Wave trims Hopkins
Drew Barisano gave Greenfield a strong start on the mound and Garrett Hudson’s two-run triple in the fifth inning broke a scoreless tie to lift the Green Wave to a 4-1 win over Hopkins Academy in Hampshire League baseball play Monday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
The game was a pitcher’s duel between Barisano and Hopkins starter John Jacques as neither pitcher allowed a run through the first four innings. Greenfield finally broke the tie in the fifth inning, and it was the Wave’s Jacques that got things cooking. Tyler Jacques singled and was sacrificed to second before Kevin Luippold walked to put two men on with one out. At that point, Greenfield’s most dangerous hitter stepped to the plate in the form of Hudson and he responded by taking an offering from Hawks starter Jacques and driving it to deep center field for a two-run triple. Barisano then helped himself out as he knocked in Hudson with an RBI single.
Greenfield tacked on one more run in the sixth inning when Owen Schilling reached on an error and stole second. Greenfield loaded the bases on a pair of walks and Schilling came home on a passed ball.
Hopkins finally got to Barisano in the seventh inning although it was not his fault as Greenfield committed two errors. It was another disturbing day for Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek, who watched his defense commit four errors one game after committing five in a 10-2 loss to Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
Garrett Hudson wound up coming on with one out in the seventh inning and struck out both batters he faced to earn the save. Barisano earned the win with seven strikeouts in 61/ 3 innings, allowing just three hits and three walks.
“He pitched very well,” Suchanek said of Barisano. “He threw 97 pitches, but if we hadn’t made those errors he should have thrown about 90.”
Hudson matched the entire Hopkins team with three hits. Kevin Luippold added a single.
Jacques struck out five and walked six in six innings for the loss. Brett Morrison finished with two hits.
Greenfield heads to Mahar Regional School Wednesday.
Mohawk 3, Frontier 1 — Ryan Spitzer pitched a gem in his 2014 debut to lead Mohawk to a 3-1 victory over Frontier Regional School in a Hampshire League baseball game Monday in Buckland.
Spitzer allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out nine in his complete-game effort, and at one point retired 17 batters in a row. He needed it, because Red Hawk starter Nate Patterson also fired a two-hitter. He had two strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Mohawk (3-3) broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning. J.J. Burt doubled, then Sam Slowinski reached on an infield error, moving Burt to third. Mohawk tried a delayed double steal and sent Slowinski to second. Frontier opted to throw to third, but it was wild and Burt jogged home with the go-ahead run.
The Warriors added an insurance run in the sixth. Slowinski reached on an error and Tucker Jenkins sacrificed him to second. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a foul pop-up between home and first when three players converged on the ball and no one covered home.
Frontier scored its run in top of the first when Sean Doyle singled, Ben Ruddock walked, and Doyle came around when Mohawk tried to pull off a double play on a grounder and the relay to first was wild.
The Warriors tied it in their half of the first when Slowinski led off with a single, went to second on Jenkins’ sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Mahar 10, Commerce 0 — Mahar Regional School scored eight times in the third inning and pitchers Zach Adams and Hunter Richardson combined on a six-hit shutout as the Senators earned a 10-0 independent victory over High School of Commerce Monday afternoon in Orange.
Adams started and fired six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks, while striking out six. Richardson came on for the seventh and gave up a hit but struck out two and finished off the shutout.
Logan Barrett led the Mahar offense with three hits including a three-run home run in the eight-run third inning when Mahar sent 13 hitters to the plate. Drew Patria added a two-run single in the third inning. Four runs on the day scored on the five errors committed by the Commerce defense.
Matt Simmington added two hits and one RBI for the Senators (3-4). Cody Marshall singled and scored a run.
Pioneer 12, Granby 9 — Pioneer Valley Regional School scored eight times in the first two innings and held off a late charge from Granby High School to earn a 12-9 independent victory Monday afternoon in Northfield.
The key for the Panther offense, according to coach Dan Abrahamson, was putting the ball in play, something the team has struggled at times to do this season. The Panthers only struck out a total of four times and finished with 10 hits and four walks. The other key to putting the ball in play was forcing Granby to make plays defensively and the Rams did not do that, committing six errors to help Pioneer score the 12 runs.
Cole Tognarelli finished with two hits, including a double, and also drove in two runs. Jordan Cutting singled twice and stole three bases, while Jake Hale singled, stole two bases and drove in two runs. Kyle Hubbard tripled and drove in a pair, and Matt Kenny singled and plated two runs.
Hale earned the win, striking out five and walking three in five innings. Hubbard came on for the final two innings and allowed five runs, striking out two and walking two.
Pathfinder 6, FC Tech 5 (8) — Josh Gagne scored on a passed ball with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning and Pathfinder Vocational High School walked off a 6-5 winner over Franklin County Technical School in a Tri-County League baseball game Monday afternoon in Three Rivers.
The Eagles (2-4, 2-3) tied the game in their final at bats in the top of the seventh inning with four runs but in the eighth, Pathfinder had its first three batters reach base to load the bases with nobody out. Shane Neto led off with a double and Gagne and Luke LaGrant each singled to fill the bags. Anthony Burke hit a fielder’s choice that saw Neto get cut down at home, but Franklin Tech relief pitcher Nate Crocker fired a pitch high that went to the backstop and allowed Gagne to scamper home with the winning run.
The only reason the Eagles were in extra innings was due to some late-game heroics to tie the game at 5-5 after Franklin Tech went into the top of the seventh inning trailing 5-1. Austin Burdick and Dylan Mailloux led off with walks, and Burdick scored when Ethan Wickline reached on an error by the first baseman. Cooper Grace followed with a two-run single, and R.J. Hubert tied the game with an RBI single.
Andrew Roman worked all eight innings for Pathfinder, striking out nine and walking four. Crocker suffered the loss in relief, striking out three and walking two in 31/ 3 innings. Mitch Mailloux worked the first four innings for the Eagles, striking out one and walking three.
Crocker and Mason Dow each finished with two hits for the Eagles, who go back to work on Wednesday on the road against Westfield Vocational-Technical High School.