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Frontier baseball hangs on

Ryan Hoar belted a two-run home run as Frontier Regional School scored early to take a commanding lead and hold off a late push from Mahar Regional School to secure a 15-9 Hampshire League baseball victory Thursday afternoon in Orange.

The Red Hawks (12-4, 10-2) scored four times in each of the first two innings and once more in the top of the third to lead 9-0, but Mahar did not go away, pulling back into the game late. The Frontier lead was never in jeopardy.

Rylan Baronas finished with three hits and five RBIs to lead the Frontier offense, while Hoar doubled and homered to drive in three runs. Sean Doyle added three hits and one RBI, Niko Ames tripled and plated a run, and Sam Tillona added two hits and one RBI.

Zach Adams finished with a single, double and two RBIs for Mahar, while Drew Patria hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Matt Richard singled and drove in two runs, while Cody Iozzo and Hunter Richardson each added one hit and one RBI.

Matt Ackerman overcame eight walks to earn the win with two strikeouts in four innings. Matt Byrne struck out four and walked two over the final three innings.

Adams struck out one in one inning in the loss.

Ware 6, Turners 4 — After losing only twice in its first 14 games of the season, the Turners Falls High School baseball team has now lost on two straight days.

Turners Falls blew an early 4-1 lead and Ware High School earned a split of a two-game season series with a 6-4 independent baseball victory Thursday afternoon in Ware.

Turners Falls (12-4) had been hanging around the top of the Hampshire League standings all season, and with a win on Monday night moved into a first-place tie with Greenfield High School. That lasted just two days, as Turners Falls fell to Mahar Regional School, 7-4, at home on Wednesday night. Then, less than 24 hours after that game ended, Turners Falls traveled to take on a Ware team it annihilated, 16-1, in six innings earlier this season. Turners jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the second inning but Ware scored twice in the third and three more times in the fourth to overcome the deficit and hand Turners the loss. Dejected Turners Falls coach Jay Liimatainen said the strong start to the season may have given his players a sense of entitlement that has reared its head in recent games.

“I’m glad we did not come back today and win because we didn’t deserve this game at all,” Liimatainen said. “I don’t know what is going on right now, if it’s senior-itis or something, but the guys just don’t seem to care right now. They think they can just show up and they’re going to win. If you do that, then anyone can beat you. We’ve got a tough stretch ahead of us. Hopefully, we can change the attitudes pretty quickly.”

Turners Falls took the lead in the second on an RBI double by Dan McCormack and RBI singles by Tyler Charboneau and Wyatt Bourbeau. The visitors held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, when Ware plated three runs, including a pair on a two-run single from Ivan Adams. That gave Ware a lead it never relinquished.

Drew Koczur overcame the early-game shakiness to pitch well once given the lead, going the distance with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Preston Chabot suffered the loss with two strikeouts and two walks in 3 2-3 innings, while Brandon Lenois went the final 2 1-3 innings, striking out one and walking one.

Turners Falls will try to get back on track today at Frontier.

St. Mary 21, FC Tech 0 (5) — St. Mary High School scored 12 times in the first inning to drub Franklin County Technical School, 21-0, in a five-inning mercy-rule-shortened Tri-County League North Division baseball game Thursday in Westfield.

Eli Willey started the game for the Eagles but did not record an out, walking four. Alec Milton came on and managed to get two outs before he was lifted, also walking four. Joey Barcomb came on and got out of the inning.

Matt Plasse finished with four hits and one RBI in the win, while Noah Parker added a double, triple and two RBIs. Bryce Kibbe pitched three perfect innings to earn the win, striking out three.

Cooper Grace and Tim Momaney each singled in the fifth inning for the Eagles (4-14) to break up the perfect game bid.

Girls’ tennis

Greenfield 4, Turners 1 — Greenfield High School earned at least a share of the Tri-County League North Division regular-season title with a 4-1 win over Turners Falls in girls’ tennis action Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls.

The Green Wave finished the regular season 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the TCL. With Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s victory over Frontier on Thursday, the Warriors have a shot to tie Greenfield atop the standings. Mohawk plays Belchertown High School twice next week and must win both to tie the Green Wave.

