High schools: Sofia Holden, Amherst softball hold off late Belchertown rally in 5-3 victory (PHOTOS)

Smith Vocational shortstop Kaleb Jorritsma (8) throws out a Franklin Tech baserunner during action in Turners Falls on Friday.

Smith Vocational shortstop Kaleb Jorritsma (8) throws out a Franklin Tech baserunner during action in Turners Falls on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Smith Vocational’s James Lavallee (10) delivers a pitch against Franklin Tech during action on Friday in Turners Falls.

Smith Vocational’s James Lavallee (10) delivers a pitch against Franklin Tech during action on Friday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Smith Vocational’s Patrick Millin connects against Franklin Tech during action on Friday in Turners Falls.

Smith Vocational’s Patrick Millin connects against Franklin Tech during action on Friday in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Amherst’s Luna Weiss (4) hits a single against Belchertown in the top of the sixth inning Friday in Belchertown.

Amherst’s Luna Weiss (4) hits a single against Belchertown in the top of the sixth inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Belchertown’s Avery Cooper (18) connects for an inside-the-park home run against Belchertown in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Belchertown’s Avery Cooper (18) connects for an inside-the-park home run against Belchertown in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Belchertown’s Avery Cooper (18), second from right, catches her breath and celebrates with teammates after scoring on an inside-the-park home run against Belchertown in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Belchertown’s Avery Cooper (18), second from right, catches her breath and celebrates with teammates after scoring on an inside-the-park home run against Belchertown in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Belchertown players celebrate with Avery Cooper (18) after an inside-the-park home run against Belchertown in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Belchertown players celebrate with Avery Cooper (18) after an inside-the-park home run against Belchertown in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Amherst’s Stephanie Barton (20) drives in two runs with an RBI single against Belchertown in the top of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Amherst’s Stephanie Barton (20) drives in two runs with an RBI single against Belchertown in the top of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Amherst players Corinne Charlebois (7), left, and Sofia Holden (3) celebrate with Luna Weiss (4) after scoring against Belchertown in the top of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Amherst players Corinne Charlebois (7), left, and Sofia Holden (3) celebrate with Luna Weiss (4) after scoring against Belchertown in the top of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Amherst catcher Corinne Charlebois snags a pop fly for an out against Belchertown in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday in Belchertown

Amherst catcher Corinne Charlebois snags a pop fly for an out against Belchertown in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday in Belchertown STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Amherst’s Corinne Charlebois (7) singles against Belchertown in the top of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Amherst’s Corinne Charlebois (7) singles against Belchertown in the top of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Amherst pitcher Sofia Holden (3) throws against Belchertown in the top of the third inning Friday in Belchertown.

Amherst pitcher Sofia Holden (3) throws against Belchertown in the top of the third inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Belchertown’s Olivia Lafayette (13) hits a double against Amherst in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Belchertown’s Olivia Lafayette (13) hits a double against Amherst in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Belchertown’s Olivia Lafayette (13) high-fives Avery Cooper (18) after scoring against Amherst in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown.

Belchertown’s Olivia Lafayette (13) high-fives Avery Cooper (18) after scoring against Amherst in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Belchertown pitcher Lila Roy (14) throws against Amherst in the bottom of the fourth inning Friday in Belchertown.

Belchertown pitcher Lila Roy (14) throws against Amherst in the bottom of the fourth inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Belchertown catcher Avery Cooper (18) throws an Amherst baserunner out a third base in the top of the fifth inning Friday in Belchertown.

Belchertown catcher Avery Cooper (18) throws an Amherst baserunner out a third base in the top of the fifth inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Amherst baserunner Lunda Weiss (4) sprints home to score against Belchertown in the top of the fourth inning Friday in Belchertown.

Amherst baserunner Lunda Weiss (4) sprints home to score against Belchertown in the top of the fourth inning Friday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Report

Published: 05-10-2024 9:18 PM

Amherst’s Sofia Holden locked it down in the circle on Friday against the Belchertown softball team. 

A day after recording her 600th career strikeout, Holden went the distance, struck out 11, scattered four hits and walked two while keeping the Orioles off the scoreboard until the seventh. The Hurricanes managed to walk away with a 5-3 triumph in Belchertown. 

Amherst scored two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and two in the seventh in the victory. 

Stephanie Barton cracked a pair of hits and RBIs, Corinne Charlebois singled and doubled, Holden doubled while Luna Weiss recorded two hits for the Hurricanes. 

Lila Roy struck out nine, Isabella Cauley and Avery Cooper both had a hit and an RBI while Natalie Rose and Olivia Lafayette hit safely for Belchertown. 

Smith Academy 10, Pioneer 5 — Caitlin Graves cracked three hits while Meghan Bell recorded two hits and two RBIs in the Falcons’ independent win over the Panthers in Northfield Friday. 

Marissa Belina knocked a hit and drove in two runs, Alexa Jagodzinski, Emilia Neves and Emma Moynihan each drove in a run while Emma Tisdell hit safely for Smith Academy. 

Franklin Tech 18, Northampton 2 (5) — Caroline Riordon had two of the Blue Devils’ four hits in a loss to Franklin County League East-leading Franklin Tech at Sheldon Field.

