Surging Warriors clip Eagles

  • Mohawk pitcher Cam Lococo throws against Easthampton in the top of the second inning Wednesday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Reuben Bassett throws the ball in from left field after a hit from Easthampton in the top of the second inning Wednesday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk baserunner Brian Gagnon, right, slides safely into home plate ahead of the tag from Easthampton catcher Zackery Kugler in the bottom of the second inning Wednesday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk celebrates after Brian Gagnon scores against Easthampton in the bottom of the second inning Wednesday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Cam Lococo makes contact against Easthampton in the bottom of the second inning Wednesday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk pitcher Cam Lococo throws against Easthampton in the top of the third inning Wednesday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk pitcher Cam Lococo throws against Easthampton in the top of the second inning Wednesday in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Intern
Published: 5/22/2019 10:56:52 PM

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional High School continued its upward trend after starting the season 0-6 overall.

The Warriors improved to 8-4 since their difficult start and earned perhaps their most impressive win of the season — and a chance to win a league title in the process — as they knocked off Hampshire League East-leading Easthampton High School, 6-1, Wednesday.

Mohawk now sits a half-game back of Easthampton (10-6 overall, 8-2 East) for the league title. A win over Mahar in the league-finale on Tuesday (4 p.m. in Buckland) would move the Warriors into a tie for first place with the Eagles, and give them a share of the HL East crown. 

“I think right now we have the ball rolling pretty well, we are going in the right direction, so I think we are ready,” Mohawk pitcher Cam Lococo said. “It’s exciting, especially starting out the season 0-6, it’s a great feeling to go out and prove everybody wrong.”

Mohawk had six hits and drew four walks to support their six runs, while Easthampton had eight hits and drew three walks, but managed to score only one run.

Lococo was the hero of the contest, pitching a complete game after catching the two previous games. Lococo gave up three walks, eight hits, and one run, while striking out two and had a water bucket dumped on his head following the victory.

“It’s a good team win, it feels great … I’m excited,” said Lococo.

Easthampton was able to strike first in the affair, as Ohm Patel doubled and scored on a Nic Soucy single. That would be the only run to cross for the Eagles, as Mohawk broke it open the next half-inning. 

Walks by Brian Gagnon and Reuben Bassett, and an excellent line-rolling bunt by Jared Jacobs, forced Patel to pitch out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam.

Anthony Moffatt brought in the first runner from a bobbled play by both the third basemen and catcher, and it wouldn’t stop there. Singles by Jordan Grenier and Tyler Dubreiul scored two more, pushing Bassett and Jacobs across the plate and putting the score just out of reach for Easthampton. 

Grenier went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Shawn Davenport went 2-for-4 with an RBI. The two were the only batters to have more than a singular hit, as Jacobs and Dubreuil were the only other Mohawk batters to register a hit. 

For Easthampton, Patel and Matthew Arroyo each doubled and went 1-for-4 each. Soucy, Zack Kugler, Nathan Morse, Nicholas Jolicoeur and Will Robbins were the other Eagles to register a hit in the game. 

The energy emitting from the Mohawk bench was palpable and it translated to the field. The home team did not commit and error in support of Lococo, while Easthampton allowed two. Mohawk’s flawless defense was highlighted by a diving catch by Dubreiul in the sixth inning. 

Patel took the loss for Easthampton with five walks, four hits, six runs, and two strikeouts over two innings before being pulled. Liam Burke pitched a dominant four innings in relief, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out nine.

“When we were 0-6, nobody was thinking about tournament play at all, but we really came together as a team and have worked hard in games and in practices to get to where we are now,” said Gagnon.

Mohawk finishes the regular season with the Mahar game on Tuesday and a final home game against FC Tech on Thursday.

 “We still have work to do. Mahar is a very good team and we know not to take them lightly and it’s going to take more hard work to tie for first place,” Gagnon said.

Mohawk 6, Easthampton 1

Easthampton ........... 010 000 0 — 1  7  2

Mohawk ..................  051 000 x — 6  6  0

Hits: (E) Patel, Arroyo, Soucy, Kugler, Morse, Jolicoeur, Robbins. (M) Dubreuil, Davenport 2, Jacobs, Grenier 2.

2B: (E) Arroyo, Patel.

RBI: (E) Soucy. (M) Grenier 2, Moffatt, Dubreuil, Davenport.

WP: Lococo (7ip, 2k, 3bb).

LP: Patel (2ip, 2k, 5bb), Burke (4ip, 9k, 0bb).




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