Frontier’s Evans spins shutout

  • Frontier’s Bryan Baumann (6) hits an RBI single against Hampshire Regional in the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Kiernan Freeman (7) snags a grounder on a high hop at first base against Hampshire in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier pitcher Kalen Evans (4) throws against Hampshire in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier pitcher Kalen Evans (4) throws against Hampshire in the top of the third inning Wednesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 5/1/2019 9:53:11 PM
Modified: 5/1/2019 9:53:00 PM

Not a bad starting debut for Kalen Evans on Wednesday.

The Frontier Regional School senior earned his first start of the year, and delivered in convincing fashion. The right-hander struck out seven, didn’t walk a batter, and scattered just two singles in seven innings of work to lift the host Red Hawks to a tight 2-0 victory over Hampshire in an independent baseball game at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

“He came out and threw as efficient of a game as you possibly can,” Frontier skipper Chris Williams said of Evans. “He’s somebody who has fallen back a bit in terms of our rotation but for him to go out there and throw like that in his first start, we’re definitely excited about his performance.”

With Evans doing the job on the mound, Frontier finally broke through to support him offensively in the bottom of the fourth. Bryan Baumann singled home Connor Waitkus to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage.

The lead doubled in the fifth, when Garrett DeForest lifted a sacrifice fly that plated Matt Hildreth to make it a 2-0 lead.

Offense was hard to come by for both teams, as Frontier was limited to just a pair of hits as well by Hampshire pitcher Matt Quenneville (no strikeouts, two walks) who also tossed a complete game.

”We cut down on our strikeouts which was nice to see but now moving forward, it’s going to be who is going to be the guy that is going to take it to the next level offensively and get us going because we’re ice cold with the bats at the moment,” Williams said.

Frontier stays home today for a meeting with Turners Falls.

Hoosac Valley 8, Mohawk 7 (8 inn.) — Devin Kogut laid down a successful squeeze bunt with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting host Hoosac Valley to a come from behind 8-7 extra-inning victory over Mohawk in an independent contest, Wednesday in Cheshire.

The Warriors led 7-6 into the bottom of the seventh before John Krol smacked a game-tying solo home run over the fence that forced extra innings.

Tyler Dubreuil had three hits for Mohawk (1-7), which rallied from a 5-2 deficit with five runs in the top of the fifth innings. Jordan Grenier had a hit and three RBIs, while Anthony Moffatt added a hit and a pair of RBIs. 

Grenier took the loss in relief, while Jared Jacobs and Moffatt combined to strike out four batters in six innings of work.

Wahconah 6, Athol 0 — Caden Frazier tossed a no-hitter, striking out 13 batters and walking a pair to help visiting Wahconah hand Athol a 6-0 independent defeat, Wednesday afternoon.

Frazier’s defense made the plays as well, with the Warriors not committing an error in the win.

While Frazier was shutting down the Athol offense, it was still a scoreless game into the sith inning. The visitors pushed a run across to get on the board, then tacked on five more in the top of the seventh to put things out of reach.

Athol’s Mark Ferrari took the loss in relief, striking out three and walking three in 2 2/3 innings of work. Starter Dilan Fountain went the first 3 2/3 innings with one strikeout and five walks, while Keegan Lutz got the final two outs of the seventh.

The Red Raiders committed five errors in the field, with just three of Wahconah’s six runs earned.

Belchertown 7, Mahar 0 — It was a tough offensive Wednesday for the Mahar baseball team. The visiting Senators managed just five hits, all singles, and were unable to push a run across the board in a 7-0 independent loss to Belchertown.

Belchertown scored in every inning but the fifth, with Chase Kupinsky going 3-for-3 with four runs scored. The Orioles doubled up the Senators, 10-5, in the hits department.

Mahar’s Will Peredina took the loss on the mound, striking out four and walking two in 5 1/3 innings. At the plate, Peredina had two of his team’s five hits.

