Adams stonewalls Athol, 10-1
Mahar Regional School broke out to a quick lead, and Zach Adams wasn’t about to let it get away.
Adams needed just 77 pitches to record the complete-game win, scattering six hits to lead the Senators over arch-rival Athol High School, 10-1, in a Hampshire East baseball action Thursday afternoon at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
Mahar (8-6 overall, 3-2 East) used Logan Barrett’s two-run double and a Jake Paul groundout in the first to grab a 3-0 lead.
Kevin Hume doubled and Jamie Posk singled him to cut the deficit to 3-1, but Mahar put up two more in the bottom of the frame on Adams’ RBI single and Paul’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.
Mahar added one in the fourth, two more in the fifth, and Barrett clouted a two-run homer to cap off the Senators’ offense in the sixth.
Barrett finished with two hits and four RBIs, while Adams and Paul both drove in two runs.
Posk was the lone player with two hits for the Red Raiders (7-6, 4-1 East).
Merick Decker, who walked three and struck out no one in five innings, took the loss.
Greenfield 7, Belchertown 0 — Greenfield High School moved its reored to 9-5 overall and 5-1 in the Hampshire League West by shutting out league foe Belchertown High School, 7-0, under the lights at Veterans Memorial Field Thursday night.
Parker Hickey was masterful in his first varsity start for the Green Wave, going the distance and giving up just one hit, an infield single to Belchertown’s Jake Masterakis. Hickey struck out seven and walked only one in his outing, earning the praise of Greenfield head coach Tom Suchanek.
“Parker did a great job in his first start, giving up just that infield hit,” observed the coach.”We did some good things offensively but Hickey was the big story in this one.”
Garrett Hudson had two hits for Greenfield, and Jake Elwell had two RBI and two stolen bases. Drew Barisano contributed a hit and two steals for the Wave.
Greenfield is right back at it tonight at 7, when it hosts Athol High School.
Frontier 7, South Hadley 4 — Frontier Regional School scored six times in the first two innings and held off South Hadley High School, 7-4, in a HL West baseball game Thursday afternoon in South Hadley.
The Red Hawks (7-6, 3-1 West) scored all their runs in the opening frame via bases-loaded walks from Nolan Muzyka, Evan Bourque, Matt Ackerman and Noah Barnes.
Bourque added both runs in the second, when he slugged a two-out, two-run double.
Brandon Bryant collected two hits, Bourque and Niko Ames doubled and Matt Ackerman tripled for the winners, who were outhit 10-6.
Pedro Santiago paced the Tigers’ offense with three hits and one RBI. Patrick sears added two hits and two RBIs.
Ackerman pitched five strong innings for the win, while Khalil Taylor notched the save.
Frontier travels to Belchertown on Monday at 4 p.m.
Hopkins 5, Turners 1 — Andrew Omer struck out 10 over six innings and Hopkins Academy scored three of its runs via errors en route to a 5-1 HL West win over Turners Falls High School on Thursday in Hadley.
John Jacques fell a homer shy of the cycle for the Golden Hawks (8-6, 3-3 West), as he finished with a single, double and triple. Evan Delaney collected a single and double while driving in a run, and Omer also belted a double.
Marcel Ortiz doubled and knocked in the only run for the Indians (6-6, 1-3). Nick York smacked a triple and Jalen Sanders had the other Turners hit, a single.
York suffered the loss. He struck out two and walked three in four innings.
Turners is scheduled to host Mt. Everett tonight at 7.
Easthampton 17, Pioneer 0 (5) — Easthampton High School came out strong and finished stronger by dominating visiting Pioneer Valley Regional School, 17-0, in Hampshire League East action Thursday in Easthampton.
The Eagles scored three in the first, five in both the second and third, and four in the fourth to end the game after four and a half innings via the mercy rule. Dakota Wheeler pitched all five innings for Easthampton, allowing just one hit, a single by Tim Atkins, while striking out seven and walking none.
Cole Tognarelli took the loss for the Panthers, going just two innings, with two K’s, one walk, and three hit batsmen.
Shy Torres and Jaime Ryan each had three hits for the Eagles.
Pioneer plays on next Saturday at 4 p.m. when it visits South Hadley High School.
Frontier 12, Mahar 2 — Gwen Thayer and McKayla Poissant blasted home runs to power Frontier to a 12-2 win over Mahar in Franklin County League softball action Thursday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Thayer’s two-run blast, to go along with Sarah Meunier’s two-RBI single, highlighted a six-run first inning. T hen Poissant unloaded a two-run shot during a three-run second inning to help the Red Hawks (11-1, 9-1 FCL) build a commanding a 9-1 lead.
Poissant hurled a complete-game two-hitter with nine strikeouts. She did not walk a batter.
Hannah Adams led Frontier’s 14-hit attack with three singles. Poissant finished with a double, homer and three RBIs, while Cassidy Ciesluk and Caitlin Sullivan both contributed two hits and two RBIs.
Joslyn O’Brien ripped a triple and Alex Temple (RBI) added a single for the lone Senator hits. Kate Donelan took the loss.
Frontier hosts independent foe Drury High School Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Frontier also won the junior varsity game, 19-5, in five innings. Ashley Borkowski led the winner with two hits and one RBIs.
Athol 14, St. Bernard’s 2 — A six-run first inning was plenty for Athol high School as it rolled to a 14- 2 independent softball win over St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School on Thursday in Fitchburg.
Lexi Hamlett and Jess Soucie led the Red Raider offense with three hits and three RBIs apiece. One of Hamlett’s hits was a double. Olivia Smith and Kiki Guerin both drove in a pair of runs.
Ryley Wilkie led St. Bernard’s with three hits, including a double.
Soucie also picked up the complete-game win. She fanned six and walked two.