Eagles fly into playoffs

  • Franklin Tech’s Nate Pelletier (13) hits a double against Turners Falls in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Nathan Sciandra (15), right, slides safely into third base ahead of the tag from Turners Falls’ Cayden Lehtomaki (27) in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Jakob Burnett (21) slides safely into home after a sacrifice fly from Jake LaBelle against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Ryan Campbell (3) safely steals third base ahead of the tag from Franklin Tech’s Nate Pelletier (13) in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls pitcher Jake Dodge (1) throws against Franklin Tech in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Nathan Sciandra (15) throws against Turners Falls in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Jake LaBelle (2) hits a sacrifice fly against Franklin Tech in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls shortstop Jake LaBelle (2) reels in a pop fly for an out against Franklin Tech in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech third baseman Nate Pelletier (13) throws to first for an out against Turners Falls in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writers
Published: 5/21/2019 10:28:52 PM

The Franklin County Technical School baseball team certainly knows how to clinch a postseason berth in style.

The Eagles scored four times in the seventh inning and three times in the eighth to come back from a late deficit and post a 9-6 victory over crosstown rival Turners Falls High School in the Battle for the Powertown Tuesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.

The win was the 10th of the season for the Eagles and got them into the postseason despite trailing 5-2 entering the seventh inning. In the top of the seventh, Sim Maniatty led off with a single before Nate Sciandra was robbed of a hit by Jack Putala. Max Charest followed with a bomb to left-center to pull the Eagles to within one at 5-4, and Garret Cole followed with a single to put the tying run on base. Mike Patnode then stepped up and slugged a two-run home run just inside the foul pole in left field to put the Eagles up 6-5.

Turners Falls responded in the bottom of the frame when Dom Carme doubled and James Robison hit a dribbler in front of the plate to drive in the tying run, but the Eagles went right back on the offensive in the eighth. Shawn Telega reached on an error and Sciandra walked with one out. The Thunder then intentionally walked Charest to load the bases, but Turners reliever Kyle Dodge uncorked a wild pitch to allow Telega to score the go-ahead run. Cole followed with a single back up the middle to score two runs.

“We punched our ticket to the playoffs and I’m proud of the kids for buckling down and being mentally tough,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said. “I’ve preached being mentally tough all year, and tonight we overcame adversity. I could not be more proud of how the kids fought through it. They battled in a game that could have easily gone south.”

Cole picked up the win as he pitched out of a jam in the eighth to keep Turners off the board. 

Maniatty, Sciandra and Cole each had two hits, with Cole driving in four runs. Cole struck out two and walked no one in two innings of relief. Sciandra pitched the first six innings, striking out five and walking four.

Ryan Campbell finished with four hits and two RBIs for Turners, while Robison had two hits and two RBIs. Carme added two hits, and Putala had one hit and one RBI. Jake Dodge struck out four and walked four in the no-decision.

Mohawk 5, Athol 3 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School didn’t let an 0-6 start to the spring derail its season. Instead, the Warriors turned things around, and on Tuesday clinched a postseason berth.

The Warriors wrapped up no worse than a second-place finish in the Hampshire League East Division and the tournament bid that goes with it in a 5-3 victory over Athol High School at O’Brien Field in Athol.

It has been quite a season for Mohawk (7-10 overall, 6-2 HL East), as the team’s field has barely been playable all season. In fact, the Warriors swapped sites for many of their early-season home games, which meant they were constantly playing on the road, and were unable to even practice on their field.

“Not having our field was frustrating for me as a coach and frustrating for the kids,” Mohawk coach Bill Buck said. “Once we got a taste of victory on a real field, we really came together and began to play well.”

The season turned around and Mohawk has gone 7-4 since the 0-6 start. In fact, Mohawk’s past five losses have all been by one run. A couple of hits or a few pitches in the other direction and the Warriors could be a 12-win squad.

“I’ve been telling my kids all year that we are the best 0-1 team, the best 0-2 team, the best 0-3 team all the way up to six,” Buck said. “It’s all about the character of the kids. They’ve never quit. We were taking it one game at a time. We practiced hard and played hard. This is such a close-knit group between the seniors and all the freshmen that I have.”

Neither team played like a club that wanted to win as both defenses committed six errors. Jackson Hicks pitched around the sloppy defense as he went the distance for the win, striking out four and walking five, and allowing five hits. Mohawk had just four hits in the win as Tyler Dubreuil and Cam Lococo each had one hit and one RBI. 

Anthony Oro suffered a tough-luck loss for the Red Raiders (10-6, 4-4), as he allowed just four hits in five innings, striking out three and walking three. He allowed just one earned run. Nick Bousquet and Keegan Lutz each had one hit and one RBI in the loss.

Frontier 17, South Hadley 6 — Trailing 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning, Frontier changed the complexion of Tuesday’s Hampshire League West contest in a hurry.

The visiting Red Hawks put up 12 runs in the inning, turning a deficit into a commanding, double-digit lead. The offensive explosion was plenty big enough to lift Frontier to a 17-6 victory over South Hadley.

Frontier racked up 20 hits in total, including four from Kiernan Freeman and three each from Bryan Baumann, Jacob Bryant and Garrett DeForest. Bryant and DeForest drove in four runs apiece, while Kyle Barnes (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Baumann (two RBIs) also did the job with runners on base.

In the 12-run sixth inning, Frontier put together seven hits and eight RBIs.

“They just started roping the baseball,” Frontier coach Chris Williams said of his team’s offensive approach in the frame. “I couldn’t have been more satisfied with that sixth inning.”

Xavier Santiago earned the win in relief, and Connor Waitkus shut the door with two scoreless innings to seal the deal.

