Friday’s high schools: Rested Jon Morrison pitches Hopkins past Turners and into postseason

Published: 5/19/2017 11:01:24 PM

The Hopkins Academy baseball team is under .500 on the season.

But, a win Friday over Turners Falls, a Division 4 team, would qualify the Golden Hawks for the postseason. Since Hopkins plays most of its games against non-Division 4 teams, all the Hawks need to do is finish at least .500 against their D-4 opponents.

Enter a rested Jon Morrison. The junior ace struck out 13, walked three and allowed two hits as Hopkins won 9-2 in Hadley to punch its postseason ticket.

Morrison, who worked on 10-days rest, allowed back-to-back hits — a single and a double — as the Indians scored their only run in the fourth.

That run gave Turners a 2-1 lead, but Morrison led off the bottom half with a solo homer on the first pitch.

Hopkins (6-9, 3-5 Hampshire West) scored another run to take the lead, then added two in the fifth and four in the fifth to pull away.

Morrison (3-for-4, four RBIs) added a two-run double and an RBI double.

Noah Scanlon-Dean was 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

Nate Kelley (hit, two walks) scored three runs out of the leadoff spot.

Hampshire Regional 7, Frontier Regional 6 — Needing a win to keep its postseason hopes alive, the Raiders found themselves down five in the top of the seventh.

But the Raiders opened the frame with seven straight hits and scored six runs to win. Ben Fitzpatrick had an RBI double to drive in the tying run. The winning tally scored on a defensive mistake on the same play.

“Hampshire showed a lot of grit with their season on the line,” Frontier coach Chris WIlliams said.

Everett Warner and Reilly Provost each had two hits and drove in a run for Hampshire (7-1).

Cade Gewanter had a hit and drove in two runs for Frontier (11-5).

South Hadley 17, Athol 2 (5) — Evan Levrault had two hits and drove in four runs as the Tigers rolled in a mercy-rule shortened five-inning game at home.

Nehemiah Wilson added two hits and drove in a pair. Ryan Mooney allowed a run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven in four innings to earn the win.

Amherst Regional 2, Minnechaug 1 — The Hurricanes (6-11) beat another playoff-bound opponent on the road.

Seth Bella-Hunter struck out four and allowed no earned runs in the complete game.

Stephen McCudden singled home Trevor Edwards for the winning run.

Jake Balderston had an RBI double in the fourth inning, bringing home Max Hopley.

Softball

Monson 8, Granby 3 — Kate Sullivan (RBI triple) and Mallory Beauregard each had two hits, while Abi Beauregard tripled, but the Rams (6-9, 0-6 Bi-County East) fell at home.

Granby needs to win four of five next week to qualify for the postseason.

Easthampton 6, Ware 4 — Rachel Robinson stuck out 11 while working around three walks and six hits as the Eagles rolled at home.

Olivia Downer had two hits, a run and an RBI to lead the Easthampton (13-3, 9-1 Bi-County) offense.

Northampton 16, Belchertown 0 (5) — Anna Kerwood struck out 10 and gave up two hits for the visiting Blue Devils.

Kerwood added three hits and three RBIs for Northampton (15-3, 6-0 Valley Wheel).

Zoe Driscoll-Sbar had two doubles with three RBIs, while Amanda Mieczkowski added two hits and two RBIs.

Lauren LeBlanc and Tiffany Mann each had a hit for the Orioles (3-14, 0-7).

Hampshire 13, East Longmeadow 1 — Danielle McGan allowed only a third-inning triple as the Raiders (12-4) rolled in Westhampton.

McGan struck out four and walked two.

Madison Philbrook (2-for-4, three RBIs) hit a two-run homer during an 11-run fifth inning.

McGan (RBI double, three runs) and Katy O’Connor (three RBIs, two-run double) each went 2-for-3.

Paige Sullivan was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

Greenfield 13, South Hadley 0 (5) — Abby and Mikhaila Edge each had a hit as the Tigers (3-13) fell in a mercy-rule shortened five-inning game.

Tantasqua 16, Amherst Regional 2 — Emily Hu (RBI), Mikah McNamara (run) and Ali Smith (run) each had one hit, but Amherst (1-15) fell on the road.

