Green Wave beats Hawks to win HL West
Greenfield High School showed a young Frontier Regional School that it was going to have to wait at least one more season to dethrone the perennial kings.
The up-and-coming Red Hawks had a chance to tie the Green Wave atop the Hampshire League West Division standings with a win on Saturday but Greenfield ace Garrett Hudson stood in their way, striking out 13 and allowing six hits and one walk in the complete-game effort in a 6-2 victory Saturday at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Greenfield (14-6 overall, 9-1 West) wound up with a 9-1 record in the second-half of the season after opening the year with a 5-5 record. Going into Saturday’s game, the Green Wave had clinched at least a share of the West Division title, but an upstart Frontier team, with a starting lineup consisting of at least six players in either 10th or ninth grade, had a shot to tie Greenfield for the league crown.
Hudson wound up standing in the way and the Merrimack-bound pitcher made his final career regular-season start a beauty, giving up single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but by that time he had a 5-0 lead. Hudson recorded 13 of the 21 outs by way of the K and made it two-straight years that Greenfield won the HL title.
He also got it done at the plate, finishing with three hits (and falling only a home run shy of the cycle) and driving in three runs. Hudson’s first-inning single was a rope to left-center that sent Green Wave baserunner Jake Elwell to third base. Frontier attempted to gun down Elwell at third on the play, and the ball ricocheted off his helmet, allowing him to score. Hudson hit a two-run double in the third, and then hit an RBI triple in the fifth and later scored in the frame. Elwell finished with three hits including a double, and Jourdan York-Welcome doubled.
Because of a busy week, Frontier (12-8, 7-3) did not have a starter ready to go on full rest, and instead relied on six arms on the day. Considering everything, Frontier coach Chuck Holt was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I think that we feel pretty good with the way we battled them considering they had one of the best pitchers in WMass pitching against us and we didn’t really have a starter ready to go,” he said. “You still have to battle and find a way to win and I was really happy with how we battled.”
Brandon Bryant finished with two hits including an RBI single in the sixth inning. Scoring on Bryant’s hit was Niko Ames, who reached base three times and finished with two hits. Seth Gewanter and Nolan Muzyka each had one hit.
Turners Falls 3, Lenox 1 — Turners Falls High School qualified for the postseason on Saturday with a 3-1 independent baseball victory over Lenox High School in Lenox.
The Indians are unable to finish .500 this season, but qualified under the 70 percent rule, which states that if 70 percent or more of a team’s assigned schedule is against opponents one division or more higher, they only need to win 50 percent of their against teams in their division or lower. The Division IV Indians played only five games against Division IV opponents, and the win over Lenox was the team’s third win of the season against Division IV teams, meaning the Indians can do no worse than finish 3-2 against Division IV opponents, and thus qualified the team for the tournament. The Indians finish the season today at home against Hopkins.
Tyler Charboneau went the distance in the win, striking out one and walking one. The only blemish on his statline came in the fourth inning when Lenox’s Jake Joundain singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Trever Hathaway.
The Indians (8-11) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Emmett Turn led off the game with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Zach Demars, and later scored on a two-out single by Jalen Sanders. After Lenox tied the game with one run in the bottom of the fourth, the Indians came right back to take the lead in the top of the fifth. The No. 8 hitter in the lineup, Alex Carlisle, got things started with his second double of the game to lead off the frame in the fifth and he came around to score when Quinn Doyle reached on an error. Doyle was later erased, but Turn reached on a walk and came around to score later in the frame on a single by Charboneau.
Staked with the two-run lead once again, Charboneau left no doubt about it as he set the final nine Lenox batters down in order to complete the tournament-clinching victory.
Hathaway finished with three strikeouts and two walks in the complete-game loss.