Wave trims Tigers
Greenfield will probably go as far as ace Garrett Hudson takes it this year in the postseason. The Green Wave is seeded No. 6 in the WMass Division III Baseball Tournament.
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Greenfield catcher Connor Eckstrom slides into home plate and is out as visiting South Hadley catcher Ryan Klesczynski snags the ball and gets the force play with his foot while lying on his face Wednesday at Veterans Field in Greenfield. The host Green Wave ***** the Hampshire League baseball game, *-*.
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Garrett Hudson threw a masterpiece for Greenfield High School, and the Green Wave needed every pitch.
Parker Hickey’s sacrifce fly in the bottom of the 11th scored Andrew Toritto with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Greenfield outlasted South Hadley High School, 1-0, in a Hampshire League West baseball game Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Kevin Luippold led off the inning by drawing a walk, and Toritto came in to run. Owen Schilling smoked a line drive off the first baseman’s glove and down the right field line for a single that advanced Toritto to third. After a pop-up for the first out, Schilling stole second on an attempted Kansas City Double Steal that never materialized, putting two runners in scoring position. Parker Hickey came up and, on a two-strike count, lofted a fly ball to medium center field that allowed Toritto to score standing up and end the three-hour contest.
Hudson threw 135 pitches in the complete-game win. He struck out 17 (including the side in order in the 11th), walked only one and allowed three hits — none after the fifth. Hudson retired his last 12 batters and 24 of the final 25. As if that weren’t enough, he also notched three of Greenfield’s seven hits and stole a base. Schilling added two hits for the Wave.
Hudson has now thrown 26 scoreless innings against the Tigers in their past three meetings — all of them 1-0 Wave wins.
“He was pretty much in command,” said Wave head coach Tom Suchanek. “He was hitting spots and I think it was his best outing of the season.”
Greenfield (11-6 overall, 6-1 HL West) is scheduled to travel to Frontier Regional School on Friday in South Deerfield.
Frontier 6, Turners 5 — Frontier scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to overtake Turners Falls High School, 6-5, in a Hampshire West baseball game Wednesday at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
The Red Hawks (10-6, 6-1 West) earned a spot in the upcoming WMass Tournament with the win, in a contest that featured four lead changes in the final two innings.
The Indians had retaken the lead, 5-4, in the top of the seventh when Brody Markol (double) and Tyler Charboneau both scored on wild pitches.
Frontier responded in the bottom of frame with Sweth Gewanter’s game-tying RBI single, which scored Evan Bourque (double). Later in the frame, Brandon Bryant roped a shot the right-center field that allowed Niko Ames to come around with the winning run and the Hawks’ sixth consecutive victory.
Matt Ackerman ripped two singles, a triple and drove in four runs for the winners. Bryant finished with a single and double.
Quinn Doyle had two hits and one RBI for the Indians (7-9, 1-6 West). Zach Demars singled and doubled.
Nick Olszewski picked up the win in relief. Charboneau suffered the complete-game loss.
Mahar 8, Pioneer 3 — Mahar broke loose for eight runs in the fourth inning and went on to post an 8-3 HL East win over Pioneer Valley Regional School Wednesday at the Wodward Complex in Orange.
The Senators (11-6, 5-2) used a two-run double by Logan Barrett, four walks and a hit batsman during the decisive rally.
Barrett’s hit was one only four for the winners. Ryan Aresenault added a double and an RBI, and Jake Paul drove in a pair of runs.
Losing hurler Cole Tognarelli had two of the Panthers’ seven hits.
Cody Marshall fanned seven and walked five in 4 2/ 3 innings for the win.
Mohawk 9, Athol 3 — A seven-run fifth-inning eruption propelled Mohawk Trail Regional High School past Athol High School, 9-3, in a HL East baseball contest Wednesday at O’Brien Field in Athol.
Laim Datres de la Blotier roped a two-run double and Stephen Reynolds added a run-scoring single as the Warriors batted around and took advantage of four walks, a hit batsman and two passed balls.
Reynolds finished with three hits and two RBIs for Mohawk (9-8, 4-3). Sam Slowinski added two hits in support of Datres de Blotier, who earned the win in five innings of relief.
Jerry Parker and Kevin Hume each had a single and an RBI for the Red Raiders (8-8, 5-2), who stranded 10 runners on base.
Pathfinder 10, FC Tech 9 — Franklin County Technical School battled back from a 9-1 deficit but its comeback fell short in a 10-9 loss to Pathfinder Vocational High School in a Tri-County League baseball game Wednesday in Turners Falls.
Jacob Munro clubbed three hits and drove in one run to lead the Pioneers, while Josh Gagne and Luke LaGrant each added two hits and one RBI.
Austin Burdick finished with three hits and one RBI, Kyle Johnson added two hits, Nate Crocker doubled and Cooper Grace had two RBIs for the Eagles.
Ulysses Arroyo worked five innings in relief to earn the mound win.
Jon LaClaire suffered the loss. Kyle Johnson fanned eight and walked no one in 6 1/ 3 innings of relief.