Tribe, Hawks tourney bound
T.J. Meyer fired a two-hit shutout to help Turners Falls High School beat Athol High School on back-to-back days with a 2-0 Hampshire League baseball victory Tuesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
The win also clinches a WMass Tournament berth for the Indians (10-2 overall, 7-2 HL) who won in very different fashions in the two-game series against the Red Raiders. On Monday, the Indians outslugged Athol to take a 16-9 victory, while 24 hours later Meyer and Athol’s Brad Bousquet locked into a pitchers’ duel. The Indians struck for one run in the first inning and added one more in the sixth, but Meyer didn’t need the insurance, striking out eight and walking two in the victory. Meyer did get into his worst jam of the day in the top of the seventh after he walked Garrett Hall and then had Jerry Parker reach on an error to put runners on second and third with nobody out. The senior hurler came back to strike out Jamie Posk for the first out, got Marcel Ortiz to ground back to him for the second and then struck out pinch hitter Jake Lapointe to end the game.
Bousquet was nearly as good, striking out six and not walking a batter in the loss. He gave up seven hits. The Indians got their first run in the first inning when Brody Markol doubled and scored on John Ollari’s RBI single, and the hosts struck for their second in the sixth when Ollari led off with a triple and scored an Dan McCormack’s RBI single up the middle.
“It was a great baseball game,” Turners Falls coach Jay Liimatainen said. “Both pitchers were pretty much mowing guys down. T.J. dug in when he had to and it’s nice to get into the tournament.”
Bousquet and Posk each had one hit for Athol, which dropped to 6-8 on the season and must win four of its final six games to qualify for the postseason.
Greenfield 4, Mahar 3 — Mike Duclos blasted a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to plate Zach Bartak with the walk-off run and Greenfield High School survived an awful fielding night to earn a 4-3 HL victory over Mahar Regional School at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Bartak singled off Mahar starting and losing pitcher Zack Adams with two outs and then scored when Duclos hit his double. It capped off a comeback win by the Green Wave, which made a season-high five errors that helped the Senators build an early lead.
Greenfield (11-1, 9-1) trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Garrett Hudson led off with a double and scored on Bartak’s RBI single. Bartak went to second on the throw home, took third on a ground-out to the right side, and scored the tying run on an error.
That made a winner out of Green Wave reliever Duclos, who struck out eight and walked one in four innings of scoreless pitching. Jourdan York-Welcome made his first start for the Wave and pitched well, walking two in four innings but getting little in the way of defensive help.
Adams pitched well in the loss, striking out four and not walking a hitter in 7 2-3 innings.
Adams singled and drove in one run for Mahar (6-5, 4-5), while Ethan Nye singled and stole a base.
Frontier 12, Mohawk 1 — Peter Watroba extended his shutout without an earned run to 38 innings and Frontier Regional School qualified for the postseason with a 12-1 clubbing of Mohawk Trail Regional High School in HL baseball action Tuesday at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Watroba finished with two strikeouts and no walks in six innings before giving way to Ryan Hoar, who gave up the only run of the game and combined with Watroba on the four-hitter. Watroba improved to 5-1 and has allowed only three unearned runs all season.
“He’s a very smart pitcher,” Frontier coach Chuck Holt said.
Frontier (10-2, 8-1) staked its ace to a 7-0 lead with seven runs in the third inning. Frontier added two more in the fourth and three more in the sixth to lead 12-0. Chris Fontaine picked up his first two career varsity hits, including his first-ever when he lined a sharp single to right field in the fifth inning. Tim Hoar also made his first appearance of the season after breaking a finger in the preseason and he clubbed an RBI double to center in his first at-bat. Eddie Tsai finished with two hits and one RBI, Ames added two hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Hoar and Sean Doyle each collected two hits. Matt Byrne singled and drove in two runs, while Jared Allis, Rylan Baronas and Billy Barrington each added one hit and one RBI.
Billy Gray walked two in 2 2-3 innings to suffer the loss. JJ Burt, Liam Datres de la Blotier, Stephen Reynolds and Connor Maloney each collected one hit, and Ryan Spitzer drove in the lone run for the Warriors.
Easthampton 15, Pioneer 4 — Things just keep getting worse for the Pioneer Valley Regional School defense Tuesday.
The Panthers committed nine errors and Easthampton High School took advantage en route to a 15-4 HL victory in Easthampton.
Pioneer starting pitcher Alex Keir struck out one and walked one in three innings, allowing 11 runs, only six of which were earned. In his last two starts the Panther defense has committed 16 errors.
Shy Torres led the Eagles (6-4, 5-4) with five hits and two RBIs in the win, while Chris Starcun doubled twice to plate four runs.
Austin Crow finished with two hits and three RBIs, Grayson Nash added two hits and two RBIs, and Zach Lewis doubled and drove in a run. Starcun earned the win with two strikeouts and no walks in four scoreless innings.
Pioneer (2-9, 0-9), which has now lost nine straight games, was led by Brian Llewelyn, who hit an RBI triple as part of the two-run fifth and then hit an RBI single as part of the two-run sixth. Roger Doiron singled twice and scored a run, and A.J. Briggs added one hit and one RBI.
Pioneer hosts Frontier Thursday night at 7.