Hudson spins perfect game
Tom Suchanek has experienced nearly everything in his 41 seasons as Greenfield High School baseball coach, but Garrett Hudson came up with something Suchanek had never seen, from his team or an opponent — a perfect game.
Hudson, a junior right-hander, set down all 18 batters he faced to record the first perfect game in Suchanek’s Hall-of-Fame coaching career, as the Green Wave blanked Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 15-0, in a six-inning Hampshire League baseball game Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
“He had a good night ... he must have had his Wheaties,” said Suchanek of Hudson, who struck out eight, threw 67 pitches and was ahead 0-2 or 1-2 on 10 of the 18 batters he faced. “He was in a zone.”
Hudson was also in a zone on offense, as he cranked out two triples, a double and drove on three runs to lead the offense.
“He worked hard in the offseason,” said Suchanek. “He’s got more giddy-up on his fastball and he’s always had a good curveball. ... He also hitting over .500 at this point.”
Jake Elwell collected two singles, a double and two RBIs, Luippold also had two singles and a double, and Mike Duclos (double) and Zach Bartak both had two hits and two RBIs for Greenfield (5-0 overall, 3-0).
Ryan Pease suffered the loss.
Belchertown 17, Athol 11 (12) — Belchertown High School scored twice in the seventh inning to tie the game, then erupted for eight in the 12th inning to beat Athol High School, 17-11, in an independent baseball game Wednesday at Thomas J. O’Brien Field in Athol.
The Orioles broke a 9-9 tie when Eric Adzima drew a bases-loaded walk, and Nick Leduc broke it open later in the frame when he belted a three-run double.
Leduc finished with three hits and four RBIs to lead the offense, while Tommy Daley threw 153 pitches in nine innings of relief to earn the win. He struck out six and walked six.
Bradley Bousquet singled, doubled and drove in four runs for the Red Raiders (2-2), while Jerry Parker singled, tripled and added two RBIs.
Hampshire 13, Frontier 9 — Eddie Hagelstein rapped three hits, two of them doubles, and drove in five runs as Hampshire Regional High School outslugged Frontier Regional School, 13-9, in independent baseball action Wednesday afternoon in Westhampton.
Hagelstein’s two-run triple in the second gave the Red Raiders a 6-2 lead, then he cleared the bases in the fifth to cap off a four-run rally that gave the winners a 13-8 lead.
Nikeo Ames had a big day for the Red Hawks (3-1), as he had a single, two doubles and three RBIs. Matt Ackerman ripped a double and drove in two runs.
Adam LaRoche pitched four innings of relief to get the win.
Matt Byrne was tagged with the loss.
Turners 16, Ware 1 (6) — Ryan Wilder doubled twice, singled and drove in four runs as Turners Falls High School routed Ware High School, 16-1, in a six-inning independent baseball game Wednesday night at Bourdeau Fields in Turners Falls.
Brody Markol clubbed two singles, a double and knocked in three runs, Dan McCormack added two hits and three RBIs, T.J. Meyer chipped in a pair of hits and Tyler Charboneau contributed two RBIs for the Indians (2-1 overall).
Meyer, who fanned eight and walked three in four innings, and Nick York combined on a one-hitter.