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Division 4 baseball: Andrew Ciaglo shuts down Granby, pitches Hopkins Academy to WMass finals

  • Hopkins Academy pitcher Andrew Ciaglo delivers against Granby in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Braeden Tudryn, right, of Hopkins Academy, runs toward home as catcher Joshua White, of Granby, awaits a throw in the third inning of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Kouji Ishida, left, of Hopkins Academy, scores past catcher Joshua White, of Granby, during the bottom of the third in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Hopkins Academy pitcher Andrew Ciaglo delivers against Granby in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Michael White, of Granby, pitches against Hopkins Academy in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Michael White, of Granby, pitches against Hopkins Academy in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Kouji Ishida, right, of Hopkins Academy, celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the bottom of the third inning against Granby in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Kouji Ishida, of Hopkins Academy, runs toward third against Granby in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Dylan Laramee, of Granby, reaches for the ball against Hopkins Academy in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Josh White, of Granby, slides into home in the seventh inning against Hopkins Academy in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Braeden Tudryn, left, of Hopkins Academy, celebrates with Aidan Michalak after scoring in the bottom of the fourth against Granby in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Kouji Ishida, of Hopkins Academy, runs past third base against Granby in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Michael White, right, of Granby , walks off the field after a fly out ended the inning while Thea Hanscom, of Hopkins Academy, runs toward the dugout in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Ryan Gaughan, of Granby, pitches against Hopkins Academy in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Jack Feltovic, right, of Hopkins Academy, slides into third during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinals, Friday at UMass. At left is Ryan Gaughan of Granby. Hopkins won 10-3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 6/14/2019 9:50:10 PM
Modified: 6/14/2019 9:49:57 PM

AMHERST — Andrew Ciaglo didn’t look like a freshman.

The Hopkins Academy right-hander faced a one-run deficit and the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the second inning. Things could have gotten ugly in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinals against Granby.

Instead, Ciaglo struck out the next two batters and eliminated the threat.

“I needed to stay calm and work my off-speed stuff more,” he said.

Ciaglo settled in after that inning, throwing a complete game to lead the second-seeded Golden Hawks past No. 3 Granby, 10-3, on Friday at UMass’ Earl Lorden Field. He struck out eight, allowing just six hits in seven innings. The defending champion Golden Hawks will face No. 5 Lenox in the Western Mass. final at 4 p.m. Saturday back at Earl Lorden Field.

“He may be a freshman in class, but he doesn’t have a freshman mentality,” Hopkins coach Dan Vreeland said. “I was never worried he was going to fall apart because he doesn’t fall apart.”

Working with a large cushion helped. Hopkins (14-6) scored six runs in the bottom of the third and never looked back. Junior Thea Hanscom led off with a high-arcing single, then Ciaglo walked. Braeden Tudryn tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt but reached first on a fielder’s choice when Granby shortstop Carter Matthews didn’t make a throw after fielding the bunt.

That brought up Kouji Ishida, who tied the game at 1 with an RBI single. Vreeland held Ciaglo at third to keep the bases loaded with no outs.

“I didn’t want to make an out at the plate with an opportunity to make a big inning,” Vreeland said.

Jack Feltovic gave Hopkins the lead with a two-run single.

“I was sitting fastball the whole game. I just wanted to put one in the outfield,” he said. “I knew even if they caught it someone was going to score.”

The Golden Hawks kept scoring. Noah Scanlon-Dean had an RBI single. A Liam Higgins strikeout and a Matt Hanscom popout followed, then Aidan Michalak delivered a two-run single to put Hopkins up 6-1. Thea Hanscom flew out to end the inning.

“We’re resilient bunch,” Feltovic said. “Getting in the groove, getting some momentum rolling was good for us.”

Hopkins took advantage of its opportunity with the bases load. Granby (13-9) faltered.

The Rams took the lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from Dylan Moriarty. Colin Kennedy walked to load the bases. Granby couldn’t capitalize, striking out twice and flying out to end the inning.

“That’s a momentum changer. Those are opportunities we’ve taken advantage of in games we’ve won this year,” Granby coach Jim Woods said.

Once Hopkins took the lead, Ciaglo dialed in even tighter. He only allowed two hits, a Nolan Sullivan single and a Kennedy double, between the third and sixth innings with three walks.

“Once he got the lead, you could see his confidence go way up,” Woods said.

Hopkins, meanwhile, added more runs. Feltovic hit an RBI single in the fourth to go up 7-1.

In the fifth, Ciaglo singled with two outs. Tudryn struck out, and it appeared the inning was over until Josh White dropped the third strike and overthrew first base trying to put Tudryn out. Ciaglo scored to make it 8-1, and Tudryn went to second. Ishida added his second RBI single, and Feltovic followed with his third hit to make it 10-1.

Feltovic finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and also reached on an error.

“Every time I come out, I watch the pitcher when I’m on deck and see what he has,” Feltovic said. “I just got my pitch.”

Down to its final three outs in the top of the seventh, Granby didn’t go away quietly. Ryan Gaughan walked with one out, then Josh White double to put him at third. Gaughan scored on a wild pitch to cut the Rams’ deficit to 10-2. Sullivan walked to put runners at second and third. Sam White popped out, then Moriarty kept the Rams season alive with an RBI single. Kennedy flew out to deep right field to end the game.

“They brought a fight, and I was happy to see that out of them,” Woods said.

Granby will graduate eight seniors. They helped bring the program back to the semifinals after a down year last season.

“They have a lot of love for the game of baseball, which made my job a lot easier,” Woods said.

Hopkins, on the other hand, will turn its attention to the Millionaires (14-9). Lenox upset top-seeded Ware 8-5 in the semifinals and No. 4 Mount Everett in the quarterfinals. The Golden Hawks haven’t faced them this year.

“They’ve scored a ton of runs in the tournament so far,” Vreeland said. “You don’t get to the finals to play a weak team.”

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.

Hopkins Academy 10, Granby 3

Granby             010 000 2 — 3 6 3

Hopkins           006 130 x — 10 14 0

WP—Ciaglo LP—M. White

Records: Hopkins Academy (14-6) Granby (13-9)




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