Green Wave ride Devlin to victory

  • Greenfield's Jared Hart (23), left, slides safely into home plate past Mohawk catcher Cam Lococo (27) in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mohawk's Jared Jacobs (11) reels in a popup at second base against Greenfield in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mohawk pitcher Jared Jacobs (11) throws against Greenfield in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield pitcher Kyle Devlin (4) throws against Mohawk in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mohawk's Tyler Dubreiul, left, tags out Kyle Devlin (4) at second base in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Owen Phelps (10) hits against Mohawk on Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Hunter Campbell (6) hits against Mohawk on Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield second baseman Ryan Cote (1) fields a grounder for an out against Mohawk on Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Nick Haselton (5), right, slides safely back into second base ahead of the tag from Mohawk's Tyler Dubreiul (4) in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's David Carey (7) sprints to home plate for a run against Mohawk in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mohawk's Jared Jacobs (11) throws to first for an out against Greenfield on Tuesday at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writers
Published: 4/16/2019 10:28:20 PM

There was no stopping Kyle Devlin on Tuesday.

The Greenfield High School senior did it at the plate and on the mound, helping the Green Wave move to 2-1 on the season behind a 14-2 win over Mohawk in an independent baseball game played at Vets Field in Greenfield.

Devlin finished with three hits offensively as Greenfield outhit Mohawk (0-3) by a 14-4 margin. On the bump, he struck out five and didn’t walk a batter in six innings of work before Owen Phelps came on and struck out the side in a scoreless seventh inning of relief.

The game got away from the Warriors in the top of the fourth inning. With the score tied 2-2, Greenfield, which served as the away team on its home field after Mohawk’s diamond was deemed unplayable, put together a big offensive frame to snatch control. Phelps smacked an RBI single, as did Hunter Campbell, while Jared Hart came through with a two-run single with the bases loaded. Cam Baird added a sacrifice fly, as the Wave put together a seven-run fourth inning to take a commanding 9-2 lead.

Phelps joined Devlin in the three-hit club, while Campbell and Hart registered two hits apiece. Nate Haselton singled and drove in a pair, while Cam Rice and Ryan Cote both had a single and an RBI.

The Warriors trailed 2-0 in the third before tying the game with a pair in the home half. Jayden Hoff and Cam Lococo delivered RBI singles in the frame to tie the score. Will Guyette (run scored) and Jordan Grenier also had hits for Mohawk.

Grenier took the loss, striking out one and walking a pair in 3 1/3 innings of action. Jared Jacobs and Anthony Moffatt finished things off, combining for four strikeouts, as the Warriors were hampered by eight errors on the afternoon.

Mohawk will play another home game at Vets Field today when it tangles with Belchertown. Greenfield takes to the road to play Pioneer this afternoon.

Athol 13, South Hadley 3 — Athol turned in another huge offensive performance and continued its torrid start to the season with a 13-3 victory over South Hadley in an independent tilt Tuesday in South Hadley.

It’s been well over a decade since Athol has had a start as good as the 4-0 start it is off to this season. Athol has scored 43 runs through four games this season, while allowing 18 runs. Athol coach Josh Talbot, now in his 10th season with the team, said that there is plenty of areas for improvement on his team, and it can ill afford to get complacent due to the quick start.

“We’re excited, but truthfully, we haven’t played really good baseball, yet,” he began. “If we continue to work and grow, we could become a good baseball team, but it could turn quickly. Hopefully, we keep putting the work in to get better, because there is a lot of room for growth.”

Nic Bousquet had two hits and three RBIs to pace the Athol offense in the win, while Mark Ferrari singled, doubled and plated a run. Keegan Lutz tripled and drove in two runs, and Anthony Oro and Bryce King each had a hit and an RBI. Athol has taken advantage of walks in the early going, as Tigers’ pitching issued 13 walks in the loss.

“We struck the ball pretty well today, but we have also benefited a lot from other teams not throwing strikes,” Talbot said. “We have also struck out only 18 times this season. We have pretty good command of the strike zone right now, so hopefully we can keep that going.” 

Ferrari earned the win, striking out 13 in six innings with four hits against. He had a rough start to the game, however, as he walked seven, many of which came in the first two frames when the Tigers (0-3) scored all three of their runs.

Tyler Evans had two hits for the Tigers, while Max Garvin had a hit and an RBI.

Belchertown 6, Pioneer 5 — Belchertown scored six times in the fifth inning to come from behind and defeat Pioneer, 6-5, in an independent game Tuesday in Belchertown.

