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Muzyka blasts off in Frontier win

Nolan Muzyka had quite the day for Frontier Regional School.

The Red Hawks’ sophomore belted a pair of solo home runs and then came up with the game-winner in the top of the seventh inning as Frontier scored four times to come from behind and earn a 7-6 Hampshire League West Division baseball victory over Belchertown High School Monday afternoon in Belchertown.

Belchertown (4-11 overall, 1-5 West) took a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning before three straight walks to leadoff the frame got Frontier (8-6, 4-1) going. Belchertown reliever Bryan Perlak began the seventh inning by walking Bailey Powers and Niko Ames. That was the end of his outing and the Orioles brought in Tommy Daley, who opened by walking Seth Gewanter to load the bases. Ben Ruddock then lifted a sacrifice fly to the outfield to score Powers and both runners advanced a base on the throw home. Brandon Bryant followed with a pop out, leaving things up to Matt Ackerman, who fell be 1-2 to Daley before roping a triple to the right-center gap to tie the game.

“It was about as clutch a hit as you can have,” Frontier coach Chuck Holt said. “We had played sort of a poor game to that point but we hung around. He put a nice easy swing on the ball and hit a hard line drive that rolled to the gap.”

That brought up Nolan Muzyka, who already had a big day at the plate. While the Frontier offense had faltered much of the game, Muzyka had a hot bat. In the top of the second inning, after Belchertown scored three times in the bottom of the first, Muzyka blasted a solo home run over the fence in left-center field. Then in the sixth, with Frontier trailing 6-2, Muzyka struck again, sending another shot to left-center for his second solo home run of the game. That set him up for a big finish and he did not disappoint. With Ackerman on third and two outs in the seventh inning of a 6-6 tie, Muzyka hit a ball deep to the hole at short and he legged out the single to drive in Ackerman, who was off on contact, with the game-winning run.

Ruddock picked up the win in relief, striking out one in 1 2/ 3 innings of work.

Jacob Mastorakis finished with three hits and one RBI in the loss, while Daley had two hits and one RBI.

South Hadley 8, Turners Falls 1 — Joe Ciolek struck out 11 and walked one in a complete-game effort to lead South Hadley High School to a 8-1 HL West Division win over Turners Falls High School Monday in South Hadley.

The Tigers (8-6, 3-3) scored five times in the fifth inning to blow the game open. Cam Earle singled and drove in two runs for the Tigers, while Peter Luchini and Chris Jarrett had two hits (including one double apiece) and one RBI.

Zach Wright walked four and did not strike out a batter in 4 1/ 3 innings in the loss. Eric Ferguson came on and struck out three in 1 2/ 3 innings in relief. Turners Falls (7-7, 1-4) had six hits on the day, including a single and double from Brody Markol. Nick York singled and drove in a run, while Zach Demars, Jalen Sanders and Emmett Turn each had one hit.

The Indians host Frontier tonight at 7.

Athol 5, Easthampton 2 — Jerry Parker finished with two triples, a single and two RBIs to lead Athol High School to a 5-2 win over Easthampton High School in a HL East baseball game Monday afternoon in Athol.

Parker hit a two-run triple in the second inning to put Athol (8-7, 5-1) ahead, 3-0, and then, after Easthampton had close to within one run at 3-2 with a run in the top of the fifth inning, Parker led off the bottom of the fifth with his second triple of the game and it sparked a two-run inning that helped the Red Raiders put the game away. Jake LaPointe also tripled for Athol, driving in a run, and Alex Page finished with two hits and two RBIs.

Brad Bousquet struck out eight and walked four in five innings to earn the win. Bryce Melanson earned the save, striking out two and walking none.

Dakota Wheeler struck out eight and walked three in six innings in the loss.

Mahar 8, Mohawk 5 — Logan Barrett hit his seventh home run of the season on Monday and Mahar Regional School moved to within one win of clinching a postseason berth with a 8-5 HL East Division victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Barrett’s bomb came in the fifth inning when the Senators had three players belt home runs to break a 4-4 tie. Zach Adams led off the inning with a solo shot to left-center, and Barrett followed him with a shot to center. Drew Patria made it three home runs in one inning with his two-out solo shot to left-center. All three blasts came off Mohawk starter Gabe Seaver who struck out four and walked two in five innings, giving up seven runs.

He was outdueled by Drew Patria who struck out 11 and walked six in 61/ 3 innings of work of four-hit ball. Stephen Reynolds hit a solo home run in the loss. J.J. Burt doubled and drove in two runs, and Seaver singled and plated one run.

Smith Academy 18, Pioneer 0 (5) — David Longstreeth and Austin Rogers both smacked three-run triples to power Smith Academy to a five-inning, 18-0 HL East baseball win over Pioneer Valley Regional School on Monday night in Northfield.

Longstreeth and Rogers both finished with two hits and four RBIs. Keith Natale added a double and two RBIs.

Cole Tognarelli’s single was the Panthers’ only hit.

Kevin Banas was the winning pitcher. Kyle Hubbard took the loss.

Dean Tech 11, FC Tech 4 — Jan Diaz finished with three hits and three RBIs to lead Franklin County Technical School to a 11-4 Tri-County League baseball win over Dean Technical High School Monday in Holyoke.

Josh Menard struck out four and walked seven in five innings to earn the win.

Joey Barcomb struck out one and walked two in two innings to suffer the loss. Mitch Mailloux struck out three in three innings of relief, and Nate Crocker struck out one in one inning of work. Ethan Wickline singled and tripled for the Eagles (6-10, 6-7), Alec Milton doubled, and Crocker and Austin Burdick each had one hit. Dylan Mailloux and RJ Hubert each had an RBI in the loss.

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