DEERFIELD — The Drury softball team opened its season with an extra-inning win, topping Frontier 8-7 in eight innings.

The winning run was driven in by Maya Howland, whose single up the middle plated Casey Crosier. The Red Hawks tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Howland also pitched in the game, going all eight innings while striking out four and walking four on 13 hits. Howland finished 3 for 5 at the plate, and Crosier was 2 for 4.

In the field, Ingrid Olson had two game-saving plays from first, including a play where she stretched out to get the ball then fired to home plate from her knees to get a runner out.

"Oh yeah, it was great," Drury coach Chad DeGrenier said of getting the win. "From start to finish, it was just a solid game."



Maya Howland and Kacey Sondrini, Lauren MacDonald and Mindy Esposito. W—Howland, L—MacDonald. 2B— D 2 (Jenna Moulton, Kacey Sondrini), F 3 (Jarvis, Harper, Adams). HR — F 1 (Boyden).



WATERTOWN, CONN. >> The Pittsfield softball team opened its season with a 6-5 loss to Watertown (Conn.) on Monday.

Allie Hunt went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored, while Erin Murphy went 1 for 2 with two walks and two RBI.

Giuliana Pierce took the loss in the circle, going all seven innings while striking out three and giving up 10 hits.

Watertown hopped out to a 4-0 lead after three, but the Generals tied things up in the fifth. Watertown re-took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, only for Pittsfield to tie the game up again in the sixth. Watertown walked off with a win in the seventh after an error allowed Taylor Mancinone to score.



Giuliana Pierce and Hayley Tobin, Langlois and Fao. W—Langlois, L—Pierce. 2B — W 1 (Kuegler). 3B — P 1 (Hunt).


SPRINGFIELD >> The Taconic softball team bounced back from a weekend loss with a 20-1 decision over Putnam on the road.

Ashley Keegan was front-and-center in the win, going the distance in the circle — where she struck out 11 on just two hits — while also going 2 for 4 at the plate with a home run and three RBI. Aubrey Lazits also went yard for the Braves, and Taylor Ostrander went 2 for 3 with three RBI.

The Braves are now 1-1 on the year.

"We improved a ton on the errors," Taconic coach Kevin Harrington said, "We went from 4 errors to 1. We really worked on baserunning, and that was something that obviously we had a hard time simulating inside a gym."



Ashley Keegan and Kailey Bell, Vasquez and Godbolt. W—Keegan, L—Vasquez. 2B— T 2 (Keegan, Morgan Leighfield), HR 2 (Keegan, Aubrey Lazits).


HATFIELD >> The McCann Tech softball team finally got its season started on Monday, and the Hornets jumped right out of the gate to pick up a 20-4 win over Smith Academy.

Alanza Quinones went 5 for 5 at the dish with three RBI, while Brit Tassone went 2 for 3 with two ribbies and Katie Gigliotti added a triple.

Meghan Goyette got her first win as a varsity pitcher, striking out four.



Meghan Goyette and Alanza Quinones, Vanessa Skowski and C. Vaughn. W—Goyette, L—Skowski. 2B—MT 2 (Quinones, Sprague), SA 1 (Miastkowski). 3B— MT 1 (Gigliotti), SA 1 (Higgins).

High School Baseball


SHEFFIELD >> Mount Everett fell to Connecticut school Housatonic Valley on Monday, 11-0.

Nick Tomich took the loss, going four innings with four strikeouts and five runs given up before giving way to Sean Shalaby.

Skylar Snyder had two of Mount Everett's five hits in the game.

The Eagles fall to 0-2 with the loss. The team is scheduled to host St. Joseph today. The game was originally scheduled to be hosted by the Crusaders.



Larsen and Barnaby, Nick Tomich (4), Sean Shalaby (3) and Tim Robitaille. W—Barnaby, L—Tomich. 2B— HV 2 (Sherwood, Zucco).