High schools: Quinn Cook, Granby slug past Mahar in softball season opener

Staff Reports

Published: 03-29-2024 8:57 PM

A Quinn Cook grand slam and three triples and three RBIs from Grace Roy catapulted the Granby softball team to over 20 runs in its first game of the season.

The Rams rolled to a 21-9 win in five innings of Mahar on Friday in Granby.

Cook went 2-for-4 and added two runs scored and a walk, Roy put forth a perfect 4-for-4 day including a walk, and Mabel Carillon recorded two hits, two runs, two walks and an RBI at the plate.

Carillon also stepped into the circle, pitching five innings and fanning six batters on five hits.

Agawam 16, Frontier 5 — Trailing 8-5 heading into the sixth inning, Agawam exploded for six runs before Alexina Lentes crushed a two-run homer in the seventh, with Agawam pulling away with a 16-5 independent victory over Frontier in South Deerfield on Friday. 

Delaney Fifield knocked a double and two singles, Sophia Pinardi had a pair of hits and RBIs while Olivia Machon cracked a hit that brought in a run for the Redhawks. 

Raine Wonsey struck out four while Ashley Taylor added two strikeouts for Frontier. 

Central 18, Smith Academy 6 — The Falcons couldn’t contain a high-powered Golden Eagles offense in an opening day loss on Friday afternoon.

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Caitlin Graves ripped a triple and scored two runs for Smith Academy, while both Emma Moynihan and Alexa Jagodzinski each recorded two hits, two runs and an RBI. Marissa Belina and Emma Tisdell tallied a hit apiece in the loss. Nataly Slysz struck out one Central batter in the circle.

West Springfield 14, Northampton 8 — The Blue Devils hung an eight spot on the scoreboard, but it wasn’t enough to out-slug the high-powered Terriers bats.

Northampton hosts Turners Falls on April 3 for its second game of the year.

Girls tennis

Palmer 5, Frontier 0 — Despite a strong team effort on opening day, the Redhawks suffered a 5-0 loss to Palmer. Frontier’s Hashini Ratnatunge put forth a good performance, but fell 6-2, 6-3 to Hannah Hoang in first singles.

Makayla Craig (second singles), Ella Sibley (third singles), Thanushi Ratnatunge and Aylen Shaw (first doubles), Araceli McCoy and Esther Ehle (second doubles) all also competed for the Redhawks.

Girls lacrosse

West Springfield 16, South Hadley 5 — Raquel Losty led the offensive attack for the Tigers, scoring a team-high two goals as one of four different players to find the back of the net.

Margaret Watkins, Maddy McArdle and Caitlin Dean also each tallied a goal while Ava Asselin added an assist in the South Hadley loss. Audrey Canata paced West Springfield with four goals and three assists.

Boys volleyball

South Hadley 3, Veritas Prep 1 — An out-of-region battle was on the docket for the Tigers in game No. 1 of the spring season, and they handled business on the road to improve to 1-0.

South Hadley returns to action on April 2 against Baystate Academy for its home opener.

Sci-Tech 3, Frontier 0 — After dropping their sea son opener Thursday night, the Redhawks fell to 0-2 on Friday in a straight set loss to Sci-Tech.

Set scores were 25-20, 25-20, 25-17.

Jack Carey recorded a team-high eight  kills and  team-high seven digs to pace the Frontier  offense, Tavo Vincent-Warner tallied five assists and Theo Sargent, Will Petrin and Vincent-Warner each put down an ace. Will Reading added three kills for the Redhawks.