South Hadley trailed 4-1 before a five-run fourth inning gave the hosts a 6-4 advantage.

Frontier (14-3, 7-2) now turns its attention to a winner-take-all HL West title game on Thursday at 4 p.m. The Hawks will host Hopkins Academy (11-5, 7-2), and the winner captures the league title outright.

Softball

Greenfield 8, South Hadley 0 — Gianna Conte fired a two-hit shutout and Greenfield defeated South Hadley, 8-0, in an independent softball match Tuesday in South Hadley.

Conte pitched seven innings and finished with 14 strikeouts and two walks to earn the victory.

Audrey Bresciano had two hits and three RBIs for the Green Wave (12-4), which scored three times in the first and twice in the second to jump out to a quick, 5-0 lead. Caelyn Patenaude had her first career varsity hit and RBI in the win as she started at catcher on the day, and Raegan Hickey, Rachel Dodge and Olivia Joy each had one hit and one RBI.

Greenfield travels to Mahar this afternoon before finishing the regular season Friday night at 5 at home against Frontier.

Turners 2, Pioneer 0 — Cassidhe Wozniak hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and Turners Falls escaped upset-minded Pioneer, 2-0, in a Franklin County League softball game Tuesday evening in Northfield.

The game was a pitcher’s duel between Turners Falls’ Jade Tyler and Pioneer’s Steph Scoville and things remained scoreless after four frames. In the fifth, after Scoville got two outs, Wozniak came to the plate and went down 0-2 in the count before fouling off four straight pitches. When she finally made solid contact the ball carried over the fence in left to put the Thunder (17-0) on the board. Taylor Murphy followed by smoking a ball to the gap in left center for a triple, and the relay to third base was thrown away, allowing her to cross the plate for an insurance run.

That was enough for Tyler, who struck out 11 and allowed just one walk and two hits in her second shutout in as many nights. Wozniak and Murphy each finished with two hits, while Aly Murphy and Hailey Bogusz each doubled.

Scoville was the tough-luck loser as she matched Tyler’s numbers with 11 strikeouts against only one walk. Charlotte Kahler and Scoville each singled for the Pioneer hits. The loss also eliminated Pioneer (3-11) from postseason contention.

FC Tech 9, Turners 6

FC Tech ................. 100 100 43 — 9  10  1

Turners ................  020 012 10 — 6  10  3

Hits: (FT) Maniatty 2, Sciandra 2, Charest, Cole 2, Pelletier, Patnode, Leh. (TF) Campbell 4, Carme 2, Burnett, Robison 2, Putala.

2B: (FT) Sciandra, Pelletier. (TF) Carme, Campbell.

HR: (FT) Charest, Patnode.

RBI: (FT) Charest 2, Cole 4, Pelletier, Patnode 2. (TF) Campbell 2, Lehtomaki, Robison 2, Putala.

WP: Cole (2ip, 2k, 0bb), Sciandra (6ip, 5k, 4bb).

LP: K. Dodge (1⅔ip, 2k, 2bb), J. Dodge (6⅓ip, 4k, 4bb).

Mohawk 5, Athol 3

Mohawk .................. 220 001 0 — 5  4  6

Athol .......................  000 030 0 — 3  5  6

Hits: (M) Dubreuil, Lococo, Bassett, Jacobs. (A) Fountain, Bousquet, Lutz, Ferrari, Tarbell.

RBI: (M) Dubreuil, Lococo, Guyette. (A) Bousquet, Lutz.

WP: Hicks (7ip, 4k, 5bb).

LP: Oro (5ip, 3k, 3bb), Payne (2ip, 2k, 2bb).

Frontier 17, South Hadley 6

Frontier ............. 030 11(12) 0 — 17  20  5

South Hadley .....  001 500 0 — 6  6  4

Hits: (F) Baumann 3, Freeman 4, Blight, Bryant 3, Hildreth, Evans 2, DeForest 3, Jarvis, Barnes 2. (SH) Sullivan, Evans 2, Cirone, Sears, Provost.

2B: (F) Freeman 2, Bryant, DeForest. (SH) Evans.

RBI: (F) Baumann 2, Freeman, Bryant 4, DeForest 4, Barnes 2. (SH) Sullivan, Evans 2, Mazza.

WP: Santiago (1ip, 1k, 1bb), Waitkus (2ip, 3k, 0bb), Hildreth (3 1/3ip, 3k, 1bb), Gochinski (2/3ip, 0k, 1bb).

LP: Sherwood (1/3ip, 0k, 2bb), Cirone (1/3ip, 0k, 1bb), Colon (1 1/3ip, 0k, 0bb), Evans (5ip, 5k, 3bb).

Softball

Turners 2, Pioneer 0

Turners ................... 000 020 0 — 2  7  1

Pioneer ..................  000 000 0 — 0  2  1

Hits: (TF) Wozniak 2, T. Murphy 2, A. Murphy, Whittier, Bogusz. (P) Kahler, Scoville.

2B: (TF) A. Murphy, Bogusz.

3B: (TF) T. Murphy.

HR: (TF) Wozniak.

RBI: (TF) Wozniak.

WP: Tyler (7ip, 11k, 1bb).

LP: Scoville (7ip, 11k, 1bb).

Greenfield 8, South Hadley 0

Greenfield ............... 320 200 1 — 8  10  1

South Hadley...........  000 000 0 — 0  2  2

Hits: (G) Provost 2, Lavoine, Hickey, Bresciano 2, Dodge, Miner, Caelyn Patenaude, Joy. (SH) Plamondon, Kretchmar.

RBI: (G) Hickey, Bresciano 3, Dodge, Patenaude, Joy.

WP: Conte (7ip, 14k, 2bb).

LP: Gurek (7ip, 5k, 9bb).


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