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Bulletin Board: Frontier storms back to semis

Frontier came back from an 8-0 deficit Sunday and punched its ticket to the semifinals of the Cal Ripken Baseball Under-10 State Tournament with a 12-11 win over Hudson in Sutton.

Frontier plays in the semifinals tonight in Sutton.

Hudson led 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, when Matt Como hit a solo home run to ignite the Frontier offense. Hudson pushed the lead to 9-1 with a run in the fifth, but Frontier scored 11 times in the fifth to take the lead. Como hit a two-run double in the inning, while Gehrig Brynda and Ben Martino each hit two-run singles. Kevin Baumann added an RBI single in the frame, and Kyle Barnes singled.

“I was proud of the way the team battled today,” Frontier coach Bryan Barnes said. “The kids never gave up and our whole team put together some quality, patient at-bats, with some timely hits.”

• In early-round action Saturday, Como hit two doubles, one single and drove in three runs as Frontier beat Uxbridge, 14-4.

Barnes doubled as part of a three-hit day and drove in one run for Frontier. Brynda tripled and drove in three runs, Ben Zaranek hit two singles and drove in a run, Martino singled and plated a run, and Baumann and Noah Uzdavinis each had a hit. Zaranek earned the win.

• Also Saturday, Barnes tripled and singled but Frontier fell to Williamstown, 11-4.

Baumann doubled, singled and drove in a run, Brynda singled with one RBI, and Uzdavinis had one hit.

• In the Skills Competition Saturday, Frontier placed second in the “Around the Horn” action with the team of Como, Martino, Baumann and Barnes.

Frontier 9s advance

The Frontier Under-9 Cal Ripken Baseball team finished second in the District 2 Tournament over the weekend in Hadley.

The team earned a spot in the State Championships beginning on July 18 in Westminster.

• In the final game, Tyler Baranowski and Dylan Martin combined to strike out 10 but Frontier suffered a 10-4 loss to Northampton.

Shane Prusak finished with one hit, one RBI and two runs scored in the loss, while Dylan Royal collected an RBI and scored a run. Sean Kirkendall added one hit and two RBIs, Baranowski had one hit and scored once, and Martin had a hit.

• In earlier action, Max Edwards struck out 13 over six innings of one-hit pitching to lead Frontier to a 5-1 win over Hadley.

Edwards needed just 71 pitches to earn the win and helped himself out with a single and an RBI. Martin finished with two hits, one RBI and two runs scored, and Baranowski singled twice and scored twice. Royal finished with two hits, one RBI and one run scored, Brandon Royal had one hit and one RBI, Prusak singled, and Kirkendall drove in a run.

• In the opener, Dylan Royal and Baranowski combined to strike out three but Frontier fell to Northampton, 14-4.

Edwards finished with one hit and two RBIs, and Baranowski added one hit and one RBI. Martin finished with a hit and a run, Dylan Royal drove in a run, and Prusak and Kirkendall each scored once.

Mickey Mantle

Gavin Rice allowed just three runs and two hits over five innings to lead JS Rae Mohawk to a 13-3 win over Frontier in a Mickey Mantle Baseball game Sunday in Buckland.

Rice also went 2-for-4 with a double in the win. Levin Finck went 2-for-2 with a double for Mohawk (8-5), and Luke Viens went 2-for-3.

Tim Hoar had two hits for Frontier, and Spencer Butterfield took the loss.


Greenfield Open

Cody Booska shot a 69 to win the Blue Division of the 41st Greenfield Open at the Country Club of Greenfield Sunday.

Matt Eaton came in second with a 70, followed by Nate Burdick at 71. Bob Linn and Mike Johnson tied for fourth with a 72.

Chuck Yetter and KC Finley tied for low net with a 68. Jack Varner was third with a 69, Hugh Barber came in fourth with a 70, and Mike Korpita and Doug Taylor tied for fifth with a 71.

Irv Sanders won low gross in the White Division with a 74 to finish three shots ahead of Bill Dowd, who came in second with a 77. Brian Luippold finished third with a 78, Joe Golonka took fourth with a 79, Al Woods came in fifth with a 80, and Patrick Varner and Phil Mowry tied for sixth with a 81.

Steve Lovett and Josh Harker tied for low net with a 66, while Norm Morris took third with a 67. Blake Keedy came in fourth with a 68, while Dick Howe, Bob Provost and Dick Tozlowski tied for fifth with a 69.


Deerfield Metro drops two

The Deerfield Metro Under-18 softball team dropped a pair of games to Springfield Sunday in Springfield.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Becca Carkhuff and Shelby Scarborough each had two hits but Deerfield suffered a 6-5 loss.

Scarborough suffered the loss, and Mindy Esposito played well defensively.

In the opener, Cassie Jechke picked up two hits but Deerfield fell to Springfield, 12-0, in six innings.

Amanda Deskavich and Alyssa Ouellette each had one hit in the loss.


DRIVE Boys’ Varsity

Liam Ellis scored 25 points Saturday as Turners Falls defeated Mohawk, 59-44, in a DRIVE Hoops Boys’ Varsity basketball game at Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.

Jay Fortier finished with 15 points in the loss.

• In other action, Tim Cooley’s 16 points helped Greenfield edge FC Tech, 49-43.

Nate Boyer led all scorers with 17 points in the loss.

• Also, Brett Moriarty netted 13 points as Twin Valley beat Hinsdale, 49-25.

Matt Boggio tossed in 6 points for Hinsdale.

• In action at Hopkins Academy in Hadley, Conor Cronin scored 16 points and Hampshire bested Smith Voke, 52-40.

Nick Adain paced Smith Voke with 12 points.

• Finally, Spencer Butterfield poured in 15 points and Hadley edged Easthampton, 57-50.

Dakota Wheeler scored 14 points in the losing effort.


Officials course

The Connecticut Valley Soccer Officials Association will conduct an instructional course for interested candidates during August.

Members of the CVSOA officiate scholastic soccer matches in Franklin and Hampshire counties during the fall. Members must be 18 years of age or older.

For more information contact Artie Burke at 863-2452 or

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