Earl throws no-hitter
Jake Earl struck out 17 as part of a no-hitter Monday and Franklin County Technical School earned a 12-1 independent baseball victory over Pioneer Valley Christian School in Springfield.
Earl’s only blemish occurred in the first inning when he walked leadoff hitter Alec Baker, who went to third when Earl threw over to first and the ball went out of play. Baker scored on a passed ball.
The Franklin Tech senior settled in from there, registering 17 of his 21 outs by way of the K. The only ball hit out of the infield came in the fourth inning when Sam Wenninger hit a fly ball to the outfield that was dropped for an error. Earl did not walk another batter on the day.
“He was very impressive,” Tech coach Brian Winslow said. “He was throwing strikes, working quickly, doing exactly what we wanted him to do. He kept the ball down and made them swing at his pitch.”
Franklin Tech (3-5) broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the third inning, and then added five more in the fourth.
Earl also helped the offense with a double and a home run, with two RBIs. Cody Booska finished with four hits, three stolen bases and two RBIs. Cooper Grace singled and drove in two runs, while Alec Milton, Austin Burdick and Eli Willey each had one hit and one RBI. Tech finished with 11 hits on the day.
“We were swinging at pitches we could hit and we made their pitchers go deep in the count,” Winslow said. “We really preached pitch selection and swinging at pitches that we could handle.”
Wenninger took the loss, striking out eight and walking two in six innings.
Turners 3, Mahar 1 — Turners Falls High School plated three runs in the third inning and went on to earn a 3-1 victory over Mahar Regional School during HL baseball action Monday in Orange.
Brody Markol singled with one out in a scoreless game in the third and later scored on a passed ball for the Indians’ first run of the day. Later in the same inning, with T.J. Meyer and Kramer Patenaude on first and second, Indian designated hitter John Ollari launched a fly ball to right field that got caught in the wind and eluded the fielder for a two-run triple that put the Indians up 3-0.
Mahar (3-4, 2-4) would get one run back in the fourth inning but that was all it could get off Indian starter Tyler Charboneau, who allowed five hits and two walks in the complete-game effort. Charboneau struck out three on the day and stranded nine Senator baserunners.
Drew Patria was the tough-luck loser for the Senators, allowing just four hits in six innings on the day with six strikeouts and five walks. Logan Barrett pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Mahar.
Turners (4-1, 2-1) hosts Frontier Regional School Wednesday night at 7. Mahar hosts High School of Commerce Thursday at 4.
Greenfield 6, Easthampton 5 — Zach Bartak’s single scored Jake Elwell with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Greenfield High School remained unbeaten with a 6-5 HL baseball victory over Easthampton High School on Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Elwell started the frame by reaching on an infield error. After Mike Lively sacrificed him to second, Garrett Hudson reached via an infield miscue to bring up Bartak, who smacked a hard grounder up the middle to allow Elwell to jog home with the winner.
Drew Barisano had come up with the big hit in the bottom of the sixth when he sliced a triple down the right-field line to plate Mike Duclos (walk) with the tying run.
Hudson added a double for Greenfield (6-0, 5-0 HL), which was outhit 6-4.
Duclos pitched the seventh to pick up the win.
Greenfield travels to Pioneer Valley Regional School on Wednesday at 4.
Mohawk 5, Pioneer 4 (9) — J.J. Burt lined a single between short and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to plate the winning run and Mohawk Trail Regional High School won for the second straight game with a 5-4 HL baseball victory over Pioneer Monday afternoon in Buckland.
Sam Slowinski singled to lead off in the ninth and then stole second and went to third when Jake Looman reached on a costly error at second base. Then, with one out, Burt lined his second hit of the game off Pioneer starter Alex Keir to plate Slowinski with the game-winner.
Mohawk blew a pair of leads late in the game, as Pioneer twice came from one-run back to tie the score. With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ryan Pease (two hits, three stolen bases) hit an RBI single to center to plate Stephen Reynolds (two hits, three stolen bases) to put the Warriors ahead. Pioneer tied the game in the top of the sixth when Jake Hale worked a one-out walk, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch by Mohawk reliever Lucas Markham.
The Warriors (3-3, 2-2) went back on top in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Sam Slowinski, but Pioneer again tied the score in the next inning as Jordan Cutting hit an RBI single to left to score Ben Lambert, who pinch ran for Tyrus Gould after he singled.
Ryan Pease pitched the eighth and ninth innings to earn the win, striking out three and walking none. Keir suffered the loss, striking out five and walking one in 8 1-3 innings. Mohawk also suffered a tough break when ace starting pitcher Ryan Spitzer left the game with an arm injury with two outs in the fourth inning.
Mohawk hosts Hopkins Academy Wednesday at 4.
Hopkins 7, Athol 6 — Ethan Wenner’s sixth-inning grand-slam home run helped Hopkins Academy overcome a 4-3 deficit, and the Golden Hawks hung on for a 7-6 victory over Athol High School in HL baseball action Monday at O’Brien Field in Athol.
Hopkins was able to draw three consecutive one-out walks in the sixth before Wenner clouted the homer to give the visitors a 7-4 lead.
Sean Quill added a solo homer, double and two RBIs for the Hawks (2-5, 1-3).
Dakota Melanson smacked a pair of home runs and drove in three runs for the Red Raiders (4-3, 3-1), while Garrett Hall added two hits.
Evan Delaney fanned six and walked two to earn the win. Tim Knightly had six strikeouts and two walks in three innings to earn the save.
Garrett Hall was tagged with the loss.