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Simmington rescues Mahar, 2-1

  • Frontier's Seth Gewanter (14) makes contact with an incoming pitch as his teammates look on from the dugout during their *-* Hampshire League road baseball win over host Turners Falls Tuesday at the Bourdeau Complex.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Frontier's Seth Gewanter (14) makes contact with an incoming pitch as his teammates look on from the dugout during their *-* Hampshire League road baseball win over host Turners Falls Tuesday at the Bourdeau Complex.
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  • Turners Falls batter Marcel Ortiz can't keep this pitch in play as he fouls it back against the visiting Red Hawks from Frontier Tuesday night in the Powertown.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Turners Falls batter Marcel Ortiz can't keep this pitch in play as he fouls it back against the visiting Red Hawks from Frontier Tuesday night in the Powertown.
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  • Frontier baserunner Nolan Muzyka (19) dives back into first base safely on an attempted pickoff throw to first from Turners Falls pitcher Nick York to first baseman Trent Barbeau Tuesday night during the host Indians' *-* Hampshire League baseball loss at the Bourdeau Complex. <br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Frontier baserunner Nolan Muzyka (19) dives back into first base safely on an attempted pickoff throw to first from Turners Falls pitcher Nick York to first baseman Trent Barbeau Tuesday night during the host Indians' *-* Hampshire League baseball loss at the Bourdeau Complex.
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  • Frontier's Seth Gewanter (14) makes contact with an incoming pitch as his teammates look on from the dugout during their *-* Hampshire League road baseball win over host Turners Falls Tuesday at the Bourdeau Complex.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Turners Falls batter Marcel Ortiz can't keep this pitch in play as he fouls it back against the visiting Red Hawks from Frontier Tuesday night in the Powertown.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Frontier baserunner Nolan Muzyka (19) dives back into first base safely on an attempted pickoff throw to first from Turners Falls pitcher Nick York to first baseman Trent Barbeau Tuesday night during the host Indians' *-* Hampshire League baseball loss at the Bourdeau Complex. <br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

Matt Simmington’s two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Jake Paul from second base and Mahar Regional School walked off with a 2-1 independent victory over Belchertown High School Tuesday afternoon in Orange.

The win qualified the Senators (10-6 overall) for the postseason.

The game was tied 1-1 after three innings and neither team was able to score over the next four innings, sending the game into extra innings. Belchertown got one single in the top of the eighth inning but came up empty on the scoresheet, setting things up for Mahar to win the game in the bottom of the frame. Paul led off with a single and moved to second on a Ryan Arsenault sacrifice bunt. After Drew Patria struck out for the second out of the inning, Cam Marshall walked and brought Simmington to the plate. Simmington fell behind 1-2 in the count but drove a single back up the middle to the left of the second base bag and Paul was able to come around and score the winning run.

That made a winner out of Paul, who went the distance for the win, striking out eight and allowing six hits and two walks.

Belchertown got on the board first with a run in the second inning, as Jonathan Ingram led off with a single and scored on a Joe Camerota RBI double to center. Camerota stole third with one out but was left stranded there as Paul came back to strike out Andrew Davidson and John Camerota (looking) to get out of the jam. The Orioles had another chance to score in the third inning when Tommy Daley made it to third with one out, but he was picked off to end the threat.

Mahar tied the game in the bottom of the third as Hunter Richardson led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brendin Woodard, went to third on a Zach Adams single, and scored on Logan Barrett’s RBI single to right.

Tyler Gladu suffered the loss in relief, striking out one and walking one in 11/ 3 innings.

Frontier 10, Turners 0 — Nate Patterson struck out five and allowed four walks and four hits in six innings of work to lead Frontier Regional School to a 10-0 HL West baseball victory Tuesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

Frontier’s offense piled up 13 hits in support of Patterson. Brandon Bryant singled, doubled and drove in three runs for Frontier (9-6, 5-1), while Ben Ruddock had three hits and two RBIs. Matt Ackerman singled and drove in two runs, Niko Ames singled, tripled and drove in a run, and Nolan Muzyka singled, doubled and had one RBI.

Nick York suffered the loss, striking out three in three innings. Zach Demars and Emmett Turn each doubled for the Indians.

Mohawk 4, Smith Academy 3 (12) — Steve Reynolds’ RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning gave Mohawk Trail Regional High School a 4-3 win over Smith Academy in a Hampshire League baseball game Tuesday in Buckland.

Mark Buck singled to left to start the wining rally, then stole second. Andrew Doty was intentionally walked, then after Sam Slowinski’s sacrifice bunt, Javier Morales was intentionally walked to load the bases. After losing hurler Kevin Banas got a strikeout, Reynolds lined a 1-2 pitch through the right side to plate Buck with the winning run.

Smith had broken a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh when John Ferrara’s two-out single brought home Tony Pedruczny from second base, but Mohawk forced extra innings when Billy Gray and Buck singled, Doty walked and Gray scored on a passed ball.

Reynolds finished with three hits and lone RBI for the Warriors, while Doty and Morales each added two hits.

Ferrara logged a single, double and knocked in all three runs for the Falcons.

Ryan Spitzer worked the final seven innings for the win in relief of Gray.

Mohawk (8-8, 3-3) is at Athol High School today at 4 p.m.

Palmer 3, Greenfield 0 — Tyler Wilson fired a complete-game two-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead Palmer High School over Greenfield High School, 3-0, in an independent baseball game Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

The Panther scored twice in the third and once in the fourth for all of its runs. Greenfield had a golden opportunity to cut into the lead in the bottom of the frame, as it loaded the bases with no outs, but Wilson fanned the next three batters to end the threat.

Wilson also finished with two hits and one RBI for the Panthers, who improved to 15-1 overall.

Garrett Hudson had both of the Green Wave’s hits and stole a base. Connor Zabko was the hard-luck loser on the hill, fanning five, walking one and allowing seven hits.

“It was a good high school game,” said Greenfield head coach Tom Suchanek. “We just ran into a good pitcher, which happens. I’m not displeased at all. We played good defense, we did some good things, and Zabko pitched a good game.”

South Hadley 7, Pioneer 1 — Nate Flachs struck out eight and walked two in five innings and South Hadley High School bested Pioneer Valley Regional School, 7-1, in an independent baseball game Tuesday in Northfield.

South Hadley scored four times in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. Joe Ciolek led the Tigers’ offense with three hits and three RBIs, while Pat Sears, Alex Ziomek and Cam Earle each had one hit and one RBI.

Tyler Wheelock doubled and drove in the lone run for Pioneer (2-13) in the second inning. Cole Tognarelli had four hits in the loss, and Zach Lambert added a pair.

Freshman Elliot Mousseau struck out one and allowed nine hits and four walks in seven innings to suffer the loss, but earned praise from Pioneer coach Dan Abrahamson.

“He’s starting to get experience as a pitcher,” he said. “He showed some poise today. The kid got himself out of trouble. He is growing up by the day.”

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