High schools: Ana Growhoski records 100th career hit in Easthampton softball’s win over East Longmeadow

The Easthampton softball team celebrates Ana Growhoski’s 100th career hit Tuesday in a 9-7 victory at East Longmeadow.

The Easthampton softball team celebrates Ana Growhoski’s 100th career hit Tuesday in a 9-7 victory at East Longmeadow. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Published: 05-07-2024 9:29 PM

Modified: 05-08-2024 2:27 PM

Ana Growhoski tallied her 100th career hit as part of an eight-run first inning that helped the Easthampton softball team to a 9-7 victory over East Longmeadow on the road on Tuesday afternoon.

Growhoski went 3-for-5 on the day with three runs and an RBI, while Kayley Downie (three hits, two RBIs), Makenna Slate (two hits, three RBIs) and Samone Young (three hits) chimed in offensively.

Rosie Follet struck out eight in the circle to keep the Spartans at bay just enough after being aided eight runs of support in the opening frame.

Granby 22, Palmer 16 — Trailing 16-9 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Rams chipped away and then exploded for a 10-spot in the bottom of the sixth to rally for a victory on Tuesday in Granby.

Jordyn Placzek had two hits and four RBIs to aid the cause, while Grace Roy (double, two singles) and Cassie Flaherty (two doubles, triple) each had three hits and scored three runs apiece. Ellie Szlosek added two hits, including a double, and a pair of RBIs.

Meredith Bartosz earned the win in relief, striking out five in five innings of action.

Hampshire 8, Minnechaug 5 — Tied at four apiece heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Raiders made sure they wouldn’t drop two games in as many days. A four-run frame catapulted them to a victory over the Falcons in Westhampton.

Ashley Cortis tallied two hits and three RBIs and Kalin Dubay collected two hits and two runs. Ryanne Dubay tossed four strikeouts on four earned runs in a complete game in the circle.

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Hopkins 10, Smith Voc 2 — Cassidi Mushenski blasted a home run and added a single and two walks as the Golden Hawks bats were too much for the Vikings to handle on Tuesday. Alayna Bailey added a triple, three walks and three runs while Lily Ella (two hits, one run) and Cassie Dion (triple, run) each helped out Hopkins’ offense.

Makayla Tatro hit a solo home run and also added a single for Smith Voc, and Josie Dubay singled twice and walked.

Pope Francis 15, Belchertown 9 — The Orioles chipped away at the deficit with three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, but they couldn’t come all the way back despite only being out-hit 13-12.

Natalie Rose ripped a home run and was a triple shy of the cycle, Emily Waller collected four RBIs while Olivia Lafayette (three runs), Isabella Cauley (one run) and Laura Cote (one RBI, one run) each tallied two hits for Belchertown.

Greenfield 4, Frontier 1 — Back in April, the Redhawks handed Greenfield its first and only loss of the season thus far. The Green Wave got their revenge on Tuesday. 

Frontier seventh grader Raine Wonsey limited Greenfield to four hits, striking out two in six innings work in the circle. Skyler Steele cracked Frontier’s lone hit, with Sophia Pinardi driving in a run in the loss. 


Belchertown 7, Holyoke 1 — Canyon Charron struck out five in 5 1/3 solid innings of work, and Ian McDonald scored four runs to go with two hits as the Orioles downed the Purple Knights. Ian McDonald, Ryan Gould and Jake Waller all had two hits in the win for Belchertown, which used a three-run sixth to put the game out of reach.

Holyoke’s Tristan Salgado led the visitors with two hits, and Justin Rivera drove in the lone run in the fifth.

Frontier 14, Easthampton 4 (5) – Rosco Palmer stayed hot at the plate for the Redhawks, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, propelling Frontier to a Suburban League West victory.

Jack Conlon tallied three hits and three RBIs, Nico Fasulo launched a triple, a single and drove in a run, and Wyatt Edes recorded a hit and three RBIs.

Easthampton’s Anthony Incampo had two hits and scored two runs, while Jake Kostek also had two hits for the hosts.

Boys lacrosse

Agawam 19, Amherst 4 — The ‘Canes were held to just one goal in the second half as Agawam pulled away for a big win.

Skyler Ferro netted a hat trick for Amherst. Tre Bowman tallied the other goal and Tri Nguyen added an assist.

Boys tennis

Belchertown 3, Ludlow 2 – Luke Dudek closed out the match with the decisive point at No. 3 singles, scoring a 6-3, 7-5 win to help the Orioles capture an outright Valley Wheel regular season title on Tuesday.

Belchertown improved to 6-0 in the league to wrap-up Valley Wheel play undefeated.

Trevor Weiss was a 6-2, 7-5 winner at No. 1 singles, and the second doubles tandem of Mason Pobieglo and Jake Gormely cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win for Belchertown.

