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Mahar nears tourney berth, 5-4

Make that one more win to the postseason.

Mahar Regional School won for the sixth time in its last seven outings to move to within one win of a postseason berth as it outlasted Easthampton High School, 5-4, in Hampshire League baseball action Monday afternoon in Easthampton.

Mahar (9-5 overall, 5-5) led 1-0 after five innings before the two teams combined for eight runs in the final two innings. Mahar scored twice in the top of the sixth, but Easthampton (6-6, 5-6) got one back in the bottom of the frame. The Senators added two more in the seventh, but Easthampton came back with three runs and had the tying run on second with one out before reliever Drew Patria struck out the final two batters of the game to earn the save.

Zach Adams struck out two and did not walk a batter in six innings to earn the win. Logan Barrett finished with two hits and one RBI, and Cody Iozzo registered one hit and two RBIs.

Shy Torres finished with three hits and one RBI in the loss.

Athol 11, Mohawk 10 — Athol High School scored six unanswered runs in the final two innings Monday to come back from a 10-5 deficit and post an 11-10 victory in HL baseball action in Athol.

The Red Raiders (7-8, 5-6) entered the game needing four wins in their final six games and have their work cut out for them for the second straight year. Last spring Athol needed to win its final four games of the year to qualify for the postseason, something it managed to do. It looked like it would need to win four of its final five games after the top of the fifth inning, when Mohawk had a 10-5 lead.

“We were pretty much left for dead after the top of the fifth but the kids showed a lot character and heart,” Athol coach Josh Talbot said. “We were in the same position last year with our backs against the wall and hopefully this will help point us in the right direction.”

Johnny Ortiz hit an RBI single as part of a two-run bottom of the fifth inning that pulled the Red Raiders to within three runs. In the sixth, Jamie Posk hit an RBI single, and Tyler Guerin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 10-9. Later in the inning, Garrett Hall hit a two-run single for the go-ahead runs.

Garrett Hall earned the win with 2 2-3 innings of relief, striking out four and walking none. Bradley Bousquet came in and pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.

Hall finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored, while Bousquet added two hits, Ortiz finished with three RBIs.

Liam Datres de la Blotier went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Warriors, who dropped to 6-9 overall and must win four of their final five games to make the tournament. Billy Gray added two hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Pease added two hits and one RBI.

Hopkins 4, Frontier 3 — Hopkins Academy scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to pull the HL upset of the season by knocking off HL co-leader Frontier Regional School, 4-3, Monday afternoon at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

Frontier (10-4, 8-2) led 3-1 after four innings but Hopkins got one in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Tim Knightly hit a key double as part of the seventh inning. Knightly finished with two hits, while Ethan Wenner added three hits and an RBI. Knightly also picked up the win with three strikeouts and four walks in seven innings.

Peter Watroba suffered the loss, striking out three and walking one, giving up his first earned runs of the season. Rylan Baronas tripled as part of a two-hit performance, plating one run. Niko Ames added two hits. Eddie Tsai singled and drove in a run.

Turners 5, Pioneer 0 — Nick York struck out nine in a complete-game, two-hit shutout and Turners Falls High School moved into a tie for first place in the HL with a 5-0 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School Monday night in Turners Falls.

Tyler Charboneau finished with two hits in the win, while Brody Markol, T.J. Meyer and Mike Conant each added one hit and one RBI.

Cole Tognarelli and Roger Doiron each finished with one hit in the loss. Ryan Wagner struck out one and walked three in four innings.

Palmer 1, Greenfield 0 (8) — Palmer High School scored with two outs in the eighth inning to pull out a 1-0 independent victory over Greenfield High School in baseball action Monday at Legion Field in Palmer.

Grant Farr started the rally with one out when he reached second on an infield error. He advanced to third on Ed Sablak’s fielder’s choice, and Matt Blanchette hit a grounder down the third-base line to plate fall with the winner.

Greenfield’s best chance to score came in the sixth, when it had runners at first and third with two outs, but Panthers starter and winner Jake Graveline induce a groundout to end the threat.

Mike Duclos, Jourdan York-Welcome and Parker Hickey had the only Greenfield hits off Graveline, who struck out five and walked three.

Duclos pitched well in the loss, fanning 13 and not walking a batter in the complete-game loss. He gave up seven hits.

Greenfield travels to Easthampton Wednesday afternoon at 3:30.

FC Tech 8, Commerce 5 — Franklin County Technical School took advantage of wildness from High School of Commerce pitching late in the game to earn an 8-5 independent win on Monday.

The Eagles led 5-4 in the top of the seventh but added three runs as Cooper Grace and Kyle Johnson each walked with the bases loaded, and Tim Momaney hit a sacrifice fly. Commerce got one back in the bottom of the seventh but reliever Alec Milton held on for the win, striking out three and walking three in four innings. Johnson started the game and struck out three and walked four in three innings. Austin Burdick singled and doubled for the Eagles, Milton tripled and drove in a run, and Grace doubled and drove in two runs.

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