Seventh Inning Rally Lifts Oliver Ames to Walk Off Win

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Oliver Ames senior Josh Minuskin slides in safely before the throw for a three run home run in the seventh inning that tied the game. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning faced with a three run deficit, it looked like Oliver Ames was headed to its ninth loss of the season.

With two outs, not much had changed with the Tigers still trailing 4-1 to the Mansfield Hornets. But on a 2-2 count, OA senior Josh Minuskin belted a three-run home run into left center field, tying the game and it looked like the game was destined to head to extra innings.

But a walk, a single and a hit batter later, suddenly Oliver Ames had the bases loaded and a chance to win. Freshman Chris Pearsons blooped one into left field, right in between a charging left fielder and a pair of back pedaling infielders to score the winning run and the Tigers walked off with a 5-4 win at Frothingham Park.

The rally started with a one out walk drawn by senior Matt Mancini. After a pop out for the second out, sophomore Matt Muir battled his way to a walk to put two on with two outs. Minuskin got a fast ball on a 2-2 pitch and launched it into left center. Mancini and Muir came around to score easily and after a slight bobble at the cutoff in left, Minuskin was sent home and he was able to beat the throw to tie the game.

“He’s a senior captain and that was a bomb, easily the furthest hit all day,” Oliver Ames head coach Leo Duggan said. “With the weather today, we didn’t think the ball would go that far. And then coach [Ed] Rollo sent him home because there was an issue at the cutoff so that was a great call right there.

“We’re thinking we’re going to lose 4-1 or 4-2 maybe if Josh gets a single but then he got a good pitch he could drive and that was a bomb.”

The bases didn’t stay clear for long with Ryan Adams drawing a four pitch walk. Kyle Gagliardi followed with an infield single between third and short to put two on with two out. Sophomore Mitch Goulet was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the freshman Pearson. Pearson connected on the second pitch her saw, blooping one into left as Adams scampered home, sending the Tigers into a frenzy.

“We were happy we tied it so we had [Zach] Sato, probably our best pitcher, was going to warm up for the eighth,” Duggan admitted. “Then Ryan [Adams] drew a walk, Kyle singled and Mitchell got hit. We were playing for extra innings but all of a sudden they woke up. Chris is only a freshman and he seems to be getting better everyday. That was a big situation and he came through.

“That was a great ending, I’ve seen a lot in my long time coaching. We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.”

Mansfield took the lead in the fourth inning and added a run in each of the fifth and seventh innings. However, the feeling was one the Hornets have had before.

“I just talked to the guys about playing a complete seven innings,” Mansfield head coach Joe Breen said. “For a team that hasn’t had the lead in the seventh inning a lot of times this seasons, I think we get a little too excited and think the game is over and don’t play to the last out. Unfortunately for us and fortunately for them, they played through the last out and came out on top.”

A leadoff single from Zack Peterson in the top of the fourth got things started for the Hornets. Junior Aidan Cahill followed it up by reaching on a throwing error and senior Mike Arnold loaded the bases with no outs after getting hit with a pitch. Tyrone Pascual grounded into a fielder’s choice, plating Peterson to make it 1-0. Jake Tryder singled in Cahill at the next at bat to double the Hornets’ lead.

Mansfield struck again an inning later with freshman Dan Saraceno leading off with a single. A sacrifice bunt from recently called up sophomore Cullin Anastasia pushed Saraceno to second and a ground out from junior Max Boen pushed the runner to third. Peterson came through with a two out base hit up the middle to extend Mansfield’s lead to 3-0.

Oliver Ames was able to pull a run back in the bottom half of the inning to cut the deficit to two. Mancini reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a double from senior Chris Romero. Muir then knocked Mancini in with a grounder to second.

It looked like the Hornets added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, again getting the lead off man on base. Colin Gibbons singled and moved to second on a sac bunt from Saraceno. Max Boen’s sac bunt attempt turned into an error with the throw hitting him as he raced to first, allowing Gibbons to scamper home to make it 4-1.

OA’s Michael Mulrean got the win for the Tigers, allowing a run in two innings of work. Muir was the starter, going five innings with two earned runs allowed. Jack Neureuter pitched a scoreless four innings for Mansfield while Jared Menzer pitched the final three innings.

