TURNERS FALLS – The bats came to life at the perfect time for the Turners Falls baseball team.
After Mahar’s 2-1 win in the bottom quarter of Monday’s fifth, the Thunder loaded the bases. Lincoln Coleman forced the tie run when he reached with a walk, then Joey Mosca ripped a double down the left field line that Alex Quezada and Levin Prondecki scored to give Turners the lead.
Jake Lyons drilled a double – his first hit of the season – and scored for Derek Wissmann and Mosca. That lead lasted to the end as the Thunder walked away with a 6-2 win in the Bi-County League North.
“We suffered from not having such a big win against Athol,” said Turners coach Scott Minckler. “We needed the goal in time. We came out, loaded the bases and got out. Joey came up – and he was a little down for not hitting the ball the way he wanted – and grabbed one. Hopefully that changes his attitude towards batting. We scored in time from people who didn’t hit the ball, which is nice to see.”
The Thunder (5-2, 3-1) scored the game’s opening run in the first inning, with Wissmann hitting a single that notched Quezada.
Mahar (1-4, 1-3) scored both of his runs at the top of fifth, with Cole reaching Johnson on a walk, moving up to third after a single from Liam O’Donnell and then whizzing home with a pass for a tie the game 1-1. Will Barnes then cracked a single that drove O’Donnell in and gave the Senators a 2-1 lead.
While Turners got the timely hits in game five, the Senators couldn’t get the big hits late to get back in the game. Mahar charged the bases with an out in the fourth but couldn’t run over. It reloaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t get away from it and took the runners to first and second in the seventh but also went down without increasing its total.
“That’s what happens with a young team,” said Senators coach Chris Bailey. “You lose sight of how small things can make runs and how you can have productive outs.”
Johnson pitched all six innings for Mahar and knocked out eight. Mosca got the start for the Thunder and batted a six. Lenny Villafana came on for an inning and helped pull Turners out of a jam before Kainen Stevens hit the last five outs and hauled the Thunder out of their base-loaded jam in the sixth.
“We had a couple of stressful moments,” Minckler said. “It’s difficult. We’re both young teams so there’s a lot of walks. Their pitcher threw a great game. Joey got tired so we brought Lenny in and he did a good job of getting us out of a jam. In the end came Kainen through. I have faith in him. He threw strikes and let our defenses do their job.”
Pioneer 10, FC Tech 2 — Jared Hubbard’s triple base clear late in the fifth opened up a tight game as the Panthers pulled away to a late 10-2 win at Northfield on Monday.
Pioneer led 5-2 in the fifth before Hubbard, who finished with two hits, tripled from loaded bases. Hugh Cyhowski had three hits and drove in three carries for the Panthers, while Ethan Quinn (two hits), Alex McClelland (hit, RBI) and Ben Werner (hit, RBI) also picked up pace on offense.
The trio of Jason Quinn, Ethan Quinn and Hubbard combined for seven hits in a combined two-hitter for Pioneer.
Franklin Tech’s Chris Ryan had a hit and drove in one run while Sam Knight also had a hit for the Eagles. Kyle Begos, Mason Lehtomaki and Nate Sulda took over pitching duties.
Granby 4, Greenfield 3 — Tyler Podolski got the start and didn’t allow a hit in six and a third of the innings, but with two runners by the end of the seventh, the Rams loaded the bases with a bunt before hitting a two-run Michael Toth walkoff single, as the green Wave hit the streets in an independent competition on Monday.
MJ Paulin smashed a two-run home run for Greenfield (6-3) while Michael Pierce doubled and Jackson Petrin made singles and doubles in the loss.
Southwick 5, Boundary 2 — Liam Skribiski-Banack hit five of six innings of work in the Redhawks’ independent loss to the Rams at Southwick on Monday.
Tyler Dubreuil hit two singles, Skribiski-Banack doubled and Kevin Baumann played for Frontier (7-3).
Belchertown 10, Athol 2 — The Orioles pushed over six runs at the top of the first inning en route to a 10-2 win at Athol on Monday.
Belchertown used seven walks in the first inning, including five in a row at one point – the visitors did all their damage in the opening frame without benefiting from a hit.
Athol scored his two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Quentin Polana scored and eventually scored while Jacob Knowles made a mistake and also scored.
Smith Academy 21, Mohawk Trail 3 — Deven Buchanon, Oliver Johnson, Hunter Donahue and Ty Griswold each had a goal in Monday’s Warriors Bi-County League North loss to the Falcons.
Logan Moore, Carter Miller, Donahue and Johnson each played for Mohawk Trail in the loss (0-6, 0-4).