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Streaking Warriors storm back, 6-5

  • Turners Falls second baseman Zach Demars reaches to tag Mohawk baserunner Mark Buck, who was safe on a stolen base Thursday in Buckland, where his host Warriors outlasted the visiting Indians, 6-5, in their Hampshire League baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

    Turners Falls second baseman Zach Demars reaches to tag Mohawk baserunner Mark Buck, who was safe on a stolen base Thursday in Buckland, where his host Warriors outlasted the visiting Indians, 6-5, in their Hampshire League baseball game.
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  • Mohawk starting pitcher Billy Gray releases a pitch to a Turners Falls batter Thursday during a 6-5 Mohawk win Gray did not earn a decision in.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mohawk starting pitcher Billy Gray releases a pitch to a Turners Falls batter Thursday during a 6-5 Mohawk win Gray did not earn a decision in.
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  • Turners Falls baserunner Brody Markol scores a first-inning run Thursday afternoon in Buckland, where the host Warriors prevailed, 6-5, in their Hampshire League baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

    Turners Falls baserunner Brody Markol scores a first-inning run Thursday afternoon in Buckland, where the host Warriors prevailed, 6-5, in their Hampshire League baseball game.
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  • Turners Falls second baseman Zach Demars reaches to tag Mohawk baserunner Mark Buck, who was safe on a stolen base Thursday in Buckland, where his host Warriors outlasted the visiting Indians, 6-5, in their Hampshire League baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz
  • Mohawk starting pitcher Billy Gray releases a pitch to a Turners Falls batter Thursday during a 6-5 Mohawk win Gray did not earn a decision in.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz
  • Turners Falls baserunner Brody Markol scores a first-inning run Thursday afternoon in Buckland, where the host Warriors prevailed, 6-5, in their Hampshire League baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

Mark Buck and Javier Morales each came up with big hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a 6-5 come-from-behind Hampshire League baseball victory Thursday afternoon over Turners Falls High School in Buckland.

The Indians (4-3 overall) led 5-4 and needed to record three outs to earn the win before Sam Slowinski reached on an error by the Turners Falls second baseman to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and get Mohawk going. Tucker Jenkins laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Slowinski into scoring position, and the runner came around when Buck launched an RBI double to deep left-center to tie the game. That brought Morales to the plate and Turners Falls pitcher Tyler Charboneau got two strikes on him before Morales lined a single to center that plated Buck with the game-winner.

“We battled the whole game,” Mohawk coach Bill Buck said. “I’m really happy about the way that we’re hitting the ball these days, but not as happy as I am with our pitching and defense.”

The Warriors (5-3) needed to come back from three deficits to win their fourth game in their last five times out. The Indians jumped on Mohawk starter Billy Gray in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead before Mohawk even stepped to the plate. Brody Markol hit an RBI single in the first inning, Nick York plated a run on a ground-out, and a third run crossed the plate when Trent Bourbeau hit a fly ball that the outfielder lost in the sun and dropped for an error.

Mohawk responded with one run in the bottom of the first when Slowinski walked to lead off and scored on Buck’s ground-out. The Warriors tied the game in the third inning with a pair of runs on Morales’ first big hit of the day, a two-run single.

The Indians reclaimed the lead in the fourth on an RBI ground-out by Quinn Doyle, but Mohawk came right back to tie things up at 4-4 in the bottom of the frame when Andrew Doty doubled and scored on an error. Turners scored its final run in the top of the sixth when Ortiz walked and later scored on a Charboneau (three hits) single to right field to put the Indians up, 5-4.

The five runs for the Indians were all scored off starter Billy Gray who wound up with a no-decision after he struck out five and walked five in 6 1/ 3 innings. Lukas Markham recorded the final two outs in the top of the seventh, and when Mohawk came back in the bottom of the frame, wound up with the win.

“Billy really battled today,” coach Buck concluded. “I’ve got to give Turners Falls credit, they’re a fantastic hitting team. Billy battled for six innings and stranded a lot of baserunners. We were lucky to get out of there with a win.”

Charboneau struck out five and walked two in 6 1/ 3 innings and suffered the loss.

• Mohawk also won the junior varsity game, 6-0. Justin Ward pitched a three-hitter and the Warriors improved to 6-2 on the season.

Greenfield 19, Athol 2 — After struggling for consistency at the plate early this season, Greenfield High School had its best offensive day of the spring, banging out 15 hits to score 19 runs in five innings to mercy-rule Athol High School, 19-2, in a HL baseball game in Athol.

The Green Wave (5-4) scored eight times in the second inning to take an 11-0 lead and roll to the victory. Greenfield also worked 10 walks to contribute to the big offensive day.

It all added up to one of the easiest wins by Greenfield ace Garrett Hudson in some time. The hurler finished with nine strikeouts in five innings, allowing three hits and one walk for the victory.

Hudson helped himself out at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBIs on the day. Andrew Barisano finished with two singles, a double and two RBIs, Kevin Luippold collected three hits including a double, and Owen Schilling singled and drove in two runs. Jourdan York-Welcome recorded two hits and one RBI, Jake Elwell singled and doubled, and Connor Eckstrom drove in two runs.

Brad Bousquet suffered the loss, striking out two and walking four in 11/ 3 innings of work. Bousquet hit a two-run single in the fifth inning to help Athol (2-4) stave off the shutout.

FC Tech 16, Smith Voke 1 — Franklin County Technical School piled up 16 hits and scored 16 runs Thursday morning to defeat Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 16-1, in a Tri-County League baseball game in Turners Falls.

The offensive outburst may have overshadowed a solid pitching performance from Kyle Johnson, who was less than 24 hours removed from a forgettable start. On Wednesday, Johnson walked four in the first inning and another in the second before getting relieved in a 5-2 loss to Westfield Vocational-Technical High School. He bounced back on Thursday morning walking just two in five innings and striking out nine.

“It was a great opportunity for Kyle to get right back out there,” Franklin Tech coach Brian Winslow said. “Once he came out early yesterday, I told him he was going to get the ball today and he responded. He pitched well. Once he finds a rhythm, he’s very good. Yesterday, he obviously didn’t find that rhythm. Today he did.”

The game was stopped in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ethan Wickline rapped an RBI double off Smith Voke reliever Ryan York to invoke the 15-run mercy rule. It capped off a memorable day for Wickline, who finished with four hits and five RBIs and missed hitting for the cycle by a matter of inches. Wickline got off to a quick start when he hit an RBI single in the first inning, then came back in the bottom of the third by launcing a shot that hit near the top of the fence in left center but did not go over, leaving Wickline settling for an RBI double. Wickline followed that up in the fourth inning with a two-run triple, and then connected for his final hit in the sixth to end the game.

Nate Crocker also had a big day at the plate for the Eagles with three hits and five RBIs. Crocker hit a two-run single in the fourth and a three-run double in the sixth. Mason Dow finished with three hits and one RBI, R.J. Hubert tripled and drove in a run, and Austin Burdick singled twice and plated one run.

The Eagles head to Orange today for an independent tilt against Hampshire League foe Mahar Regional School.

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