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Amherst Mickey Mantle remains perfect with win over South Hadley

  • Daniel Hodgkins, left, of Amherst, steps safely back to second before Ismail Diaz of South Hadley can tag him during a pick attempt Thursday at Ziomek Field in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Daniel Hodgkins, left, of Amherst, steps safely back to second before Ismail Diaz of South Hadley can tag him during a pick attempt Thursday at Ziomek Field in Amherst.
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  • Ethan Fleming, of South Hadley, pitches to Amherst during a Mickey Mantle game Thursday at Ziomek Field in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Ethan Fleming, of South Hadley, pitches to Amherst during a Mickey Mantle game Thursday at Ziomek Field in Amherst.
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  • Daniel Hodgkins, left, of Amherst, dives safely back to first against Mario Olivera of South Hadley during a pick attempt Thursday at Ziomek Field.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Daniel Hodgkins, left, of Amherst, dives safely back to first against Mario Olivera of South Hadley during a pick attempt Thursday at Ziomek Field.
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  • Brandan Ziomek, of Amherst, pitches to South Hadley during a Mickey Mantle game Thursday at Ziomek Field.JERREY ROBERTS

    Brandan Ziomek, of Amherst, pitches to South Hadley during a Mickey Mantle game Thursday at Ziomek Field.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Daniel Hodgkins, left, of Amherst, steps safely back to second before Ismail Diaz of South Hadley can tag him during a pick attempt Thursday at Ziomek Field in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Ethan Fleming, of South Hadley, pitches to Amherst during a Mickey Mantle game Thursday at Ziomek Field in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Daniel Hodgkins, left, of Amherst, dives safely back to first against Mario Olivera of South Hadley during a pick attempt Thursday at Ziomek Field.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Brandan Ziomek, of Amherst, pitches to South Hadley during a Mickey Mantle game Thursday at Ziomek Field.JERREY ROBERTS

Amherst — The Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team found its rhythm in the first inning, took an early lead against South Hadley and controlled the rest of the game en route to a 7-3 win Thursday.

“We’ve been getting off to a good lead in most of our games, so we’ve been lucky so far,” Amherst coach Mike Bohl said.

Amherst moved to 4-0 on the season, while South Hadley is 0-5.

South Hadley had two quick strikeouts to open the first inning, but Amherst’s Daniel Hodgkins started a five-run rally with a walk. Hodgkins stole second to the delight of the crowd and scored on a single by Zack Kelly.

Brendan Ziomek, Jake Balderston and Jack Rees each added RBI singles in the inning, and Balderston stole home to cap the frame.

Bohl was not surprised with the way Amherst played in the first inning. “I don’t really have a problem keeping my team motivated, they come fired up,” he said.

Kelly finished the game with three singles and a run. Alex Mangles (one hit), Balderston (RBI single), Ziomek (one hit), Django Ellenhorn, Young and Hodgkins all finished with a run. Rees and Chewy Garand had a hit.

“We spread our hits across the lineup and we ran the bases well, it was an all-around good effort I thought,” Bohl said.

Ziomek did not allow any hits and struck out five before he was relieved by Kelly after the third. Kelly finished with three strikeouts for Amherst.

“At this point in the season what we’re doing is experimenting with a lot of our pitchers,” Bohl said.

South Hadley struggled to overcome Amherst’s early lead, but Brian Bak and Fleming each scored in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 5-2.

Amherst answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.

Nick Simone hit an RBI single to score Ryan O’Connell as South Hadley pulled within 7-3 in the sixth.

“I told them to be positive and stick it out, continue to work hard, and work on your basics,” South Hadley coach Bob Bak said.

South Hadley was missing six of its starters.

“It made it a little more difficult today, but we battle with the guys we have and expect the same out of everyone,” Bak said. “We look forward to the next game, working on the positives, and move on from there.”

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