School Baseball: Bousquet pitches Athol to 5-0 start

  • Nick Bousquet, of Athol, pitches against Hopkins Academy, Wednesday in Athol.  FOR THE RECORDER/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Nick Bousquet, of Athol, pitches against Hopkins Academy, Wednesday in Athol.  FOR THE RECORDER/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writers
Published: 4/17/2019 9:43:48 PM
Modified: 4/17/2019 9:43:39 PM

ATHOL — After another victory on Wednesday, the Athol High School baseball team is undefeated through five games this season.

The Red Raiders beat Hopkins Academy, 8-2, with timely hitting and a complete game from Nick Bousquet. 

The 5-0 start for Athol is its best in over a decade. 

“We are playing OK baseball,” Athol coach Josh Talbot said. “We definitely aren’t there yet. But we are finding ways to win games. We’ve had a good command of the strike zone. Not chasing bad pitches.”

Bousquet struck out 16 batters for Athol . 

“I was happy with it,” Bousquet said. “I wish I could have walked a few less guys. But other than that I was in the strike zone which is where I need to be.”

Bousquet did give up two runs on five hits and six walks. When he got in trouble, Bousquet got the strikeouts to get out of innings.

“I left a few over the plate,” Bousquet said. “I missed some spots for sure”

The Red Raiders trailed but production from the bottom of the lineup help Athol take the lead back.

“We have confidence in every guy,” Talbot said. 

Bousquet gave Athol a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the first innings after Dilan Fountain singled and stole a bag to lead off for the Red Raiders.

“The biggest thing is we are not getting ahead of ourselves,” Bousquet said. “We are 1-0 after every game. That’s our motto. We don’t get ahead of ourselves, that’s how you lose baseball games. One pitch at a time.”

The Red Raiders went up against Thea Hanscom of Hopkins Academy, who had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. 

Hanscom gave up eight hits and three runs with a strikeout. 

Keegan Lutz and Mark Ferrari singled to start the fourth before a grounder by Anthony Oro moved the runners.

Jack Bonenfant’s RBI ground out tied the game for the Red Raiders.

The bottom of the order knocked Hanscom out of the game and gave Athol the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.

Noah Pottinger and Riley Paine singled before a bunt single by Bryce King. Fountain then came to the plate and lifted a fly ball to the outfield that scored Pottinger to give Athol the 3-2 lead. 

Pottinger, Fountain and Bousquet all had RBI hits in the following inning to bring the score to 8-2.

In the top of the seventh, Pottinger shagged a long fly ball to center off the bat of Liam Higgins. Bousquet struck out Aidan Michalak to end the game.  

Pottinger was hitless coming into the game but had a two singles with two RBIs for the Red Raiders.  

Higgins and Chris Mushinski had RB hits for the Golden Hawks.

Easthampton 5, Turners 4 (8 inn.) — Nic Soucy hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning that plated Will Robbins with the game-winning run to lift Easthampton to a 5-4 victory over Turners Falls in an independent baseball tilt Wednesday afternoon.

Robbins walked to open the inning, stole second and took third on a ground out. With two outs, Soucy singled into left field for the game-winning hit.

Turners (2-2) trailed 2-0 into the fifth inning before tying the game with a pair of runs. Jon Fritz’s RBI single made it a 2-2 ballgame.

The Thunder briefly took a 3-2 lead in the sixth, but trailed 4-3 entering their final at-bat in the seventh. Ryan Campbell singled and eventually tied it thanks to a Fritz RBI single. The visitors shut Easthampton down in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. 

Campbell and Fritz paced the offensive effort with two hits apiece, while Kyle Dodge singled and drove in a run in the sixth frame.

Jack Putala started and went the first 3 ⅓ innings on the mound for Turners. The squad wound up using four pitchers in the outing, getting contributions on the hill from Brian Murphy, Kyle Dodge and James Robison.

Frontier 14, Smith Academy 0 — A patient Frontier lineup drew 14 walks, and Dylan Apanell struck out seven and allowed just one walk in four innings of work. The combination added up to a 14-0 thumping of Smith Academy in an independent baseball game played Wednesday in Hatfield.

The Red Hawks finished with just four hits at the plate, but 14 walks from Smith Academy pitching enabled the visitors to score at least one run in every inning but the sixth.

