Tribe smacks Athol
Turners Falls High School coach Jay Liimatainen and Athol High School coach Josh Talbot entered Monday’s Hampshire League baseball game expecting a pitchers’ duel. Well, think again. They got an offensive showcase.
The Indians outslugged the Red Raiders in the late innings of Monday’s game in Athol and went on to take a 16-9 victory at O’Brien Field.
The teams turn around and play again tonight at 7 at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls, where the Indians will have a chance to clinch a postseason berth at home.
The Red Raiders (6-7 overall, 4-5 HL) led 2-1 after three innings, but at that point the bats took over and the Indians (9-2, 6-2) scored five runs apiece in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Athol tallied four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to remain close.
Tyler Charboneau got the Indian offense rolling in the fourth, when he blasted a grand slam off Athol starter Dakota Melanson to put Turners Falls up 5-2. The Indians chased Melanson from the game later in the inning with one more run, and Garrett Hall came in to record the final two outs.
Athol tied the game with four in the bottom of the fourth, including a two-run single from Johnny Ortiz and an RBI single from Alex Page. Turners responded with five more runs in the top of the fifth on five hits, including RBI singles from Charboneau and Marcel Ortiz, and a two-run home run from Ryan Wilder.
Joey Adams responded for the Red Raiders by leading off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run, and Andrew Poor added a pinch-hit, two-run single later in the inning as Athol closed to within 11-9. But the Indians put five more runs on the board in the seventh to put some distance between the teams. Brody Markol and Kramer Patenaude each hit two-run singles in the seventh as part of the onslaught.
Brandon Lenois earned the win with four innings of work, giving up all nine Athol runs. Charboneau came on in the fifth to close the door on the Red Raiders after they scored three times, holding them scoreless the rest of the way.
Hall suffered the loss for Athol. Catcher Jamie Posk also had a good day for Athol, throwing out a pair of would-be base stealers, including Indian speedster Wilder.
Pathfinder 16, FC Tech 1 — Pathfinder Regional High School took advantage of eight walks over the first three innings to cruise past Franklin County Technical School, 16-1, in Tri-County League North Division baseball action Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.
The Pioneers (7-5, 5-3) also belted a pair of home runs in the first three innings and led 6-1 after three. Pathfinder racked up 11 hits and took advantage of four Eagles’ errors.
Adam Kozlik blasted a two-run home run in the first inning off starting and losing pitcher Kyle Johnson, who lasted just 2-3 of an inning. Austin LeClerc then smacked a two-run homer in the third inning. Tyler Moore and Matt Stafford each added two hits and one RBI in the offensive onslaught. That was enough for Cody Hess, who went 6 2/3 innings for Pathfinder with nine strikeouts and three walks, giving up just two hits.
Cody Booska collected both hits for Franklin Tech (3-10, 0-9) and drove in the Eagles’ lone run in the third inning.
Frontier 3, Greenfield 2 — Frontier Regional School got a strong outing from third singles player Lily Schumann and the Red Hawks upset Greenfield High School, 3-2, in Tri-County League girls’ tennis action Monday afternoon in South Deerfield.
Schumann picked up a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Cheyenne Woodard. The Red Hawks’ second doubles team of Christina Betances-Orrell and Crystal Niedbala also picked up an important 7-6, (7-3), 6-0 victory over Annika Zimmerman and Olivia Graves.
“Lily played very well, she was hitting the ball great,” Frontier coach Steve Barrett said. “And Crystal and Christina hit the ball as well as they’ve ever hit it at Frontier.”
Frontier (7-5, 3-2) also got a win at first singles where Ricky Fields bested Manisha Malik, 6-1, 6-3.
Greenfield (9-2, 4-1) earned a point at second doubles, where Alexis Silk beat Eleni Balis 6-0, 6-1. The Green Wave’s second point came at first doubles with Emily Franklin and Courtney Kimball edging A.J. Mensah and Alli Zera 6-2, 6-0.
Mohawk 4, Turners Falls 1 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School swept the singles competition to win the season series over Turners Falls with a 4-1 TCL girls’ tennis victory Monday afternoon in Buckland.
The Warriors (8-4, 3-1) also defeated the Indians (3-8, 0-5) 4-1 on April 4.
Roz Lytle-Rich remained unbeaten on the season at first singles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Meredith Brown, and Aliza Fassler did not lose a game at third singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Felicia Craver. The closest singles match of the day occurred at No. 2 where Mohawk’s Jen Field and Turners Falls’ Sara Bradley went to a tiebreaker in the first set, which Field won 7-1. Field then beat Bradley 6-4 in the second set to earn the win.
Mohawk’s fourth point of the afternoon came at second doubles where Dorjee Dolma and Alma Crawford-Mendoza bested Kaili Lynch and Kortney Thurber, 6-3, 6-1.
Turners Falls earned its lone win of the afternoon in a close match at first doubles as Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak beat Nelly O’Connell and Jessica Robinson, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.