Baseball Roundup: Frontier beats Hopkins in extra-inning thriller (PHOTOS)

  • Frontier mobs Tyler Baranowski (8) after he drove in the winning run for a walk off win against Hopkins in South Deerfield Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Liam Skribiski-Banack hunts down a fly ball on the third base line against Hopkins in South Deerfield Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Alex Gochinski makes contact against Hopkins in South Deerfield Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier mobs Tyler Baranowski after he drove in the winning run for a walk off win by Frontier in South Deerfield Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Tyler Baranowski pitchees vs Hopkins in the 8th inning in South Deerfield Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Dylan Martin tries unsuccessfully to avoid the tag at third by Hopkins’ James Fitzgibbons in South Deerfield Tuesday.

  • Frontier's Dylan Martin connects for a base hit vs Hopkins in South Deerfield Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Intern
Published: 5/3/2022 9:12:49 PM
Modified: 5/3/2022 9:11:17 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Both Frontier Regional and Hopkins Academy refused to lose on Tuesday.

Whether it was a line drive double play committed by each team to keep the game tied in the late innings, a Frontier relay to nab a runner out at home in the sixth inning, a diving catch with the potential game-winning runner on in the seventh by Hopkins center fielder Cody West, or an outfield assist to third base by West in the eighth, neither squad wanted to give in during another chapter of an epic rivalry.

It ended up being a rare mishap that put the extra-inning game to an end. With Frontier’s Tyler Dubreuil on second base and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Tyler Baranowski hit a soft ground ball to second base. The throw to first rose high and out of play, allowing Dubreuil to walk home and give the Redhawks a 4-3 victory.

“Both teams were definitely pumped up the whole game,” said Frontier coach Chris Williams. “We were ‘rah-rah’ in and out throughout the game, which I appreciate, and that’s critical for a good team.”

Scoring for each team arrived early, but not often. The Golden Hawks’ Cody West, Patrick Fitzgibbons, Cooper Beckwith, and Dominic Alosi strung together four singles in the first inning to plate a pair of runs.

After a scoreless first inning from the Redhawks’ offense, the hosts struck effectively in the second. With one out, Aidan Drury and Sam Schreiber hit back-to-back singles, then Iain Spearance walked to load the bases. After the second out of the inning was made, Dubreuil walked to forcein a run, then Baranowski hit a two-run double to give Frontier a 3-2 lead.

Hopkins pitcher Andrew Ciaglo and Frontier pitcher Baranowski both hit their groove after the second frame. Ciaglo did not allow a run for the rest of his start, as he wound up tossing 6 2/3 innings.

Baranowski allowed just one base runner from the second inning through the fourth, and got the first two outs of the fifth inning. But, after Chase Earle walked, James Fitzgibbons hammered a line drive through the left-center gap. It kept rolling so that Earle was able to score from first on Fitzgibbons’s double and tie the game 3-3.

After the Golden Hawks knotted the game up, neither team scored until extra innings. Ciaglo and Baranowski put on a competitive duel with great defensive support.

“When guys score runs against us, they have to earn them,” Williams said. “I thought our defense picked [Baranowski] up when we needed to. We made three plays at the plate to get outs — that was huge… It was a total team effort defensively.”

Dubreuil made the necessary difficult plays that prevented base runners. In the fourth inning, on a soft ground ball, he caught a bad hop by his left ear and fired accurately for the inning’s second out.

In the sixth inning, Dubreuil provided a clean backhanded stop on a hard-hit ground ball, which provided Frontier the first out of the inning after a solid throw to first base.

“Tyler Dubreuil — he’s our defensive superstar,” Williams said. “There’s nobody, as far as I’m concerned, in Western Mass. who plays better defensive shortstop than him.”

In the top of the seventh, Hopkins put runners on first and third with no outs. On a ground ball to third base, the ball was thrown home to nab the runner for the first out of the inning. Then, a line drive up the middle was grabbed by Dubreuil, who tapped second base for a twin killing that ended the inning.

Frontier had a runner on first base in the bottom of the inning when Schreiber hit a hard fly ball to the right center field gap. If it fell, a Redhawks’ walk-off was likely, but Alex West dove for a game-saving grab to bring the game  to extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the re was a runner on first and one out for the Redhawks. While Dylan Martin was attempting a steal of second base, Dubreuil hit a hard line drive that dropped into center field. With Martin already running, he went for third base, but Cody West fired a perfect strike to the third baseman and got him out for the second out of the inning.

Dubreuil stole second base however, setting up the walk-off victory and capping the Redhawks’ season sweep after they won a 4-1 decision last month in Hadley.

Franklin Tech 11, Turners 4 — The Thunder led 4-3 after five innings but the Eagles responded by taking the lead in the sixth before Cayden Lehtomaki broke things open with a grand slam in the seventh en route to the 11-4 Bi-County League North win at the Bourdeau Fields Complex on Tuesday. 

“Our guys battled all game,” Eagles coach Dan Prasol said. “Turners is a good ball club and they keep getting better.”

Sam Knight and Lehtomaki tallied RBIs for Franklin Tech (7-5, 4-2) in the sixth, with Dylan Shinal and Chris Ryan hitting safely to get the rally going. Jake Whitney struck out three in six innings work before Alex Sulda came on to get three outs in the seventh. 

Levin Prondecki finished with a pair of doubles and three RBIs for Turners (6-4, 3-3). Derek Wissmann brought in a run in the loss. 

Easthampton 2, Greenfield 1 — The Eagles scored twice in the first and that proved to be enough to get the job done, with the Green Wave falling at Vets Field in a Suburban League West contest. 

David Carey struck out 11 on the mound for Greenfield (8-4, 3-3) while adding an RBI triple at the plate. Deven Dubie, John Marchefka and Caleb Thomas hit safely in the loss.

Hampshire 8, Athol 3 — Logan Cormier smacked a double and a triple in the Bears Suburban League West loss to Hampshire on Tuesday in Westhampton. 

Connor Mahony had a pair of hits while Caleb Cox and Shea Brennan hit safely for Athol (2-9, 0-5).

Smith Vocational 6, Mahar 0 — Race Drobiak tossed a no-hitter for the Vikings to defeat the Senators in Northampton on Tuesday in an independent contest.

Liam O’Donnell had five strikeouts while Sam Connor struck out two in the loss.


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