Oliver Ames baseball improves to 6-8 overall and 6-5 in league play, putting them in second place in the Davenport Division. The Tigers will host Sharon on Monday while Mansfield (4-9 league, 5-10 overall) will play host to North Attleboro on the same day.

Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/29/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Sharon, 4 @ Canton, 7 – Final

Oliver Ames, 10 @ Foxboro, 9 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Matt Muir’s strong week continued as the sophomore pitched a scoreless bottom half of the seventh inning to seal the deal after the Tigers incredible comeback. Oliver Ames trailed 9-4 heading into the seventh inning but rattled off six runs to take the lead. Kyle Gagliardi had three hits for OA, Ryan Adams knocked in four runs on two hits and Mitch Goulet and Muir each added two hits for the Tigers.

Taunton, 5 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Sophomore Christian Simoes blasted his first career home run off the foul pole in left field to break a 3-3 tie game in the top of the fourth to lift the Tigers. Taunton added a bases loaded walk in the same inning to create the separation. Mansfield struck in the first inning before Taunton took a 2-1 lead in the second and 3-1 lead in the top of the third. Mansfield tied the game in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs. Taunton senior Luke Figueira earned his fourth win of the season, scattering five hits in five innings of work, striking out two. Max Bowden earned the save, striking out two while not allowing a hit in two innings of work. Matt Machado had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, Charles Hearrold III had two hits, two RBI and a run scored and William Emerson added two hits for Taunton. Mansfield junior Zack Peterson had a pair of doubles and runs scored, Aidan Cahill had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and Mike Arnold had an RBI for the Hornets.

Milford, 3 @ Stoughton, 4 – FinalClick here for a recap from the game.

Softball
Canton, 2 @ Sharon, 4 – Final – Sharon junior Clara Cook recorded 11 strikeouts and only allowed five hits to pace the Eagles to their second straight win. Senior Rachel Usen was 2-3 with two runs scored, freshman Rebecca Clayman had a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored and senior Jenny Friedman was 2-3 with a pair of singles.

King Philip, 13 vs. St. Peter Marian, 0 – Final (6 inn.) – King Philip wasted no time jumping all over the defending D1 State Champions, plating 10 runs in the first inning. Christa Wagner went 3-3 and Hailey McCasland, Meghan Gorman and Jenn Hutnyan all added two hits for the Warriors. Hutnyan closed out the game with a two-run home run for KP. Kali Magane pitched three innings for the Warriors, striking out eight of the nine batters she faced.

Mansfield, 0 @ Taunton, 10 – Final – The Tigers used a six hit, six run sixth inning to break open the game and score a big win over Mansfield. Taunton loaded the bases in the first but a throw home from Marissa Staffier and a pair of strikeouts helped the Hornets get out unscathed. Taunton scored one run in the second, one in the third and two in fourth to build a lead. Aimee Kistner continued her shutout streak to start the season, pitching six inning, striking out 13 with just one walk. Courtney Fisher retired the side in order in the seventh for Taunton. Meghan Navarro went 3-3 with a double, Liana Duarte was 3-4 with a triple and an RBI, Jordan Wade was 2-4 with a triple and an RBI and Jaime Brown went 2-3 and knocked in a pair of runs. Mansfield freshmen Megan Letendre, Mady Bendanillo and Caty DeMassi each had a hit for the Hornets.

Milford, 8 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Milford’s Kelley Reichert only allowed two hits in five innings of work, striking out four to earn the win for the Scarlet Hawks. Kate Irwin had a pair of hits and stolen bases, Jess Tomaso was 2-4 with a triple and an RBI, Jill Powers knocked in a pair of runs and both Maddy Bonvino and Shannon Cormier hit a homerun. Stoughton freshmen Freshman Jordan Lyons and Jeni D’Andrea each had a hit as well as sophomore Val Whalen and senior Nicole Bodette for the Black Knights.

Boys Lacrosse
Canton, 4 @ Foxboro, 5 – FinalClick here for a recap from the game.

Mansfield, 16 @ Sharon, 11 – Final

Milford, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 16 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Max Bamford and sophomore Owen Gallagher paced Oliver Ames’ offense, finding the back of the net four times apiece. Sophomore Eric LeBlanc added a pair of goals and assists for the Tigers.

