Hickey hurls Greenfield over Turners, 4-2
Greenfield High school wrapped up the home portion of its regular season Tuesday night with a crisply played 4-2 baseball victory over Hampshire League West foe Turners Falls High School.
Green Wave starting pitcher Parker Hickey was the story of the night, going the distance and recording 11 strikeouts while allowing no walks.
“Parker pitched very well,” said Greenfield head coach Tom Suchanek. “Anytime you can go the distance and not allow any walks, it’s certainly going to help your cause.”
The Green Wave was leading 4-0 heading to the sixth, when Turners plated two to put a little pressure on Greenfield.
“They pitched well and made it a game in the sixth. They played a good game,” said Suchanek.
Greenfield travels to Belchertown Friday afternoon, then wraps up its season Saturday against Frontier, a contest which could determine the HL West crown.
Mohawk 7, Easthampton 6
Mohawk Trail Regional High School recorded its third walk-off win in of the season by using a three-run seventh inning rally to beat Hampshire League East foe Easthampton High School, 7-6, in Buckland Tuesday afternoon.
Easthampton took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh when the Warriors ignited their game-winning rally. Andrew Doty got it started with a one-out double and was promptly knocked in by Liam Datres de la Blotier, who switched places with Doty at second base. JJ Burt drove in the tying run with a single to left. Tucker Jenkins then hit a line drive to left that found the grass, and Burt came around with the winning run.
Datres de le Blotier earned the win in relief, taking over for starter Billy Gray, who went the first six for the Warriors.
Athol 17 Pioneer 2 — Athol High School punched its ticket to the Western Massachusetts Division III Baseball Tournament with a 17-2 drubbing of Pioneer Valley Regional School Tuesday afternoon in Northfield.
The Red Raiders struck for 10 runs over the first two innings and cruised to victory from there. Athol put forth a balanced attack, with six different players knocking in runs. Bradley Bousquet and Andrew Poor each plated three runs, Alex Page and Jake LaPointe two each, and Kevin Hume and Jamie Posk one apiece.
Brad Bousquet got the start and the win for Athol, going three innings allowing two hits and no runs. Kevin Hume pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Cole Tognarelli took the loss for Pioneer, allowing 10 runs, eight of them earned, in 1 2/3 innings.
Athol 18, Mohawk 3 (5) — Athol High School scored early and often, including a 10-run first inning, and had no trouble dispatching FCL softball rival Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 18-3, Tuesday in Athol.
Olivia Smith and Julia Salmond each had three hits and two-run homers for the Red Raiders. Lexi Hamlett added a triple for Athol, and Molly Cleveland, Jordan Carey, and Rielley Richards each chipped in with two hits. Jess Souci went the distance for Athol, walking one and striking out one.
Hope Lively took the loss for the Warriors, going three innings, striking out one and walking four.
Athol is right back at it today with a double-header at Silver Lake Park. The Raiders take on St. Bernard’s at 3:30, and then FCL champ Turners Falls High School at 7.
FC Tech 25, Dean Tech 4 (5)— Franklin County Technical School crushed Tri-County League softball rival Dean Technical School, 25-4, Tuesday afternoon in Holyoke.
Franklin Tech jumped out early, batting around and scoring eight times in the first inning. Sam Scopa came up huge in the inning, knocking in four runs, three of them on a home run, and the fourth on a single. The Eagles added seven in the second, five in the third, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth.
Rachel Shearer got the win for the Eagles, going all five innings, striking out eight and walking four.
The win moves tourney-bound Franklin Tech to 10-6 overall and 12-4 in the TCL. The Eagles next take the field under the lights Thursday evening in an independent tilt against Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield, then wrap up their season Friday afternoon at home against Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.