Athol wins wild affair

  • The Athol baseball team celebrates Nick Bousquet’s (23) homer run against Greenfield, Thursday in Athol.  COURTESY/ALLY RAYMOND

Published: 4/11/2019 10:49:22 PM

An error with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed Bryce King to trot home with the game-winning run, lifting host Athol High School to a wild 6-5 victory over Greenfield in an independent baseball game Thursday afternoon.

With King on second base, a grounder to third off the bat of Dilan Fountain was thrown over the head of Greenfield first baseman Hunter Campbell, enabling the Red Raiders to improve to 2-0 on the season.

“We had to battle,” Athol coach Josh Talbot said of his club.

Athol trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning, but Nicholas Bousquet drilled a three-run home run to spring the hosts back to life. Keegan Lutz tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, driving home Fountain with a two out, RBI single to force extra innings.

Bousquet started and lasted just three innings on the hill, but Talbot was pleased to see him contribute offensively after exiting the game.

“We didn’t start off so great, Nicholas kind of lost it in the third inning but he hit a big three-run dinger to get us going again,” Talbot said.

The Athol bullpen settled things down, with Talbot lauding the performances of Noah Pottiner and Mark Ferrari. The duo combined for six innings of work, and Ferrari picked up the win after striking out seven in his four scoreless innings of action.

“Those guys were big out of the bullpen to keep us in the game,” said Talbot.

Fountain, Lutz and Anthony Oro all had two hits for the Raiders, which outhit Greenfield by a 9-7 margin.

The Green Wave (0-1) were paced offensively by Joel Peabody and Kyle Devlin. Peabody tripled and singled while driving in a run, and Devlin had two hits and a pair of RBIs.

Peabody started and went five innings for Greenfield, striking out one and walking a pair while allowing four runs. He exited with his team leading 5-4, but the visitors were unable to lock it down in the waning frames.

Frontier 7, Mohawk 0 — Behind a dominant start from senior Matt Hildreth, Frontier took care of business in a 7-0 independent shutout of Mohawk, Thursday afternoon in South Deerfield.

Hildreth struck out six and walked a pair in four innings of work, before Dylan Apanell and Gabe Gochinski combined to finish the deal over the final three frames.

“Our pitchers, they came out and pounded the zone,” Frontier coach Chris Williams said. “Our defense has been playing solid, so we’re pleased with how that’s going.”

The lead was just 3-0 until the sixth inning, when the Red Hawks put up a four-spot to provide some insurance.

Kiernan Freeman doubled twice and drove in a run for Frontier (1-1), while Apanell had a pair of singles and an RBI. Kalen Evans also registered a pair of hits, while Corbin Blight singled and drove in a pair.

Mohawk (0-2) was paced by singles from Cam Lococo and Jackson Hicks. Lococo pitched well as the team’s starter, striking out one and walking a pair in five innings of work.

Turners 7, Pioneer 2 — Turners Fallswas seeking a clean start to the game, and Jake Dodge delivered on the mound, keeping Pioneer  off the scoreboard in the first inning and only allowing one run in five innings pitched. 

The day before against Mohawk, the Thunder fell behind by six runs twice, but that wouldn’t be the case Thursday against Pioneer High School. While Dodge was doing his job on the mound, the Turners bats knocked in two runs in the first, leading to a 7-2 victory in an independent baseball game in Turners Falls. 

In a balanced game at the plate, Turners had seven of its nine hitter deliver hits. Jon Fritz led the team with three RBI’s in the cleanup spot and Kyle Dodge had two RBI’s himself. 

Dodge would pitch five innings, giving up a lone run in the second inning while striking out eight batters and allowing just two hits. 

Leading by one heading into the fifth, Turners would have an offensive explosion, scoring four runs. 

FC Tech 16, Duggan 4 — Sim Maniatty had five hits and five RBIs on Thursday and Franklin Tech improved to 3-0 on the season with a 16-4 drubbing of Duggan Academy in a Tri-County League South Division baseball game Thursday in Turners Falls.

Duggan led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the second inning but the Eagles scored at least one run in every inning on the day and wound up blowing things wide open with nine runs in the sixth.