Boys lacrosse

Belchertown 13, Granby 7 — The Orioles scored seven times in the first quarter and cruised past the Rams at home.

Grant Irving led Belchertown (7-9, 6-4 Suburban) with five goals and an assist, while Adam Wordsworth and Nick Makkiya (one assist) added two goals apiece.

Drew Wiesel scored three for Granby (6-12, 4-6), while Collin Stearns and Doug Labbee had two goals apiece.

Girls lacrosse

Longmeadow 16, Northampton 4 — Megan McCarthy, who was already Hamp’s all-time leading scorer, scored her 200th career goal, but the Blue Devils fell on the road.

Matti Tacy added two goals for Northampton (11-5), while Abby Baldwin had a goal and Sky Andrews an assist.

Amherst Regional 14, Pope Francis 5 — The Hurricanes led 7-2 at halftime and never looked back en route to a comfortable win at home.

Tea LaRaja scored six goals and had two assists for Amherst (6-12), while Jane O’Connell added five goals.

Rachel Kawall (two goals, one assists), Malina Kern (goal, assist) and Nicole Gerena (one assists) provided the rest of the offense in front of Cleo Hein (14 saves).

Boys Volleyball

Central 3, Belchertown 2 — After dropping the first two games, the Orioles rallied to win the next two before the Golden Eagles eked out the 25-16, 25-20, 13-25, 20-20, 15-13 win.

Andrew Duquette had six kills and five blocks for Belchertown (7-12, 3-7 East).

Baseball

Hopkins Academy 9,
Turners Falls 2

Turners             001 100 0 — 2 2 3

Hopkins             100 224 x — 9 10 1

WP—Morrison LP—Babcock

Records: Hopkins (6-9, 3-5 Hampshire West) Turners (8-9, 3-5)

Hampshire 7, Frontier 6

Hampshire             001 000 6 — 7 11 4

Frontier             100 311 0 — 6 5 2

WP—Washburn LP—Seth Gewanter

Records: Hampshire (7-10) Frontier (11-5)

South Hadley 17, Athol 2

Athol             100 01 — 2 4 5

South Hadley             305 9x — 17 9 0

WP—Mooney LP—Decker

Records: Athol (6-11) South Hadley (13-4)

Amherst 2, Minnechaug 1

Amherst             000 100 1 — 2 4 3

Minnechaug             000 100 0 — 1 3 3

WP—Bella-Hunter LP— Tescini

Records: Minnechaug (11-4) Amherst (6-11)

Softball

Monson 8, Granby 3

Monson             020 010 5 — 8 12 4

Granby             000 001 2 — 3 6 2

WP—DeSanti LP—A. Beauregard

Records: Granby (6-9, 0-6 Bi-County East) Monson (12-2, 6-2)

Easthampton 6, Ware 4

Ware             300 000 1 — 4 6 0

Easthampton             030 102 x — 6 6 0

WP—Robinson LP—Turek

Records: Easthampton (13-3, 9-1 Bi-County West) Ware (7-9, 5-4)

Northampton 16,
Belchertown 0 (5)

Northampton             561 04 — 16 14 1

Belchertown             000 00 — 0 2 5

WP—Kerwood LP—Mann

Records: Northampton (15-3, 6-0 Valley Wheel); Belchertown (3-14, 0-7)

Hampshire Regional 13,
East Longmeadow 1

East Longmeadow             001 000 0 — 1 1 1

Hampshire             002 0(11)0 x — 13 13 0

WP—McGan LP—Gagne

Records: Hampshire (12-4) East Longmeadow (12-5)

Greenfield 13, South Hadley 0 (5)

Greenfield             332 05 — 13 14 1

South Hadley             000 00 — 0 2 5

WP—Joy LP—Niemiec

Records: South Hadley (3-13) Greenfield (14-2)

Tantasqua 16, Amherst 2 (5)

Amherst             002 00 — 2 4 6

Tantasqua             385 0x — 16 6 0

WP—Famand LP—Cousland

Records: Amherst (1-15)


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