Hudson delivers for Greenfield in 1-0 win
GHS 9 Hudson Pitches vs Hampshire. Recorder/Paul Franz
GHS 3 Eckstrom connects Recorder/Paul Franz
GHS 8 Toritto safe stealing second. Recorder/Paul Franz
Garrett Hudson showed why he is one of the most highly regarded high school baseball players in Western Massachusetts Thursday afternoon.
The Merrimack College-bound senior struck out 17 and walked just one to lead the Green Wave to an eight-inning, 1-0 victory over Hampshire Regional High School at Veterans Memorial Field.
Hudson was also the offensive hero in the extra-inning tilt. He finished with half of Greenfield’s hits, including a double, and smacked the game-winning RBI single in the eighth.
With one out in the final frame, Tyler Jacques drew a walk and moved to second on Hampshire’s lone error of the day. That set the stage for the walkoff heroics for Hudson.
“Garrett pitched very well today, and set the tone early, striking out eight of the first nine batters that he faced,” said Greenfield head coach Tom Suchanek. “I’ve got to give Hampshire credit, they played very scrappy and hung in there all day, and we were fortunate to walk off with the win.”
The Green Wave (2-2) hosts Smith Academy today at 4 p.m.
South Hadley 4, Mohawk 0 — Nate Flachs scattered four hits and no walks over seven innings of scoreless work and South Hadley High School defeated Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 4-0, in an independent baseball game Thursday afternoon in South Hadley.
Flachs finished with three strikeouts in the victory.
Mohawk’s Gabe Seaver pitched well in the loss, allowing seven hits and two walks over six innings of work. The Tigers (4-1) struck for one run in the first inning on a Patrick Sears RBI double, and added three more runs in the third. Chris Jarrett hit an RBI single for the first run of the third inning, and Cam Earle rapped a two-run single for the final two runs.
Sam Slowinski singled and doubled for the Warriors, J.J. Burt doubled, and Javier Morales singled.
Mohawk (1-3) travels to Greenfield High School Saturday morning at 11.
FC Tech 7, Dean Tech 4 — Franklin County Technical School sent twelve men to the plate in the first inning, plating six runs, as it cruised past Tri-County League Rival Dean Technical School, 7-4, in Turners Falls Thursday afternoon.
Joey Barcomb was the winning pitcher for Franklin Tech, going four innings, striking out four, while walking none.
“I think the pitchers were having trouble finding a grip on the baseball early on because of the weather, but our kids were patient and saw the ball pretty well.” commented Franklin Tech head coach Brian Winslow.
Clinging to a two-run lead, the Eagles (2-2) tacked on their seventh run in the sixth inning, when assistant coach Matt Gilbert noticed that Franklin Tech baserunner Kyle Johnson was getting a good lead off second base, and suggested to Winslow to have Johnson take off for third. Winslow took Gilbert’s advice, and was glad he did, as not only did Johnson steal the bag, he came home on a throwing error, giving the Eagles a three-run cushion.
Franklin Tech is right back at it this afternoon at 4 p.m., when it hosts Granby High School.
Frontier 4, Mohawk 1 — Frontier Regional School swept the doubles matches and took two out of three in the singles competition to knock off Mohawk, 4-1, in a Tri-County League girls’ tennis match Thursday afternoon in South Deerfield.
The closest match of the day was the lone match won by Mohawk as No. 1 singles’ player Nelly O’Connell defeated Lily Schulman, 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).
From there Frontier cruised, losing just one game in the other four matches. Alli Zera beat Kylee cole, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, and Peter Bronke knocked off Ashley Robertson, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.
Olivia McCulloch and Shelby Telega knocked off Mary Monahan and Jennifer Boyle, 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles, and AJ Mensah and Crystal Niedbala shutout Laura Spencer and Amber Barbeau, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Greenfield 5, Comp 0 — Greenfield lost a total of three games in the five matches played on Thursday en route to a convincing, 5-0, TCL girls’ tennis victory over Chicopee Comprehensive High School at the Davis Street courts in Greenfield.
Seniors Alexis Silk and Manisha Malik played at the top two singles spots for the Green Wave and the two played well. Silk did not lose a point at No. 1 singles as she bageled Morgan Hiersche, 6-0, 6-0, while Malik dropped Allison Ulusawich, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Courtney Kimball finished off the dominance at singles with her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Brooke Gardner at No. 3.
Greenfield did not have a drop off in doubles. Ashley Lowell and Cheyenna Woodard knocked off Kyleigh Morin and Brianna O’Connell, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Allie Roe and Olivia Katsoulis beat Polina Walsh and Samaria Vega, 6-0, 6-0.
Turners 3, St. Mary 2 — Turners Falls High School swept the doubles matches to edge St. Mary High School, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Thursday in Westfield.
The lone singles victory for the Indians came at No. 1 where Sara Bradley battled through a hamstring injury to defeat Jess Forest, 6-3, 7-5. The other two points for the Indians came in the two doubles matches. Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Jess Demers and Caroline Francoeur at No. 1, while Kaili Lynch and Jade Linscott knocked off Allison Stanlewicz and Sammy Carr, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 10-3 at second doubles.
Athol 3, Chicopee 0 — Athol High School moved its record to 5-3, as it recorded a straight set victory over Chicopee High School Thursday, 25-15, 25-13, 25-22.
Tyler Lajoie had seven kills, nine assists, and an ace for the Red Raiders, while Beau Guimond added three aces and three kills for the Raiders. Wyatt Doiron-LaRue had six kills, 11 digs, and two aces. Libiro Nelson contributed 14 digs for Athol.
Eaglebrook 5, Mohawk 0 — In an independent boys’ tennis match, Eaglebrook School bested Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 5-0, in Buckland Thursday afternoon.
Eaglebrook’s Teem Durongkapitaya beat Mohawk’s Thomas Damery in the first singles match, 6-1, 6-1. In the second singles match, William Yee shut out Thomas Aurigemma, 6-0, 6-0. In the No. 3 singles, Pablo Medel blanked Zach Arfa, also 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles action, Santiago Mendoza and Christian Kohlmeyer beat Robbie Buoniconti and Eric Shattuck, 6-2, 6-0. In the No.2 doubles match, Alex Purington and Scott Kugler were blanked 6-0, 6-0, by William Brass and Henry Amory.