Athol tourney hopes alive, 2-1
Athol High School needed to win its final three games to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Baseball Tournament. The Red Raider took a significant step toward that goal Tuesday afternoon.
Bradley Bousquet outdueled Sam Tillona on the mound and Athol held on for a 2-1 win over Frontier Regional School in a Hampshire League baseball game Tuesday at O’Brien Field in Athol.
Athol (8-10 overall, 6-8 HL) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with both of its runs.
Alex Page led off with a single, then stole second. After Garrett Hall singled, an error allowed Page to score and Hall advanced to second, then Johnny Ortiz singled home Hall.
Frontier got a run back in the sixth when Sean Doyle reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on Rylan Baronas’ single.
Bousquet, who had two of Athol’s five hits, struck out six and walked one in the complete-game win. Sam Tillona pitched well for Frontier, striking out 11 and walking no one. Both pitchers yielded five hits.
Baronas singled and doubled for the Red Hawks.
Athol travels to Mahar Regional School today at 3:30.
Easthampton 10, Pioneer 1 — Chris Starcun was 4-for-4 and finished a double short of the cycle to power Easthampton High School to a 10-1 HL baseball win over Pioneer Valley Regional School Tuesday in Northfield.
The Eagles already led 5-0 when Starcun blasted a two-run homer in the fourth to high light a three-run frame and extend their lead to 8-0.
Austin Crow added two hits and four RBIs for Easthampton (8-7, 7-7). He also fanned six, walked one and scattered four hits in the complete-game win.
Kyle Hubbard’s single was one of the Panthers’ four hits.
Jake Hale suffered the loss.
Smith Academy 14, FC Tech 0 — Smith Academy scored in every inning but one as it downed Franklin County Technical School, 14-0, in a Tri-County League North baseball game Tuesday in Turners Falls.
Christian Smiarowski led the Falcons’ 15-hit attack with two hits and three RBIs, while Keith Natale (two RBIs), Mile Malloy and David Longstreeth al added a single and double.
Alex Milton slapped two hits and Kyle Johnson added the other hit for the Eagles.
Joey Barcomb pitched six innings in the loss.
Hoosac Valley 1, Mohawk 0 — Hoosac Valley High School, scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh and held on to beat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 1-0, in an independent baseball game Tuesday in Buckland.
The loss officially eliminated the Warriors (8-11) from postseason contention.
In the seventh, Jake Hall was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice and went to third on a wild pitch. After a pop-up for the second out, an infield error allowed Hall to score the game’s only run.
Mohawk nearly tied it in the bottom of the frame. Liam Datres de la Blotier led off with a double, then pinch-runner Sean Eckler stole third. But Hoosac starter Justin Nichols struck out the final three batters to end it.
Matt Koperniak (triple) and Austin Milesi both had two hits for the Hurricanes. Nichols finished with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Sam Slowinski had the other Warrior hit, while Billy Gray took the loss complete-game loss.