Parker fires no-hitter against Franklin Tech
Noah Parker may have pitched the game of his life on Friday.
The St. Mary High School pitcher struck out 17 to help him fire a no-hitter as the Saints knocked off Franklin County Technical School, 6-0, during a Tri-County League North Division baseball game in Turners Falls.
The senior issued a second-inning walk to Cooper Grace for the only Eagle base runner of the day. What made the no-no even more impressive was that the Eagles only managed to put four balls into play, with Parker recording 17 of the 21 outs on the day by way of the strikeout. The closest thing the Eagles got to a base hit came in the first inning, when Cody Booska hit a hard-hit ball that ricochetted off Parker, but went directly to shortstop Matt Plasse, who threw over to first for the out. In the second inning, Alec Milton flew out on what was the only ball hit out of the infield against Parker. Grace and Austin Burdick each grounded out in the fifth for the only two other balls put into play.
“He dominated the game from beginning to end,” Franklin Tech coach Brian Winslow said. “He was right around the zone and we weren’t able to work the count the way we like to. He dominated us completely.”
Cody Booska was the tough-luck loser for the Eagles, giving up two hits and three runs in 4 2-3 innings. Booska struck out four, but was hurt by a defense that committed four errors.
“Cody was right around the plate, he pitched very well,” Winslow said. “He just didn’t get any help from our defense.”
The Saints led 3-0 after scoring single runs in each of the second, fourth and fifth innings, and finally gave Parker some breathing room in the sixth with three runs.
Parker finished with two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base, while Plasse added two hits. Brendan Gawron singled twice and drove in two runs, while Colin Blake and Charlie White each chipped in one hit and one RBI.
Mohawk 3, Wahconah 1 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School had endured a tough couple of days.
After getting no-hit by Greenfield High School on Wednesday, the Warriors were shut out by Athol High School freshman pitcher Bryce Melanson on Thursday. Things took a turn for the better on Friday, even if it came in an odd package.
Mohawk starting pitcher Billy Gray walked nine Wahconah Regional High School batters but gave up just two hits and one run to lead the visiting Warriors to a 3-1 independent baseball victory Friday afternoon in Dalton.
Gray was the beneficiary of some good fortune on the day, including strong play by his outfielders, who came up with a number of putouts. Gray also walked four batters with one out in the second inning, but did not give up a run because he managed to pick off the first runner he issued the free pass to and then, with the bases loaded, registered a strikeout to end the inning.
Gray finished with three strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings but ran into trouble in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. At that point Mohawk coach Mike Billiel brought in junior varsity call-up Justin Markham and the hurler responded by striking out Joe DiMassimo to leave the bases loaded and end the game.
“This is a huge uplift for the team,” Billiel said. “They see light now. And we’ve got three players coming back next week, so instead of playing with 11 players, we will have a full bench.”
The Warriors (2-3) scored once in each of the first two innings. In the first, Ryan Pease was hit by a pitch with one out, stole a pair of bases, and later scored on a Jacquille Gardner sacrifice fly. In the second, Jake Looman doubled to center with one out, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on Gray’s ground out to second.
After Wahconah got one run back in the bottom of the third on a Lane Grogan RBI single, Mohawk got the run back in the top of the fourth when Looman smacked an RBI double to score Tucker Jenkins, who reached when he was also hit by a pitch.
Grogran struck out three and allowed three hits and three walks in the loss.
Catholic 3, Frontier 2 — Holyoke Catholic High School swept the two doubles matches to edge Frontier, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Friday afternoon in South Deerfield.
Ari Adamski and Dan Fiebig defeated Christina Betanos-Orell and Crystal Niedbala 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles, while Annie Vo and Melissa Iczkowski earned a 6-0, 6-0 over Frontier’s Alli Zera and Emily Tourgny — playing in her first varsity match — at second doubles. Frontier’s Lily Schuman, competing in her first-ever singles’ match, dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Pallavi George at third singles.
Frontier (2-2) won the top two singles matches. Ricky Fields earned a 6-3, 6-0 win over Nathan Drewniach at first singles, while Eleni Valis beat Caroline McHugh 6-2, 6-0 at second singles.
St. Mary 3, Turners 2 — Jessica Demers and Mariah Suarez won a three-set match over Kaili Lynch and Autumn Peterson at second doubles for the deciding point of the match as St. Mary edged Turners Falls High School, 3-2, in independent girls’ tennis play Friday in Turners Falls.
Demers and Suarez lost the first set 4-6, but came back to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-2 to collect the deciding point.
The Indians (0-5) earned one point at first singles where Meredith Brown beat Geanette Peretti 6-0, 7-5. Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak also picked up a point at first doubles with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Caroline Francoeur and Jenna Tousini.
Athol 3, Belchertown 2 — Erik Aikey played his best match of the season for Athol on Friday as the Red Raiders pulled out a five-set thriller with a 25-18, 14-25, 25-22, 22-25, 16-14 victory over Belchertown High School in an independent boys’ volleyball match in Athol.
Aikey did not commit a hitting error until late in game and finished with 16 kills, seven blocks and was 10-for-10 serving. Jose Sierra also had another consistently strong hitting match as he has done all season.
In the fifth set, Athol (4-5) trailed 8-7 when Cruz Chi came in off the bench and served a pair of points to put the Red Raiders ahead. On match point, Lorenzo Carra set up Tyler Lajoie, who tipped it deep to the line for the winner.
Wyatt Doiron-LaRue was 16-for-16 serving with six kills and five blocks, while Lajoie wound up with six kills, three blocks and nine assists. Carra added one block and 11 assists.
Four Rivers 15, Charlemont 8 — Four Rivers Charter School registered eight straight goals in the first half to come back from a 3-0 deficit and eventually take a 15-8 victory over Academy of Charlemont in a boys’ ultimate match Thursday afternoon in Greenfield.
Jackson Reeves-Henning had a strong game for the Otters.