Baseball: Tyler Dubreuil, Tyler Baranowski lift Frontier past Greenfield (PHOTOS)

  • Frontier's Tyler Dubreuil dives into home for a home run against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 4-2 win in South Deerfield Thursday. Dylan Martin (1) waits at home for his teammate. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Tyler Baranowski pitches against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 4-2 win in South Deerfield Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield’s David Carey pitches against Frontier during the host Redhawks’ 4-2 win on Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Shane Prusak gets hit on the wrist with a pitch against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 4-2 win in South Deerfield Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Dylan Martin scampers into second base against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 4-2 win in South Deerfield Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier's Dylan Martin takes a hack against Greenfield on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield’s Tyler Podolski lays down a bunt against Frontier on Thursday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 5/12/2022 7:04:39 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Much like the first showdown between the Frontier and Greenfield baseball teams, hits weren’t easy to come by during the second meeting of the season between the two clubs with Tyler Baranowski on the hill for the Redhawks and David Carey pitching for the Green Wave

Greenfield managed five hits off Baranowski while Frontier — which didn’t get a hit against Carey last time out — managed five hits off the Green Wave ace. None were bigger than Tyler Dubreuil’s shot in the second inning, as the senior crushed a home run to left field that scored Dylan Martin and put the Redhawks ahead, 4-1. 

Greenfield added a run in the fourth to cut into the deficit but that was all Baranowski would allow, and Frontier came away with a 4-2 Suburban League West victory at G.T. Valiton Field on Thursday. 

“A lot of credit goes to Tyler Baranowski today,” Redhawks coach Chris Williams said. “He’s been our No. 1 all year and whenever he’s on the mound, we have that type of self assurance that we’ll be in the game no matter what because he’s going to keep that team from scoring runs. Our team is always more confident when he’s on the hill.”

Frontier (12-4, 9-0) got all four of its runs in the second inning. Alex Gochinski got on after catcher’s interference was called against Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski. Kuchieski was forced to exit the game after taking the swing to his catching hand.

Shane Prusak was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, and following a double steal, Sam Schreiber grounded out but scored Gochinski in the process to tie the game 1-1. Dylan Martin then knocked a single to score Prusak, and Dubreuil brought him home with a bomb to left field that nearly hit the high school, allowing the senior to make his way around the bases and give the Redhawks a 4-1 lead. 

“We were able to capitalize in the second,” Williams said. “We had a couple walks, we put some balls in play that they weren’t able to come up on to get the outs. We have Dylan Martin in the nine spot, he’s probably leading our team in runs. He gets on in scoring position, Tyler knocks one deep and we get runs. Nothing surprising but that was a monstrous hit for us.”

Having the lead gave Frontier extra confidence, with Baranowski — who finished with three strikeouts — allowing just three hits from that point on. 

“We were a little more comfortable, going up 4-1 is a huge morale booster,” Baranowski said. “Against a hard pitcher like David, it’s hard to score runs. Our defense played exceptional to keep them to just two runs today.”

Greenfield (10-6, 5-5) got the first run of the game across in the top of the second. MJ Paulin opened the inning with a single, moved to third after a Jackson Petrin single and was brought home on a Tyler Podolski groundout. 

The Green Wave added their second run of the game in the top of the fourth. Paulin smashed a double and scored off a Petrin single to cut the deficit to 4-2. Podolski then got on with a single but Baranowski forced a groundout to close out the frame without any more damage done. 

Greenfield threatened again in the top of the fifth. Carey opened the inning with a walk and Johnny Marchefka reached on an error. Trying to move the runners around, Devin Dubie bunted but Baranowski was able to make a play on it and force Carey out at third. The Green Wave flew out the next two at bats to end the inning. 

“I can’t say I’m disappointed with how we hit the ball,” Greenfield coach Tom Suchanek said. “A big play, we had first and second, tried to move them over but hit it right at them. TJ then hit it deep and it would have been a different ball game. That’s high school baseball. You have to deal with it.”

Paulin filled in for Kuchieski behind the plate, catching for the first time in over five years but it didn't prove to be an issue for the Green Wave. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever had this many injuries, especially with not many guys on the team to begin with,” Suchanek said. “We were on our third catcher today but MJ filled in well.”

Carey finished the game with seven strikeouts, allowing just three hits after the second inning. 

“We have to put the ball in play when we’re in these critical games moving forward,” Williams said. “Otherwise anything can happen. We don’t want our future determined by anyone else. We want to score runs and win baseball games on our own.”


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