“Offensively, I think a big thing for us the other day against Mohawk was we weren’t patient enough at the plate,” Frontier coach Chris Williams began. “So the goal going in today was to be selective and obviously we took advantage of that.”

In addition to the walks, the Red Hawks (2-1) put the pressure on Smith Academy on the base paths. The squad racked up 17 stolen bases, with Jacob Bryant and Bryan Baumann amassing four apiece.

Apanell helped himself at the plate, registering a double and driving in three runs, while Matt Hildreth and Bryant both had a hit and an RBI. Kyle Barnes notched the final Frontier hit.

Xavier Santiago (two innings, three strikeouts) and Gabe Gochinski (one inning) finished off the shutout for Apanell in relief.

Greenfield 7, Pioneer 0 — Brody Baird tossed six shutout innings, and visiting Greenfield won its second game in as many days behind a 7-0 victory over Pioneer in an independent game Wednesday in Northfield.

Baird, a sophomore, struck out five and walked a pair while keeping the Panthers off the board before Hunter Campbell locked it down in the seventh.

“Brody did a great job,” lauded Pioneer coach Jordan Branson, whose team fell to 1-3 with the loss. “He definitely has a good mound presence and he’s got a good team behind him. He was hitting his spots, mixing things up. It was a very Greg Maddux-esque type of performance.”

Greenfield (3-1) did the job offensively thanks to a pair of doubles from David Carey, while Jared Hart added two singles. Campbell and Owen Phelps each contributed a double, as the Green Wave led 3-0 into the fifth but tacked on two runs in both the fifth and sixth frames.

Jason Quinn had two of Pioneer’s four hits in the loss. Jacob Quinn started tossed five innings, striking out three and walking three. Despite the loss, Branson said there are signs of positivity coming from his very young club.

“Overall our team is moving in the right direction,” he said. “We’re making less errors, fewer mistakes. We’re just trying to keep improving.”

Mahar 3, South Hadley 0 — Jacob Berry scattered four hits — all singles — in six innings of work, and Andrew Herk smacked a late home run to help host Mahar to a 3-0 victory over South Hadley in an independent baseball game Wednesday in Orange.

Berry struck out four and walked three in six scoreless innings, earning the victory on the mound. Will Peredina locked down the save with a scoreless top of the seventh, striking out one in the process.

The Senators, which stayed undefeated at a perfect 3-0 on the season, took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jacob Tenney and Charlie Barnes scored in the frame, with Logan Dodge smacking an RBI single to set the tone.

It stayed that way until the home half of the sixth. That’s when Herk deposited a solo home run to provide some breathing room, a 3-0 cushion that ultimately held up.

South Hadley starter Tyler Evans kept Mahar off the board following the two-run first inning, striking out six and walking five in five innings of work. The Senators had just three hits in total.

Tenney walked three times at the top of the Mahar lineup.

Belchertown 6, Mohawk 2 — Despite a solid outing on the bump from Cam Lococo, Mohawk committed eight errors for the second day in a row and fell to 0-4 on the season behind a 6-2 loss to Belchertown, Wednesday in an independent baseball game played at Veterans Field in Greenfield.

Lococo struck out seven and walked three in six strong innings for the Warriors, before Jordan Grenier finished things out in the final frame.

Belchertown led 1-0 into the fourth inning, but Mohawk answered with a run of its own in the home half. Lococo got the rally started, reaching on an error and taking second base on the play. He stole third base with two outs, then eventually scampered home when a pick-off attempt squirted away.

The Orioles scored three times in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead before the Warriors cut into the deficit in the sixth. Lococo registered an RBI single that plated Jayden Hoff to make it 4-2.

Tyler Dubreuil, Hoff and Lococo had the three Mohawk hits against Belchertown starter Zach Bohnet, who went all seven innings to earn the victory.

Athol 8, Hopkins 2

Hopkins .................. 001 100 0 — 2  5  0

Athol …...................  100 115 x — 8  12  0​​​​​​

Hits: (H) Mushinski, Higgins, Scanlon-Dean 2, Tudryn. (A) Ferrari 3, Fountain 2, Bousquet, Lutz 2, Pottinger 2, Paine, King

2B: (H) Higgins, Scanlon-Dean. (A) Bousquet.

