School Baseball: Panthers come out swinging in 8-1 win

  • Turners Falls starter and loser Kyle Dodge releases a pitch in a 7-1 loss to Poneer Thursday in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Winning Pioneer pitcher Jacob Hubbard lets one fly Thursday in a 7-1 win over Turners Falls. recorder staff/paul franz

  • Pioneer baserunner Jack Loud steals second, sliding under the tag of Turners Falls Jake LaBelle Thursday in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Above, Pioneer baserunner Jordan Loughman steals second under leaping Turners Falls infielder Jake LaBelle Thursday in Northfield. Below, winning pitcher Jacob Hubbard lets one fly toward a Turners Falls hitter. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls hitter Riley Watroba connects for a single against Pioneer Thursday in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Pioneer baserunner Noah Keith reaches first as Turners Falls first baseman Riley Watroba (12) stretches for and errant throw in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/12/2018 11:37:39 PM

Two days after watching far too many third strikes zip by, the Pioneer Valley Regional School baseball team put the barrel on the bat in a big way Thursday afternoon.

The Panthers stormed out of the gates with five runs in the first inning and totaled 11 hits en route to an 8-1 victory over Turners Falls High School in an independent contest in Northfield.

“That was our goal after the first game, after striking out looking a ton,” said Pioneer coach Jordan Branson, referring to Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Belchertown High School. “We wanted to swing the bat, put the ball in play and make something happen.”

Pioneer (1-1) did that immediately, as Jack Loud singled to lead off the first. Jared Ackerman walked, and Jacob Quinn, Zach Renaud and Jacob Hubbard all registered RBIs in the five-run first to stake the hosts to a 5-0 advantage. All told, the Panthers sent 10 men to the plate in the home half of the first.

Jordan Loughman finished with two hits, as did Quinn, Hubbard and Troy Emond. Renaud drove in three runs, and the Pioneer offense amassed eight stolen bases.

Hubbard went all seven innings on the mound, picking up the win and needing just 75 pitches to get the job done. Hubbard struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

“He was great from the first inning all the way through,” lauded Branson of Hubbard.

Jake Dodge and Jakob Burnett had two hits each to pace Turners (1-2), which scored its lone run in the second inning.

Pioneer is off until Wednesday when it visits Greenfield High School. Turners hosts Easthampton High School Thursday.

Greenfield 3, Athol 2 — Owen Phelps scored on a balk in the top of the seventh inning and Greenfield High School came from behind to defeat Athol High School, 3-2, in a HL crossover game Thursday afternoon in Athol.

The Red Raiders (1-2) plated single runs in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead but the Green Wave tied the game in the fourth with a pair and then took the lead in the seventh. Phelps reached on a one-out single and moved to second when Joel Peabody walked. Colin Cloutier moved Phelps to third base with a fielder’s choice that saw Peabody erased at second. But with Hunter Campbell at the plate, Athol reliever Anthony Oro balked, allowing Phelps to come home.

Peabody, who went the distance to earn the victory, allowed a leadoff double to Mark Ferrari in the seventh but came back to strike out the side, including the final two hitters looking, to finish the win.

Athol took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Nick Bousquet, Kris Selanis (two hits) and Robbie Nelson walked to load the bases and Bousquet scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Lehtomaki. Peabody got out of the jam by striking out Dakota Williams to end the inning.

Athol tacked on another run in the third when James Laford led off with a walk, moved to third on a Selanis double, and scored when Nelson singled. Peabody again got out of a jam with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

Greenfield tied the game in the fourth. Cloutier (three hits) led off with single and moved to second on a bunt by Campbell. Cloutier stole third, and Nate Haselton walked to put runners on the corners. A double steal allowed Cloutier to score, and Haselton then came around when Jake Suhl singled.

Peabody finished with 10 strikeouts in the win, allowing four walks and five hits. Bousquet took a no-decision as he struck out six and allowed four walks and four hits in six innings.

Frontier 13, Mohawk 0 — Dylan Apanell and Matt Hildreth combined for 12 strikeouts as Frontier Regional School shut out Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 13-0, in a HL crossover game Thursday afternoon in Buckland.

Frontier plated five runs in the first inning and three in second to put the game out of reach early. Apanell started the game and struck out eight in four innings before being reliever by Hildreth, who struck out four in the final three innings to complete the shutout. Neither pitcher walked a batter, and Mohawk finished with five hits.

Connor Waitkus had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs to pace the Frontier (2-0) offense. Jacob Bryant had two hits and two RBIs. Apanell had one hit and two RBIs, and Cam Barnes had two hits and one RBI. Hildreth, Kalen Evans and Kiernan Freeman each added two hits, and Garrett DeForest doubled.

Jayden Hoff did not record an out in suffering the loss. Jordan Grenier, Hoff, Jared Jacobs, Anthony Moffatt and Jon Schuetze each had one hit for Mohawk, which fell to 2-1.

FC Tech 6, PV Christian 1 — Seth Aldrich was dominant on the mound and Franklin County Technical School won its second game in as many days with a 6-1 victory over Pioneer Valley Christian Academy in a Tri-County League South Division baseball game Thursday afternoon in Turners Falls.

Aldrich fanned 15 hitters over seven innings, allowing three hits and one walk.

“Seth was really, really good,” Franklin Tech coach Brian Winslow said. “He pounded the strike zone. He was effective, changed speeds well and kept hitters off-balance. I expect him to come out and dominate every time he takes the mound. He’s a kid who has the stuff to do that.”

The Eagles (2-2) scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to stake Aldrich to a lead he never relinquished. Sam Bobala walked and Sim Maniatty was hit by a pitch by Pioneer Christian pitcher Brynn David, who had control problems early. A pair of wild pitches allowed Bobala to score and Maniatty to move to third, and he came around to score when Dan Momaney singled.

Pioneer Christian got one run back in the third, but Franklin Tech scored another run in the fourth when Tim Fritz reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, Franklin Tech pulled away. Dakota Deane scored on a groundout by Maniatty, and Bobala scored on a groundout by Momaney. Hunter Sessions plated the third run of the frame with an RBI single.

David took the loss, striking out six and walking four in five innings.

Belchertown 7, Mahar 5 — Belchertown High School plated four runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and defeat Mahar Regional School, 7-5, in a HL crossover game Thursday afternoon in Orange.

The Orioles led 3-1 until the fifth inning when the Senators scored three times to take a 4-3 advantage. Mahar added another run in the sixth, but Belchertown scored four times in the seventh off Mahar reliever Jacob Berry. The Orioles used three hits and a walk to plate the four runs off Berry, of which only two were earned.

Zack Bohnet had three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for the Orioles. Victory Camerota had two hits and one RBI, and Jacob Torna had one hit and one RBI. Zachary Jenks struck out four in six innings to earn the win.

Sam Paul worked the first six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk. He struck out six.

Berry led the Senators’ offense with two hits and two RBIs. Will Peredina doubled, and Joseph Brozell had one hit and one RBI.

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