Tech baseball punches postseason ticket

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/18/2018 11:31:54 PM

Seth Aldrich struck out four in four innings on the mound to help Franklin County Technical School clinch a postseason birth as the Eagles downed Westfield Technical Academy, 3-1, in a Tri-County League South Division baseball game Friday afternoon in Turners Falls.

In a matchup between the top two teams in the division, the Eagles logged six hits, and Aldrich combined with Tim Fritz to allow the single run as Franklin Tech (10-6, 5-1 TCL South) moved into first place with the victory.

“I’m really proud of the kids and their focus the past few weeks,” said Eagles’ coach Brian Winslow. “To clinch a postseason birth is an accomplishment, but the kids know that we are not done. We are potentially playing for a league title and we want to be a factor in the postseason.”

Travis Cutting and Nate Pelletier each had a hit and an RBI, while Max Charest belted a triple.

Franklin Tech returns to the diamond on Monday when the Eagles travel to face Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School.

Frontier 8, Pioneer 1 — Kalen Evans and Dillion Polan combined to fire a two-hitter as Frontier Regional School continued to roll with an 8-1 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School in an independent baseball game Friday afternoon in South Deerfield.

Evans went five innings for Frontier (15-1, 7-1 HL West), striking out five, and Polan closed out the final two frames, striking out two. Donovan Hoffman registered a hit and added two RBIs, while Bryan Baumann, Cam Barnes, Kiernan Freeman and Jacob Bryant each knocked in a run.

Jacob Quinn started the game for Pioneer (8-7, HL East), striking out three in four innings pitched, and Cam Baird pitched two innings of relief, striking out two. Jared Ackerman and Cody Letourneau each had a hit for the Panthers .

Belchertown 16, Athol 15 — Nicholas Bousquet and Robbie Nelson each had four hits for Athol High School but Belchertown High School rallied for five runs in the seventh inning as the Orioles came all the way back to defeat the Red Raiders, 16-15, in an independent baseball game Friday afternoon in Athol.

Belchertown jumped out to a 9-3 lead but the Red Raiders scored five runs in the fifth inning and another three runs in the sixth and took a 15-11 lead into the final frame. The Orioles plated five runs as each of the first five batters in the inning reached base to earn the victory.

Joey Lehtomaki had three hits for Athol, while James Laford added two. Mark Ferrari started the game for Athol pitching the first two innings striking out four.

Murdock 5, Mahar 4 — Murdock High School scored in the bottom of the 12th inning to deal Mahar Regional School a heartbreaking loss with a 5-4 decision in an independent baseball game Friday afternoon in Winchendon.

Jack Polcari worked all 12 innings for Murdock in the win, throwing 175 pitches. He finished with 11 strikeouts and allowed six hits and five walks.

Murdock led 3-0 after three innings but the Senators (5-9) scored once in the fourth and twice in the fifth to tie the game. Mahar then scored in the top of the seventh, but Murdock scored in the bottom of the frame to tie the score and force extras.

Will Peredina had two hits including a double and drove in a run for the Senators. Charlie Barnes (triple) and Sam Paul each had one hit and one RBI, and Noaha Chabot had two hits.

Jacob Berry pitched five innings of relief, suffering the loss, as he struck out six and walked one. Peredina fired the first 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking none.

Girls’ tennis

Greenfield 5, Turners Falls 0 — Greenfield High School lost just one game at singles and went on to defeat Turners Falls High School, 5-0, in a Tri-County League girls’ tennis match Friday afternoon in Greenfield.

Lilya Georgitsa beat Amber Taylor 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Leah Bosco topped CeCe Wood by the same score at third singles. Jenna Silk picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win over Haleigh Green at second singles.

Greenfield’s Ngawang Tridytsang and Jenna Keath topped Izzy Farrick and Steph Peterson, 6-3, 6-4 at first doubles. Turners had to forfeit second doubles.

Mohawk 4, Frontier 1 — Lilly Seaver won a thrilling match over Tori Speth at first singles and Mohawk Trail Regional High School defeated Frontier, 4-1, in a Tri-County League girls’ tennis match Friday afternoon in South Deerfield.

It took 3½ hours for the girls to settle the three-set thriller at first singles. Seaver took the first set 7-5 but Speth came back to even the match at a set apiece with a 6-3 win in the second set. Seaver recovered to take the third set, 6-2.

Mary Monohon earned a point for the Warriors at second singles with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Mary Laurens, and Rosalie Kinsey finished off the singles’ sweep with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kayleigh Aucoin at third.

Mohawk’s Avery DuPree and Sienna Lewis beat Sofia Patten and Jalen Sullivan at first doubles with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Frontier’s lone victory came at second doubles where Cassidy Bardwell and Erin Senn earned a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Chloe Doyle and Paige King.

Boys’ tennis

Central 4, Greenfield 1 — Anjou Kang-Stryker earned a win at third singles but Greenfield suffered a 4-1 loss to Central High School in an independent boys’ tennis match Friday in Springfield.

Kang-Stryker earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ethan Lebeau for the lone Wave point of the match.

Central’s Hussein Abdi beat Luca D’Angelo 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, and his younger brother Hassan Abdi earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kevin Gifford at second singles.

Central’s Giahuy Lenguyen and Keegan Lebeau beat Connor Pedigree and Jacob Frank 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles. Greenfield forfeited second doubles.

Holyoke 5, Mohawk 0 — Ethan Ondrick defeated Tommaso Accornero in three sets at first singles as Holyoke High School beat Mohawk, 5-0, in an independent boys’ tennis match Friday afternoon in Holyoke.

Accornero won the first set 6-3 but dropped the next two sets 6-3, 7-5 as Ondrick came back. Joe Cavanaugh beat Sam Nelson 6-0, 6-0 at second singles, and Marty Keane topped Tristan LaCross 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.

David Rex and Brendan Leahy bested Evan Shippee and Max Summers 6-2, 6-4 at first doubles, and Ethan DeJesus and Michael Lukasiwiecz bested Ryan Burke and Elliot Sargent 6-4, 6-4 at second doubles.

Boys’ volleyball

Athol 3, West Side 1 — Athol’s seven seniors celebrated their final home match of the regular season with a 25-20, 20-25, 25-10, 26-24 victory over West Springfield High School in a PVIAC East boys’ volleyball match Friday in Athol.

Senior Justin Blake had 19 kills and seven digs for the Red Raiders (14-6), while classmate Colby Mason had eight kills and eight digs. Senior Hudson Carlson finished with three kills, four aces and seven digs, while senior Jordan Carrasquillo netted eight kills, two aces and four digs. Senior Nick Casella had a team-high 13 digs, classmate Anthony Potenti had nine digs, and senior Hayden Herk had a kill.

Colby Soltysik had eight kills, 41 assists and 11 digs.




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