Mickey Mantle baseball: Frontier slugs past Pioneer

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  • Frontier catcher Ben Zaranek, right, tags out Pioneer baserunner Jason Quinn on a play at the plate Friday during their PVYBL Mickey Mantle game at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer pitcher Jake Dodge throws against Frontier on Friday during their PVYBL Mickey Mantle game at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier catcher Ben Zaranek tracks down a pop up foul ball for an out against Pioneer on Friday during their PVYBL Mickey Mantle game at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer catcher Dalton Henderson throws to first for an out against Frontier on Friday during their PVYBL Mickey Mantle game at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Kevin Baumann drives in two runs with a single against Pioneer on Friday during their PVYBL Mickey Mantle game at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier pitcher Tyler Baranowski throws against Pioneer on Friday during their PVYBL Mickey Mantle game at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 7/5/2019 10:37:34 PM
Modified: 7/5/2019 10:37:21 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The Frontier Mickey Mantle baseball team had its way at the plate Friday night at Franklin Tech, defeating Pioneer 8-3

Frontier finished with 11 hits. Ben Zaranek led the way with two hits and three RBIs. Ben Martino went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Kevin Baumann had two hits and brought in a pair of runners to score.

It took Frontier (7-3) two innings to get a feel on Pioneer pitcher Jake Dodge, but once it did in the third, it led to a four-run outburst.

Pitcher Tyler Baranowski walked to lead off the top of the third inning, and Aidan Falla brought him home from first with a double to the center field gap.

A walk by Kyle Barnes and a single from Martino loaded the bases for Baumann, who hit a single to bring Falla and Barnes home. Zaranek kept the rally going with a double that scored Martino for a 4-0 advantage.

“They do well in the strike zone,” Frontier coach Tony Martino said. “They know their strikes from their balls and they took advantage of what the strikes were. Plus, [Dodge] was getting tired.”

Pioneer fought back into the game in the bottom of the fourth. Dalton Henderson knocked a double followed by a single from Jacob Quinn. Cayden Lehtomaki brought Henderson home with a single, and a Kyle Brunelle ground ball sent Quinn in to score to cut the lead to 4-2.

Frontier stymied Pioneer (6-5) after two runs, as Baranowski got two of the next three batters out to end the inning.

The fourth and fifth innings saw Frontier put runners on base but unable to socre.

That changed in the sixth, as Max Edwards and Falla got on base and an error put Kyle Barnes on to load the bases for Martino, who walked to force home a run.

The bases remained loaded for Zaranek, and the cleanup hitter came through with a double to bring Falla and Barnes home to extend the Frontier lead to 7-2.

“I would say we’re a late hitting team,” Tony Martino said. “We take advantage of our opportunities and the other team’s mistakes by mostly making smart plays.”

Pioneer tallied its third run in the bottom of the sixth, as Quinn tripled and Brunelle brought him home with a groundout.

Holding a four-run lead heading into the seventh, the Frontier offense knew it had to add more insurance runs against a dangerous Pioneer lineup. The visitors added one run when Martino brought Baranowski home with a single to center field.

Baranowski, who pitched all seven innings for Frontier, allowed a single to Gavin Rubio to open the bottom of the final inning, but retired the next three batters to preserve the win.

“The pitching tonight was excellent,” Tony Martino said. “We kept them off balance. Tyler pitched very well and in the field, I’m not sure we had any errors which is what we preach. You don’t see a lot of balls getting thrown around by us.”




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