Thursday’s high school tournaments: Northampton baseball team beats Central in Division 1 first-round
Freshman Hunter Salem got the job done on the mound and senior Zack Goodwin-Boyd did it at the plate as the Northampton baseball team defeated Central 9-5 in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament Thursday.
Salem struck out one, walked four (two in the seventh) and allowed five hits over 6-plus innings in the win. He induced 14 ground balls.
Goodwin-Boyd went 4-for-4 with three triples to highlight an 11-hit attack.
No. 12 seeded Northampton (11-10) will play at No. 4 Cathedral (14-7) Monday at 4 p.m. Cathedral beat Pittsfield 3-1 on Thursday.
The Blue Devils trailed 3-0 after the first three innings, but rallied behind a six-run fourth in which they loaded the bases three times.
Goodwin-Boyd and David Konowitch scored on wild pitches, Mack Hale had a go-ahead two-run single and eventually scored on a wild pitch himself. Jay Wright capped the inning with an RBI grounder.
Goodwin-Boyd tripled to leadoff the fifth and scored on a Sam Santiago single. A Jefferson Willis sacrifice fly scored a second run in the fifth.
Goodwin-Boyd tripled home Wright in the seventh.
Hamp had a chance to add more runs in the seventh but Central (12-9) turned a triple play.
Easthampton 7, Gateway Regional 0 — Chris Starcun scattered two hits over six innings as the No. 7 Eagles (11-8) eliminated the No. 10 Gators (10-11) in the Division 3 first round at Booster Field in Nonotuck Park.
The Eagles will play at No. 2 St. Joseph’s (15-6) in Pittsfield Monday a 4 p.m. St. Joe’s beat No. 15 Dean Tech 17-5.
Starcun allowed a fourth-inning single to Geoff Sobotka and a sixth-inning single to Justin Edinger in addition to three strikeouts and one walk.
Gateway failed to reached second base in the loss.
Three straight infield errors contributed to a six-run fourth for Easthampton.
Starcun (two hits, run) had a two-run single and Erik Fickett added an RBI single for the Eagles.
Shy Torres also had a hit for the Eagles.
“It was a good win,” Easthampton coach Ed Zuchowski said. “I wish we would have had some offensive power to plate some of these guys, but we got good pitching from Chris and we were solid defensively.”
It was the final game for Gateway senior Justin Iacovelli.
Athol 4, Belchertown 1 — The sixth-seeded Orioles (4-17) fell behind 4-0 after five innings and couldn’t recovery as they were eliminated at home in the Division 2 tournament.
Tommy Daley struck out three over seven innings and took the loss.
Nick Leduc, Eric Adzima, James Ryan, Jim Kusnierz and Daley each had one hit in the loss.
It was the final game for Belchertown seniors Trevor Erb, Adzima and Ryan.
No. 11 Athol (11-10) will play at No. 3 Palmer Monday at 7 p.m.
Belchertown 13, Monson 12 (OT) — Emma Jopson (five goals) scored from Kayla Panek (two goals) as the sixth-seeded Orioles (16-4-1) earned the program’s first Division 1 tournament victory with an overtime win over the No. 11 Mustangs (9-9-1) in Belchertown.
Belchertown will play at No. 3 Agawam (14-4) at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Brownies earned a bye through the first round.
The Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never trailed in the first half. They led 12-10 but Monson tied the score with two minutes remaining.
Natalie Caney (assist) had three goals, while Brea Allen (three assists), Jackie Soucia and Audrey Duhaime each had one.
Alaina Swift had one assist and Abbey Norden made 11 saves.
According to Belchertown coach Ashley Ziemba, Norden collapsed by the team’s bench following regulation due to the heat. The Orioles had their backup goalie warming up but Norden returned for the start of overtime.
“Abbey was a game changer,” Ziemba said. “She played phenomenally in net.”
Belchertown fell to Lee 20-19 in triple overtime in last year’s tournament.
Amherst 3, Chicopee 2 — The Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead and Aiden Leith clinched the match with a victory at No. 2 singles as No. 4 Amherst (10-6) eliminated the No. 5 Pacers (9-9) in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament quarterfinal round.
The Hurricanes will play at No. 1 Longmeadow (15-3) on Monday. The Lancers, who earned a bye to the semifinals, beat Amherst in the semis last year.
Andy Zyskowski beat Casey Wegrzyn 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 singles; while the top doubles team of Danny St. John and Ankrish Milne beat Mike Goulette and Chris Ricardo 6-1, 6-2 to stake Amherst an early lead.
Amherst 3, Chicopee 2
At Amherst Middle School
First singles: Tom O’Shea (C) def. James Kirwan 7-6 (6), 4-2 retired; Second singles: Aiden Leith (A) def. Tim Goonan, 6-3, 6-4; Third singles: Andy Zyskowski (A) def. Casey Wegrzyn, 6-2, 6-4; First doubles: Danny St. John & Ankrish Milne (A) def. Mike Goulette & Chris Ricardo, 6-1, 6-2; Second doubles: Alex Tsagaris & Ryan Turnbull (C) def. Jordan Hill & Sasha Harvey, 6-4, 4-6, 10-2
Records: Amherst (10-6) Chicopee (9-9)
Easthampton 7, Gateway Regional 0
Gateway 000 000 0—0 2 4
Easthampton 001 600 x—7 4 1
WP - Starcun; LP - Graydon
Records: Easthampton (11-8) Gateway (10-11)
Northampton 9, Central 5
Northampton 000 621 0—9 11 2
Central 021 000 2—5 5 1
WP - Salem; LP - S. Allen
Records: Northampton (11-10) Central (12-9)
Smith Academy 5, Sabis 4
Sabis 100 012 0—4 9 1
Smith 112 000 1—5 10 2
WP - Longstreeth; LP - Provost
Records: Smith (18-3); Sabis (14-7)
Athol 4, Belchertown 1
Athol 001 030 0—4 9 1
Belchertown 000 001 0—1 5 1
WP - Melanson; LP - Daley; S - Bousquet
Records: Athol (11-10) Belchertown (4-17)
Frontier Regional 4, Putnam 2
Putnam 100 010 0—2 6 3
Frontier 000 220 X—4 5 1
WP - Ruddock; LP - Torres
Records: Frontier (15-6); Putnam (12-9)
Granby 1, Turners Falls 0
Granby 000 001 0—1 4 2
Turners 000 000 0—0 5 0
WP - Padgett; LP - Lenois
Records: Granby (15-6); Turners (14-7)
Drury 9, Hampshire 4
Hampshire 010 002 1—4 4 4
Drury 400 401 x—9 9 0
WP - Briggs; LP - Baldwin
Records: Drury (10-9) Hampshire (9-10)
Frontier Regional 4, Athol 0
Athol 000 000 0—0 8 2
Frontier 120 100 X—4 5 1
WP - Enko; LP - Hazen
Records: Frontier (15-6); Athol (11-10)