Girls Lacrosse
Foxboro, 16 @ Canton, 3 – Final

Sharon, 10 @ Mansfield, 18 – Final – Caroline Maher led the way for the Hornets with five goals and Marie Foley added four. Katy Garvin also had a hat trick for Mansfield, which also got two goals apiece from Julia Todesco, Emily Aarons and Maggie Dunn According to head coach Alexis Kobey, Cat Daly and Kaleigh Jodice played well on defense and Victoria Lawlor had a great game in goal.

Oliver Ames, 17 @ Milford, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Abby Duval paced an explosive Tiger offense in a big win on the road. Duval finished with a team-high five goals, adding two assists as well. Sam Lang and Erin Fitzgerald each netted a hat trick with an assist, Sofia Masciarelli and Hannah Friend each scored twice and had an assists, Devin Gardner had an assist and a goal and Emalyn Duvall scored once for OA. Ariana Waldorf made 10 saves in net for the Tigers.

Boys Tennis
Sharon, 5 @ Canton, 0 – Final – It was a clean sweep for the Eagles, who didn’t drop a game in four of the five matches. Griffin Fein (first singles), Han Cui (third singles), Adam Dobbin and Alex Romantz (first doubles) and Tilak Mehta and Danujan Thiru (second doubles) all won 6-0, 6-0. Sharon sophomore Fred Bondar completed the sweep with a 6-3, 6-1 win at second singles.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final

Taunton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final

Girls Tennis
Canton, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – Final – Sharon didn’t lose a game at two of the three singles matches and won all five in straight sets. Lulu Yuan won 6-2, 6-1 at first singles while Nupur Shulka and Emily Wen each won 6-0, 6-0 at second and third singles, respectively. Pooja Puttigampala and Michel Kondratiev won 6-3, 6-2 at first doubles and Sydney Gordon and Akhila Songadi won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles for the Eagles.

Foxboro, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Foxboro won all three singles in straight sets without dropping a game to edge the Tigers. Diana Prinos (first singles), Sophia Prinos (second singles) and Lexi Nelson (third singles) all won 6-0, 6-0. Oliver Ames’ Valeria Tueme and Claudia Ferrara battled for a 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4) win while Rachel Stryke and Olivia Groebe won 6-3, 3-6 7-6 (8-6) at second doubles for the Tigers.

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton swept both doubles matches and sealed the win with a victory at second singles. Junior Olivia Sweeney won 6-2, 6-4 at second singles while juniors Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor won 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) at first doubles and junior Caroline Hebert and freshman Jillian Pagliuca won 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles. Mansfield’s Paulina Martin won 6-2, 6-1 at first singles and sophomore Sarah Doyle on 6-3, 6-0 at third singles.

Boys Volleyball
Taunton, 0 @ Quincy, 3 – Final

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/27/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Mansfield, 1 @ Attleboro, 5 – Final – Attleboro starting pitching Nolan Kane was superb in six innings of work, allowing just one unearned run. Kane struck out four and allowed just three hits to get the win. At the plate, Dakota Kirby was 3-3 with a big two RBI double in the sixth inning and Nate Tellier had a pair of hits, scored one run and had a stolen base. Attleboro head coach Matt Bosh noted that Brandon Galvao played excellent defense at first base. Matt Callahan came in and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the Bombardiers.

Canton, 2 @ Stoughton, 13 – Final – Ryan Sullivan did it all for the Black Knights, picking up the win on the mound and helping his cause at the plate. Sullivan tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a pair of walks while striking out four. At the plate, he scored three runs and knocked in a pair of runs. Luke Johnson led Stoughton’s offense, hitting a triple with the bases loaded and finished with another triple a run scored and five RBI. Jake Gibb went 2-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Doug Seaman scored two runs, Justin Hutchinson drove in a pair of runs and Nick Quattrucci also had a triple.

Sharon, 4 @ Foxboro, 8 – Final – Darren Kelly and Jesse Galanti each reached base three times and came around to score three runs each to pace Foxboro’s offense. Nick Wright and Steve Couroupacis combined on the mound for seven strikeouts.