The Eagles finished with 23 hits. Max Charest continued to swing a hot bat with three doubles and three RBIs on the day, and Nate Sciandra had three hits including a double and three RBIs. Shawn Telega added four hits and one RBI, and Nate Pelletier had one hit and two RBIs. Dylan Mallett had a hit and an RBI, Garret Cole had a pair of hits, and Sam Trudeau drove in a run. 

Nate Sciandra picked up the win in relief, striking out eight and walking two in 3 2/3 innings. Mike Patenode started the game and had three strikeouts and two walks before getting lifted in the second inning when Duggan scored all four of its runs.

Ryan Baillargeon struck out seven and walked one in six innings in the loss. Baillargeon and Greg Sherokow each had a hit and an RBI in the loss.

Athol 6, Greenfield 5 (9)

Greenfield ............. 002 210 000 — 5  7  1

Athol .....................  100 030 101 — 6  9  0

Hits: (G) Campbell, Peabody 2, Carey, Haselton, Devlin 2. (A) Fountain 2, Bousquet, Lutz 2, Ferrari, Oro 2, King.

3B: (G) Peabody.

HR: (A) Bousquet.

RBI: (G) Cote, Peabody, Devlin 2. (A) Fountain, Bousquet 3, Lutz, Ferrari.

SB: (G) Campbell 2, Cardenales.

WP: Ferrari (4ip, 7k, 2bb), Bousquet (3ip, 3k, 5bb), Pottinger (2ip, 2k, 2bb).

LP: Baird (1/3ip, 0k, 0bb), Peabody (5ip, 1k, 2bb), Campbell (3ip, 2k, 2bb).

Frontier 7, Mohawk 0

Mohawk ................... 000 000 0 — 0  2  1

Frontier ...................  101 014 x — 7  9  1

Hits: (M) Lococo, Hicks. (F) Hildreth, Freeman 2, Apanell 2, Evans 2, K. Barnes, Blight.

2B: (F) Freeman 2.

RBI: (F) Baumann, Freeman, Apanell, Blight 2.

SB: (M) Lococo. (F) Hildreth 3, Baumann, Apanell, DeForest, Barnes.

WP: Hildreth (4ip, 6k, 2bb), Apanell (2ip, 2k, 0bb), Gochinski (1ip, 2k, 0bb).

LP: Lococo (5ip, 1k, 2bb), Hicks (1ip, 0k, 0bb).

Turners Falls 7, Pioneer 2

Pioneer ..................... 010 000 1 — 2  4  2

Turners Falls ...........  200 041 x — 7  9  2

Hits: (P) Loud 2, Emond, Boyden. (TF) Whiting, Campbell, K. Dodge 2, Fritz 2, Lehtomaki, Murphy, J. Dodge.

2B: (P) Loud.

RBI: (P) Loud. (TF) K. Dodge 2, Fritz 3, Lehtomaki.

WP: J. Dodge (5ip, 8k, 2bb), Lehtomaki (2ip, 3k, 1bb).

LP: Hubbard (4⅓ip, 3k, 3bb), Jac. Quinn (1⅔ip, 2k, 0bb).

FC Tech 16, Duggan 4

Duggan .................... 040 000 0 — 4  5  4

FC Tech ...................  121 219 x — 16  23  0

Hits: (D) Greg Sherokow, Ryan Baillargeon, Austin Ramos, Brady Kahle, Reykwoun Velez. (FT) Sciandra 3, Telega 4, Charest 3, Pelletier, Cole 2, Maniatty 5, Patenode, Vielmetti-Perusse, Shaw, Fritz, Mallett.

2B: (FT) Sciandra, Charest 3.

RBI: (D) Baillargeon, Robles, Sherokow, Wilson. (FT) Sciandra 3, Telega, Charest 3, Pelletier 2, Maniatty 5, Trudeau, Mallett.

WP: Sciandra (3⅔ip, 8k, 2bb), Patenode (1⅓ip, 3k, 2bb), Maniatty (1ip, 2k, 0bb), Telega (1ip, 1k, 2bb).

LP: Baillargeon (6ip, 7k, 1bb).

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