Reign continues: Hopkins Academy defends Division 4 baseball title

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  • Jack Feltovic, of Hopkins Academy, pitches to Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Chris Mushenski, top, of Hopkins Academy, tags Cooper Shepardson, of Lenox, at second, but Shepardson steals the base in the first inning during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Braeden Tudryn, of Hopkins Academy, heads to first on his RBI single in the second inning against Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Feltovic, of Hopkins Academy, pitches to Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Hanscom, left, of Hopkins Academy, dives back to first on a pick attempt as Trevor Sweener, of Lenox, catches in the second inning during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. Hanscom was safe. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Andrew Ciaglo, of Hopkins Academy, is struck by a Lenox pitch in the second inning during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Feltoivc, left, of Hopkins Academy, celebrates his RBI double in the first inning against Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kouji Ishida, right, of Hopkins Academy, is forced out at home by Lenox catcher Cooper Shepardson on a hit by Liam Higgins in the fifth inning during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Feltovic, of Hopkins Academy, pitches to Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Hanscom, left, of Hopkins Academy, is greeted at home after scoring on a single by Braeden Tudryn in the second inning during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Aidan Michalak, of Hopkins Academy, heads to first on his single in the fifth inning against Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Thea Hanscom, of Hopkins Academy, eyes a Lenox pitch in the fourth inning during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. She got a hit, but was out at first during this at-bat. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Hanscom, of Hopkins Academy, connects for a two-run single in the fifth inning against Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Liam Higgins, right, of Hopkins Academy, is forced out at home by Lenox catcher Cooper Shepardson in the fifth inning on a hit by Thea Hanscom during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Hanscom, right, of Hopkins Academy, slides in to second on a hit by Aidan Michalak as Brendan Armstrong, of Lenox, catches in the fifth inning during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. Hanscom was safe. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Feltovic, of Hopkins Academy, pitches to Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy catcher Matt Hanscom, from left, first baseman Aidan Michalak and Josiah Beck celebrate after their team's 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy third baseman Thea Hanscom, from left, pitcher Jack Feltovic and shortstop Andrew Ciaglo gather near the mound after their team's 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Hanscom, of Hopkins Academy, heads to first for a two-run single in the fifth inning against Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Hopkins Academy team forms a pig pile after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy pitcher Jack Feltovic, left, and first baseman Aidan Michalak head to the dugout in the sixth inning against Lenox during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Hopkins Academy team celebrates after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy players Liam Higgins, from left, Jack Feltovic and Aidan Michalak hold up the trophy beside their coach, Dan Vreeland, after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy players Aidan Michalak, from left, Jack Feltovic and Liam Higgins are presented with the trophy after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Hopkins Academy team celebrates after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Hopkins Academy team celebrates after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Hopkins Academy team, including Andrew Ciaglo, center, kiss the trophy after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Hopkins Academy team walks off the field after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Hopkins Academy team celebrates after their 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Aidan Michalak, of Hopkins Academy, walks off the field after his team's 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy third baseman Thea Hanscom, from left, pitcher Jack Feltovic, center, shortstop Andrew Ciaglo, top, and first baseman Aidan Michalak celebrate after their team's 4-1 win against Lenox in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lorden Field in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 6/15/2019 10:53:26 PM

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy baseball team went home on the back of a privately owned fire truck with its Western Massachusetts championship trophy held high after beating Lenox, 4-1, Saturday at UMass’ Lorden Field.

The Golden Hawks (15-6) defended their Division 4 title with timely hitting and a strong pitching performance from Jack Feltovic, who struck out five batters, gave up two hits and one run against the Millionaires (14-10).

“(Lenox) put up a fight the entire game,” Feltovic said.

The sophomore had a day at the plate, too, as he ignited the Hopkins offense in the bottom of the first inning.

Sophomore Kouji Ishida singled up the middle to start the inning and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Feltovic followed, ripping a double down the left field line that bounced off the wall and scored Ishida, giving the Golden Hawks a 1-0 advantage after the first.

“I knew that we had to score early to put them down and get us hyped up,” Feltovic said. “It got our momentum rolling. I got a pitch that I could hit and I did.”

Eighth grader Mathew Hanscom added to the lead in the bottom of the second with a leadoff single to left field. Junior Thea Hanscom moved her brother over to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Braeden Tudryn drove a two-out single into left field two batters later to score Hanscom from second base.

Hopkins led 2-0 until the top of the fourth inning. Jett Steinman and Richard Armstrong got on base for Lenox after both were hit by pitches. Peyton Doyle scored Steinman from second after doubling to left field. The Golden Hawks’ defense managed to keep the Millionaires’ runners at second and third to close the inning. Lenox’s Joshua Hunter hit into a fielder’s choice, and Feltovic struck out Luke Patella to get out of the inning.

“(Feltovic) was zoned in,” Hopkins coach Dan Vreeland said. “I think (Lenox) were putting some decent swings on the ball, but I honestly believe we have the best defensive outfield in western Mass. We made a lot of plays behind him.”

Added Feltovic, “I trust all my fielders. They are amazing. I couldn’t have done this without any of them. I was just trying to throw strikes, because I knew they were making plays behind me.”

The Golden Hawks took a commanding lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and the infield in, Mathew Hanscom singled down the left field line, scoring Feltovic, who earned a walk, and sophomore Noah Scanlon-Dean, who singled to right field at the start of the inning.

The 4-1 advantage was enough to hold off Lenox, which didn’t pose another scoring threat the rest of the game.

“As soon as the final play was made everyone started jumping around,” Ishida said. “It was so exciting. I can’t wait to play in the semifinals.”

Hopkins will face Tahanto Regional (16-6) in the state semifinal, Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Tivnan Field in Worcester.

“This group is a gritty bunch,” Vreeland said. “They don’t act like a bunch of young kids. ... They have all had big games in other sports and some of them were here last year. So they are young, but not inexperienced and that’s the difference.”

Hopkins Academy 4, Lenox 1

Lenox        000 100 0 — 1 2 1

Hopkins    110 020 x — 4 3 2

WP—Feltovic LP—Fielding

Records: Hopkins (15-6) Lenox (14-10)




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