Franklin, 6 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Franklin used a four run seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and secure the win. With the bases loaded and two outs, Franklin sophomore Jake Noviello’s fly ball fell in the infield for a pair of runs and Mike Skaza followed with a two run single to create the separation. North Attleboro took a 1-0 lead in the first inning behind an RBI single from Ridge Olsen, scoring Kyle McCarthy (single). The Panthers tied it up in the top of the third when Ryan Hodgkins singled, stole second and was sacrificed to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Nick Santucci. Franklin took the lead in the top of the fifth when Tyler Gomes singled in Hodgkins (triple). The Rocketeers quickly tied things up in the bottom of the inning behind a home run from sophomore Zach DeMattio. Hodgkins finished 2-4 with a pair of runs, Jake Lyons was 2/2 with a run and Santucci finished with three walks, a run and an RBI. Jake Noviello went six innings, striking out a pair while allowing two runs on four hits. Jason Ulrickson closed the game out for Franklin. North Attleboro’s Andy Katch was stellar in 6.2 innings of work, striking out three.

Taunton, 3 @ King Philip, 4 – Final

Milford, 10 @ Oliver Ames, 11 – Final (12 inn.) – In a back and forth affair, Oliver Ames was able to prevail in the 12th inning. Sophomore Mitch Goulet led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed to second and the Tigers walked off on an RBI single from sophomore Matt Muir. Muir and senior Chris Romero each had three hits for the Tigers.

Softball
Attleboro, 4 @ Mansfield, 6 – Final – Mansfield’s Rachel Carafa went 2-3 with an RBI, Maddie Letendre had two hits, Megan Letendre had an RBI and Kara Bendanillo and Jocelyn Reardon each had a hit for the Hornets. Maddie Letendre allowed just three hits while striking out nine for the win.

Stoughton, 3 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Gina Carafa pitched well for the Black Knights, giving up one run on five hits and striking out eight for the win. Offensively, Stoughton was led by Jordan Lyons, Jenni D’Andrea and Nicole Bodette, who got a pair of hits each. Bri Ferrandiz (RBI), Gina Carafa and Sam Tullis also got hits in the win for the Black Knights.

Foxboro, 5 @ Sharon, 8 – Final – Sharon junior Clara Cook threw a complete game, collecting 11 strikeouts and allowing eight hits. Offensively, Cook was 2-4 with a first inning RBI triple and a sixth inning RBI single. Senior catcher Rachel Usen and freshman Rebecca Clayman were also also 2-4, each recording a pair of singles. Sharon head coach Deb Parker said freshman Jody Goldenberg played an outstanding game in right field.

Franklin, 9 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Maddie Connelly and Alexx Niss each knocked in three runs as Franklin picked up a big win over division rival North Attleboro. Connelly went 4-5 with three RBI while Niss had a three-run home run along with three walks. Olivia DiGiacomo added a two RBI double, Clara DeCarvalho had three hits and Olivia Haba had three hits and an RBI. Caroline D’Aprile picked up the win, going five innings with five strikeouts. Emily Sawyer pitched the final two innings for the Panthers.

King Philip, 0 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Milford, 10 – Final – It was another perfect day at the plate for sophomore Emily Piergustavo, going 3-3 with a double and an RBI. Shannon Cormier went 2-2 with a pair of RBI and Maggie Farrell knocked in a pair and had a triple. Maddy Bonvino was 2/3 with a double and Jess Tomaso was 1/2 with a sacrifice fly. Ali Atherton tossed a complete game, striking out eight. Oliver Ames’ Rachel Han was 3-4 with a pair of singles, a double and two RBI. Victoria Ziner was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and Lexie Campbell (1-3, two runs scored) and Jamie Gottwald also scored for the Tigers on Han’s double.

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 14 – Final – Ten different players found the back of the net for King Philip, who built a big lead and never let it go. Freshman Collin DeVellis led the Warriors with a hat trick and one assist while juniors John DeLuca and Ben Palmer each netted a pair of goals and had one assist. Freshman Robbie Tartaglia scored his first career goal in the win.

Canton, 8 @ North Attleboro, 7 – Final (2OT) – Ben O’Neill scored a team-high five goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime to give the Bulldogs a big league win. The Bulldogs trailed 6-4 at halftime but were able to limit Big Red to just one goal in the second half and overtime periods. Canton goalie Chris Albert was a big reason for that with 19 saves. Joe Mulkay, Dan Dillon and Mike Shaw each scored once and Shaun Kirby finished with three assists for Canton.

