High schools: Frontier girls tennis picks up 5-0 win over Turners (PHOTOS)

Turners Falls’ Olivia Wolbach returns a volley in No. 1 singles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Turners Falls’ Olivia Wolbach returns a volley in No. 1 singles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Frontier’s Hashini Ratnatunge returns a volley in No. 1 singles against Turners Falls on Wednesday in South Deerfield

Frontier’s Hashini Ratnatunge returns a volley in No. 1 singles against Turners Falls on Wednesday in South Deerfield STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Frontier’s Makayla Craig serves in No. 2 singles against Turners Falls on Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Makayla Craig serves in No. 2 singles against Turners Falls on Wednesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Turners Falls’ Gianna Marigliano serves in No. 2 singles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Turners Falls’ Gianna Marigliano serves in No. 2 singles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Turners Falls’ Fiona Hutchison returns a volley while teammate Regan Marshall back her up in No. 1 doubles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Turners Falls’ Fiona Hutchison returns a volley while teammate Regan Marshall back her up in No. 1 doubles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Frontier’s Ella Sibley returns a volley in No. 1 doubles against Turners Falls on Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Ella Sibley returns a volley in No. 1 doubles against Turners Falls on Wednesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Frontier’s Thanushi Ratnatunge returns a volley at No. 1 doubles against Turners Falls in South Deerfield on Wednesday.

Frontier’s Thanushi Ratnatunge returns a volley at No. 1 doubles against Turners Falls in South Deerfield on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Turners Falls’ Regan Marshall returns a volley in No. 1 doubles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Turners Falls’ Regan Marshall returns a volley in No. 1 doubles against Frontier on Wednesday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

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Published: 04-17-2024 9:04 PM

Make it two Tri-County North League wins to open the season for the Frontier girls tennis team. 

After knocking off Greenfield in their league opener, the Redhawks followed it up with a 5-0 victory over Turners Falls on Wednesday in South Deerfield. 

Makayla Craig walked away with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Gianna Marigliano at No. 2 singles for Frontier. An eighth grader, it’s Craig’s first year getting into varsity matches, where she said she hopes to keep the wins coming. 

“It went well today,” Craig said. “This season has been good. I played last year but didn’t play in an actual match. It's been fun getting to play this year. I hope I can keep winning. I know I won’t win all the time but I’ll keep practicing and working on it.” 

At No. 1 singles, Hashini Ratnatunge picked up a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Turners’ Olivia Wolbach, fighting back from a 5-3 hole in the second by winning the final four sets. Ella Sibley and Thanushi Ratnatunge earned a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in No. 1 doubles over Regan Marshall and Fiona Hutchison while Aylen Shaw (No. 3 singles) and Jimin Ahn and Esther Ehle (No. 2 doubles) came away with wins via forfeit for the Redhawks. 

Baseball

Turners 11, Lee 1 (5) — Kainen Stevens was dealing on the mound on Wednesday, tossing five innings, striking out eight, scattering just one hit and allowing one walk as the Thunder cruised to an independent win in the Powertown. 

Cam Burnett smashed a double, a triple and drove in two runs, Kainen Stevens, Deven Sloan and Joey Mosca each recorded a double and an RBI, Alex Quezada knocked a single and a double while Stevens and Angel Ruiz Scot each tallied a hit and an RBI in the victory. 

Drury 12, Franklin Tech 1 — Hunter Donahue and Zaydrien Alamed had the lone two base hits for the Eagles on Wednesday, with the Blue Devils earning an independent victory in Turners Wednesday. 

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Drury led 7-0 going into the fourth. 

Ben Dodge had an RBI while Gavin Crossman struck out four in the loss. 

Mount Everett 10, Athol 0 — The Eagles picked up an independent win over the Bears in Athol Wednesday. Details were not available at press time. 

McCann Tech 20, Mohawk Trail 3 — The Warriors fell to the Eagles in North Adams on Wednesday. Details were not available at press time. 

Softball

Turners 3, Blackstone Valley Tech 0 — Madi Liimatainen struck out eight, scattered four hits while not allowing a walk or a run as the Thunder earned an independent win over visiting Blackstone Valley Tech on Wednesday at Gary Mullins Field. 

Liimatainen went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate while Mia Marigliano, Holly Myers and Ella Kolodziej each hit safely in the win for Turners. 

Belchertown 31, Athol 24 — Despite knocking 20 hits and putting 24 runs on the board, the Bears gave up a 17-run sixth inning which propelled the Orioles to an independent victory in Belchertown on Wednesday. 

Jenna Bonenfant was 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, Jaylynn Chapalonis cracked two doubles, four singles and drove in five runs, Abby Lutz tallied one hit and four RBIs, Madilyn Hermes knocked three hits, Celia Fox singled, doubled and drove in two runs, Kahlen Gregory had a hit and two RBIs while Allison Robertson and Evelyn Robinson both recorded a hit and an RBI for Athol. 

Boys tennis

Palmer 3, Turners 2 —Mike Boyle swept his match at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0, though Turners fell, 3-2, in Palmer Wednesday. 

Lucas Black and Nethaniel Martin picked up a win via forfeit in No. 2 singles for the Thunder while Noah Kolodziej dropped a closely contested 6-4, 6-4 match in No. 2 singles. 

Ultimate

Four Rivers 15, NMH 6 — Cooper Whitney scored five goals and added three assists to lift the Otter boys to a 15-6 win over Northfield Mount Hermon Wednesday. 

Kolid Broderick tallied five assists while Joe O’Donnell had a big game for the Otters in the win. 

Late Tuesday results

Frontier 11, Taconic 2 — Delaney Fifield had a monster day at the plate for the Redhawks, going 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs, helping Frontier earn a Franklin County League West victory in Pittsfield Tuesday. 

Ashley Taylor knocked four hits, one a double, and drove in two runs to go along with a complete game, six strikeout performance in the circle. Olivia Machon tallied a double, two singles and two RBIs and Skyler Steele singled, doubled and added an RBI in the win.