Slamming good time

HUNTINGTON – Gateway’s Ava Auclair hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, Audrey Gamble went 4-for-5, and Dana Britland and Grace Van Buren each picked up two hits in a softball game against Central. Unfortunately for the Gators, the end result was a Golden Eagles victory, 22-13.

Gateway Regional High School softball coach Matt Bonenfant, left, concludes his pregame speech as the Gators huddle up prior to taking the field against visiting Central Friday morning in Huntington. (Photo by Chris Putz)

In the second game against Easthampton, Gateway managed three hits off the Eagles’ pitcher, who was coming off a no-hitter. Erika Wolfe, Taryn Kubik, and Angela Wright each managed hits. The Gators fell 21-0 in five innings.

Gators lunge forward
Gateway 18, Putnam 1

Gateway went on a tear, scoring three runs in each of the first and third innings before exploding for seven in the fifth to close the door on Putnam.
Gateway produced several multi-hit leaders Friday: Brandon Daniels (2-for-5, hit by pitch, 2 runs), Jake McKittrick (3-3, walk, HBP, 4 runs), Shane Mastello (2-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, sac), and Wyatt Heeter (3-5, 2 runs, RBI).
Josh Webster (triple, walk, HBP, 4 runs), Brett Turban (walk, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Garrett Bean (2 walks, run, RBI), Nathaniel Bushor (walk, 2 RBIs), and Jake Thayer (walk, run) also each had a hit for the Gators.
Turban tossed a seven-inning, two-hitter on the mound for Gateway. Turban piled up 11 strikeouts, walked two batters and allowed just one run.

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