Thunder earn redemption

  • Turners Falls' Jake Dodge, left, tags out Franklin Tech baserunner Nate Pelletier (13) at second base in the bottom of the third inning Thursday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Ryan Campbell (3) makes a diving catch in left field against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Franklin Tech's Max Leh (9) hits a single against Turners Falls in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls catcher Dom Carme, left, throws down to first base as Jake Dodge looks on in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls pitcher Jake Dodge (1) throws against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls second baseman Kyle Dodge (10) makes the throw to first for an out against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Franklin Tech's Max Charest (7) drives in a run on a Turners Falls error in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Franklin Tech's Garret Cole (16) throws against Turners Falls in the top of the seventh inning Thursday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 4/18/2019 9:51:28 PM
Modified: 4/18/2019 9:51:16 PM

Jon Fritz walked with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning and Kyle Dodge stranded a pair of Franklin County Technical School runners in the bottom of the frame as Turners Falls High School won Powertown bragging rights with a 7-6 victory in an independent baseball game Thursday at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls.

The Eagles (3-1) fought back from a 6-3 deficit to tie the score, notching two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings. After losing to Easthampton in eight innings on Wednesday, Turners Falls coach Scott Minckler said his players came off the field in the seventh with their heads down.

“Their faces were defeated,” Minckler said. “I said, ‘Look, have fun, we get to play extra baseball.’ That got them to chuckle a little bit and loosened them up a little bit.”

With the newly found energy, Turners Falls showed its patience at the plate, as Jacob Burnett worked a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second with a bunt. Jake Dodge and Jaden Whiting each followed with walks to load the bases. Tim Fritz came on in relief of pitcher Garret Cole and got Ryan Campbell to pop out to first base for the second out, but he walked Fritz on five pitches to force in Burnett with the go-ahead run.

Franklin Tech threatened in the bottom of the eighth when Cole led off with a single but was picked off. That was huge as Sim Maniatty followed with a single and Jared Vielmetti-Perusse walked to put two runners on with one out. Dodge came back to strike out Fritz and get Shawn Telega to line out for the final out of the game.

Turners Falls scored six times in the first three innings and led 6-3 after three but the Eagles fought back and tied the score in the seventh when Max Charest put a ball in play with two outs that got past Turners shortstop Jake Labelle for an error that allowed Max Leh to score the tying run.

“We jumped out early and kind of put it on cruise control,” Minckler said. “The game had a weird feeling to it. They the ball really well.”

Franklin Tech outhit the Thunder, 12-7, in the loss. Maniatty had three hits and one RBI for the Eagles, while Cole had two hits and two RBIs. Leh had a pair of hits, and Charest had two hits and one RBI. Leh pitched the first six innings, striking out three and walking four.

Cayden Lehtomaki and Fritz each finished with two hits and one RBI to lead Turners, while Kyle Dodge added two hits.

Turners Falls (3-2) is now 2-0 against Division 4 opponents, which is important because the team has six games against Division 4 teams. Because Turners Falls can qualify under the Sullivan Rule due to playing in a division with mostly Division 3 teams, the Thunder must win 50 percent of their games against like-division teams, which means Turners must win one of its final four games against Division 4 teams.

Turners travels to Division 3 Mahar Regional School on Monday before getting a chance to clinch a tournament-berth on Wednesday when it hosts Smith Academy. The Eagles return to action today at home against Westfield Tech.

Southwick 2, Greenfield 0 — Already cold and a bit drizzly at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield on Thursday, Southwick pitcher Bart Shea made life even more miserable for the Greenfield High School hitters.

The senior hurler struck out 13, walked seven and fired a no-hitter and the Rams defeated the Green Wave, 2-0, in an independent tilt.

Shea, who was estimated to be pumping in his fastball in the mid-to-upper 80s during the game, did have some control problems with the seven walks, but otherwise was perfect.

Green Wave pitcher Owen Phelps matched him through the first four innings, but the Rams finally broke through for two runs in the fifth. Frank Wynglarz dragged a bunt for a single and stole second base. Then, with two outs, Nick Michael roped a single to right field to score the game’s first run. The next batter then lifted a fly ball to the outfield that was dropped, allowing a second run to score.

Phelps finished with six strikeouts in six innings in the tough-luck loss, allowing three hits and one walk. Kyle Devlin pitched the seventh and struck out two.

Greenfield (3-2) travels to Smith Academy on Monday.

Granby 10, Pioneer 2 — Mike White scattered three hits over seven innings and Granby defeated Pioneer, 10-2, in an independent baseball game Thursday in Granby.

Granby scored six times in the first inning, including four unearned runs to jump out to a fast start. White helped out his own cause with one hit and a team-high three RBIs in the win, while Collin Kennedy had two doubles and two RBIs. Nolan Sullivan doubled twice, and Sam White drove in a run.

Pioneer got single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. Cam Dresser had an RBI for the Panthers, while Jason Quinn, Nate Mousseau and Ryan Potter each had one hit.

Quinn suffered the loss. Mousseau pitched five innings of relief, striking out four.

Turners Falls 7, FC Tech 6 (8)

Turners ................... 213 000 01 — 7 7  1

FC Tech ..................  201 002 10 — 6  12  4

Hits: (TF) Fritz 2, K. Dodge 2, Lehtomaki 2, LaBelle. (FT) Maniatty 3, Leh 2, Charest 2, Cole 2, Sciandra, Pelletier, Telega.

2B: (FT) Cole.

RBI: (TF) Campbell, Fritz, J. Dodge, Lehtomaki. (FT) Cole 2, Maniatty, Pelletier, Charest.

SB: (TF) K. Dodge 2, Fritz 2, Burnett. (FT) Sciandra, Leh, Telega.

WP: K. Dodge (1⅓ip, 1k, 1bb), Lehtomaki (3ip, 2k, 1bb), J. Dodge (3⅔ip, 1k, 0bb).

LP: Cole (1⅓ip, 0k, 4bb), Fritz (⅔ip, 0k, 1bb), Leh (6ip, 3k, 4bb).

Southwick 2, Greenfield 0

Southwick ............... 000 020 0 — 2  3  0

Greenfield ..............  000 000 0 — 0  0  2

Hits: (S) Wynglarz, Michaels, Seson.

RBI: (S) Michaels.

SB: (S) Wynglarz, Michaels.

WP: Shea (7ip, 13k, 7bb).

LP: Phelps (6ip, 6k, 1bb), Devlin (1ip, 2k, 0bb).

Granby 10, Pioneer 2

Pioneer ................... 000 100 1 — 2  3  5

Granby ...................  610 021 x — 10  9  1

Hits: (P) Jas. Quinn, Mousseau, Potter. (G) Gohan, J. White, Sullivan 2, Gordon, M. White, Kennedy 2, Murdock.

2B: (G) Sullivan 2, Kennedy 2.

RBI: (P) Dresser. (G) M. White 3, Kennedy 2, S. White.

WP: M. White (7ip, 9k, 4bb).

LP: Jas. Quinn (1ip, 0k, 7bb), Mousseau (5ip, 4k, 0bb).




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