Milford, 1 @ Foxboro, 25 – Final – Louis Piccolo was in the giving mood on Wednesday, recording a career-high 10 assists in the Warriors’ big win. Piccolo also scored twice while Andrew Whalen scored four goals and had one assist, Trey Guerrini scored four goals and had two assists, Colby Nickerson notched a hat trick and Brian Buckner had one goal and one assist.

Mansfield, 7 @ Franklin, 15 – Final – The Panthers built a six goal lead by halftime and stretched the margin to double figures (16-5) by the start of the fourth quarter. Austin Kent led Franklin with eight points, scoring five goals and adding three assists while sophomore Eric Civetti scored six goals and had one assist. Sam Arsenault added a hat trick in the for Franklin. Freshman Jacob Alexander continued his dominance at the X, winning 23/28 faceoffs. Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi touted the play of his defense in front of sophomore goalie Connor O’Rourke (six saves).

Sharon, 13 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 3 @ King Philip, 13 – Final

North Attleboro, 16 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Mackenzie Rosenberg led North Attleboro’s offense with five goals while senior goalie Brooke Ebert played strong with 20 saves in net.

Foxboro, 19 @ Milford, 2 – Final

Franklin, 18 @ Mansfield, 8 – Final – Julia Jette paced Franklin’s offense with four goals and one assist while Caroline Lounsbury and Annie Walsh each found the back of the net three times in the Panthers’ win.

Oliver Ames, 11 @ Sharon, 8 – Final

Boys Tennis
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – The Hornets swept singles play and won at first doubles to get the divisional win. Benny Lin picked up a 6-0, 6-3 win at first singles, freshman Luke Nickerson won 6-1, 7-5 at second singles and Gus Daganhardt won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Mansfield’s final point came from Danny Radev and Sam Cavicchi with a 6-1, 7-5 win at first doubles. Attleboro’s Khaled Hantash and Ahijah Joseph won 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 at second doubles.

Canton, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final

Sharon, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – The Eagles won each match in straight sets in a big divisional test against the Warriors. Junior Griffin Fein won at first singles, sophomore Fred Bondar won 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and senior Han Cui took a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles. Junior Alex Romantz and senior Adam Dobbin teamed for a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles and Tilak Mehta and Dahujan Thiru won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles for Sharon.

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Franklin won three matches in straight sets and had to battle through to others to get the sweep. Junior Eli Brooks won 6-4, 6-2 at second singles and freshman Dan Barrow picked up a 7-5, 6-3 decision at third singles. James Johnston and Tom Mancini won 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles for Franklin. Junior Rahul Herur had to battle back after dropping the first set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at first singles. The team of Cam Piana and Jeremy Gan had to the same to get a 6-7, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8) win at second doubles for the Panthers.

Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – King Philip handled business against the visiting Tigers, taking all five matches in straight sets. Cole Ginter won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Garrett Schneider won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles and Blake Ginter won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles. KP’s Sam Colella and Ryan Gemelli won 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles and Justin Rohan and Jake Webster paired for a 6-0, 6-1 victory at second doubles.

Milford, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final – The Hornets picked up the win in dominating fashion on Wednesday. Paulina Martin won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Kathleen Giffels won by the same score at second singles. Sophomore Sarah Doyle won 6-2, 6-0 at third singles. Mansfield senior Cathryn Heavey and junior Chloe Peters won 6-0, 6-0 and freshmen Tessa Garufi and Elizabeth Elsner won 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8) at second doubles.

Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 4 – Final – Canton swept through singles play and added a fourth win via first doubles against rival Stoughton. Carly Scanlon won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Skyler Jabbour won by the same score at second singles and Jude Aboukhater won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles. The Bulldogs wrapped up the win behind a 6-2, 6-1 victory from Tiffany Ha and Sarah MacQuarrie at first doubles. Stoughton’s Becca Lawson and Alyssa McGillicuddy battled back for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at second doubles.

Foxboro, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – Final – Sharon freshman Nupur Shulka won a three set thriller to clinch the match for the Eagles. Shulka dropped the first set but battled back for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 win to hand Sharon the win. The Eagles swept doubles play to help clinch the win. Pooja Puttigampala and Katie Merport won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and Michelle Cao and Rithica Neti won 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles. Foxboro’s Diana Prinos won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and Sophia Prinos won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.

