Hall, Parker shut down Panthers for Raiders, 3-0

Athol High School scored three times in the fourth inning and that was all Garrett Hall needed as he combined with Jerry Parker to throw a three-hit shutout for the Red Raiders’ in a 3-0 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School during the opening day of the Hampshire League baseball season Wednesday afternoon in Athol.

Hall struck out 13 and walked two in six innings. He allowed all three of the Panthers’ hits — giving up a first-inning single to Jordan Cutting, an Alex Keir single in the fourth inning, and a fifth-inning single to Jake Hale — but for the third time this season in three games, Athol got a strong pitching performance. Jerry Parker struck out one in the seventh to pick up the save.

“I said before the season that we should have good pitching and so far our guys have done everything they can to make me look smart,” Athol coach Josh Talbot joked. “Garrett was great today.”

The Red Raiders (2-1) gave him plenty of support in the fourth, when Brad Bousquet singled and stole second and third. Dakota Melanson then walked and stole second. Hall helped himself out by stroking an RBI single, stealing second, and scoring along with Melanson when Tyler Guerin roped a two-run, ground-rule double. Bousquet finished with two hits and three stolen bases, while

Jake Hale pitched well in the loss, striking out four and walking one in four innings. Kyle Hubbard pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the Panthers, who dropped to 2-1 on the season.

Greenfield 6, Hopkins 2 — Zach Bartak came up with a pair of big hits Wednesday afternoon and Greenfield High School improved to 3-0 with a 6-2 victory over Hopkins Academy in HL baseball action at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third and runners on first and second, Bartak lined a single to right to score the go-ahead run. Later in the inning, Josh Brandl hit a grounder to second that was thrown away, allowing two more runs to score. Bartak added an RBI single to left in the sixth inning to score Garrett Hudson with two outs for an insurance run. Jake Elwell finished with three hits in the win.

Drew Barisano struck out three and walked four in five innings, allowing eight hits. Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek said he was pleased that his pitcher remained tough despite some struggles.

“He gutted it out,” Suchanek explained. “He didn’t have his good stuff today but he gutted it out. He gave up a couple of hits to start the sixth inning so we brought in Mike (Duclos) and he shut the door.”

Duclos struck out four and walked one in the final two innings.

Evan Delaney struck out seven and allowed seven hits and five walks in six innings in the loss. Ethan Wenner led Hopkins (1-2) at the plate with a double, triple and RBI.

Mohawk 6, Easthampton 4 — When Ryan Spitzer wasn’t mowing down opposing hitters Wednesday afternoon, he was busy driving in runs.

Spitzer pitched six strong innings and finished with three hits and three RBIs to lead Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a 6-4 HL win over Easthampton High School in Easthampton.

The Warriors built a 3-0 lead before Spitzer even took to the mound, opening the game with four straight singles from Connor Maloney, Sam Slowinski, Ryan Pease and Spitzer, with Pease and Spitzer each plating a run on their hits. Jaquille Gardner plated the third run of the frame later in the inning with a single.

Mohawk (1-1) continued to put up runs in the next two innings. Pease hit a two-out double in the second and Spitzer plated him for the fourth run of the game. In the third inning, Maloney hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.

Easthampton did not go away, plating one run in the third on a home run from freshman Shy Torres, then adding two more runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 5-3. Mohawk got one run back in the sixth on Spitzer’s third RBI single of the game, but Torres belted his second home run of the day in the bottom of the sixth to pull Easthampton back to within two runs. Billy Gray came on in the seventh inning to pitch for Mohawk, and despite walking a pair, got out of the inning unscathed to earn the save. Mohawk finished with 11 hits, as eight players registered at least one on the day.

Austin Crow suffered the loss for Easthampton with one strikeout and two walks in six innings of work.

Turners Falls 15, Lenox 0 (5) — Turners Falls High School was the final HL team to get under way this season. After Wednesday, the Indians are still the only team yet to play a full seven-inning game.

The Indians’ offense collected 11 hits and took advantage of 13 walks to crush Lenox High School, 15-0, in a mercy-rule-shortened, five-inning independent baseball game in Turners Falls.

Ryan Wilder finished with four hits, two stolen bases and two RBIs to pace the Indian offense. Wyatt Bourbeau singled and doubled and drove in a team-high three runs, while John Ollari added two hits and an RBI. Brody Markol and Dan McCormack each registered one hit and an RBI, and Brandon Lenois drove in two runs.

“We were very patient at the plate today,” Turners Falls coach Jay Liimatainen said. “We hit a lot of singles but we hit the ball really hard.”

The offense overshadowed a strong performance by Brandon Lenois, who pitched four innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Preston Chabot added one strikeout in one inning of relief.

Frontier 14, Mahar 2 — Frontier Regional School collected 16 hits Wednesday afternoon and that was more than enough for pitcher Peter Watroba as the Red Hawks clubbed Mahar Regional School, 14-2, in a HL baseball game at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

Watroba finished with five strikeouts and no walks in the complete-game, five-hitter, with both runs surrendered unearned. Ethan Nye, Jake Paul, Logan Barrett, Drew Patria and Buddy Boatwright each had one hit in the loss.

Rylan Baronas had a huge day at the plate for Frontier with five RBIs. The senior hit two-run doubles in the third and sixth innings and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Eddie Tsai and Ryan Hoar each finished with three hits and two RBIs. Niko Ames added two hits and two RBIs. Tsai, Hoar and Ames each stole two bases.

Zack Adams suffered the loss with two strikeouts and one walk in three innings.

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