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Senators, Paul stymie Eagles, 9-2

Jake Paul fired an impressive complete game two-hitter and struck out seven to lead Mahar Regional School to a 9-2 victory over Easthampton High School in a Hampshire League baseball game Thursday in Orange.

Drew Patria broke a 1-1 in the third by smacking a two-run double to left. Then Hunter Richardson was credited with a delayed steal of home and Zach Adams ripped an RBI single during the Senators’ three-run fourth to extend their lead to 6-1. Adams and Paul both clubbed run-scoring singles and Logan Barrett’s sacrifice fly in the sixth accounted for the final three runs.

Adams finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Matt Richard went 3-for-3 for Mahar, which improved to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the HL.

“The boys played very well,” said Senators head coach Art Billings. “The error count is still up there a bit, but we’re working on it.”

Grayson Nash and Alan Gormley had the only hits for the Eagles (2-2, 1-2), back-to-back singles in the fourth. Chris Starcun added an RBI.

Frontier 5, Hopkins 4 — Frontier Regional School pulled into a tie with Greenfield High School for the HL lead as it held off Hopkins Academy, 5-4, in baseball action Thursday in Hadley.

Ben Ruddock backstopped the win by throwing a complete-game four-hitter with 11 whiffs. He scattered four hits and two walks.

“Ben was very poised and he looked dominant right through to the end,” said Red Hawks head coach Chuck Holt. “He threw 109 pitches and he was still throwing hard at the end.”

Frontier (4-1, 3-0 HL) opened up a 4-1 lead in the fifth when Matt Byrne stroked a two-out double to plate Rylan Baronas (walk), and he subsequently scored on an overthrow.

Hopkins got the runs back in the bottom of the frame on Evan Delaney’s two-run single, but the Red Hawks added a much-needed insurance tally in the top of the sixth, when Eddie Tsai singled, stole second and scored on Ryan Hoar’s line double down left-field line.

Hopkins scored its run in the seventh on a wild pitch.

Hoar, who had three hits, and Byrne each rapped a pair of doubles for the winners.

Tim Knightly allowed seven hits and six walks while striking out eight in the complete-game loss.

Frontier (4-1, 3-0) travels to Maynard High School today at noon.

Athol 5, Mohawk 0 — Bryce Melanson gave Athol High School coach Josh Talbot everything he had hoped for and then some on Thursday afternoon.

The freshman righty, making his first carer start on an emergency basis, spun seven shutout innings to lead the Red Raiders past Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 5-0, in Hampshire League baseball play in Buckland.

Athol (3-2, 2-0) came into the game off a 12-inning loss to Belchertown High School on Wednesday that had depleted the Red Raider pitching staff. That forced Talbot to turn to Melanson, who had been pitching on the junior varsity team. He responded by allowing just six hits and one walk in seven innings, striking out two on just 76 pitches.

“Our 12-inning game yesterday forced us into this,” Talbot explained. “We knew Bryce could throw strikes and he constantly did that today. He only had two strikeouts but our defense was great today. Bryce was everything we needed.”

The Red Raiders never made it easy on their emergency, first-time starter. Athol took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jerry Parker and Brad Bousquet (two hits, two stolen bases) singled, and Parker came around to score on Dakota Melanson’s RBI ground out. That was the only run to cross the plate until the top of the seventh, when Athol finally managed to give its pitcher some breathing room with four runs. Jamie Posk hit an RBI single to right in the frame, Johnny Ortiz hit an RBI fielder’s choice, and Alex Page roped a two-run single.

Ryan Spitzer pitched well in the loss, striking out five, while allowing seven hits and one walk. Jaquille Gardner led the Warriors (1-3, 1-2) with three hits but it was another tough outing for the Mohawk bats. After getting a perfect game thrown at them Wednesday by Greenfield High School’s Garrett Hudson, the Warriors were shut out for the second straight time. Mohawk’s top four hitters went a combined 0-for-13 against Athol.

Athol hosts Mahar Saturday at 2, while Mohawk goes back to work today when it travels to Wahconah Regional High School at 4:15.

FC Tech 11, Smith Voke 2 — Franklin County Technical School took advantage of seven walks and two hits to score seven runs in the seventh inning and break open a close game to beat Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 11-2, in an independent baseball contest Thursday in Northampton.

The Eagles trailed 2-0 until the top of the fifth, when it parlayed five stolen bases and Cody Booska’s two-run singe into four runs to take a 4-2 lead.

Alec Milton had two of Franklin Tech’s five hits. Milton, Booska and Ethan Wickline drove in two runs each, while Wickline swiped four bases, including home once.

Joey Barcomb went the first four innings to earn the pitching win. Milton fanned six in three innings to earn the save.

Franklin Tech (2-4 overall) hosts St. Mary High School today at 4.

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