Ruddock powers Hawks past Athol
Frontier 4/26/13. Frontier's catcher #1 Sean Doyle, had to leap up high in the air for the throw but comes down to apply the tag out on Athol's #10 Tyler Guerin at home plate.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Frontier 4/26/13. Frontier's pitcher #3 , steps off the rubber to deliver the ball to the plate.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Ben Ruddock was dealing on Friday.
The Frontier Regional School junior pitcher struck out seven over seven shutout innings of three-hit work to lead the Red Hawks to a 4-0 Hampshire League baseball victory over Athol High School at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Ruddock needed just 72 pitches in the victory and helped the Red Hawks improve to 6-2 on the season, including 5-1 in the HL.
“He looked great today,” Frontier coach Chuck Holt said. “He averaged just over 10 pitches an inning. Athol is a decent team, but Ben was just on. He looked dominant. His curveball was excellent and at times he was overpowering, especially against the bottom of their order.”
The Red Hawks staked their starter to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings. Both runs came on clutch hitting.
In the first, Niko Ames walked and stole second where he was with two outs. Ryan Hoar then hit a ground ball deep in the hole at short and legged it out for a single that kept the inning alive. Sam Tillona made it count when he followed with an RBI double down the line in left that came on a two-strike count.
Frontier added a second run in the third inning in much the same fashion. Eddie Tsai walked, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Then, with two outs and two strikes on him, Rylan Baronas hit a single to left to drive in Tsai.
“The guys were totally clutch today,” Holt said. “Those guys are seniors and team leaders. That first inning really set the tone, especially Ryan’s single. He legged it out to keep the inning alive. It just shows you that kid’s will to win.”
Frontier added two more hits in the fourth inning when Matt Ackerman and Sean Doyle each walked and with two outs, Ames laid down a bunt single. On the play, the Athol catcher attempted to throw Ames out at first but the throw went into right field, allowing two runs to score.
Brad Bousquet suffered the loss for the Red Raiders (4-5 overall, 3-3 HL) with four strikeouts and three walks in 3 2-3 innings.
Greenfield 10, Turners Falls 2 — A seven-run sixth inning helped Greenfield High School blow open what had been a close game and take a 10-2 HL victory over Turners Falls High School Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
The Green Wave (8-0, 6-0) remains unbeaten on the season and is one game ahead of Frontier in the HL. The two teams will lock horns Monday afternoon at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Garrett Hudson (Greenfield) and Brandon Lenois (Turners Falls) were locked into a pitcher’s duel until the sixth inning when Greenfield was finally able to break the game open. Hudson helped himself out by stroking a two-run single with the bases loaded, and Mike Duclos helped his fellow pitcher out with a two-run single of his own. Drew Barisano added an RBI triple in the inning, Josh Brandl hit an RBI single, and Parker Hickey drove in a run on a fielders choice.
The walks also finally caught up to Lenois, who finished with seven free passes issued in 5 2-3 innings. Lenois walked two in the sixth, while reliever Nick York also walked a pair in the frame. Lenois finished with two strikeouts.
Hudson wound up with nine strikeouts against five hits and one walk in the complete-game victory.
Zach Bartak finished with two hits and two stolen bases on the night, while Barisano, Hickey and Jourdan York-Welcome each collected two hits.
Ryan Wilder finished with two hits, one RBI and a stolen base in the loss. Tyler Charboneau hit a double for the Indians (5-2, 3-2), while Brody Markol and John Ollari each added singles.
Mahar 5, Mohawk 1 — Mahar Regional School broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs to take a 5-1 HL baseball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Friday afternoon in Orange.
The Warriors (4-5, 3-4) scored one run in the top of the sixth inning on a Sam Slowinski RBI single, but Mahar came back to plate four runs in the bottom of the frame to go back on top. The Senators took advantage of two Warriors errors in the sixth to load the bases. Ethan Nye hit an RBI single in the frame, and Buddy Boatwright reached on a the third Mohawk error in the frame to plate a pair of runs.
That made a winner out of Jake Paul, who struck out seven and allowed four hits and four walks in the complete-game victory. Nye finished with two hits, including a double, and one RBI, while Logan Barrett doubled and drove in a run.
Lukas Markham suffered the loss, striking out one and walking none in one inning of relief. Billy Gray struck out five and walked four in the first five innings for Mohawk. Ryan Pease, Luke Looman and Gray each added one hit in the loss.
Westfield V-T 7, FC Tech 1 — Jake Parsons came one hit away from throwing a no-hitter as he led Westfield Vocational-Technical High School to a 7-1 Tri-County North Division baseball victory over Franklin County Technical School Friday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Parsons gave up a bunt single in the fourth inning to Franklin Tech’s Ethan Wickline. An error on the play allowed Wickline to move to third and he would go on to score when a pickoff attempt at third by the Westfield Voke catcher sailed and went for an error.
That was the only blemish on Parson’s line as the Tigers’ sophomore pitcher struck out nine and walked two in seven innings.
Chris Oberther and Jordan Kornacki each finished with one hit and two RBIs for the Tigers (2-7), while Connor Hebda tripled as part of a two-hit day.
Wickline suffered the loss, striking out two and walking two in two innings. Joey Barcomb struck out two and walked one in five innings of relief.