Zach Jenks earned the win, striking out six in four innings of work before Jack Mankowski finished up with three scoreless innings of relief.


Turners 12, Mohawk 2 — Catie Reynolds belted a solo home run in the sixth inning, and the Turners Falls bats continued to torch Franklin County League pitching, Wednesday. The host Thunder built an early lead and knocked off Mohawk, 12-2, at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.

Cassidhe Wozniak had three hits to pace the Turners (8-0, 4-0) offense. Aly Murphy and Olivia Whittier had two hits apiece, as the Powertown racked up 12 hits in the victory. Whittier drove in two runs, while Wozniak, Murphy and Juliana Rode also registered RBIs. 

The Thunder led 3-0 after one and 9-0 after two innings. Jade Tyler struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk in the complete-game victory.

Mohawk (5-4, 1-3) got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, as Grace Ward drove in two with a base hit. Caitlin Johnston, Isis Moon and Ashley Reynolds had the other hits for the Warriors.

Frontier 7, Pioneer 2 — Olivia Deane turned in another stellar effort in the circle, and visiting Frontier staked its sophomore pitcher to a three-run lead in the top of the first inning en route to a solid 7-2 win over Pioneer in a Franklin County League game played Wednesday in Northfield.

Deane struck out eight, walked two and didn’t allow a run until the bottom of the seventh inning in a complete-game victory. She threw 117 pitches, 78 for strikes, continuing her recent trend of pounding the strike zone early and often.

Deane helped herself in the top of the first inning, singling home Natalie Denkiewicz for the game’s first run. Olivia Vecellio scored on a wild pitch and Lily Spencer came across on an error to stake the visitors to a quick 3-0 lead before even hitting the field defensively.

Denkiewicz doubled twice in the win, with Spencer also finishing with two hits to pace the Hawks (7-2, 4-1).

Pioneer (2-5, 1-3) got on the board thanks to a two-run double by Olivia Rowe in the seventh inning, as she plated Annie Johnson and Steph Scoville with her second two-bagger of the game. Rowe finished with three hits to pace the Panthers.

Scoville struck out 11 batters in a complete-game outing for Pioneer.

FC Tech 25, Westfield Tech 6 (5 inn.) — Behind a solid pitching performance from Abi Corey, Franklin Tech took to the road and made it a successful trip south behind a 25-6 victory over Westfield Tech in a Tri-County League contest.

Corey struck out three and walked four in the five-inning complete game. At the plate, she smacked three hits and drove in three runs to pace the Eagles (2-5, 2-4).

Franklin Tech led 5-4 after one inning, but pushed three runs across in the second inning and six more in the third. Jocelyn Crowningshield, Jenesis Currier, Brianna Snyder, Summer Gadreau and Desiree Doane all registered two hits in the victory, with Snyder (triple) driving in four runs, Gadreau driving in three and Crowningshield adding two RBIs. Mackenzie Martel singled and drove in three runs for the visitors.

The Eagles didn’t commit an error, and held a decisive 16-6 edge in hits.

Frontier 2, Hampshire 0

Hampshire ................ 000 000 0 — 0  2  0

Frontier ....................  000 110 x — 2  2  0

Hits: (H) Labrie, Vishaway. (F) Baumann, Hildreth.

RBI: (F) Baumann, DeForest.

SB: (F) Waitkus 3, Hildreth.

WP: Evans (7ip, 7k, 0bb).

LP: Quenneville (6ip, 0k, 2bb).

Hoosac Vall. 8, Mohawk 7 (8)

Mohawk ................... 200 050 00 — 7  7  7

Hoosac ....................  023 001 11 — 8  9  3

Hits: (M) Dubreuil 3, Guyette, Moffatt, Grenier, Gagnon. (HV) Sniezek, Krol 3, Kogut, Swistak, Desroches 2, Degere.

2B: (M) Gagnon. (HV) Krol.

HR: (HV) Krol.

