Frontier trims Wave, 1-0
Fron 10 reacts to bunt posture
GHS 5 pops out
Fron 25 connects
Fron 15 safe at third when he looked like a dead duck, don't know what ump saw
Bartak out at first, close play
Peter Watroba came up big when it counted most and got a huge lift from Rylan Baronas on defense to grab a share of the Hampshire League lead.
Watroba hurled a complete-game shutout and Frontier made a second-inning run stand up as it outlasted league leader Greenfield High School, 1-0, in HL baseball action Monday at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Frontier (7-2 overall, 6-1 HL) managed to score its only run on just one hit in the second frame. Ryan Hoar lined a single through the left side, then stole second. After he advanced to third on Sam Tillona’s grounder to second, Matt Byrne hit a grounder to Zach Bartak at shortstop. Bartak charged the ball, fielded it cleanly and looked Hoar back to third before his throw sailed over first baseman Mike Lively’s head, allowing Hoar to jog home with what turned out be the game-winning run.
Greenfield (8-1, 6-1 HL) had its best chance to score in the sixth, when losing pitcher Mike Duclos led off with a single. The Kevin Luippold roped a double down the right-field line. Right fielder Matt Ackerman quickly got the ball back to the infield and kept Duclos from scoring.
After Watroba struck out Lively, Jourdan York-Welcome ripped a hard grounder that looked like it would get through, but second baseman Baronas made a diving backhand grab, scrambled back to his feet and fired to first to get the final out.
Watroba finished it off in the seventh to improve to 4-1 on the season. He still hasn’t surrendered an earned run in his 32 innings of work.
“This was the first time he’s pitched on four days’ rest,” said Red Hawks head coach Chuck Holt. “He was setting up hitters with his curve and pitched a great game. He gave up seven hits but looked in control.”
Hoar had two of the Hawks’ three hits. Niko Ames added a single.
Garrett Hudson and Drew Barisano both rapped out two hits for the Wave.
Duclos was the hard-luck loser, as he gave up one walk and the unearned run while striking out five.
Frontier travels to Maynard High School today at 4.
Turners 6, Mohawk 0 — Tyler Charboneau tossed a one-hit shutout and had the big hit to open the scoring in the fifth inning as Turners Falls High School picked up a 6-0 HL victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday night at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Charboneau allowed only a single to Billy Gray in the third inning and got stronger as the game went on, registering six of his seven strikeouts from the fourth inning on.
“He was great tonight,” Turners coach Jay Liimatainen said. “He settled in really nicely. From the fourth inning on all of his pitches were working.”
The game remained scoreless into the fifth inning as Mohawk starter Ryan Pease matched Charboneau through the first four. Brody Markol opened the fifth inning with a single and Pease then walked Kramer Patenaude, prompting Mohawk coach Mike Billiel to yank the starter. Justin Markham came on and got John Ollari to ground out, but then hit Dan McCormack with a pitch to load the bases. Charboneau promptly unloaded them with a three-run triple to put the Indians on top. Mike Conant drove in Charboneau on a ground out.
The Indians (6-2, 4-2) added two more runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Ollari and an RBI triple by McCormack.
Charboneau, Markol and Marcel Ortiz each finished with two hits.
Pease struck out two and walked two in the loss.
Turners hosts Hopkins Wednesday night at 7.
Granby 8, FC Tech 0 — Andy Gifford spun his second gem of the season against Franklin County Technical School and Granby High School swept the season series with a three-hit, 8-0 Tri-County League baseball victory Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Gifford struck out eight and walked one in seven shutout innings against the Eagles. It marked the second complete-game victory for Gifford over the Eagles this season after he led Granby to a 2-1 victory in an eight-inning game back on April 9. Gifford also struck out eight and walked one in that meeting.
Travis Padgett finished with two hits for Granby, which finished with just four hits but took advantage of erratic pitching by Eagles’ pitchers, who finished with nine walks total.
Tim Momaney, Matt McCarthy and Jake Earl each had one hit for the Eagles (3-8, 0-7), while Alec Milton struck out two and walked six in 5 2-3 innings.