Greenfield’s Alexis Silk earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sara Bradley at No. 2 singles, while Courtney Kimball won by the same score at third singles over Autumn Patterson, who was competing in her first-ever singles match.

Greenfield also swept the doubles matches. Aliona Olaru and Emily Franklin edged Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak, 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles, while Shannon Gibson and Ashley Lowell knocked off Felicia Craver and Kaili Lynch, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

The Indians earned its lone point of the day at first singles where Meredith Brown picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win over Manisha Malik.

Mohawk 3, Frontier 2 — Roz Lytle-Rich earned the decisive point to help Mohawk Trail Regional High School knock off Frontier Regional School, 3-2, in a Tri-County League North girls’ tennis match on Thursday in Buckland.

Lytle-Rich went three sets against the Red Hawks’ Ricky Fields and eventually came away with a 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4 victory that gave the Warriors the match.

Mohawk (9-4, 4-2 TCL North) also won at third singles, as Aliza Fassler cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Lily Schumann, and first doubles, where Nelly O’Connell and Jessica Robinson beat Alli Zera and Christina Betances-Orrell, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).

Eleni Balis earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jen Field at No. 2 singles, and A.J. Mensa and Crystal Niedbala defeated Dorjee Dolma and Rachel Purington, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 2 doubles.

Mohawk travels to Belchertown High School Monday for the completion of last week’s suspended match, plus their regularly-scheduled match.

Boys’ tennis

Greenfield 4, Sci-Tech 1 — Greenfield qualified for the tournament for the first time in three years Thursday with a 4-1 win over Springfield School of Science & Technology in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match in Greenfield.

The Green Wave (8-6) swept the three singles matches to secure its first postseason spot since 2010. Greenfield will finish up the regular season on Monday at home against St. Mary High School.

“It’s been a few years so it’s nice to qualify,” Greenfield coach Rick Miner said. “And it’s nice for our lone senior, Dustin Cutler. I think the players have improved as the year has gone on. They’re still young, so they’re still learning and they have a long way to go, but this is great for them.”

George Felogloy defeated Wayne Farrell, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 at first singles, while Paris Felogloy earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Zachery Johnson. Brayten Stack defeated Anthony Newcembeni 6-3, 2-1 (default) at third singles to complete the sweep.

Ben Westerman and Jackson Pelletier earned the fourth win at second doubles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Jeff Del-Rio and Jovanni Melendez. The first doubles match was close on the day with Sci-Tech’s Isaais Bermudez and Hakeem Hopper-Collins earning a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) win over Dustin Cutler and Pat Crowningshield.

Turners 4, Sabis 1 — Turners Falls tuned up for Wednesday’s league title showdown with a 4-1 victory over Sabis International Charter School during Tri-County League boys’ tennis action Thursday in Springfield.

The Indians won all four points with relative ease. Ken Leng rolled past Joe McDonald, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 singles, and Tensen Khenrab bested Nathan Reed, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3 singles, while Dennis Gheorgita and Spencer Hubert won their No. 2 doubles match against Devin Bushey and Josiah Sanchez, 6-1, 6-0.

Liam Ellis and Sam Danford won at first singles when, after winning the first set, 6-0, Taariq Woods and Justin Green-Williams had to retire due an injury.

Turners heads to St. Mary High School Wednesday with a chance to win the outright TCL crown.

Boys’ volleyball

Agawam 3, Athol 1 — Tyler Lajoie finished with 17 assists, one block and one kill but Athol High School suffered a 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 25-9 loss to Agawam High School in independent boys’ volleyball action Thursday in Agawam.

The Red Raiders finished the regular season 10-10 and qualified for the WMass Boys’ Volleyball Tournament, which they will find out their seed Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. when the seeds are announced at Turners Falls High School.

Erik Aikey finished with five kills and six blocks in the loss, Brandon Thomas finished with four kills and one block, Beau Guimond registered one kill, Carter Amadon chipped in one kill and two blocks, and Mark Brighenti finished with three kills and one block.

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