Hudson still has Tigers’ number, 1-0
Garrett Hudson is developing into South Hadley High School baseball’s public enemy No. 1.
The Greenfield High School ace chucked his second complete-game shutout in as many tries against the Tigers, and for the second straight meeting, the Green Wave walked off the field with a 1-0 victory.
The first time Hudson faced the Tigers was last June when he struck out 12 with no walks during his eight-inning, five-hit, 1-0 shutout in a WMass Division II quarterfinal game that started the Green Wave towards it WMass championship run. Wednesday’s Hampshire League West Division game did not feature quite as much drama but the result was the same, as Hudson again shut out the Tigers during a 1-0 Greenfield win.
Hudson only struck out three Wednesday but once again walked no one. He also cut down on hits allowed, surrendering just three, and needed just 77 pitches in the complete-game effort.
“Garrett pitched well again,” Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek said. “I still don’t think he’s at the top of his game right yet, but he’s getting into more of a rhythm.”
The Green Wave (8-5 overall, 4-1 West) also moved a full game up on every team in the West Division and has won three straight after an up-and-down start.
South Hadley pitcher Nate Flachs (five strikeouts, one walk) matched Hudson over four innings but the Green Wave finally broke through in the fifth inning for the lone run of the game and it all came with two outs. Jake Elwell (two hits) got the rally started with one of Greenfield’s five hits and promptly stole second. Jourdan York-Welcome was hit by a pitch and Hudson came to the plate and hit a high chopper to third base. The throw across the diamond was low and not fielded cleanly, putting Hudson on first. Elwell continued running from second base and wound up coming home without a throw.
The Tigers (8-4, 2-2) threatened to tie it in the sixth inning when Pedro Santiago led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a groundout. Liam Medina hit a one-out fly ball to right field that was medium distance but the ball was caught by York-Welcome, who then gunned down Santiago with a strike to catcher Elwell that ended the inning.
Greenfield will try to make it four in a row tonight at 7 when it hosts Belchertown High School.
Athol 4, Mohawk 3 — Jerry Parker scored on an error in the top of the 12th inning and Athol High School won a marathon, 4-3, HL East baseball game over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Wednesday afternoon in Buckland.
Parker reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base. With two outs, Brad Bousquet hit a ground ball to short that was thrown wide of the bag. Bousquet reached and Parker never stopped running, crossing the plate with the eventual game-winner. Mohawk loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th, but Bryce Melanson struck out Stephen Reynolds looking to end the game. The win marked five straight for the Red Raiders (7-5), who are a full game ahead of the closest team atop the East Division.
Athol nearly won the game in “regulation” before Mohawk scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score when Reynolds singled and scored on an error. Mohawk wound up loading the bases in the seventh inning, but Athol starter Brad Bousquet struck out Mark Buck to end the threat.
That was a preview of things to come for Mohawk as the Warriors left the bases loaded in three of the final six innings, each of them ending on a strikeout. Mohawk also left a runner on third base in the ninth inning.
Both starters went deep into the game. Athol’s Bousquet struck out 12 and walked six in 10 innings, while Melanson earned the win with four strikeouts and two walks in two innings of relief. Mohawk starter Billy Gray pitched 11 innings, striking out 11 and walking four. Buck suffered the loss, walking one in one inning.
Mahar 11, Pioneer 7 — Drew Patria hit a two-run single as part of a four-run, sixth inning and Mahar Regional School put away Pioneer Valley Regional School, 11-7, in a Hampshire League East Division baseball game Wednesday afternoon in Northfield.
The Senators (7-6, 2-2) scored four times in the first inning and led the entire way but Mahar was clinging to a 7-5 lead after five innings but took its largest lead of the game thanks to the four runs in the sixth.
Pioneer continually fought to get back, scoring three times in the first inning, then adding single runs in the second and third so that the Panthers were only down one run (6-5) after three. Pioneer scored twice more in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the six-run deficit was too much to overcome.
Patria, Kyle Gonyner and Ryan Arsenault each had one hit and two RBIs for the Senators, while Hunter Richardson collected two hits and one RBI. Richardson struck out four and did not walk a batter in four innings for the win. Arsenault pitched three innings of relief to earn the save.
Cole Tognarelli finished with three hits and two RBIs for Pioneer, while Roger Doiron added two hits and two RBIs. Tim Atkins finished with two hits, and Jordan Cutting and Tyler Wheelock each doubled and drove in a run. Elliot Mousseau struck out three and walked two in five innings to suffer the loss.
FC Tech 17, PV Christian 1 (5) — John LaClaire fired a two-hitter with five strikeouts in his varsity debut to help Franklin County Technical School rout Pioneer Valley Christian School in five innings, 17-1, in Tri-County League baseball action Wednesday at Nathan Bill Field in Springfield.
Kyle Johnson led the Eagles with two hits and four RBIs, while RJ Hubert collected two hits and drove in three. Cooper Grace (two RBI), Ethan Wickline (triple, RBI) and Nate Crocker also had a pair of hits for the winners, who finished with 15. Tim Momaney and Alec Milton both chipped in a double, and Mitch Mailloux knocked in two runs.
Franklin Tech travels to Arcanum Field on Friday to face Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School at 4 p.m.
Turners 3, Greenfield 2 — Alex Gheorghita and Spencer Hubert were starring defeat in the face but the Turners Falls High School first doubles team turned things around in the third set, winning the final three points as the Indians handed Greenfield High School its first loss of the season with a 3-2 Tri-County League boys’ tennis victory Wednesday afternoon in Greenfield.
The match was tied at 2-2 and everyone looked on as the first doubles match went to the third set. The teams traded points and Greenfield’s duo of Patrick Crowningshield and George Felogloy pulled to within one point of winning the set, up 5-4. Gheorghita and Hubert came back to win on their serve to tie the set at 5-5, and then the Indians’ twosome broke Greenfield’s serve to take a 6-5 lead. They then won their serve to take the set and Greenfield (9-1, 5-1) walked off the court a loser for the first time this season.
Turners Falls (6-3) took the top two singles matches. Dennis Gheorghita beat Paris Felogloy, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 1 while Sam Danford knocked off Stefan Walker, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2.
The Indians had to forfeit third singles, and Greenfield’s second doubles team of Brayten Stack and Ben Westerman defeated Avery Palmer and Jonathan Cage, 6-3, 6-0 to grab the second point.
Catholic 5, Frontier 0 — Holyoke Catholic High School swept Frontier Regional School, 5-0, in independent girls’ tennis play Wednesday at Jones Point in Holyoke.
Both doubles teams played well for the Red Hawks. Ashley Barrington and Peter Bronke battled Melissa Iczkowski and Serena Hayden before succumbing, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 1, and Crystal Niedbala and AJ Mensah were equally tough against Ben Aylward and Brian Modzeleski before dropping a 6-3, 6-4 decision.
Frontier (5-4) hosts St. Mary High School today at 3:30 p.m.
Four Rivers 15, Miss Porter’s 3 — Freshman Lucia Mason had a strong offensive game Wednesday for Four Rivers Charter School and reached the end zone several times to help the Otters to a 15-3 girls’ ultimate victory over Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn.
Neva Newcombe played tenacious defense, according to her coach, and even took the disc square in the face at one point to break up a pass.
Four Rivers hosts the Four Rivers Invitational at Greenfield Community College on Saturday.