Franklin, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – The Rocketeers continued their undefeated start to the season with a sweep of visiting Franklin. Julia Mark picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win at first singles, Jordan Willis won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Allie Grinavic won 6-0, 6-2 at third singles. The Rocketeers continued to win in doubles play with Jhanavi Kapadia and Emily Chiasson winning 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Gabby Duva and Azka Siddiq winning 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.

King Philip, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames swept singles play and notched a win at second doubles to secure the win on the road. Riley Spillane used strong net play to pick up a 6-3, 6-1 win at first singles, Jackie Sulkala’s strong serves aided a 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and freshman Sarah Leger was resilient in a 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-4 win at third singles. OA’s Rachel Stryke and Olivia Groebe won 6-2, 6-4 at second doubles. Milford’s Julie Rabinowitcz and Megan Cafarella won 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles for the Scarlet Hawks.

Boys Outdoor Track
King Philip, 62 @ Attleboro, 74 – Final

Girls Outdoor Track
King Philip, 99 @ Attleboro, 36 – Final

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 3 @ Marlboro, 1 – Final

Sato, Adams Power Oliver Ames Past Canton

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Oliver Ames senior Zach Sato struck out six in six scoreless innings of work. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Six solid innings from senior Zach Sato and a three run fifth inning helped Oliver Ames score its first win of the season with a 4-0 decision over Canton.

Oliver Ames took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third and then capitalized on a pair of Bulldogs’ errors in the fifth inning to tack on insurance runs.

Sato tossed six innings in his second start of the season, striking out six batters, walking two and allowing just a pair of hits to get the win.

“Zach’s been in the program for four years now, he’s worked really hard,” Oliver Ames head coach Leo Duggan said. Sato also pitched 3.1 innings in the season debut against Franklin. “He practiced with us last year but didn’t play, he just pitched JV. I thought he did a nice job today, he kept the ball low and kept it away from guys like [Joe] Peccia and [Kevin] Powers. They are aggressive, they were going after the first pitch.”

Both Sato and Canton senior left hander Sean Doyle were efficient through the first two innings. Sato allowed a walk in the first inning but escaped without harm. After allowing a leadoff bunt single to Mike McMahon in the second, OA catcher Josh Minuskin threw him out at second on a steal attempt and Sato got two straight outs.

Doyle let up a leadoff double but induced two ground balls to Powers at shortstop and ended the bottom of the first with a strikeout. Kevin Geary advanced to third after a leadoff single but Doyle induced a pop up to strand the runner.

Sato needed just 10 pitches to get through the top of the third inning and OA used that momentum to cash in in the bottom half. Sophomore Matt Muir led off with a single up the left field line and moved to second on a sac bunt from Chris Romero. A wild pitch moved Muir up to third and senior Ryan Adams laced a shot down the right field line for an RBI triple to take the lead.

After both sides went down in order in the the fourth, Oliver Ames added insurance in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Mancini started the inning with a four pitch walk and stole second. Doyle got two straight infield pop ups and looked like was going to get out of the inning unharmed but an error gave the Tigers life.

Minuskin hit a grounder to third but the throw sailed over first to advance Mancini to third. Adams then found space in the right side to bring Mancini home and push Minuskin to third. A dropped pitched allowed Adams to move to second and Mitch Goulet walked to load the bases.

Canton brought Joe Peccia in to pitch. Geary got contact on the first pitch and it rolled to short. But the throw for the out at second couldn’t be caught and both Minuskin and Adams came across the plate to make it 4-0.

“We haven’t got those [breaks] yet this year,” Duggan said. “We’ve played Franklin, North and Stoughton who have all done really well.”

Sophomore Chris Perron made his varsity debut with a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh to earn the save.

Adams finished 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored while Muir had two hits and Geary finished with one.

“Ryan had a big game,” Duggan said. “Muir had a pretty good game, Chris [Romero] and Josh [Minuskin] haven’t really hit yet but Ryan stepped up and performed well today.”

“The bottom line is that when you have two hits, it’s pretty hard to win a game,” Canton coach JP Scott said. “That fifth inning hurt us. We’re still trying to figure out where we’re going to be defensively and trying to get the right combination on both offense and defense. You just can’t make mistakes like that against bad teams let along teams like Oliver Ames.”

McMahon and sophomore Matt Casamento each had a hit for the Bulldogs.

Oliver Ames (1-3) will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to New Bedford for a 11:00AM non-league contest with the Whalers. Canton will next play host to Fairhaven on Tuesday at 11:00AM.

