Friday’s high school baseball: Easthampton rallies to keep postseason alive
The Easthampton baseball gave its postseason hopes a significant shot in the arm Friday as the Eagles came from behind to beat Athol 2-1 in eight innings at home.
After Shy Torres and Zach Lewis were each hit by pitches with one out in the eighth, reliever Bradley Bousquet surrendered a walk-off RBI single by Chris Starcun down the right-field line.
The win improved the Eagles to 8-7 (6-7 Hampshire) with three games left. They need to win one of their three games next week — vs. Pioneer Tuesday, at Hopkins Wednesday and at Frontier Friday — to earn a spot in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament.
Starcun earned the win, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out one.
He was in danger of taking a loss until the bottom of the sixth when Lewis (two hits) hit an RBI double that scored Hunter Leveille (two hits) with the tying run.
Northampton 5, Chicopee Comp 0 — Joe Warner was terrific for the second straight game as the Blue Devils (8-9, 4-3 Suburban) dominated a virtual must-win game at home.
Warner went the distance, allowing five hits —all singles — and one walk while striking out six. The junior allowed three hits in six strong innings in Northampton’s 10-2 win over South Hadley on May 10.
The Blue Devils need to win two of their final three games or finish second in a crowded league to qualify for the postseason. They host Ludlow on Monday at 4 p.m. in the continuation of a May 8 game in which they trail 7-0 in the top of the second. Hamp then plays at Belchertown Tuesday at 4 and then at Ludlow Friday at 4.
On Friday, Ben Christopher went 2-for-3 with RBI singles in the third and fourth inning, while Mack Hale had a two-out, two-run single in the fifth to put the game away.
Jay Wright, RJ Ramsen (one RBI), Ben O’Connor and Robbie Logue each had a hit and scored a run.
Amherst Regional 2, East Longmeadow 0 (8) — After not having any hits in the first seven innings, the Hurricanes (13-5) broke through with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to make a winner of Asher Young.
Young scattered five hits and struck out eight in the complete-game shutout. He didn’t allow a single runner past second base.
Jack Schrader led off the eighth with a walk. He stole both second and third before Justin Carey singled him home with Amherst’s only hit. Carey proceeded to steal second, then took third and home on wild pitches.
East Longmeadow starter Jake Smith threw the seven hitless frames but was pulled when the game entered the eighth.
Frontier 3, Turners Falls 1 — Ben Ruddock was sharp in a complete-game win for the Red Hawks (13-4, 11-2 Hampshire).
Ruddock struck out eight, walked one and allowed one run on three hits.
Sean Doyle (stolen base) and Rylan Baronas (two hits) each had an RBI single, while Eddie Tsai singled and scored a run.
Sophomore left fielder Tim Hoar made a diving catch to end the sixth for Frontier.
Granby 16, McCann Tech 3 — Travis Padgett went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run as the Rams (13-5, 8-3 Tri-County North) cruised to the road victory.
Brandon Cloutier (3-for-4) finished a home run short of the cycle and drove in three for Granby. Andrew Strycharz had three hits and two RBIs, while Shane O’Connor added two hits and two RBIs.
Zach Funk tossed a complete-game five-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Hopkins Academy 7, Mohawk 2 — Tim Knightly turned in another outstanding pitching performance with a complete-game two-hitter for the Golden Hawks (7-9, 6-7 Hampshire) in the home win.
The righty struck out seven and walked just one. He helped his own cause with two RBIs and a run scored.
Sean Quill (run) and Zach Kelley each had two-run doubles in a six-run third inning for Hopkins. Nick Bernard added a sacrifice fly.
Ludlow 9, Belchertown 5 — Nick Leduc and Steve Boudreau each had two hits and drove in a run for the Orioles (4-13, 1-6 Suburban) in the road loss.
Tommy Daley and Andrew Davidsohn added an RBI apiece for Belchertown.
St. Joseph’s 23, Holyoke Catholic 3 — Despite an RBI triple and two runs scored by Tom Heavren, the Gaels fell at home.
Christian McCarey added a single and scored a run for Catholic (2-16).
Northampton 5, Chicopee Comp 0
Chic. Comp 000 000 0—0 5 0
Northampton 002 120 x—5 9 0
WP - Warner; LP - Bombard
Records: Northampton (8-9, 4-3 Suburban)
Frontier 3, Turners Falls 1
Turners 001 000 0—1 3 2
Frontier 120 000 x—3 5 2
WP - Ruddock; LP - Charboneau
Records: Frontier (13-4, 11-2) Turners (12-5, 9-4)
Granby 16, McCann Tech 3
Granby 730 104 1—16 13 4
McCann Tech 003 000 0—3 5 4
WP - Funk; LP - Schneider
Records: Granby (13-5, 8-3 Tri-County North); McCann Tech (6-10, 3-8)
Hopkins Academy 7, Mohawk 2
Visitor 020 000 0—2 2 1
Home 006 001 x—7 6 3
WP - Knightly; LP - Pease
Records: Mohawk (6-11, 5-9 Hampshire); Hopkins (7-9, 6-7)
Ludlow 9, Belchertown 5
Belchertown 110 000 3—5 8 1
Ludlow 212 130 x—9 10 2
WP - Bryant; LP - Kusnierz
Records: Belchertown (4-13, 1-6 Suburban); Ludlow (10-7, 4-3)
Amherst 2, East Longmeadow 0 (8)
Amherst 000 000 02—2 1 0
E. Longmeadow 000 000 00—0 5 1
WP - Young; LP - McGuill
Records: Amherst (13-5); East Longmeadow (16-2)
Easthampton 2, Athol 1
Athol 001 000 00—1 4 0
Easthampton 000 001 01—2 9 1
WP - Starcun; LP - Hall
Records: Easthampton (8-7, 6-7 Hampshire) Athol (7-10, 5-8)
St. Joseph 23, Holyoke Catholic 3
St. Joseph 303 458 —23 27 2
Holyoke Catholic 000 102 —3 4 4
WP - Kinnas; LP - Kennedy
Records: Holoyoke Catholic (2-16)