Torrid Hawks keep rolling, 5-0
Nate Patterson, Evan Bourque and Khalil Taylor combined on a five-hit shutout and Frontier Regional School stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 5-0 victory over Hopkins Academy in a Hampshire League West Division baseball game Monday in Hadley.
The win moves Frontier (11-6 overall, 7-1 West) into first place in the West, a half-game ahead of Greenfield High School. Frontier also stretched its winning streak to seven and has not lost a game since it fell to Greenfield on May 3. The teams will play again Saturday in what may decide the West title.
The story of the day was that while Frontier took advantage of its opportunities, Hopkins did not. Hopkins (8-7, 3-4) outhit the Red Hawks 5-3 and three of those hits went for extra bases, but the Golden Hawks were unable to plate any of the runners. That was due to the trio of Frontier pitchers. Nate Patterson started the game and struck out a batter but had to leave after just one inning due to arm soreness. That thrust fellow sophomore Bourque into action and he responded with 4 1/ 3 innings of shutout ball, striking out two and walking two. Taylor finished the final 1 2/ 3 innings, striking out one and walking one.
The Red Hawks got on the board with a run in the second as Matt Ackerman singled, stole second and scored on a wild pitch by Hopkins losing pitcher Andrew Omer. They added another run in the third inning, when Niko Ames walked moved to second on a walk to Sean Doyle, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Ben Ruddock’s first of two sacrifice flies. Frontier tacked on three more in the fifth, one coming on a double by Doyle, one coming on another Ruddock sac fly, and the third scoring on a passed ball.
Frontier also benefited from a strong defensive performance. Doyle made numerous plays at third base, and left fielder Noah Barnes tracked down three difficult fly balls on the run.
FC Tech 10, Pioneer 2 — Kyle Johnson twirled a complete-game four-hitter and got plenty of run support from his offense during Franklin County Technical School’s 10-2 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in independent baseball action in Turners Falls.
Johnson struck out four and walked three, allowing single runs in the first and sixth innings. The Eagles (8-11) picked up the pitcher after he gave up one run in the top of the first inning with a three-run outburst as the first four batters reached base via a hit for Tech. Nate Crocker (three hits) singled to reach base, stole second and scored on Ethan Wickline’s RBI double. Kyle Johnson then drove in Wickline with a single, and Cooper Grace later contributed an RBI groundout.
The Eagles continued hitting throughout. Alec Milton hit an RBI single in the third, Wickline picked up his second RBI of the game on a single in the fourth, and Tim Momaney had a two-run double in the fifth.
Elliot Mousseau got just one out in the first inning before he was lifted and suffered the loss. Matt Kenney struck out two and walked two in 3 2/ 3 innings of relief, and Matt Faulkner walked two in two innings of relief. Roger Doiron doubled for Pioneer.
Smith Academy 14, Mahar 3 — Smith Academy scored five times in the second inning and exploded for eight more runs in the fifth to rout Mahar Regional School, 14-3, in a HL East Division game Monday in Orange.
Joey Afflitto paced the Falcons (9-7, 6-3) on offense with a two-run second-inning home run and a three-run fifth-inning double to account for five runs. Cam Woodward hit a two-run double for Smith Academy as part of a three-RBI performance, and Keith Natale had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. David Longstreeth and Kevin Banas each added two hits. Longstreeth earned the win, striking out two and walking one in four innings, and Natalie picked up the save with two strikeouts and a walk in three innings of work.
Jake Paul struck out two and walked five in four innings of the loss. Cam Marshall had three hits, Ryan Arsenault doubled and drove in two runs, and Brendin Woodard singled and plated a run.
Belchertown 9, Turners Falls 2 — Joe Camerota struck out 12 and walked two as Belchertown High School continued the woes for Turners Falls High School with a 9-2 HL West victory Monday in Belchertown.
The Indians (7-10, 1-7) have gone 1-7 in their past eight games since starting the season 6-3.
Jake Mastorakis finished with four hits and three RBIs to pace the Orioles’ offense.
Tyler Charboneau singled and drove in a run for the Indians. Jalen Sanders and Trent Bourbeau each had two hits. Tanner Jones struck out two and walked two in five innings in the loss.