Grand old game

Gateway’s Ava Auclair is greeted at home plate by teammates after smashing a grand slam against Franklin Tech in the first inning of Tuesday’s home game. (Photo by Chris Putz)

HUNTINGTON – Gateway sophomore Ava Auclair and the Gators had a grand old time Tuesday, and for good reason.
Auclair belted a first-inning grand slam and the Gateway Gators softball team cruised to a 15-2, mercy-shortened five inning contest Tuesday at home against Franklin Tech.
Auclair (2-for-3) also doubled, scored twice, and drove in a grand total of five runs.
Audrey Gamble (3 runs), Makala Gogal (3 RBIs), Stephanie Paiva (2 runs), Angela Wright (2 runs), Donna Viel (2 runs), and Lily Waters (2 RBIs) each had a hit for Gateway.
Gamble allowed just hits, two runs, struck out five batters and walked two on the mound.

Bombers batter Red Raiders
Westfield 7, Hampshire 5

Westfield’s bats came alive in the Bombers’ final home game.
Erin Gour doubled, homered, drove in three runs and scored once to lead Westfield. Bombers’ Hayley Moniz went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Casey Almeida had two hits and two runs, and Lindsey Kiltonic singled twice and scored a run.

Tigers claim Tri-County championship
Westfield Technical Academy 4, Smith Voke 2

Westfield Tech rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to capture victory, and with it, a Tri County South League title.
Freshman Riley Sullivan delivered the game-winner with an RBI double, scoring Chris Boyden.
Dante Bongiovanni (2-for-3, RBI) and Brody Zabielski (1-for-4, RBI) also plated runs.
Zabielski tossed another complete game, scattered six hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking none.
The game ended on a spectacular double play with shortstop Cade Bradley making a diving stop on a line drive and firing over to the first baseman, Bongiovanni to double up the runner at first base.
“The team never quit and had their focus on winning the league,” Westfield Tech coach Bob Eak said.

Saints turn back Pioneers
St. Mary’s 18, Pathfinder 3

St. Mary’s exploded for six runs in each of the first and fourth innings en route to a convincing victory at Bullens Field.
Matt Masciadrelli (walk, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Hunter Authier (RBI), Quinn Powers (run, 2 RBIs), Jake Butler (2 runs, RBI), Kevin Rockwal (walk, 4 runs, and Aidan Burke (2 runs, 4 RBIs) had two hits apiece to lead St. Mary’s.
Saints’ Hayden Lussier walked three times and scored three runs and Jack Lamirande finished with a hit, two walks, two runs, and four RBIs.

Lee rallies past STM
Lee 14, St. Mary’s 2

A promising start – St. Mary’s led 2-0 in the early minutes – fell by the wayside as Lee rallied.
Ten different players scored for Lee. St. Mary’s Riley Panniello and Katarzyna Wisnauckas each scored unassisted goals.
Anna Kosinski made 23 saves for Saints.

Westfield 9, Hampshire 8

Westfield’s JV squad completed a solid season with a record of 13-7, thanks in large part to a big four-run sixth inning.
Hannah Baker, Amber Garfield, and Abby Daley delivered key hits, and Kelsey Spiller walked in the big Westfield inning.
Emily Leclair went the distance on the mound for the Bombers, and recorded nine Ks.

LATE RESULTS – Mon., May 28
Shrewsbury 12, Westfield 9

Westfield’s Max Maggipinto netted a hat trick, Cam Theriault had two goals and three assists, Landon Reyes scored twice, Matt Bonsall and Nick Clauson each had a goal, and Will Cameron had an assist.
Bombers’ goalie Alex Beauchemin finished with nine saves.

West Springfield 2, Southwick 1

Southwick pitcher Nick Kavarakis allowed just two hits, walked two batters and struck out seven in a tough-luck loss.
Connor Roy (walk, run scored) and Tyler Keeney each had a hit for the Rams (13-6).
Southwick closes out the regular season Thursday at Mount Greylock.

Southwick 7, West Springfield 4

Nick Michaels pitched a complete game victory, allowing six hits, striking out nine batters, and going 1-for-3 at the plate for Southwick.
Rams’ Nate Goodwin went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He drove in two runs and scored one.
Southwick’s Jack Sebastyn doubled and drove in three runs.

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