School Baseball: Frontier blanks Greenfield, 4-0

  • Frontier shortstop Kalen Evans tags out Greenfield baserunner Jared Hart attempting to stretch out a double in the top of the second inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Jacob Bryant slides safely into the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning against Greenfield Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier pitcher Matt Hildreth throws against Greenfield in the top of the seventh inning on Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Connor Waitkus (10) hits an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning against Greenfield on Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Garrett DeForest (2) pokes a single in the bottom of the second inning against Greenfield Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield shorstop Jake Suhl backhands a grounder in the bottom of the sixth inning against Frontier Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Owen Phelps releases a pitch against Frontier in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield second baseman Jared Hart (23) throws to first base for an out in the bottom of the second inning against Frontier Wednesday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/16/2018 10:54:56 PM

Dylan Apanell and Matt Hildreth combined on a three-hit shutout and Frontier Regional School defeated Greenfield High School, 4-0, in a Hampshire League West Division baseball game Wednesday evening at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

The Red Hawks (13-1, 6-1) continued to make a push for the HL West title and got over a big hurdle in the Green Wave (8-6, 2-4), which entered the day in third place. Frontier is still one game back in the loss column to Hopkins Academy (9-2, 5-0), and the teams are set to meet on Wednesday in Hadley.

“We’ve had our sights set on Greenfield all week,” Frontier coach Chris Williams said. “We knew coming into it that if we were going to have a shot at Hopkins next week, we were going to have to take care of business today.”

Frontier scored twice in the first inning off Green Wave starter Joel Peabody. Bryan Baumann led off with a single and Kalen Evans followed with a fielder’s choice. Kiernan Freeman doubled to put runners on second and third, and Evans scored when Apanell grounded to third and reached safely on a fielder’s choice. Connor Waitkus then hit a sacrifice fly for the second run of the inning.

Apanell kept the Wave off the board through the first three innings but ran into a little trouble in the fourth. Williams then turned to reliever Hildreth, who shut the door on the threat and went on to pitch 3⅔ innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits. That gave Hildreth the win, his second in relief in the past three games.

“He’s been rock solid for us when his number has been called,” Williams said. “He’s ready to go and pounds the zone.”

Frontier added two runs in the sixth as Waitkus hit an RBI single and later scored when Alec Jordan hit a pop up that was dropped for an error.

Peabody suffered the loss, striking out one and allowing five hits and one walk in six innings. Peabody, Jake Suhl and Jared Hart each had a hit for the Wave.

Athol 1, Smith Academy 0 — Every win is big this time of year. Nick Bousquet willed his Athol High School baseball team to an important one Wednesday.

The sophomore hurler tossed a no-hitter, striking out eight and walking four, and the visiting Red Raiders scored the game’s lone run in the top of the first inning to pick up a 1-0 win over Smith Academy in Hampshire League East action in Hatfield.

At the plate, Athol (6-7, 3-3) scored its lone run in the top of the first. Bousquet singled to lead off the game and eventually came all the way around on a delayed steal of home to make it 1-0.

Smith Academy (7-6, 3-3) received an impressive performance on the mound from Daniel Cavanaugh. He also went seven innings, striking out six and walking two while allowing six hits. Bousquet outdueled him, however, stranding runners on base in four different innings.

The win was the fourth in the last five games for Athol, which is making quite a late-season push for a postseason spot after a 2-6 start.

Athol hosts Belchertown High School on Friday.

FC Tech 12, Putnam 5 — Two days after scoring seven times in the first inning in a 9-7 win over Pioneer, the Franklin County Technical School offense got off and running again on Wednesday.

The Eagles plated six runs in the first inning and added three more in the second to cruise past Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, 12-5, in a Tri-County League crossover game in Turners Falls.

Franklin Tech (9-6) won its fourth straight game and sixth time in seven outings to move to within one win of qualifying for the postseason. Coach Brian Winslow said that the recent success has been contagious.

“The kids are coming in with a little swagger, a little confidence,” he began. “They’ve seen some success, and success breeds success. When they are at the plate and seeing the ball well, making good contact and scoring some runs, it makes you feel pretty good.”

The Eagles have been scoring runs in bushels of late, with 60 runs scored during the four-game winning streak, and 97 runs scored in its past seven outings as the team went 6-1 in that stretch.

“The top of our order is doing what it takes to get on base, and the middle of our order is driving them in,” Winslow said.

Hunter Sessions had one hit and three RBIs for the Eagles, and Max Leh had two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Leh earned the win, striking out two and allowing two hits and five walks in five innings. Seth Aldrich slammed the door shut with two innings of scoreless, hitless relief.

Pioneer 5, Mahar 4 — Jared Ackerman pitched five strong innings Wednesday and Pioneer Valley Regional School picked up a critical win toward tourney qualification with a 5-4 victory over Mahar Regional School in a Hampshire League East Division game at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Pioneer (7-6, 4-2) moved back over .500 and recovered from a Monday loss to Franklin County Technical School. Things started well for the Panthers on Wednesday, as they scored in each of the first three innings and led 4-0 heading into the fourth. At that point, Mahar began to chip away, and Pioneer had to hold on late, as Mahar scored twice in the seventh to close to within a run before reliever Kyle Devlin got out of the jam to finish off the save.

Devlin also helped out at the plate with a double and two RBIs, while Jacob Quinn and Cody Letourneau each had one hit and one RBI. Ackerman struck out one and walked one in five innings to earn the win, and Devlin struck out three and walked three in the final two innings for the save.

Andrew Herk had one hit and two RBIs for Mahar (5-8, 4-5), and Jacob Berry and Todd Chiasson each had one hit and one RBI. Joey Brozell doubled. Herk suffered the loss, striking out one and walking three in five innings.

South Hadley 9, Turners 4 — Host South Hadley High School built a commanding 9-0 advantage and withstood a late comeback bid to defeat Turners Falls High School, 9-4, in a Hampshire League West baseball game Wednesday in South Hadley.

South Hadley (5-8, 3-3) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and broke the game open with five runs in the fourth. David Adams was 3-for-3 at the plate in the victory, and he scored three runs. Evan Levrault drove in three runs, while Jarrett Sudyka added two RBI.

Trailing 9-0 in the sixth inning, Turners (2-11, 0-6) got on the board thanks to a two-run single from Dom Carme that plated Riley Watroba (walk) and Jaden Whiting (single).

Watroba added an RBI in the seventh inning, as the Powertown scored twice in the final inning to make things interesting late.

Trevor Lapinski took the loss for Turners, striking out three and walking three in five innings of work before James Robison tossed a scoreless sixth inning.

Levrault struck out seven to earn the win for South Hadley.

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