Duclos is perfect for Wave
Moh 1 Gray fields hit
Looman gets caought in pickle
Eckler connects for a fly ball
Moh 5 Pease delivers
Moh 8 Buntin gets to third on errant pick off throw and then scored on a passed ball.
Moh 4 Slowinski is slow on the tag at 2
It took Greenfield High School baseball coach Tom Suchanek nearly 41 years to coach his first perfect game.
Now, less than one week after that one, Suchanek coached his second.
Green Wave senior Mike Duclos fired five perfect innings against Pioneer Valley Regional School on Wednesday afternoon to lead Greenfield to a 16-0 Hampshire League baseball victory in Northfield.
Duclos’ perfect game came exactly one week after teammate Garrett Hudson pulled off the feat in a six-inning win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School. Suchanek that both pitchers took advantage of being able to hit their spots consistently, something that is not always a given for any pitcher.
“Mike was on today, just as Garrett was on the other day,” Suchanek said. “You can’t always hit your spots exactly where you want to hit them, but they had good command. That doesn’t happen all the time.”
Duclos struck out nine of his 15 outs before the game was stopped by the mercy-rule. The perfect game was most in jeopardy on two occasions, including in the second inning when Pioneer hitter Jordan Cutting lined a ball to second that was snagged by Wave second baseman Parker Hickey. The other close play came later in the game when Greenfield catcher Luke Toritto fielded a ball hit in front of the plate and threw a one-hopper to first that Green Wave first baseman Mike Lively managed to pick out of the dirt. Lively is the backup first baseman, who was playing because starter Duclos was on the mound. Duclos wound up allowing four fly balls and one other grounder, which came on the final out of the game, a come-backer he fielded and tagged the bag himself.
The righty never went to a three-ball count to any hitter and got ahead 0-2 or 1-2 on 11 of 15 hitters he faced, throwing 68 pitches.
“Even though Mike and Garrett didn’t have to pitch seven innings, I honestly believe that even if they went seven, they would have finished them off,” Suchanek said. “They were both sharp.”
Greenfield (7-0 overall, 5-0 HL) gave Duclos plenty of offense. Drew Barisano, who was 4-for-4 at the plate with five RBIs, blasted a grand slam as part of a six-run third-inning. Kevin Luippold singled and drove in three runs, Jake Elwell notched two hits and two RBIs, Duclos finished with three hits, Hudson added two, Zach Bartak tripled, and Jourdan York-Welcome singled and drove in a run.
Jake Hale suffered the loss, striking out four and walking two in three innings.
Greenfield hosts Frontier Regional School Friday night at 7. Pioneer (2-5, 0-5) travels to Hopkins Academy today at 4.
Mohawk 2, Hopkins 1 — Mohawk Trial Regional High School has a little more depth, and now the Warriors have won three straight games.
Mohawk scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, and survived a seventh-inning rally by Hopkins Academy to garner a 2-1 HL win Wednesday in Buckland.
Alex Buntin scored the game’s first run when he walked, stole second, moved to third when the throw sailed in to center field and scored on a passed ball.
In the sixth, Buntin singled to bring up Steven Reynolds. With Buntin taking off for second on the pitch, Reynolds drilled a double to the left-center field gap and Buntin scored standing up to make it 2-0.
Hopkins loaded the bases with two outs when Pat Knightly walked, Evan Delaney singled and Ethan Wenner reached on an infield error. Relief pitcher Liam Datres de la Blotier hit Brett Morrison with a pitch to plate Knightly and reload the bases, and Warrior coach Mike Billiel brought in Buntin form the bullpen. Buntin faced Zach Kelley and worked a 2-2 count. On Buntin’s next pitch, Kelley leaned over the plate and let himself get hit by the pitch, but the home plate umpire ruled it the third strike, and the game ended. Billiel said afterward that Hopkins did not argue the call.
Mohawk (4-3, 3-2) was outhit 8-3, but Hopkins left 11 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.
“We got out of trouble all game,” said Billiel. “Pitching and defense have been keeping us in games, and we’ve been scraping together a few hits. We’re playing like a team, no one player has carried us.”
Delaney led the Golden Hawks with three hits.
Ryan Pease struck out three and walked one in four innings to pick up the win. Buntin earned the save.
Andrew Omer allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six in the loss.
Turners 1, Frontier 0 — Frontier Regional School shortstop Ryan Hoar would like to forget the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game against Turners Falls High School.
The senior committed a pair of costly errors in the frame and allowed the only run of the night to cross the plate as the host Indians took a 1-0 HL victory at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
The game was a pitcher’s duel between Frontier ace Peter Watroba and Turners Falls ace T.J. Meyer, and in the end it came down to a pair of sixth-inning errors.
Meyer registered two straight outs in the inning as Ryan Wilder lined out and Brody Markol flew out. That brought up Meyer to the plate and he hit a grounder to short that was booted by Hoar to put the go-ahead run on board. Watroba then walked Kramer Patenaude to put Meyer in scoring position and bring designated hitter John Ollari to the plate. Ollari, who had doubled earlier in the game, hit a high fly ball to short that Hoar got underneath but the ball came down and hit the heal of his glove and bounced out, allowing Meyer to cross the plate.
That was all Meyer needed, as he finished off the one-hit shutout in the seventh inning, finishing up with 11 strikeouts and four walks. Watroba was the tough-luck loser, giving up just three hits and two walks in six innings, with three strikeouts.
Rylan Baronas had the only hit for the Red Hawks (4-2, 3-1), while Patenaude and Brandon Lenois joined Ollari as the only players with a hit for the Indians.
Turners Falls (5-1, 3-1) travels to Greenfield High School Friday night at 7.
Easthampton 7, Athol 2 — Easthampton High School scored three times in the second inning to surprise Athol High School, 7-2, in HL baseball play Wednesday afternoon in Athol.
Chris Starcun hit an RBI single in the frame, Shy Torres hit a sacrifice fly, and a third run scored on a wild pitch to push the Eagles (3-3, 2-3) to a 4-0 lead at the time. Athol got single runs back in the second and third innings but the Eagles put the game out of reach with three more runs in the sixth.
Aaron Crow walked five in the complete-game effort but kept the Red Raider (4-4, 3-2) bats quiet, allowing just two hits on the day. Crow finished with six strikeouts.
Athol didn’t help its own cause with three errors on the day, including a pair of miscues in the sixth inning that helped Easthampton score the three runs.
Joey Adams and Jamie Posk each finished with one hit for Athol, while Posk and Dakota Melanson each drove in a run. Adams suffered the loss, striking out four and walking seven in four innings.
Smith Academy 16, FC Tech 1 (6) — Smith Academy clinched a postseason berth on Wednesday with a 16-1, six-inning Tri-County League North Division victory over Franklin County Technical School in Hatfield.
The Eagles (3-6, 0-5) only managed one hit on the day, a single by Cooper Grace. The lone run came in the sixth inning when Eli Willey walked and later scored on a Jake Earl fly out.
The Falcons improved to 10-1 on the season and as they have been doing all season, got another strong pitching performance. This time it was eighth-grader John Ferrera, who struck out one and walked none in five innings. Mike Molloy struck out one and walked one in one inning of relief.
Smith Academy took advantage of seven Eagles errors and also picked up 11 hits. Austin Rogers doubled twice and drove in a run, while David Longstreeth finished with two hits and two RBIs. Keith Natale collected three hits, including a triple, and drove in a run, while Molloy picked up three hits, including a double, and drove in a run.
Ethan Wickline suffered the loss, with four walks in 2 2-3 innings pitched.
Franklin Tech hosts Westfield Vocational-Technical High School Friday at 4.