Wave 1-hit by Omer, 2-1
Andrew Omer walked eight batters but allowed just one hit and Hopkins Academy edged Greenfield High School, 2-1, in a Hampshire League West Division game Monday in Hadley.
Omer allowed a single to Drew Barisano for the only Green Wave (5-5 overall, 1-1 West) hit of the game, and Greenfield managed to score once in the seventh on a passed ball.
“We had some chances but we couldn’t capitalize on them,” Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek said. “We didn’t play badly as far as physical play. We just didn’t hit the ball when we needed to, and we struck out too much.
The lack of run support made a loser out of Barisano, who struck out four and allowed six hits and two walks in six innings.
Evan Delaney hit an RBI double for Hopkins (6-4, 2-1), and Brett Morrison went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Frontier 2, Belchertown 1 — Brandon Bryant singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Frontier Regional School to a 2-1 win over Belchertown High School in a HL West baseball game Monday at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Khalil Taylor led off the seventh with an infield single. Then Nikop Ames walked and, after a flyout, Ben Ruddock lined a single to left to load the bases. That brought Bryant to the plate, and he ripped a single up the middle to plate Taylor with the winner.
Seth Gewanter scored the Red Hawks’ first run when he came across on a fourth-inning passed ball. It remained a 1-0 game until the top of the seventh, when Steve Boudreau’s sacrifice tied it for the Orioles.
Sean Doyle and Matt Ackerman each finished with two singles for the Red Hawks (4-5, 1-0 West), who outhit Belchertown 8-5.
Nate Patterson went the distance for Frontier, striking out seven and walking no one.
Losing hurler Jim Kusniers tripled for the Orioles.
Mahar 12, Mohawk 4 — Mahar Regional School racked up eight runs in the first inning en route to a 12-4 HL East baseball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Monday in Buckland.
The Senators (6-4, 1-0 HL East) managed three hits and a pair of sacrifice flies in the frame but were able to take full advantage of three walks and four Warrior errors to sprint out to an 8-0 lead.
Mohawk scored three in the bottom of the first, but after the squads exchanged single runs in the second, Mahar added its final three runs in the top of the third.
Ryan Arsenault led the Senator offense with two singles, a double and two RBIs. Brendin Woodard also had three hits to go with one RBI, and Drew Patria collected two hits and drove in one run.
Andrew Doty led the Warriors (5-4, 0-1 East) with a single, double and two RBIs.
Zack Adams pitched six solid innings of relief to earn the win.
Ryan Spitzer, who didn’t make it out of the first inning, was tagged with the loss.
Athol 8, Easthampton 1 — Bryce Melanson pitched six innings of two-hit ball and struck out 11 to lead Athol High School over Easthampton High School, 8-1, in HL East baseball action Monday in Easthampton.
The Red Raiders led 3-0 after three innings, then Jake LaPointe and Bryce Melanson clubbed run-scoring singles in a three-run fifth to extend the advantage to 6-0. Bradley Bousquet’s two-run single in the sixth completed the scoring.
Easthampton broke the shutout in the seventh when Nick Grise doubled and scored on Jacob Laprade’s two-out single.
Melanson gave way to Jerry Parker in the seventh, but Athol had things well in hand.
LaPointe collected two hits and two RBIs, and Bousquet finished with three RBIs for the winners.
Smith Academy 6, Pioneer 0 — Three Smith Academy pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout to blank Pioneer Valley Regional School, 6-0, in a HL East baseball game on Monday in Hatfield.
Kevin Banas struck out seven and walked no one in four innings to earn the win. John Ferrara went the next two innings with two strikeouts and the only walk issued, then Keith Natale fanned one in the seventh to close it out.
Roger Doiron and Matt Kenney had the Panthers’ only hits, both singles.
Austin Rogers, who finished with three of the Falcons’ eight hits, ripped a two-run single as part of a three-run first inning. Ferrara’s two-ruin single in thew third upped the Smith lead to 5-0, and Rogers stroked a run-scoring double in the sixth for the final run.
Kyle Hubbard, who struck out one and walked five in the first two innings, was the losing pitcher.
Pioneer hosts Mahar Wednesday at 4 p.m.
FC Tech 9, Commerce 3 — Ethan Wickline struck out 12 in a complete-game effort and helped himself out at the plate with a three-hit effort to lead Franklin County Technical School to a 9-3 Tri-County League baseball victory over High School of Commerce Monday in Springfield.
Wickline did not walk a batter and allowed just five hits for the Eagles (4-6, 4-4); he also finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle with a pair of RBIs to his name to pace the offense. The Eagles led 5-0 after three innings and never had the lead cut down to less than five runs at any point the rest of the way.
“Ethan is playing great baseball right now,” Franklin Tech coach Brian Winslow said. “He’s locked in at the plate and he was completely focused on the mound. He knew exactly what he wanted to do and he was in complete control.”
Kyle Johnson finished with three hits for the Eagles, while Alec Milton added two hits and two RBIs. Mitch Mailloux doubled twice, and Austin Burdick added two hits.