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Frontier hangs on to defeat Warriors

Frontier Regional School built a 5-1 lead after 4 1∕2 innings and held on to beat Mohawk Trial Regional High School, 5-3, in a Hampshire League baseball game Thursday in Buckland.

Matt Ackerman’s run-scoring groundout and Sean Doyle’s two-run single staked the Red Hawks (5-2 overall, 4-1 HL) to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Mohawk got a run back in the fourth but Frontier scored twice more in the fifth on Matt Byrne’s sacrifice fly and Sam Tillona’s RBI single.

The Warriors (4-4, 3-3 HL) got another run in the fifth. They had a golden opportunity to cut into the deficit even more in the sixth with runners at second and third and no outs but the next three batters struck out to end the threat.

In the seventh, Mohawk closed the gap to two when Ryan Pease doubled and Tucker Jenkins singled him in. Steve Reynolds followed with a single but Red Hawk reliever Ackerman induced two flyouts to end it.

Doyle finished with two of Frontier’s seven hits.

Reynolds collected three hits and Pease added two for the Warriors.

Tillona struck out six and walked one in four innings to earn the win. Ackerman got the save.

Alex Buntin took the loss.

“We left eight (runners) in scoring position and had two guys picked off. It was frustrating,” said Mohawk head coach Mike Billiel. “We had nine hits but they were scattered.”

Hopkins 7, Pioneer 0 — Tim Knightly hurled a contested no-hitter leading Hopkins Academy to a 7-0 HL baseball win over Pioneer Valley Regional School on Thursday in Hadley.

Panthers catcher Alex Keir was at the center of the controversy when it appeared he spoiled Knightly’s no-no with two outs in the seventh on a grounder that the shortstop threw away after making a sliding stop to his right. But Hopkins’ book recorded the play as an error, preserving the no-hitter (PVIAC by-laws state that the home book is official in any case of a dispute).

Panther head coach Scott Minckler didn’t agree with the ruling.

“The shortstop was almost in the outfield grass and had to make a great play just to get to the ball. He never even looked at first base and just threw the ball. ... There’s no way he made that play and that throw with ordinary effort (the primary criteria for scoring such a play).”

Regardless of the result, Minckler was quick to praise Kinightly’s effort.

“He had a good curve going,” said Minckler. “He kept us off-balance all afternoon”

Evan Delaney’s RBI single helped the Golden Hawks (3-6, 2-4 HL) take a 2-0 lead after four innings.

In the fifth, Sean Quill blasted a solo home run to make it 3-1, then Delaney, Ethan Wenner and Brett Morrison all smacked consecutive RBI doubles to extend the advantage to 6-0.

Quill added his second solo shot of the game in the sixth to complete the scoring.

Knightly struck out 11, walked no one and threw just 78 pitches.

Ryan Wagner fanned eight and walked three in 4 2-3 innings to take the loss.

Pioneer (2-6, 0-6) hosts Mahar Regional School on Wednesday at 4.

Mahar 14, Commerce 3 — Coty Iozzo and Logan Barrett combined on a two-hitter as Mahar Regional School downed High School of Commerce, 14-3, in an dependent baseball game Thursday in Orange.

Jake Paul led the Senators’ offense with an RBI single during a three-run first inning, a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and a two-run double in the fifth..

Drew Patria added two hits, including a two-run double during a five-run fourth, to extend Mahar’s lead to 11-2.

Joey Adams and Ethan Nye also two hits each for the winners, who had 12 in all.

Iozzo fanned nine and walked one in six innings for the win.

Softball

Mohawk 21, Commerce 2 (5) — Mohawk earned its first win of the season with a 21-2, five-inning independent win over High School of Commerce in softball action Thursday at Van Horn Park in Springfield.

Caitlin Millett cranked out three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Morgan Dodge added three hits for the Warriors, who had 24 on the afternoon.

Brianna Benz added a three-run triple during a nine-run fifth inning that helped invoke the mercy rule.

Lindsey Warger struck out four in four innings to win her varsity pitching debut, while Angle Donovan struck out the side in the fifth.

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