RBI: (M) Moffatt 2, Grenier 3, Gagnon. (HV) Sniezek, Krol 2, Kogut, Swistak, Desroches 3.

SB: (M) Dubreuil, Davenport.

WP: Trombley (3 2/3ip, 2k, 2bb), Sniezek (4 1/3ip, 5k, 6bb).

LP: Grenier (1 1/3ip, 2k, 2bb), Jacobs (3ip, 2k, 2bb), Moffatt (3ip, 2k, 0bb).

Wahconah 6, Athol 0

Wahconah ............... 000 001 5 — 6  8  0

Athol ........................  000 000 0 — 0  0  5

Hits: (W) Frazier, Hill, Howes, Archambault, Verdi, Borowski, Bernardo 2.

RBI: (W) Frazier 2, Howes, Bernardo.

SB: (W) Verdi, Bernardo. (A) Lutz.

WP: Frazier (7ip, 13k, 2bb).

LP: Ferrari (2 2/3ip, 3k, 3bb), Fountain (3 2/3ip, 1k, 5bb), Lutz (2/3ip, 0k, 3bb).

Belchertown 7, Mahar 0

Mahar ....................... 000 000 0 — 0  5  3

Belchertown ...........  111 202 x — 7  10  1

Hits: (B) Raines 2, Kupinsky 3, Tilton, Bohnet, Mankowsky, Buffone, Jenks. (M) Peredina 2, Brozell, Chiasson, Johnson.

2B: (B) Raines, Kupinsky.

3B: (B) Kupinsky.

RBI: (B) Kupinsky, Tilton, Torna 3, Jenks.

WP: Jenks (4ip, 6k, 2bb), Mankowsky (3ip, 3k, 1bb).

LP: Peredina (5⅓ip, 4k, 2bb), O’Donnell (⅔ip, 0k, 0bb).


Frontier 7, Pioneer 2

Frontier .................... 302 000 2 — 7  8  4

Pioneer ...................  000 000 2 — 2  8  3

Hits: (F) Denkiewicz 2, Deane, Spencer 2, Doulette, Fifield, Burniske. (P) Rowe 3, Scoville, Pelletier, Martinez, Gibson, Johnson.

2B: (F) Denkiewicz 2. (P) Rowe 2.

RBI: (F) Deane, Moreau. (P) Rowe 2.

WP: Deane (7ip, 8k, 2bb).

LP: Scoville (7ip, 11k, 3bb).

Turners 12, Mohawk 2

Mohawk .................. 000 002 0 — 2  4  4

Turners ..................  361 011 x — 12  12  2

Hits: (M) Johnston, Ward, Moon, Reynolds. (TF) Wozniak 3, Murphy 2, Tyler, Whittier 2, Rode, Bogusz, Johnson, Reynolds.

2B: (TF) Wozniak, Tyler, Bogusz.

HR: (TF) Reynolds.

RBI: (M) Ward 2. (TF) Wozniak, Murphy, Whittier 2, Rode, Reynolds.

WP: Tyler (7ip, 8k, 0bb).

LP: Lesieur (6ip, 0k, 2bb).

FC Tech 25, Westfld Tech 6 (5)

FC Tech ..................... 536 65 — 25  16  0

Westfield Tech.........  401 10 — 6  6  3

Hits: (FT) Crowningshield 2, Corey 3, Martel, Eastman, Currier 2, Snyder 2, Jackson, Gadreau 2, Doane 2. (WT) Serrano 2, Marsh, Kukucka 2, Rios.

2B: (FT) Gadreau, Eastman, Currier.

3B: (FT) Snyder.

RBI: (FT) Crowningshield 2, Corey 3, Martel 3, Eastman, Currier, Snyder 4, Jackson, Gadreau 3, Kurkulonis. (WT) Serrano, Marsh 2, Kukucka 2, Rios.

WP: Corey (5ip, 3k, 4bb).

LP: Levere (3ip, 2k, 10bb), Parker (2ip, 0k, 1bb).

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