Mohawk’s Seaver no-hits Pioneer
Mohawk Trail Regional High School sophomore Gabe Seaver continues to outdo himself.
Seaver followed up what until Friday afternoon had been the best start of his very young varsity baseball pitching career last time out, by throwing a no-hitter against Pioneer Valley Regional School on Friday and helping the Warriors to a 10-2 Hampshire League victory in Northfield.
The last time Seaver took the mound he gave up just five hits and no walks over five innings against a very good Hopkins Academy squad, striking out nine in the process. As if that wasn’t enough, Seaver pitched even better against the Panthers, striking out 11 and walking just one in the complete-game, no-hitter.
“He pitched great,” Pioneer coach Dan Abrahamson said of the opposing pitcher. “He battled all game. They made two tough errors in the first inning, but he battled back. He was around the plate the whole time and he threw all of his pitches for strikes. Honestly, we had a hard time catching up to his fastball.”
The game had a bit of an odd tone as Pioneer scored twice in the bottom of the first inning and led all the way until the sixth inning, when Mohawk scored five times to blow the game open. Pioneer’s Jordan Cutting opened the first inning by working the only walk of the game allowed by Seaver. The Panther leadoff man then stole second and third. Seaver came back to strike out the next two batters, but Jake Hale hit a grounder to second that was booted for an error, allowing Cutting to score. Hale stole second and scored when Mohawk made a second error in the inning on another ground ball.
Mohawk (6-4 overall, 1-1 HL) got one run back in the third inning but continued to trail until the sixth when it was the beneficiary of a Panther error. Mark Buck opened the frame by singling and stealing second. Stephen Reynolds was hit by a pitch, and Ryan Spitzer reached on an error, allowing Buck to score the tying run. Billy Gray later added a two-run single. Mohawk added four more in the seventh to put the game away.
Reynolds finished with two hits, including a double, and one RBI. JJ Burt singled and drove in a run.
Jake Hale pitched well in the loss, allowing just five hits in six innings, striking out five and walking four.
Greenfield 12, Frontier 0 — Jake Elwell’s three-run double helped spark an eight-run third inning and Greenfield High School cruised to a 12-0 HL victory over Frontier Regional School Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Garrett Hudson was the winning pitcher for the Green Wave, throwing a complete game, striking out twelve and allowing just two walks. Jourdan York-Welcome had two hits, including a double, and Hudson, Drew Barisano, Parker Hickey, and Owen Schilling each had an RBI for the Wave.
Matt Ackerman took the loss for the Red Hawks, going just 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven free passes, and striking out none. Niko Ames, Sean Doyle, Ben Ruddock, and Brandon Bryant had the hits for the Red Hawks, all singles.
Greenfield returns to action Tuesday night at 7, when it visits Turners Falls High School for a tilt under the lights. The Red Hawks next play Monday at 4 p.m., when they play host to Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
Belchertown 7, Turners Falls 5 — Belchertown High School scored six times in the fifth inning to surprise Turners Falls High School, 7-5, in a HL baseball game Friday night in Turners Falls.
William Aldrich Jr. hit a three-run single in the fifth inning to spark the offense. Tommy Masella Jr. struck out four and walked two in 52/3 innings for the win.
Tyler Charboneau struck out four and walked two in five innings in the loss. The Indians’ defense hurt its pitcher with four errors.
Brody Markol finished with two hits and two RBIs in the loss, while Jalen Sanders doubled and drove in a run.
Athol 5 Gardner 4 — Athol High School moved its record to .500 as it survived a fierce seventh inning comeback bid from Gardner High School and held on for a 5-4 victory in an independent tilt in Gardner Friday afternoon.
The visiting Red Raiders (5-5) wasted no time getting on the board, as Brad Bousquet tripled in the top of the first, and then scored on a past ball to give the Raiders the early lead.
Gardner answered with a run to even the score in the bottom of the frame, but Athol built a 5-1 lead with runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Raiders took the lead into the bottom of the seventh, when the Wildcats put up a 3-spot, falling just short in their comeback attempt.
Bryce Melanson was the winning ptcher for Athol, going the distance, striking out four and walking just two. Kevin Hume had two hits for Athol, including an RBI double in the fifth. Shawn Smart had two hits on the day along with a run scored, and Andrew Poor added an RBI single.
Matt Gordon had three hits for Gardner, and Evan Schoonover had the Wildcats’ only extra base hit, a double in the seventh inning.
The Red Raiders return to action Tuesday afternoon at 4, when they host Pioneer Valley Regional School.
Easthampton 6 Mahar 3 — Easthampton High School scored four runs in the second inning, setting the stage for a 6-3 victory over visiting Mahar Regional School Friday afternoon in Easthampton.
Brandon Bennett was the winning pitcher for the Eagles, going five innings, striking out seven and walking just three. Bennett gave up solo homers to Logan Barrett (third inning) and Drew Patria (fourth inning), but the Raiders could not put any sustained attack together, and were not able to catch Easthampton, who added two insurance runs in the sixth.
Jake Paul took the loss for the Senators (6-5), going four innings, walking just one along with two K’s. Freshman Zach Crisafulli had a hit and three RBI for the Eagles, and Hunter Laveille, Dakota Wheeler, and Kyle Richard each knocked one in for Easthampton.
Ryan Arsenaault had a hit and the third RBI for Mahar, and Brendin Woodard, Zack Adams, Paul (double), and Cody Marshall had the hits for the Senators.
The Senators play next Monday afternoon at 4, when they travel to Smith Academy in Hatfield.
Putnam 9, FC Tech 7 — Carlos Gonzalez struck out 11 in a complete-game, three-hitter to lead Putnam Vocational High School to a 9-7 Tri-County League baseball victory over Franklin County Technical School Friday afternoon at Blunt Park in Springfield.
Gonzalez walked six and was hurt by four Putnam errors on the day, but the Beaver offense did enough to overtake the Eagles.
The offensive support included Jose Figueroa, who finished with four hits including a home run for Putnam, driving in two runs. Alessandro Hernandez finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Chris Estrada added two hits and one RBI.
Ethan Wickline doubled and drove in two runs for the Eagles (4-7), and Alec Milton singled and drove in a run. Kyle Johnson suffered the loss, striking out three and walking five in four innings.