School Baseball: Belchertown comes all the way back, 4-3

  • Turners Falls baserunner Josh Obuchowski races up the first baseline as Belchertown first baseman awaits the throw Thursday afternoon in Belchertown, where the host Orioles beat the visiting Warriors, 4-3, in the Hampshire League West baseball game. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Lefty Turners Falls starting pitcher Josh Obuchowski rears back to deliver a fastball in the bottom of the fourth inning of his visiting Indians’ 4-3 Hampshire League West baseball loss Thursday afternoon at Belchertown High School. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Lefthanded Turners Falls starting pitcher Josh Obuchowski follows through on a fourth-inning fastball Thursday afternoon at Belchertown High School, which beat the visiting Indians, 4-3, in the Hampshire League West baseball game. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls lefthander Josh Obuchowski pushes off the rubber to deliver a pitch to the plate in the bottom of the third inning of the visiting Indians’ 4-3 Hampshire League West baseball loss at Belchertown High School. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Above, Turners Falls first baseman James Fritz applies the tag too late on Belchertown baserunner Jack Kamins Thursday afternoon during the host Orioles’ 4-3 Hampshire League West baseball win over the visiting Indians. Below, lefty Turners Falls starting pitcher Josh Obuchowski comes after a Belchertown hitter. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls first baseman James Fritz applies the late pick-off tag on Belchertown baserunner Jack Kamins during the bottom of the third inning of the visiting Indians’ 4-3 Hampshire League West baseball loss to host Belchertown Thursday afternoon. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls baserunner Kyle Bergman dives back to the first base just ahead of the tag from Belchertown first baseman Mike Clark on a fourth-inning pick-off attempt in a 4-3 Hampshire League West baseball win by the host Orioles Thursday afternoon. J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls baserunner Kyle Bergman dives back safely into the first-base base bag before Belchertown first baseman Mike Clark can apply the pick-off tag during the top of the fourth inning of the visiting Indians’ 4-3 Hampshire League West baseball loss on the road. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls starting pitcher Josh Obuchowski launches a fastball to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning of his visiting Indians’ 4-3 Hampshire League West baseball loss at Belchertown High School Thursday afternoon. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/5/2016 11:20:09 PM

Belchertown High School battled back from a 3-0 deficit to overtake Turners Falls High School, 4-3, in Hampshire League West baseball action Thursday in Belchertown.

The Indians scored all three of their runs in the opening inning. Quinn Doyle led off with a single, Tionne Brown followed with a base hit, Jalen Sanders ripped a single to plate Quinn, and then, with runners at second and third, Trevor Mankowsky slapped the fourth consecutive single to plate Brown and Sanders.

Orioles starter Johnny Camerota settled down and limited Turners to just two hits the rest of the way.

The Orioles’ comeback began when Jack Kamins slapped an RBI single in the second inning, Then Victor Camerota’s run-scoring single in the fifth cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the sixth, Tyler Clark started it off with a single and went to second on Jackson Leduc’s sacrifice bunt (Leduc was called out for runner’s interference). Jason French singled home Clark to tie it and advanced to second on the throw home. Then, after a popout, Jackson Dziel lined a single to right to score French with the go-ahead run.

Dziel had three of the Orioles’ nine hits. Doyle finished with two hits for Turners.

Frontier 2, Greenfield 0 — Nate Patterson struck out 13 in a complete-game, two-hit shutout and Frontier Regional School clinched a postseason berth with a 2-0 HL West baseball win over Greenfield High School Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

The Red Hawks (9-2, 1-2) took advantage of three first-inning doubles to score both runs but were then one-hit by Green Wave starting and losing pitcher Owen Schilling the rest of the way. Even though Schilling gave his teammates a chance to get back in it, the Wave was unable to do so as Patterson was nearly unhittable, allowing just the two hits and three walks.

“He threw an absolute gem,” first-year Frontier coach Chris Williams said. “He was hitting every spot, and he made pitches when it mattered. It was a really special game to clinch a postseason berth on the same night I got to first coach against a man (Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek) that I’ve really admired since I was a little kid.”

