SOUTH DEERFIELD -- Sixth-seeded Wahconah came back twice from deficits to take leads on Friday afternoon in the WMass Division II Softball quarterfinals, including a three-run rally in the top of the seventh inning to take a 8-7 lead.
But Frontier's Sarah Toomey lined a single to right field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate the winning run and the third-seeded Red Hawks came back from the deficit to post a 9-8 win over the sixth-seeded Warriors in a wet and sloppy battle at Zabek Field.
The game was played through various levels of rain, with the heaviest downpours occuring in the middle innings before the sun began to shine through late in the game.
Frontier had just watched a two-run lead evaporate into a 8-7 deficit and the Hawks were down to their final three outs of the season. Ally Hamelin led off the bottom of the seventh with a four-pitch walk. Courtney Newsome followed with a single to center, and Cassidy Ciesluk hit a grounder to third that Wahconah third baseman Kayla Kowalczyk fielded and tried to race to third base to get the lead runner, but Hamelin beat her to the bag to load the bases with nobody out.
Mae Fydenkevez tied the game up on a sacrifice fly to center field. Hannah Adams followed with a grounder to second that was bobbled for an error, allowing the Red Hawks to reload the bases, and that brought up Toomey, who lined the second pitch she saw into right field to score the game-winning run.
"I got up there hoping I could get a hit, hoping I would come through," Toomey said with a big smile after the hit. "I waited, got my pitch and just went with it."
Frontier scored first, getting three runs in the bottom of the fourth as it took advantage of two errors and an RBI fielders choice from Ciesluk. Wahconah came right back in the fifth inning to take the lead with five runs. Two runs scored on passed balls, one on an error, one on a fielder's choice and one on an RBI single by Emily Jordan.
Frontier scored four times in the bottom of the sixth off Wahconah pitcher Allie Borwosky. Caitlin Sullivan had the big blow, a three-run home run to deep center. It was the first career homer for Sullivan and it put Frontier up 7-5.
Wahconah was not done and managed to come back in the top of the seventh to score three times. A walk to Bridget Lussier and back-to-back singles by Jordan and Borowsky loaded the bases with nobody out. Lussier was forced out at home for the first out. Sara Trova followed with a two-run single to right-center to tie the game. Bree Herforth then hit a come-backer to Poissant, and when the Frontier pitcher threw over to first base for the second out, McBain came home to score the go-ahead run.
Poissant finished with seven strikeouts and six walks in the win. Borowsky struck out two and walked three.
St. Joe 8, Renaissance 1
SPRINGFIELD -- Julia Murphy tossed a three-hitter in a game that went five innings because of rain.
The 11th-seeded Crusaders scored twice in the top of the first inning against Renaissance starter Stephanie Godding, and that proved to be enough.
St. Joe broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Crusaders were beneficiaries of some wildness by Godding and some errors by the Renaissance defense. St. Joe managed only three hits in the game.
Murphy walked only two and struck out 10 in the win for the Crusaders, who have to get back on the bus tonight as they'll play at No. 3 Turners Falls at 7 p.m.
St. Joseph 200 60 -- 8
Renaissance 010 00 -- 1
Julia Murphy and Kelsey Cook. Stephanie Godding and Mahyska Dumey. W--Murphy. L--Godding.