Bartak blasts off in Greenfield win
FCTS Momany steals 2nd
Franklin Tech sophomore Mason Dow may be a bigger part of the Eagles' staff this season as the team tries to improve upon a rebuilding year last spring.
FCTS Willey out on throwback to first
FCTS Momany out at 3
Zach Bartak blasted two home runs and Garrett Hudson spun a complete-game three-hitter to power Greenfield High School to an 8-1 victory over Easthampton High School in Hampshire League baseball action Wednesday at Booster Field in Easthampton.
Hudson singled and Bartak followed with his first round-tripper, a shot to straightaway center field that gave the Green Wave a 2-0 lead.
Greenfield (13-3 overall, 10-2 HL) upped the lead to 4-0 before the Eagles’ Shy Torres doubled home their only run to cut the deficit to 4-1. Greenfield then scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth before Bartak ripped another homer in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Bartak collected three hits and four RBIs, while Hudson and Mike Duclos both had two hits for the Wave.
Hudson struck out a season-high 14 and walked only one in the win.
Losing hurler Austin Crow fanned six and walked one in five innings.
Greenfield hosts Pioneer Valley Regional School Friday night at 7.
Mahar 7, Turners 4 — A four-run first inning helped Mahar Regional School take a lead it never relinquished in qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Baseball Tournament with a 7-4 Hampshire League win over Turners Falls High School Wednesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Buddy Boatwright’s two-run single and Logan Barrett’s RBI single highlighted the opening frame for the Senators (10-6, 6-6 HL), who added single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
Turners (12-3, 9-3) scored once in the second and added three in the fourth, helped by Ryan Wilder’s two-run double, to close the gap to 6-4, but the Indians could not get any closer.
Boatwright collected three hits, Barrett added two and Drew Patria tripled for Mahar.
Wilder had two of the Indians’ six hits.
Patria earned the complete-game win. T.J. Meyer suffered the loss.
Mohawk 6, Pioneer 2 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School scored once in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat Pioneer Valley Regional School, 6-2, in a HL baseball game Wednesday night in Northfield.
Cole Tognarelli had smacked a two-run homer in the fourth to help the Panthers forge a 2-2 tie, but Jaquille Gardner’s RBI single put the Warriors back in front in the top of the fifth.
In the sixth, Liam Datres de la Blotier roped an RBI triple and Gardner added an RBI double as part of a three-run sixth to give Mohawk (7-9, 5-8) some insurance.
Gardner finished with three hits and three RBIs. Ryan Pease also had three hits, Datres de la Blotier added a double and drove in two runs, and Conor Maloney contributed a single and double.
Jake Hale had two hits for the Panthers.
Tucker Jenkins worked the first five innings for the win.
Kyle Hubbard struck out five and walked two in five innings in the loss.
Hopkins 2, Athol 1 — Hopkins scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh to overtake Athol High School, 2-1, in HL baseball action Wednesday in Hadley.
The Golden Hawks won it in the bottom of the seventh when Sean Quill’s grounder to shortstop allowed Jake Kosakowski to score, standing up, from third.
Quill and Evan Delaney both finished with a single and an RBI, and Nick Bernard had the only other hit for Hopkins.
Bradley Bousquet singled and doubled for the Red Raiders, Jamie Posk had the other hit and Garrett Hall had the lone RBI.
Andrew Omer fannde seven and walked one to earn the win. Bousquet took the loss in relief.
Putnam 8, FC Tech 0 — Erick Vazquez fired a one-hit shutout to lead Putnam Vocational High School to an 8-0 victory over Franklin County Technical School in a Tri-County League baseball contest on Wednesday in Turners Falls.
Vazquez also had two of the Beavers’ seven hits and stole four bases. Edgar Rodriguez added a double and an RBI.
Alec Milton got the lone hit with one out in the seventh, an hard-hit infield single that deflected off the pitcher’s glove.
Freshman Mason Dow pitched four innings with only one walk in his varsity debut. Ethan Wickline fanned six and did not walk a batter in three innings of relief.