Frontier did all its damage in the first inning as it got three of its four hits on the night. Nolan Muzyka, Kyle Spencer and Seth Gewanter each doubled for the Red Hawks, with Spencer and Gewanter picking up RBIs. Schilling, who finished with seven strikeouts and two walks in seven innings, allowed just one more hit the rest of the way, an infield single to Evan Bourque.

Greenfield’s two hits came from Tyler Townsley and Andrew Toritto. Greenfield (6-4, 1-2) did have a couple of opportunities to score, including putting runners on second and third with one out at one point, but Patterson struck out two straight batters to get out of the jam.

Easthampton 7, Mahar 5 — Tyler Vishaway and Dawson Wolcott each drove in runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 deadlock and defeat Mahar Regional School, 7-5, in a HL East Division baseball game Thursday in Orange.

The teams were locked at 1-1 going into the fifth. The Eagles scored four times in the top of the frame to take a 5-1 lead, but the Senators came right back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs to tie the game. Mahar was unable to answer again in the seventh, despite a leadoff single by Liam Bashista, who was stranded at third as Easthampton reliever Wolcott set down the next three batters. Wolcott pitched three innings of relief to earn the victory.

Jamie Ryan finished with two hits including a double and two RBIs for the Eagles, and Brandon Bennett doubled and scored twice. Vishaway led the team with three hits and also drove in a run, while Shy Torres and Hunter Leveille each had one hit and one RBI.

Hunter Richardson finished with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored for the Senators (5-6, 2-1), and Jed Richardson doubled as part of a two-hit performance and scored twice. Ryan Arsenault added two hits and a run scored.

Hunter Richardson struck out four in the complete-game loss.

Smith Academy 2, Athol 0 — Smith Academy scored twice in the sixth inning for the only two runs of the game and got past Athol High School, 2-0, in a HL East Division game Thursday afternoon in Athol.

Thomas Hammond led off the sixth with a walk against Athol pitcher Gage Wood and then stole second and scored the eventual game-winning run on John Ferrara’s single to left. Ferrara came around to score later in the inning on an error.

Kevin Banas struck out seven and did not walk a batter of seven innings of three-hit ball to earn the complete-game shutout. Wood pitched well enough to win, striking out two, while allowing five hits and three walks over seven innings.

Owen King, Tyler St. Cyr and Jared Cormier each had a hit for Athol.

Mohawk 11, Pioneer 2 — Julian Diamond ripped four hits, including a double, and drove in six runs to power Mohawk Trail Regional High School to an 11-2 HL East baseball win over Pioner Valley Regional School Thursday nigth in Northfield.

Levin DuPree singled and doubled, and Justin Ward added a single and two RBIs for the Warriors (9-2, 4-0 East). Adam Hallenbeck pitchjed four-hit ball over 51/3 innings and struck out three to earn the win.

Ben Tufano led the Panthers (2-7, 2-1) with two hits and two RBIs, and Cody Letourneau added two hits.

Sci-Tech 5, FC Tech 3 — A seventh-inning rally fell just short for Franklin County Technical School as Springfield High School of Science & Technooogy held on for a 5-3 Tri-County League baseball win Thursday in Turners Falls.

Trailing 5-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, CJ Daignault started things with a walk and advanced to third when the catcher’s throw sailed high and down the fright-field line. Nate Crocker was hit by a pitch and immediately stole second. Max Charest singled home Daignault, then Crocker came across on a fielder’s choice. Mitch Mailloux roped an RBI double to the left-center-field gap, but CyberCats pitcher Richard Lopez induced consecutive flyouts to end it.

Chris Lopez and Torrii Turner each finished with two hits for Sci-Tech (8-2, 6-1 TCL).

Mailloux and Austin Burdick each had a single and double for the Eagles (5-6, 4-5).

Mailloux fanned two and walked two in the complete-game loss.

Franklin Tech hosts McCann Technical School today at 4 p.m.




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