Hawks slip past Pioneer, 1-0
Three pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout as Frontier Regional School edged Pioneer Valley Regional School, 1-0, in a Hampshire League baseball game Tuesday at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Sophomore Nate Patterson made his first start a memorable one for the Red Hawks, tossing five innings of one-hit ball with nine strikeouts and just two walks before giving way to Khilal Taylor, who fanned two in the sixth. Ben Ruddock struck out three and walked one in the seventh to earn the save.
Frontier scored what turned out to be the game’s only run in the opening frame. Leadoff hitter Sean Doyle ripped a single and subsequently stole second. He moved to third on Seth Gewanter’s groundout, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Red Hawks’ only other hit came in the fifth inning when left fielder Dylan Husted singled.
Pioneer’s best chance to score occurred in the third inning. Matt Kenney drew a two-out walk and stole second. Zach Lambert hit a slow roller to third baseman Ruddock, whose throw was just a bit late. Kenney never broke stride around third base and attempted to score, but first baseman Brandon Bryant turned and fired home to Doyle, who tagged the sliding Kenney out.
“We froze for a second waiting for the out call, but the ump gave the safe sign,” recalled Red Hawks head coach Chuck Holt. “Then Ben yelled to Brandon to throw home and he made a great throw to Sean, right on the money, and Sean got the tag down.”
Kyle Hubbard pitched well in defeat for the Panthers. He struck out three, walked four and issued the two singles in 5 2-3 innings.
Frontier host Mahar on Thursday at 4 p.m.
FC Tech 19, Westfield V-T 5 (41/ 2) — Franklin County Technical School banged out 12 hits and took advantage of 18 walks to cruise past Westfield Vocational-Technical High School, 19-5, in a Tri-County League softball contest Tuesday at Gifford Field in Turners Falls.
The game was halted after 41/ 2 innings due to the mercy rule.
The Eagles (3-0) used one hit and seven walks to score six times in the first inning and take a 6-2 lead, then Mackenzie Bardwell roped a two-run triple as part of a seven-run second inning that pushed the lead to 13-2.
Sam Scopa led the Franklin Tech offense with four hits and two RBIs. Bardwell and Melissa Vatalaro both finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs, and Katie Newell and Sam Macomber each slapped a double.
Rachel Shearer fanned 11, walked seven and allowed just three hits to earn the complete-game win.
Franklin Tech goes to Blunt Park in Springfield Thursday to face Putnam Vocational High School at 4 p.m.