High schools: Smith Academy softball rallies past Holyoke

Smith Academy pitcher Sophia Jagodzinski (10) throws against Granby earlier this season.

Smith Academy pitcher Sophia Jagodzinski (10) throws against Granby earlier this season. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports

Published: 04-29-2024 9:38 PM

The Smith Academy softball team trailed 8-2 into the fifth inning before scoring 10 runs to snatch control and win 18-8 over Holyoke on Monday afternoon.

All told, Smith posted 16 unanswered to capture the victory.

Sophia Jagodzinski had two hits, two runs and an RBI for the Falcons, while Caitlin Graves smacked two hits to go with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Emilia Neves, Marissa Belina, and Anna Scagel each had two hits, scored two runs, and had an RBI in the victory.

Holyoke’s Alanna Bonilla led the way with three hits and two RBIs, while Jayshalee Santos had two hits, including a home run, and Lily Tapion also had a pair of hits.

Hopkins 14, Athol 0 (5) — Cassie Dion struck out eight in five innings for the Golden Hawks, which scored four runs in the first inning to set the tone.

Cassidi Mushenski tripled as part of a two-hit, three-RBI outing, while Dion, Olivia Earle and Lily Ellia each had two hits for Hopkins.

Frontier 25, Southwick 2 (5) — Delaney Fifield led the Redhawks’ offensive attack with two home runs and was 3-for-3 with five RBIs in a dominant victory on Monday.

Skyler Steele hit a home run and was 4-for-5 with six RBIs for Frontier. Ashley Taylor struck out eight in a five-inning win, holding Southwick to two hits and two walks. Olivia Machon notched two hits and drove in three runs.

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Pathfinder 11, Belchertown 7 — Five runs in the top of the first was too much for the Orioles to overcome, despite only being outhit 11-10 on Monday.

Valerie Williams tallied three hits and four RBI while Olivia Lafeyette collected two RBI and a run on one hit. Julie Cozine added two hits and two runs of her own to help aid the Belchertown offense.


Belchertown 2, Chicopee 1 — Evan Ferguson struck out eight in a complete-game effort, allowing just three hits and three walks in a win over the Pacers on Monday.

Ryan Gould had two hits for Belchertown, which scored twice in the bottom of the third inning thanks to RBIs from Ferguson and Ian McDonald.

Smith Voc 13, St. Mary’s 1 — The Vikings improved to 6-1 on the season, 2-1 in the Tri-County League North via the lopsided victory.

Frontier 4, Monument Mountain 0 — Owen Babb went the distance on the hill for the Redhawks, striking out three, scattering just three hits and allowing only two walks as Frontier walked away with an independent triumph in Great Barrington on Monday. 

The Redhawks scored two runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth. 

Southwick 9, Amherst 5 — Elijah Rubinstein went 1-for-4 with two RBI while Matt Vassallo went 2-for-3 to lead the ‘Canes. Thatcher Rudnik connected for an RBI double in the first inning to open the scoring, but Amherst couldn’t maintain the lead.

Vassallo earned the start, fanning two batters in three innings of work.

Turners Falls 16, Smith Academy 1 — Garret Willard recorded two hits and scored the Falcons’ lone run on Monday, but the Turners Falls offense erupted for 16 runs.

Smith Academy is still in search for its first win of the spring season.

Boys lacrosse

Wahconah 13, Amherst 7 — Sawyer Ferro and Skyler Ferro both netted hat tricks for the Hurricanes in a loss to powerhouse Wahconah on Monday.

Spencer McDonald also tallied for Amherst, and goalie Jason Kim made 12 saves.

Monson 15, St. Mary’s 6 — Liam Ramos scored three goals and assisted on another for the Saints, while Chris Rowbotham added two goals and a helper. Alexander McCann made 17 saves for St. Mary’s.

Northampton 9, Lenox 8 — Mykal Norris’ hat trick helped the Blue Devils avenge their early-season loss to the Millionaires. The first time around, Lenox won by one in overtime. Northampton was on the right side of the coin on Monday.

