Baseball Roundup: Turners rallies in fifth to beat Mahar (PHOTOS)

  • Turners Falls baserunner Jake Lyons slides safely into second base after hitting an RBI double against Mahar in the bottom of the fifth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Joey Mosca drives in two runs with an RBI double against Mahar in the bottom of the fifth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls baserunner Levin Prondecki crosses the plate to score against Mahar in the bottom of the fifth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar baserunner Cole Johnson slides safely into third base ahead of throw covered by Turners Falls shortstop Alex Quezada in the top of the fifth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar shortstop Liam O’Donnell makes a diving grab for the out against Turners Falls in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar shortstop Liam O’Donnell throws to first for the out against Turners Falls in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls pitcher Lenny Villafana throws against Mahar in the top of the fifth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls center fielder Levin Prondecki tracks down a fly ball for the out against Mahar in the top of the sixth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls pitcher Joey Mosca throws against Mahar in the top of the fourth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls baserunner Lincoln Coleman steals second base against Mahar in the bottom of the third inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls’ Jackson Cogswell makes a catch in right field for the out against Mahar in the top of the third inning Monday in Turners Falls.

  • Mahar pitcher Cole Johnson throws against Turners Falls in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday in Turners Falls. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 4/25/2022 9:23:17 PM
Modified: 4/25/2022 9:21:52 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The bats came alive at the perfect time for the Turners Falls baseball team.

Trailing visiting Mahar 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth on Monday, the Thunder loaded the bases. Lincoln Coleman forced in the tying run when he reached with a walk, then Joey Mosca ripped a double down the left field line that scored Alex Quezada and Levin Prondecki to give Turners the lead.

Jake Lyons drilled a double — his first hit of the season — to score Derek Wissmann and Mosca. That lead held until the end, with the Thunder coming away with a 6-2 Bi-County League North victory. 

“We suffered with not getting that big hit against Athol,” Turners coach Scott Minckler said. “We needed the timely hit. We came out, loaded the bases and got an out. Joey came up — and he was down on himself a little bit because he hadn’t been hitting the ball like he wanted — and got hold of one. Hopefully that changes his attitude toward hitting. We got timely hitting from guys who hadn’t been hitting the ball, which is nice to see.”

The Thunder (5-2, 3-1) tallied the opening run of the game in the first inning, with Wissmann knocking a single that scored Quezada.

Mahar (1-4, 1-3) scored both of its runs in the top of the fifth, with Cole Johnson reaching on a walk, moving to third off a single from Liam O’Donnell, then scampering home on a passed ball to tie the game 1-1. Will Barnes then cracked a single that drove O’Donnell in, giving the Senators a 2-1 lead.

While Turners had the timely hits in the fifth, the Senators were unable to get the big hits late to get back in the game. Mahar loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but was unable to get a run across. It loaded the bases again in the sixth but didn’t get a run out of it, and put runners on first and second in the seventh but also went down without adding to its total.

“That’s what happens with a young team,” Senators coach Chris Bailey said. “They lose sight of how small things can score runs and how you can have productive outs.”

Johnson tossed all six innings for Mahar, striking out eight. Mosca got the start for the Thunder and struck out six. Lenny Villafana came on for an inning and helped get Turners out of a jam before Kainen Stevens got the final five outs, getting the Thunder out of their bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

“We had a few stressful moments,” Minckler said. “It’s tough. We’re both young teams so there’s a lot of walks. Their pitcher threw a great game. Joey was getting tired so we brought Lenny in and he did a good job getting us out of a jam. At the end Kainen came through. I have confidence in him. He threw strikes and let our defense do their job.”

Pioneer 10, FC Tech 2 — Jared Hubbard's bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the fifth opened up a close game as the Panthers pulled away late for a 10-2 win on Monday in Northfield.

Pioneer led 5-2 in the fifth before Hubbard, who finished with two hits, tripled with the bases loaded. Hugh Cyhowski had three hits and drove in three runs for the Panthers, while Ethan Quinn (two hits), Alex McClelland (hit, RBI) and Ben Werner (hit, RBI) also paced the offense.

The trio of Jason Quinn, Ethan Quinn and Hubbard combined to strike out seven in a combined two-hitter for Pioneer.

Franklin Tech's Chris Ryan had a hit and drove in a run, while Sam Knight also had a hit for the Eagles. Kyle Begos, Mason Lehtomaki and Nate Sulda handled the pitching duties.

Granby 4, Greenfield 3 — Tyler Podolski got the start and didn’t allow a hit in six and one-third innings work but with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, the Rams loaded the bases with a bunt before hitting a Michael Toth walkoff, two-run single as the Green Wave fell on the road in an independent contest on Monday. 

MJ Paulin smashed a two-run home run for Greenfield (6-3), while Michael Pierce doubled and Jackson Petrin singled and doubled in the loss. 

Southwick 5, Frontier 2 — Liam Skribiski-Banack struck out five in six innings of work in the Redhawks’ independent loss to the Rams in Southwick on Monday. 

Tyler Dubreuil knocked a pair of singles, Skribiski-Banack doubled and Kevin Baumann singled for Frontier (7-3). 

Belchertown 10, Athol 2 — The Orioles pushed six runs across in the top of the first inning en route to a 10-2 victory on Monday in Athol.

Belchertown took advantage of 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 the benefit of a hit.

Athol scored its two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Quentin Polana singled and eventually scored, while Jacob Knowles reached on an error and also came around to score.

Smith Academy 21, Mohawk Trail 3 — Deven Buchanon, Oliver Johnson, Hunter Donahue and Ty Griswold each recorded a hit in the Warriors Bi-County League North loss to the Falcons on Monday. 

Logan Moore, Carter Miller, Donahue and Johnson each pitched for Mohawk Trail (0-6, 0-4) in the defeat. 


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