High schools: Hampshire Regional baseball rallies to force extras, falls to powerhouse Pioneer 5-4

Jeff Roberson

Staff Reports

Published: 04-18-2024 9:03 PM

Trailing 4-2, the Hampshire Regional baseball team tied things up on the road against Pioneer Valley Regional with a clutch two-run double off the bat of Drew Thompson, who went 4-for-5 with the two RBI on the day.

But the Panthers responded with a walk-off single two innings later in the bottom of the eighth, as Ethan Mauthe drove in Evan Tsipenyuk to give the hosts a thrilling 5-4 eight-inning win over the Raiders on a cloudy Thursday afternoon in Northfield.

Liam Pond added two hits for Hampshire, and Jack Boyle tossed a complete game – striking out four and walking two in a strong outing on the bump.

Mauthe accounted for all five Pioneer runs. Aside from the walk-off, he also blasted a fourth-inning grand slam to put the Panthers in the driver’s seat midway through the contest. 

Jackson Glazier earned the win in three innings after relieving starting pitcher Ben Werner. The Raiders left 12 runners on base and struggled to hit with two outs, which told a big part of the story on Thursday.

Hampshire (4-2) next hosts Greenfield at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Frontier 12, Greenfield 2 (5) – A five-spot in the top of the third inning helped the Redhawks put things out of reach, as host Greenfield committed 11 errors in a run-ruled game on Thursday.

Wyatt Edes had two hits and two RBIs in the win, and Rosco Palmer tripled and scored twice. Max Skribiski-Banack struck out three and earned the win on the bump.

Girls lacrosse

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Belchertown 13, Wahconah 1 — A dominant Orioles showing saw three hat tricks as they out-scored the Warriors by a dozen on Thursay afternoon.

Paige Magner (four goals), Morghan Litz (three goals) and Kenzie LePage were responsible for those hat tricks, Lia Pikul tallied twice and Madysen LePage found the back of the net once while adding a game-high four dimes for Belchertown.

Northampton 10, Mount Greylock 8 — After trailing 7-5 at halftime, the Blue Devils’ defense bottled up Mount Greylock – giving up just one goal over the final 24 minutes in a two-goal win.

Teagan McDonald and Olivia Wright netted three goals apiece, Makayla Fydenkevez tallied twice and Imanni Power-Greene and Jenna Talbot each added a goal as well for Northampton.

Softball

Gateway 6, Amherst 5 — Trailing by a run in the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Gators scored twice to come away with a walk-off win off the bat of Angela Magyar – who drove in Kaitlyn Maynard for the victory.

Willow Hicks and Sawyer Wilkinson tallied three hits for Gateway, and Magyar struck out a whopping 19 Hurricane hitters. The Gators trailed 4-0 in the third inning.

For Amherst, Nina Holden collected a team-high two hits while Sofia Holden fanned 15 batters in the circle.

Frontier 3, Greenfield 2 — The two-time defending state champs were handled by the Redhawks in thrilling fashion on Thursday afternoon.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Olivia Machon led off with a single to center, then pinch hitter Adelaide Ehle bunted and advanced to second on an error at first. Gabby Adams was then intentionally walked to load the bases. After two strikeouts from Greenfield pitcher Kenzie Paulin, Abigail Schreiber, the nine hitter, dug in.

Schreiber grounded one to the shortstop, who had to charge hard. The throw to first went wide and out of play, scoring Machon and Ehle to give Frontier the win.

Boys volleyball

Malden 3, Holyoke 1 — The Purple Knights challenged themselves with a strong out-of-region opponent in Malden, and lost a competitive four-set match on Thursday afternoon.

Set scores were 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-18.

Adrian Centeno-Feliciano put down 12 kills, while Jeduar Colon tallied 11 kills, a dozen assists and six digs to pace Holyoke.

Late Wednesday results

Boys tennis

Longmeadow 4, Belchertown 1 — Western Mass. powerhouse Longmeadow was too much for the Orioles on Wednesday.

Belchertown’s Trevor Weiss continued his standout season at first singles, defeating Ben Norman in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to give his team its only win of the day. Luke Dudek fought hard at No. 3 singles before ultimately falling 6-4, 6-4 to Sawyer Allen.

Girls ultimate frisbee

Amherst 15, NMH 1 — The Hurricanes had a balanced attack led by Felix Goeckel (four goals), Myla Peltier (three goals) and Phoebe Young (three goals), with multiple throwers – Annabel Ogden (three assists), Isla Cusick (two assists), Addie Mager (two assists) and Willa Hudson (two assists) – finding their targets in the end zone.

The dominant win brings Amherst’s record to 6-2 as the team progresses toward its first major tournament of the season – the Amherst Invitational – on May 4 and 5 at UMass.