Keller Mahoney (two goals, two assists), Jack Carpenter (two goals, one assist), Jackson Oravec (one goal, one assist) and Minti Peterson (one goal, one assist) all added to the scoring in the win. Henry Fallon saved eight shots in the cage.

Belchertown 11, Chicopee Comp 3 — Nico St. George netted four goals, Caleb Reardon and Rylan Queiros added two apiece and six different players notched assists in the Orioles’ decisive win.

Belchertown led 7-2 at halftime and only gave up one goal over the final 24 minutes.

Girls lacrosse

Belchertown 12, South Hadley 10 — Madysen LePage scored a hat trick and notched four assists to lead the Orioles. Veronica Dymkowski, Aubrey McCain and McKenzie LePage each added two goals.

South Hadley received two goals apiece from Raquel Losty, Eliana Britton, Maddy McArdle and Margaret Watkins. Riley Nestor made 10 saves.

Westfield 20, Hampshire 3 — Abby Hennessy recorded the 400th save of her career for the Raiders in a loss to powerhouse Westfield on Monday.

Hennessy stopped eight shots for Hampshire. Rylie Simmons scored twice and Ryleigh Fennessy also tallied.

Amherst 18, Granby 5 — Francesca Sloan (six) and Kiko Bhowmik (five) combined for 11 goals as the ‘Canes continued their dominant start to the season with another big win. They are now 8-0 this season.

Kalli White led the Rams with two goals, while goalies Cedar Conrad (Amherst) and Faith Ramos (Granby) both had strong games in the cage. Conrad tallied 12 saves and Ramos snagged nine.

Boys tennis

Amherst 5, Agawam 0 — The Hurricanes cruised to a dominant victory, dropping just three total games across five matches on Monday.

Miles Jeffries (6-0, 6-1), Elias Katsaros (6-0, 6-0) and Brock Waldman (6-0, 6-0) won singles matches for Amherst. The first doubles team of Talvin Dhingra and Oliver Hansell swept a 6-0, 6-0 decision, and the No. 2 doubles pairing of Jackson Barber-Just and Amitav Dhingra snagged a 6-0, 6-2 win.

Frontier 4, Turners Falls 1 — The Redhawks cruised to wins in second and third singles as well as both doubles matches to get past the Thunder on Monday.

Robert Fuqua (second singles, 6-1, 6-3), Caiden Manning (third singles, 6-4, 6-0), Oliver Brown and Brayden Reipold (first doubles, 6-1, 6-0) and Noah Nichols and Donovan Vichi (second doubles, 6-0, 6-3) were all winners for Frontier.

Girls tennis

PVCICS 3, Frontier 2 — The Dragons won two of the three singles matches, with Sabine Loinaz (6-0, 6-0) and Eloise Tuleja (7-5, 6-3) helping PVCICS to a team victory.

Hashini Ratntunge was a 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 winner at No. 1 singles for Frontier. The teams split the two doubles matches.

Belchertown 4, Amherst 1 — The Orioles swept the doubles matches, as Mia Corish and Emalee Chaisson (first doubles, 6-2, 6-3) and Ellie Gelinas and Kasey Gibbons (second doubles, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5) both earned victories – the latter a marathon match.

Ava Shea won 6-3, 6-2 at first singles and Anna Stamp triumphed 6-4, 6-3 at second singles. Aliya Osman picked up the lone win for Amherst at third singles via a comeback, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.

West Springfield 3, South Hadley 2 — Sarah Cormier won her third singles match 6-2, 6-2. Cara Dean and Abby Ngure won second doubles, 6-3, 6-3.

Track & field

East Longmeadow 85, Northampton 54 — JJ Moore won both the high jump (5-8) and triple jump (39-5.5), but it wasn’t enough for the Blue Devils to beat a strong East Longmeadow group. Davis Wheat added wins in the pole vault (8-6) and shot put (36-5).

The lone track event Northampton won was the 400 hurdles, as Silas Knight-Richard finished in 1:05.00.

Frontier 94, Mohawk Trail 48 — Frontier’s Julian Adams (109-4) won the discus and Aiden Dredge (142-0) won the javelin. Adrien Pazmandy won the pole vault (10-6) and the 400-hurdles (68.0).

