Yelin led all hitters with three hits, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Southwick. The Rams received contributions from several batters. Sydney Rogers (RBI), Tori DellaGiustina (2 runs, 2 RBIs), Katelyn Sylvia (RBI), and Steph Devine (3 RBIs) clubbed two hits apiece.
Red Raiders roll
Hampshire 6, Westfield 0
The Red Raiders held the Bombers to just four total hits.
BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD
Collins, Peterson propel Rams
Southwick 97, Monson 38
Seniors Jonathan Collins and Nick Peterson dominated a boys’ track and field contest for Southwick, and a fellow sophomore lent a couple of assists.
Collins won four events – the high jump (5-10), javelin (134-6), 400 meters (55.6), and 200 meters (23.8) – to lead the team. Peterson finished first three times, capturing gold in the long jump (19-8 1/3), triple jump (41-5 ¼), and 100 meters (12.0).
Southwick sophomore Dermotheo Walden took first in two events, the shot put (37-3) and discus (111-1 ½).
Dan Lane (100 hurdles, 16.4) and Chad Birchall (800 meters, 226.4) also won individual honors with first-place victories in their respective events, and the team’s 4×100 (46.3) and 4×400 (4:18.1) relay teams were also winners.
Colts stomp Saints
Chicopee Comp 11, St. Mary 3
Kaylee Krajewski (4 goals, 1 assist) and Destinie Montano (3 goals) combined for seven of Chicopee Comp’s 11 goals.
St. Mary’s Jillian Watson led St. Mary with two goals. Aisling Butler scored one goal for the Saints, and Olivia Mazza had an assist.
It’s a Purple Knight
Holyoke def. Southwick, 25-16, 25-10, 15-10
Jake Prewett (5 kills, 2 aces), Tim Giancola (4 assists), and Ryan Todesco (2 kills, 12 completed attacks) led Southwick.
The Rams’ JV squad, which was also swept in three straight sets, received contributions from Zach Thome (4 kills), Kyle Jensen (5 completed serves), and Gus Yacteen (3 aces).
Monson 5, Southwick 4
Monson scored the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull off a dramatic road victory.
Josh Sylvia pitched a magnificent seven innings for Southwick, allowing just two earned runs, striking out nine batters, and walking none. Bart Shea pitched well in relief despite a couple of tough-luck plays.
Rams’ Connor Roy, Tyler Orbin, and Sam Mizanoglu each had hits.