3B: (H) Tudryn. (A) None

HR: (H) None. (A) None.

RBI: (H) Higgins, Mushinski. (A) Bousquet 3, Bonenfant, Fountain, Pottinger 2

SB: (H) Mushinski . (A) Fountain .

WP:  Bousquet (7ip, 16k, 6bb).

LP:  Hanscom (4 ip, 1k, 0bb), Beck (2ip, 0k, 2 bb).

Frontier 14, Smith Academy 0

Frontier .................... 234 220 1 — 14  4  0

Smith Academy.......  000 000 0 — 0  3  4

Hits: (F) Hildreth, Apanell, Bryant, Barnes. (SA) Ferrara, Bassett 2.

2B: (F) Apanell.

RBI: (F) Hildreth, Baumann, Freeman, Apanell 3, Bryant, Evans.

SB: (F) Hildreth 2, Baumann 4, Freeman, Bryant 4, DeForest 3, Barnes, Renaud 2. (SA) Woodward, Bassett 2.

WP: Apanell (4ip, 7k, 0bb), Santiago (2ip, 3k, 0bb), Gochinski (1ip, 0k, 0bb).

LP: Bassett (1 2/3ip, 0k, 4bb), Dobson (1 2/3ip, 0k, 3bb), Woodward (3 2/3ip, 0k, 7bb).

Greenfield 7, Pioneer 0

Greenfield ............... 012 022 0 — 7  9  0

Pioneer ...................  000 000 0 — 0  4  1

Hits: (G) Phelps, Cardenales, Campbell, Hart 2, Haselton, Carey 2, Rice. (P) Jas. Quinn 2, Loud, McGraw.

2B: (G) Campbell, Phelps, Carey 2.

RBI: n/a

WP: Baird (6ip, 5k, 2bb), Campbell (1ip, 0k, 2bb).

LP: Jac. Quinn (5ip, 3k, 3bb), Mousseau (1ip, 0k, 2bb), Jas. Quinn (1ip, 0k, 0bb).

Mahar 3, South Hadley 0

South Hadley ........... 000 000 0 — 0  4  0

Mahar ......................  200 001 x — 3  3  1

Hits: (SH) Evans, Cirone, Ortyl, Mazza. (M) Barnes, Dodge, Herk.

2B: (M) Dodge.

HR: (M) Herk.

RBI: (M) Herk, Dodge.

WP: Berry (6ip, 4k, 3bb), Peredina (1ip, 1k, 0bb).

LP: Evans (5ip, 6k, 5bb), Earle (1ip, 0k, 0bb).

Easthampton 5, Turners 4 (8)

Turners ..................... 000 021 10 — 4  7  4

Easthampton ..........  110 002 01 — 5  7  1

Hits: (TF) Campbell 2, Fritz 2, Lehtomaki, J. Dodge, K. Dodge. (E) Soucy, Kugler 2, Morse 2, Arroyo, Robbins.

RBI: (TF) Fritz 2, K. Dodge. (E) Soucy 2, Kugler, Jolicoeur, Patel.

SB: (TF) Whiting 2, K. Dodge, Campbell 2. (E) Arroyo, Kugler 2, Robbins, Soucy, Morse 2.

WP: Jolicoeur (2ip, 3k, 0bb), Patel (4⅓ip, 5k, 4bb), Burke (1⅔ip, 2k, 0bb).

LP: Robison (⅔ip, 0k, 1bb), Putala (3⅓ip, 2k, 2bb), Murphy (1⅓ip, 1k, 0bb), K. Dodge (2⅓ip, 1k, 1bb).

Belchertown 6, Mohawk 2

Belchertown ............ 001 030 2 — 6  6  1

Mohawk ..................  000 101 0 — 2  3  8

Hits: (B) Ratnis, Kupinsky, Torna, Bohnet Lynch 2. (M) Dubreuil, Hoff, Lococo.

RBI: (B) Tilton, Bohnet. (M) Lococo.

SB: (B) Ratnis 2, Lynch. (M) Hoff, Lococo.

WP: Bohnet (7ip, 6k, 1bb).

LP: Lococo (6ip, 7k, 3bb), Grenier (1ip, 1k, 0bb).

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