Frontier eliminates Amherst in Mickey Mantle playoffs

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  • Tyler Baranowski, of Frontier, pitches to Amherst during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ben Zaranek, of Frontier, hits a single against Amherst during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nat Mills, of Amherst, pitches to Frontier during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Gehrig Brynda, left, of Frontier, catches at first, but his foot came off the base, allowing J.B. Mills, of Amherst, to log a single during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tyler Baranowski, of Frontier, loses his batting helmet after his hit ricocheted into its visor during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ty Gladu, of Amherst, pitches to Frontier during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ben Martino, left, of Frontier, catches at second, but J.B. Mills, of Amherst, beats the tag on a steal during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tom Alber, of Frontier, hits a RBI single against Amherst during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ben Martino, of Frontier, hits a single against Amherst during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Judah Katz, right, of Amherst, prepares to catch on a pick attempt as Ben Martino, of Frontier, dives back to first during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. He was safe. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Gehrig Brynda, right, of Frontier, catches on a pick attempt as Andrew Ciaglo, of Amherst, dives back to first during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. He was safe. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Andrew Ciaglo, of Amherst, hits a single against Frontier during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Judah Katz, of Amherst, pitches to Frontier during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tyler Baranowski, of Frontier, left, is greeted by Kyle Barnes after scoring against during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. An error at third allowed on a steal allowed him to score. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mickey Maroulis, of Amherst, looks to his coach while batting against Frontier during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Max Edwards, of Frontier, pitches to Amherst during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kyle Barnes, left, of Frontier, is ready to tag Andrew Ciaglo, of Amherst, at second on a steal during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. Ciaglo avoided the tag. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Frontier players Ben Martino, from left, Max Edwards and Tom Alber gather as they head off the field during the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tyler Baranowski, right, of Frontier, celebrates his team's win against Amherst with his little brother, Matthew, after the third round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Deerfield Academy. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 7/26/2019 10:44:41 PM

DEERFIELD — Frontier defeated Amherst 6-2 in the third round of the Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle playoffs Friday night, eliminating Amherst.

Although Amherst led the game 2-0 after the first inning, Frontier quickly gained the lead in the second and third innings at Headmaster Field.

In the second, Ben Zaranek singled. Gehrig Brynda and Tyler Baranowski walked consecutively, then Zaranek scored on a wild pitch. Aidan Falla walked to load the bases once more, and Kyle Barnes walked to drive in Brynda. Ben Martino hit a single that scored Baranowski. Kevin Baumann was hit by a pitch to send Falla home and give Frontier a 4-2 lead.

“We ran the bases and watched pitches well,” Frontier coach Tony Martino said. “We hit when we needed to.”

In the third inning, Martino and Max Edwards singled, and Baranowski hit into a fielder’s choice to leave runners on first and third. Tom Alber singled to left and drove in Martino. Baranowski stole third and went home on a wild pitch.

Martino and Zaranek were both 3-for-3, and Edwards was 2-for-3.

Baranowski pitched five innings for Frontier before he was relieved by Edwards, who closed the game and had one strikeout.

Amherst, who beat Frontier with a mercy rule earlier in the season, was unable to generate offense after the first inning. Braeden Tudryn doubled to center, Cole Boisuert walked, Nate Mills hit an RBI double to center and Andrew Ciaglo lifted a sacrifice fly to the outfield that allowed Boisvert to tag up and score. Amherst had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth inning, but Edwards delivered three quick outs to leave the bases loaded.

“We hit a lot of line drives right at guys,” Amherst coach Don Hodgkins said. “I mean, give Frontier credit, they made the plays. We hit a lot of balls on the nose and didn’t have much to show for it. What we needed was when we got the bases loaded or runners on we didn’t get the big hit that we needed.”

Tudryn was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, Nate Mills was 1-for-4 with an RBI, J.B. Mills was 2-for-4 and a stolen base, and Mickey Maroulis was 1-for-3 with a single.

Amherst went through three pitchers in the game. Ty Gladu pitched 1⅔ innings and took the loss. Nate Mills pitched 1⅓ innings with two strikeouts, and Judah Katz threw the last four innings.

“It was a tough season because we had to go deep into the Koufax team and pulled kids up. We were a little low on numbers and we had some kids get hurt,” Hodgkins said. “We definitely improved our hitting. We were squaring up more balls and hitting the right pitch, not chasing as much. Defensively we were sporadic, but like I said we had a different lineup every night. Kids were playing all over the place.”

There are three teams still alive in the double-elimination tournament: Frontier (undefeated), Mohawk (one loss) and Northampton (one loss). Frontier and Mohawk have both received byes and not played each other yet, so they will face off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Headmaster Field. Northampton will face either Mohawk or Frontier at 1 p.m. depending on the result. If Frontier wins, Mohawk is eliminated and Frontier and Northampton play. Frontier takes the title with a victory, while Northampton would need to win Saturday and another game Sunday to claim the championship.

If Mohawk wins, the rules preventing teams that had a bye in the last round and preventing rematches will take effect. Frontier and Mohawk will flip a coin, which will determine who faces Northampton in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Then the winner of that game and whoever did not play Northampton will face off in a winner-take-all game at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.




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