Ben Cachiguango won the 110-hurdles (16.8), Luke Howard won the mile (4:46.8) and the 800 (2:12.7). Gus Radner won the 400 (57.2) and Evan Hedlund won the 2-mile (10:40.5) Frontier won the 4x100 (49.9) and 4x400 relays (3:53.6).

Boys volleyball

Putnam 3, Belchertown 2 — Rainer Kristensen dished out 28 assists for the Orioles in a tight loss on Monday. Set scores were 19-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, 15-12.

Brian Burns put down 13 kills for Belchertown, with Shea MacLean and Noah Yankson each adding nine.

Late weekend results


South Hadley 6, Southwick 5 — The Tigers added a key insurance run in the top of the seventh that put them ahead by two, which proved its importance when the Rams grabbed one back in the bottom half – but South Hadley hung on for the win on Saturday in a game dedicated to pediatric cancer.

Matt Drobiak ripped three hits and scored twice while adding a complete game on the bump (seven strikeouts), and Logan and Gavin Carpenter each got a hit and scored a run. The Tigers took advantage of six Southwick errors.

Pittsfield 12, Belchertown 4 — After a four-run second inning doubled up the Generals early, the Orioles struggled to generate any more offense the rest of the way on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Gould had two hits and an RBI and Chris Rivers added an RBI single for Belchertown’s offense. Ian McDonald, Canyon Charron and Gould combined for five strikeouts sharing duties on the mound.


Easthampton 15, Chicopee Comp 1 (5) — Ten different Eagles recorded a hit, led by McKenzie McCarthy’s 4-for-4, two-RBI day, as they stomped on the Colts early with eight runs in the second.

Megan Fickett tallied three hits and three runs while Ana Growhoski, Kayley Downie, Makenna Slate and Sophia Faginski each collected two hits in Easthampton’s win. Summer Routhier was fantastic in the circle, striking out eight and walking only one in a complete-game effort.

Girls tennis

Frontier 4, PVCA 1 — The Redhawks relied on their youngsters on Saturday, and they came through with a win over Pioneer Valley Christian Academy.

Eighth grader Ella Sibley got the start at first singles and fell in a hard-fought match, Thanushi Ratnatuge won 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and Jimin Ahn played in her first-ever match at third singles, picking up a 6-2, 6-0 win. Frontier’s first doubles pair of Aylen Shaw and Araceli McCoy cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win while the Redhawks also picked up a forfeit win at second doubles.

Youth sports


Northampton 12, Amherst 4 — Dylan Lawrence-Riddell started on the mound for the Blue Devils, pitching two innings and striking out five batters. Oilver Yau and Tait Kennedy both pitched well in relief, with Yau striking out five over three innings.

Lawrence-Riddell also contributed an RBI single. Iggy Piotrowski led the offense from the lead-off spot, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a triple. Kennedy and Yau also drove in runs for the Blue Devils.

Johnny Siano collected two base knocks for Amherst and Jonah Sommers added an RBI single.

Amherst 19, Ludlow 9 — Brady Klaes started for Amherst on Saturday, tossing two scoreless innings with five Ks. Oscar Reich, Daniel Lebron and Oliver Howard pitched the rest of the game for the  ‘Canes. In total, Amherst pitching scattered just three hits over five innings while racking up a dozen strikeouts.

Gus Garrett-Peltier, Cyrus Arwade, Oliver Howard, Daniel Lebron and Drew Holland each had two hits for Amherst, with Holland and Howard driving in two runs apiece. James Moore also had an RBI double and scored two runs in the win. Graylin Bovaird made two terrific plays in right field, one a shoe-string catch to end the  game.


Northampton 8, Amherst 8 — The Blue Devils and Hurricanes battled to an 8-8 tie on Sat urday afternoon.

Northampton’s Raegan Fuller struck out 10 in the circle, and also collecte d a pair of hits at the plate. Charlotte Potak and Cassidy Meerbergen each tallied two hits and an RBI while Isabella  Budny reached base on her first career single.

Amherst pitchers combined for eight strikeouts and added four hits offensively.