Wave qualifies for WMass baseball tourney
Zach Bartak finished with two hits and three RBIs to lead Greenfield High School to an 8-4 Hampshire League baseball victory over Hopkins Academy Friday afternoon in Hadley.
The Green Wave (10-1 overall, 8-1 HL) became the first local squad to qualify for the postseason.
The Green Wave scored in three innings against the Golden Hawks and Bartak drove in one run in each. Green Wave pitcher Garrett Hudson gave up four runs on the day but allowed just five hits and struck out 12 to earn the win.
“He pitched well,” Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek said. “He wasn’t as sharp as he normally is but he helped himself out at the plate and Zach had a nice day.”
Greenfield plated three runs before Hudson even took to the mound and it was the pitcher himself that got the scoring started when he smacked an RBI triple in the first inning and scored on a Bartak sacrifice fly. Kevin Luippold would add an RBI single later in the first to plate Drew Barisano (two hits) for the third run.
Hopkins (3-9, 2-7) got two runs back in the bottom of the first, but the Green Wave recovered with two more in the top of the second inning. Jourdan York-Welcome hit a leadoff single and went to third when Mike Lively (two hits) doubled. A walk to Jake Elwell loaded the bases, and Hudson hit a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game. Bartak then collected his second RBI with a single.
The host Golden Hawks battled back in the fourth with a pair of runs to cut the Green Wave advantage to 5-4, but Greenfield plated three in the top of the sixth to give Hudson some breathing room. Bartak hit an RBI triple in the frame and two more runs came in on a pair of Hopkins errors.
Nick Bernard finished with two hits in the loss, including a double and two RBIs. Andrew Omer struck out five and walked four in seven innings in the loss.
Athol 9, Pioneer 2 — Athol High School scored eight times in the fifth inning to post a 9-2 HL victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School Friday afternoon in Northfield.
The Red Raiders (6-6, 4-4) trailed 2-0 through four innings but in the top of the fifth the visitors took advantage of three Pioneer (2-8, 0-8) errors and strung numerous hits together to grab the lead. The big inning started with the bottom of the order as No. 7 hitter Jamie Posk blooped a single to right to open it up. That was followed by an error at second on a ball that could have started a double play, and from there, things took an ugly turn for the Panthers. Brad Bousquet singled home the first run with the bases loaded, and Alex Page walked to force in the tying run. Dakota Melanson singled home the third run, before Joey Adams broke the game open with a bases-clearing double.
Adams earned the win with nine strikeouts and four walks in five innings.
Ryan Wagner was tagged with the loss with four strikeouts and three walks in 4 1-3 innings. Jordan Cutting hit an RBI double for the Panthers.
Turners 18, Catholic 0 (6) — Brody Markol homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Turners Falls High School to an 18-0 independent baseball victory over Holyoke Catholic High School Friday afternoon at Sarah Jane Park in Chicopee.
The Indians (8-2) finished with 20 hits on the day and scored in every inning until the game was called after six due to the mercy rule. Mike Conant tripled as part of a four-hit output, driving in a team-high five runs. Kramer Patenaude also tripled as part of a four-hit performance that saw him drive in one run. Marcel Ortiz singled twice, doubled and drove in two runs, Tyler Charboneau and Nick York each finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Preston Chabot singled and plated a pair.
York earned the win, striking out nine and walking one in five innings. Chabot struck out one in the sixth to close out the three-hitter.