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Northampton led 1-0 after one inning before the visiting Eagles scored three in the second and four in the third. Riordan and Sasha Rodriguez both drove in a run for ’Hamp.

Monson 15, Easthampton 8 — McKenzie McCarthy had three hits and three RBIs for the Eagles, which led 2-0 after half an inning but allowed seven in the bottom of the first en route to a road loss on Friday.

Sophia Faginski had two hits and two RBIs for Easthampton, while Kayley Downie also roped two hits.

Baseball

Hopkins 21, Easthampton 1 (5) — Chace Earle didn’t allow a hit for the Golden Hawks, which cruised to a five-inning victory on Friday in Easthampton.

Earle struck out six, walked four and hit a batter to lift Hopkins. The visitors scored eight runs in the first inning and seven more in the second to snatch control. Liam Flynn scored four times out of the leadoff spot.

Easthampton’s Jason Sigda scored the lone run for the home team.

Frontier 3, Southwick 0 — Tyler Cusson pitched a seven-inning shut out for the Redhawks, striking out nine and allowing two hits as Frontier earned an independent win in South Deerfield Friday. 

Kaden James singled and doubled, Nico Fasulo tallied an RBI double, Grayson Loos doubled while Jack Conlon, Ben Caron and Owen Babb hit safely in the win. 

Franklin Tech 7, Smith Voc 3 — Patrick Millin had two hits out of the leadoff spot for the Vikings, which trailed just 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth before Franklin Tech put a four-spot on the board to ice an independent win in Turners Falls.

James Lavallee struck out seven in a complete-game outing on the bump for Smith Voc.

Amherst 11, Mohawk Trail 7 — Matt Vassallo knocked three hits while Greg King and Elijah Rubinstein each had a pair of hits in the Hurricanes’ win over the Warriors in Buckland Friday. 

Greg King struck out two while Vassallo struck out five in the victory. 

Girls lacrosse

Amherst 15, Hoosac 14 — Hoosac charged back in the second half to force overtime, but Amherst scored the overtime tally to come away with a win in Amherst Friday. 

Abi Como scored five goals, Kiko Bhowmik and Talia Sadiq each tallied four goals while Francesca Sloan scored twice for Amherst. Zoey Candito made 16 saves in the win.  

Girls tennis

Belchertown 4, Chicopee Comp 1 — Ava Shea won in No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-0) while Anna Stamp came out victorious in No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-2) in the Orioles’ win on Friday. 

Emalee Chaisson and Amanda Murray won in No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-0) while Alena Karabetsos and Bella Cebula won 7-5, 4-6, 10-4 in No. 2 doubles. 

Northampton 3, West Springfield 2 — Ursula Von Goeler picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win in No. 1 singles while Summer Sorensen earned a 6-2, 6-2 win in No. 2 singles in the Blue Devils' win over the Terriers on Friday. 

Margaux Galvin and Casey Barder won 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 doubles to seal the Northampton win. 

Lee 4, Frontier 1 — Esther Ehle and Kayla Fagan earned a 6-1, 6-2 triumph in No. 2 doubles in the Redhawks’ loss to the Wildcats on Friday in South Deerfield.

Boys tennis

East Longmeadow 3, Amherst 2 — Miles Jeffries cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles for the Hurricanes, which lost yet another 3-2 decision on Friday.

Elias Katsaros also won at No. 2 singles for Amherst, grinding out a 6-2, 2-6, 10-3 victory.

Belchertown 5, West Springfield 0 — Luke Dudek (6-1, 6-1) and Camryn Kaczowka (6-1, 6-2) were easy singles winners to pace the Orioles on Friday.

Boys volleyball

Frontier 3, East Longmeadow 0 — Aleks Carey led the way with 17 kills while Jack Carey added 16 kills in the Redhawks’ 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 triumph over the Spartans on Friday in East Longmeadow. 

Tavo Vincent-Warner dished 40 Assists, Evan Maio came up with 17 digs while Will Petrin tallied three kills and was strong in the service line for Frontier. 

Youth sports

Northampton 13U baseball

The Northampton 13U baseball team continued their strong start to the season with a 10-0 win over Belchertown on Thursday at Florence Athletic Fields.

Oliver Yao, Dylan Lawrence-Riddell (six strikeouts), and Tait Kennedy combined to pitch a one-hit shutout, and Kennedy made two stellar plays in the field.

Elliott Frankl knocked in two runs on a line drive single, while Lawrence-Riddell was 2-for-4. Logan Ridenour picked up the lone hit for Belchertown. Lazarus Cruz pitched well in relief for Belchertown, giving up one hit and no runs over three innings.

Late Thursday results

Boys lacrosse

Northampton 9, Belchertown 8 (OT) — Minti Peterson netted a hat trick and dished out an assist as the Blue Devils notched an OT win on Thursday evening.

Jackson Oravec and Jack Carpenter scored two goals apiece, and Henry Fallon made 13 saves for ’Hamp.

Belchertown’s Nico St. George potted a hat trick and assisted on another, and Charlie Fijal added two goals on the night.