Jason Quinn had three hits and an RBI for Pioneer, which led 4-0 until the Orioles plated six in the fifth. Jack Loud had two hits and two RBIs, Jacob Quinn singled and drove in a run, and Nate Mousseau added a hit.

Jared Hubbard struck out three and walked five in the loss.

Softball

Turners Falls 23, Ludlow 0 (5) — It took Turners Falls High School half the month of April before playing its first game of the season. It then took a couple more innings than coach Gary Mullins would have liked for the team to truly get going.

After failing to score in each of the first two innings, the dam broke in the third and fourth as the Thunder scored 23 times in the two frames en route to a season-opening, 23-0, victory over Ludlow in an independent game at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls on Tuesday.

Turners Falls used a barrage of hits and several Lions’ errors to plate eight runs in the third and 15 more in the fourth. Relief pitcher Juliana Rode pitched a scoreless fifth inning to finish off the mercy-rule shortened shutout.

“Sometimes, you need someone to show you how to hit a line drive,” Mullins said of the slow start. “Once someone does, it can be contagious. We were hitting the ball fairly hard, but it was on the ground and right at people and Ludlow made some nice plays. Once we started hitting the ball into the air like we’re supposed to, we got results. And Ludlow made a couple of errors and when you give us four or five outs in an inning, we can really do some damage.”

Another bright spot for Turners was that it got contributions from throughout the lineup, as the bottom three players in the order combined to drive in nine runs.

“To be a good softball team, you have to hit one through nine,” Mullins said.

Sophomore Catie Reynolds made her varsity debut a memorable one as she belted a grand slam in the fourth inning and finished the day with five RBIs to lead the team in that category. Classmate Jade Tyler picked right up where she left off at the plate last season as she finished with three hits, including a double, and four RBIs, and Cassidhe Wozniak singled, doubled and drove in four runs. Olivia Whittier and Hailey Bogusz each had three hits and one RBI, Lexi Lacey doubled, and Aly Murphy, Juliana Rode and Taylor Murphy each had one hit and one RBI.

Tyler earned the win with eight strikeouts and four walks in four innings.

Turners Falls travels to Belchertown today.

Frontier 10, West Side 2 — Another double-digit offensive performance lifted Frontier to its second straight win to open the season on Tuesday.

The Red Hawks scored 10 runs for the second time in as many games, as a solid pitching performance from Olivia Deane mixed with an 11-hit attack sent Frontier to a 10-2 victory over West Springfield in an independent game in South Deerfield.

Frontier (2-0) led 2-0 after one and 7-1 after two innings en route to the win. Lily Spencer was 2-for-4 with a double and five RBIs. She broke the game open in the second with a three-run double.

Natalie Denkiewicz and Macy Ring each added two hits, with Ring driving in a run. Deane and Ariana Walker also drove in runs, with Walker, Deane, Maddie Fifield, Mandy Fuller and Olivia Vecellio all registering hits.

In the circle, Deane went all seven innings to earn the victory. She struck out two and walked a pair while giving up six hits. The Frontier defense played error-free ball behind her.

Mahar 4, Quabbin 1 (8) — Hailie Meeker started for the Senators and pitched eight innings on the road to get the win on Tuesday as Mahar defeated Quabbin, 4-1, in eight innings.

Mahar (3-0) had to piece together a lineup missing four players due to a school vacation. Usual starting pitcher Megan Rich moved to shortstop, and Meeker got the ball.

Meeker gave up a solo-homer in the seventh that sent the game into extra innings but she closed out Quabbin in the bottom half of the eighth. 

She struck out 10 batters for Mahar. Brooke Mitchell launched her first career varsity homer run for Mahar. 

Mackinley Drew added two hits for Mahar.

Boys tennis

Turners Falls 5, St. Mary’s 0 — Turners Falls traveled to Westfield to take on St. Mary’s Parish School without two of its starting singles players but that didn’t prevent the Powertown from remaining unbeaten as several players stepped up to help Turners to a 5-0 victory.

Brian Poirier, who plays at first singles, and Brody Trott, who plays at third, were both missing from the Turners Falls (3-0) lineup on Tuesday. Will Turn moved up from second singles to play at the top spot and responded with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Kevin Lu. The Turners first doubles team of Joe Kochan and Josh Gaulin moved up to second and third singles and each earned wins. Kochan beat Joe Wilcox 6-2, 6-2 at second singles, while Josh Gaulin took a forfeit at third singles.

