Baseball: Athol’s Bousquet fans 16, throws no-hitter

  • Athol’s Bryce King bunts successfully during action against Franklin Tech, Monday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Athol’s Nicholas Bousquet delivers a pitch during his dynamic, 16-strikeout no-hitter in his team’s 13-1 victory over Franklin Tech, Monday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Franklin Tech pitcher Tim Fritz winds up in action against Athol, Monday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Franklin Tech’s Max Charest stretches to tag out Athol runner Nicholas Bousquet as he attempted to take second base after a bobbled ball in Monday’s independent baseball game in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Third baseman Nate Pelletier of Franklin Tech tries to haul in a throw as Athol’s Mark Ferrari slides safely into third base during the visiting Red Raider’s 13-1 win, Monday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 6/3/2019 10:02:35 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Nick Bousquet just missed a perfect game for the Athol High School baseball team on Monday.

A two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh was all that stood in his way, as Bousquet was forced to settle for a no-hitter in a 13-1 win over Franklin County Technical School in an independent game to close out the season for both teams.

“It was surreal,” Bousquet said. “The whole time I was trying not to think about it and just throw strikes.”

Bousquet had some pretty nasty stuff throughout the game, and he finished with 16 strikeouts in the complete-game outing. 

“I was keeping the ball low with my curveball,” Bousquet said. 

The Eagles didn’t get the ball out of the infield until the sixth inning when a hard hit line drive went to center field in the direction of Noah Pottinger.

Pottinger charged in a bit too far but used his height to reach up at the last moment to make the snow cone catch.

“It scared the hell out of me,” Bousquet said of the play. “But he got it, that’s all that matters.”

Both teams made the playoffs and will find out their seeds tonight. The Red Raiders (13-7) pounded out 15 hits.

“I like my team but we have some work to do,” Athol coach Josh Talbot said. “But we have the potential to do a little damage. Hopefully we will end up with a home game, get in a good spot and go on a run.”

Keegan Lutz continued his fiery season for the Red Raiders with two hits and six RBIs. 

Franklin Tech (13-7) used six pitchers and had players moving around in the lineup in an effort to prepare for the playoffs. 

“Athol is a very good team,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said. “I need to move players around and see what people can do with the tournament coming up. It’s not like we weren’t playing to win but at the same time this is one of the better teams we will see all year. It’s a good tune-up.”

Max Leh pitched the second and the third innings for the Eagles, giving up a run with three strikeouts.

Max Charest drew the walk in the seventh inning, before two dropped third strikes helped Charest come around to score Franklin Tech’s lone run. 

“Hats off to their pitcher,” Prasol said of Bousquet. 

Bousquet had an efficient day at the plate for the Red Raiders as well, finishing with three hits and two RBIs including an RBI single that gave Athol a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Dilan Fountain had two doubles and a single with two RBIs for Athol. Riley Paine tripled in the second and added a single. 

In the third inning, Fountain reached on a double before a single by Bousquet put runners at second and third for Lutz.

Lutz grounded out, scoring Fountain from third base. 

Five more runs crossed the plate for Athol in the fourth inning.

Fountain had an RBI on a groundout to make the score 3-0 before the Red Raiders opened it up on the Eagles.

Both Lutz and Pottinger had singles with the bases loaded in the inning. Both hits were two-run singles, extending the lead to 7-0.

Bousquet helped his own cause in the fifth with another RBI single.

Lutz later cleared the bases with a double in the top of the seventh before another RBI single from Pottinger gave Athol a 13-0 advantage.

Athol 13, FC Tech 1

Athol ........................ 101 501 5 — 11  15  3

FC Tech ...................  000 000 1 — 0  0  2

Hits: (A) Bousquet 3, Pottinger 2, Fountain 3, Ferrari 2, Lutz 2, King, Paine 2.

2B: (A) Fountain 2.

3B: (A) Paine.

RBI: (A) Bousquet 2, Lutz 6, Fountain, Pottinger 3 

WP:  Bousquet (7ip, 16k, 0bb).

LP:  Sciandra (1ip, 2k, 1bb); Leh (2ip 3k 1bb); Fritz (1ip 1k 3bb);  Cole (1ip 0k 0bb) Maniatty (1ip 1k 0bb); Taylor (1ip 0k 0bb)

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