PVCICS 5, Hampden Charter 0 – Aidan Cleary won a three-setter at No. 1 singles for the Dragons (6-0, 4-6, 6-4), while Lee Ferguson (6-1, 6-1) and Asa Taggert (7-5, 6-4) also won singles matches.

James and Teddy Scott kept their unblemished record intact by earning a 6-1, 6-0 win at first doubles. Derek and Devan Ye also snagged a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles.

Leonx 3, Frontier 1 — Oliver Brown and Brayden Reipold picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win in No. 1 doubles in the Redhawks’ loss to the Millionaires on Tuesday in South Deerfield.

The second doubles match was suspended due to darkness.

Northampton 4, East Longmeadow 1 — Both Reilly and Galen Fowles made their first and second singles matches look easy on Tuesday, combining to lose zero games in two dominant 6-0, 6-0 showings for the Blue Devils.

Durrell Patrick completed the singles sweeps, winning 6-1, 6-0 at third singles. Reed O’Connor and Oliver Levine won the match of the day at first singles, working hard to earn a 7-6 (8-6 tiebreak), 4-6, 11-9 victory in a marathon match for Northampton.

Girls tennis

Chicopee 3, Frontier 2 — Frontier’s Thanushi Ratnatunge and Araceli McCoy won a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) decision at No. 1 doubles, while the second doubles pairing of Esther Ehle and Kayla Fagan scored a 6-3, 6-0 win.

Belchertown 4, Northampton 1 — Emalee Chaisson and Mia Corish responded to a 6-3 defeat in the first set in dominant fashion, winning 6-0, 6-0 over sets two and three in a No. 1 doubles win for the Orioles.

Ava Shea (6-1, 6-1) won easily at first singles, Amanda Murray (6-2, 6-1) grabbed a win at No. 3 singles and the second doubles pairing of Ellie Gelinas and Kasey Gibbons (6-2, 6-4) rounded out the Belchertown winners.

Summer Sorensen picked up the lone Blue Devils win, 6-1, 6-2, at second singles.

Ludlow 4, South Hadley 1 — Although the score appears otherwise, the Tigers played some very competitive tennis on Tuesday afternoon. Cara Dean and Grace O’Shea picked up the lone win in a 6-4, 6-4 win at second doubles.

South Hadley’s Madison Bruso and Abby Ngure lost in three sets, including a 10-7 tiebreak in the third in what was the most entertaining match of the competition.

Palmer 5, PVCICS 0 — The Dragons were swept on Tuesday, but three of the five matches went to three sets.

Sabine Loinaz fell 10-7 in the third set at first singles, Eloise Tolejo lost 6-2 in the third set at second singles and Lien Powers-Moran dropped the third set 6-3 at third singles.

Late Monday results


Greenfield 4, Hampshire 3 (10) — Exactly one week removed from a tough one-run loss to the Green Wave, the Raiders again fell short to the back-to-back reigning Division 5 champs on Monday – this time in 10 innings.

CC Thayer blasted a home run for Hampshire, while Ashley Cortis and Chelsea Vanasse added two hits apiece. Ryanne Dubay tossed seven innings and Rachel Hickox threw two and 2/3 innings, combining for 10 strikeouts.


South Hadley 21, Palmer 6 (5) — Fifteen runs across the third and fourth innings were plenty enough for the Tigers in a drubbing of Palmer on Monday.

John Viola (two runs, two RBIs) and Logan Carpenter (two runs, four RBIs) each tallied three hits for South Hadley, and Memphis Huertas added four RBIs at the dish as well. Viola tossed all five innings on the mound, striking out eight on two walks.

Pathfinder 13, Smith Voc 1 (5) — The Vikings managed just two hits in a five-inning loss to Pathfinder. James Lavallee singled and Joel Charbonneau doubled for Smith Voc.

Kaleb Jorritsma (two strikeouts) and Jared Baer (three strikeouts) split time on the mound.

Boys lacrosse

Lenox 14, Belchertown 13 — Heading into the fourth quarter tied at 11, the Millionaires out-scored the Orioles 3-2 to squeak out a nail-biter on Monday.

Nico St. George shined with seven points (five goals, two assists), Charlie Fijal notched six points (two goals, four assists) and Vincent Ting found the back of the net twice for Belchertown.

Girls lacrosse

Mount Greylock 17, South Hadley 10 — Eliana Britton and Margo Watkins (one assist) each recorded hat tricks for the Tigers, but it wasn’t enough to hang with the Mounties on Monday.

Emily Piligian (two goals), Ava Asselin (one goal, two assists) and Raquel Losty (one goal) chipped in offensively while Riley Nestor saved 10 shots in the cage.

Boys volleyball

Chicopee 3, South Hadley 0 — Beau Briere (nine digs, one ace) and Jonathon Grim (one ace) combined for nine kills for the Tigers in a 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 loss on Monday.

Sam Morozov dug up 21 balls and added three aces while Connor Racine-Rocheleau put down two kills and collected four blocks at the net.