The usual second doubles team of Mike Boyle and Corin Wisnewski moved up to first doubles and beat Aaron Kielbasa and Ben Richter 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 (super tiebreaker). Miles Keefe and Rayne Bonfiglio played their first match at second doubles and earned their first career varsity victory with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tom Young and Ben Howes.

Boys volleyball

Agawam 3, Athol 0 — Powerhouse Agawam kept Athol at arms’ length Tuesday, with the defending WMass runners-up pulling off a 25-11, 25-20, 25-15 sweep in an independent match.

Athol (2-4) received four kills apiece from Zach Aldrich and Parker Deleo in the loss. Setter Colby Soltysik amassed eight assists, while the defensive effort was propelled by Deleo’s eight digs. Evan Blake added four digs, and Issac Dodge put down a pair of kills.

Greenfield 14, Mohawk 2

Greenfield .............. 002 712 2 — 14  14  1

Mohawk ................  002 000 0 — 2  4  8

Hits: (M) Hoff, Lococo, Guyette, Grenier. (G) Devlin 3, Phelps 3, Campbell 2, Hart 2, Haselton, Baird, Rice, Cote.

RBI: (M) Hoff, Lococo. (G) Haselton 2, Baird, Rice, Phelps, Cote, Hart 2.

SB: (M) Lococo. (G) Phelps.

WP: Devlin (6ip, 5k, 0bb), Phelps (1ip, 3k, 0bb).

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

Athol 13, South Hadley 3

Athol ..................... 301 421 2 —13  9  4

South Hadley ......  210 000 0 — 3  5  2

Hits: (A) Fountain, Bousquet 2, Lutz, Ferrari 2, Oro, Tarbell, King. (SH) Sullivan, Garvin, Ortyl, Evans 2.

2B: (A) Ferrari.

3B: (A) Lutz.

RBI: (A) Bousquet 3, Lutz 2, Ferrari, Oro, Bonenfant, Pottinger, Bastine, King. (SH) Garvin, Provost.

SB: (A) Ferrari, Paine, King 2, Bonenfant, Bastine, Oro, Fountain. (SH) Ortyl, Mazza, Evans, Cirone.

WP: Ferrari (6ip, 13k, 7bb), Fountain (1ip, 0k, 2bb).

LP: Colon (1/3ip, 0k, 4bb), LaComb (3 2/3ip, 1k, 0bb), Provost (1ip, 0k, 5bb), Garvin (1 2/3ip, 1k, 4bb), Evans (1/3ip, 1k, 0bb).

Belchertown 6, Pioneer 5

Pioneer .................... 003 011 0 — 5  7  0

Belchertown ...........  000 060 x — 6  8  0

Hits: (P) Jas. Quinn 3, Loud 2, Jac. Quinn, Mousseau. (B) Raines 2, Kupinsky, Torna, Mankowsky, Daskam, Bohnet, Bufone, Otto.

RBI: (P) Loud 2, Jas. Quinn, Jac. Quinn. (B) Raines, Daskam, Otto, Bufour.

WP: Buffone (5ip, 1k, 3bb), Bohnet (1ip, 1k, 1bb), Jenks (1ip, 1k, 0bb).

LP: Hubbard (4 2/3ip, 3k, 5bb), Loud (1 1/3ip, 0k, 1bb).

Softball

Frontier 10, West Side 2

West Side ............... 010 100 0 — 2  6  3

Frontier ..................  250 210 x — 10  11  0

Hits: (WS) Morrissette 2, Peabody, Cournoyer, Landry, Delgado. (F) Walker, Denkiewicz 2, Ring 2, Fifield, Spencer 2, Fuller, Deane, Vecellio.

2B: (WS) Morrissette. (F) Deane, Denkiewicz, Spencer.

RBI: (WS) Landry, Swenson. (F) Spencer 5, Ring, Deane, Walker.

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

LP: Madore (4ip, 4k, 3bb), Peabody (2ip, 1k, 3bb).

Turners Falls 23, Ludlow 0

Ludlow .................. 000 00 — 0  1  4

Turners .................  008 (15)x — 23  16  1

Hits: (L) Bazinet. (TF) Whittier 3, Tyler 3, A. Murphy, Bogusz 3, Wozniak 2, Rode, Lacey, Reynolds, T. Murphy.

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

HR: (TF) Reynolds.

RBI: (TF) Reynolds 5, Whittier, Tyler 4, A. Murphy, Bogusz, Wozniak 4, Rode, Johnson, T. Murphy.

WP: Tyler (4ip, 8k, 4bb), Rode (1ip, 0k, 1bb).

LP: Sunderland (4ip, 1k, 5bb).




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