“t was nice to get the win,” Duggan said. “It had been a while since we had lost three games in a row. I think we’ll be alright, we’re still trying to piece together stuff. Now we have three non league games with New Bedford, Silver Lake and Falmouth. The schedule is tough.”

Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Noviello, Franklin Open Season With Win At OA

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Franklin sophomore Jake Noviello struck out six in his varsity debut to earn the win. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Franklin plated three runs in the fourth inning and sophomore Jake Noviello was solid on the mound in his varsity debut to lead the Panthers to a 4-2 win over Oliver Ames.

The Panthers erased a two run deficit by sending eight batters to the plate in the fourth inning. Noviello surrendered an unearned run in the first and an earned run in the fourth, allowing just five hits and striking out six to get his first career win.

“Always good to get a win,” Franklin head coach Zach Brown said as the Panthers defeated OA for the second straight year. “Oliver Ames is an excellent team and an excellent program with great coaches and great players so it was good to get this win.”

Although the game was played at Frothingham Park in Easton, Franklin was the home side and batted in the bottom half. To start the bottom of the fourth inning, Franklin senior Josh Macchi singled up the middle and advanced to second when Noviello drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and a walk to Brad Jarosz loaded the bases.

Sophomore Matt Foley’s hit down the line in right fell in, bringing Macchi in to cut the deficit in half. Junior Ryan Hodgkin’s hit to third brought pinch runner Steve Ferguson in to tie the game. Senior Joe Corsi hit one through the left side of the infield to plate Foley and take a 3-2 lead.

OA took the lead in the first inning with Chris Romero reaching on a fielder’s choice. Josh Minuskin blooped one into center with two outs to bring Romero home and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead after the top half of the first. The Tigers extended their lead in the top of the fourth. Minuskin singled to lead off and moved to second off a single from sophomore Mitch Goulet. Kevin Geary moved both runners up a base and then Minuskin came home on a wild pitch.

Noviello was solid throughout. He stuck out a pair in the second and then fanned another in the third. With a runner on third in the fourth, he induced a fly ball to right and a groundout to short to get out of the inning. He allowed one hit in the fifth but escaped without any further and then ended his day on the mound with a 1-2-3 sixth inning, punctuated with a strikeout for his last out.

“Jake was with us basically for the stretch run last year and we knew he was going to be an important part of the team this year and moving forward,” Brown said. “To say this came as a complete surprise wouldn’t be fair. We’re proud of him, we’re proud of all of our guys. They competed hard. Jake did a great job trying to stay ahead and work down in the zone.”

Noviello’s sixth inning came with a big assist from Foley. Ryan Adams led off with a hard hit single into right. Minuskin followed with a rip to right field himself but Foley snagged it and then fired back to first to double up the Tigers.

Hodgkins and Corsi drew walks to open up the bottom of the sixth and junior Jake Lyons reached on an error to load the bases. Tyler Gomes launched a hit into left center field but OA junior Travis Campbell leaped into the air for a diving catch to limit the damage to just a sacrifice fly as Franklin went up 4-2.

Franklin senior Mike Skaza needed just 14 pitched for a perfect final inning to get the save.

“Mike is the veteran arm that we have coming back,” Brown said. ”We figured it would be best for us to have him at the back end of games, getting those outs that mean the most. He did a great job today.”

OA senior Zach Sato suffered the loss, going 3.1 innings and allowing three earned runs. Oliver Ames’ pitchers combined to walk seven Franklin batters.

“We’ve got a long ways to go,” OA coach Leo Duggan said. “I thought Sato pitched alright. This was his first varsity start and for three innings he kept the ball down, I think he just got a little tired after that. We didn’t help him out after that. We dropped the ball in right field, we had a mistake at third. Walks killed us today too.

“I thought Muir (2-2) had a great game, he made two legitimate great plays on defense. We’ve got so many kids and we’re experimenting who’s going to be in the lineup still. We only had five hits, we didn’t get any hits from the bottom of the order.”

Franklin baseball (1-0) returns to action on Monday when they travel to Sharon (0-0) to take on the Eagles. Oliver Ames (0-1) will travel to North Attleboro (0-1) on the same day.

Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Baseball: Davenport Division Preview 2016

Stoughton junior Ryan Sullivan will look to try and lead the Black Knights to the playoffs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Stoughton junior Ryan Sullivan will look to try and lead the Black Knights to the playoffs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2015 Record: 11-11
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: JP Scott

The Bulldogs graduated a handful of key pieces from last year’s team that reached the playoffs but they also return plenty of experienced players and hope to reach the playoffs again.

“The expectation for us is to have a successful season and make a run for a small Hock title,” Canton head coach JP Scott said. “But our main goal of the season will be to make it back to the state tournament like we did in 2015.”

Canton has 11 seniors on the roster this season led by captains Griffin Jerrier and Joe Peccia. Jerrier has plenty of experience on the bump while Peccia was second on the team last year with a .393 batting average. The Bulldogs also have their top batter back in Kevin Powers, who batted over .400 last year and drove in 15 runs in the season. Powers was also one of Canton’s top pitchers after logging over 40 innings in 2015.

Scott also brings back Jim Jenkins, Mike McMahon, Sean Doyle and Joe Bires, all which have starting experience. Junior Jackson Maffeo, fresh off a tremendous season on the ice, is expected to contribute in his first season on varsity.

FOXBORO

2015 Record: 4-16
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Chris Sullivan

After just four wins last year, the Warriors look poised to improve on that this year. Foxboro graduated just two seniors year last and have seven starters back for 2016.

“This is the hardest working and most dedicated group that has come through the school since I graduated in 2002,” head coach Chris Sullivan said. “We have a ton of guys who worked hard in the weight room, in the cages, and by playing competitive summer baseball this past offseason.”

Justin Garcia will lead a strong group of experienced pitchers. Garcia had a 1.54 ERA last season, striking out nearly 50 batters to rank near the top of the league. Colin Thoener, Darren Kelly and Aaron Wentling will also all see time on the mound this season.

Chad Bearce will likely handle first base while Garcia is on the mound while Darren Kelly and John Cronin will see time up the middle. Thoener will show off his defensive prowess at third and senior Nick Wright will return for his third season patrolling centerfield for Foxboro. AJ Cavossa, AJ Bubencik and Cam Feldman will all split the other outfield time and Jesse Galanti is back behind the plate for the third consecutive season.

MILFORD

2015 Record: 11-10
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Paul Pellegrini

After just getting into the postseason last year, Milford has key pieces back in key positions to try and keep their playoff streak alive.

“This team is a very athletic team with lots of versatility,” head coach Paul Pellegrini said. “If we put everything together, which I believe we will, we should be fun to watch. We will definitely be very competitive and strong team all around.”

One big reason that Milford has a shot at getting back there is sophomore Aidan Wilde, who led the league as a freshman in batting last year. He hit had 36 hits and hit .537 with 21 RBI and was selected as the HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. Junior Blake Hill has batted .360 over the past two years and will also be a key part of the Scarlet Hawks pitching staff.

Junior Alex Macek will be one of the more experienced pitchers in the Davenport and will be relied upon as Milford tries to replace Griffin Lynch and Alex Croteau. Brian Ireland, who also is the starting third baseman, will also get innings for Milford this season.

OLIVER AMES

2016 Record: 15-7
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Leo Duggan

Losing arguably the two top players in the league will be tough for Oliver Ames but the Tigers have been the class of the league in recent years and have reloaded year after year.

Oliver Ames has won six straight league titles but this season might be the biggest challenge. Hockomock MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Brendan Welch is off at SNHU now and Mike Ferrara, who set the single season hit record for the Tigers, is out at Worcester State.

However, Leo Duggan has infielder Chris Romero back to lead OA after batting .474 last year, good for fourth in the league. Romero gets it done at the plate, in the field and on the bases – stealing 18 bases last year. Romero will be joined by Josh Minuskin, who saw time all over the field last year and will settle in behind the plate in 2016.

Ryan Adams will be another key piece, playing in 18 games last year and batting .404 with 10 RBI. Sophomore Matt Muir also returns after a standout freshman year. Sam Burr, Kevin Geary, Mitchell Goulet and Nick Zwerle should all see some innings on the mound this season.

Sharon

2015 Record: 6-14
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Kee Arguimbau

For the first time in nearly a half a century, there will be a new head coach for the Sharon Eagles baseball team. After 44 years at the helm, Joel Peckham retired after last season and assistant Kee Arguimbau has taken the reigns.

Senior Isaac Miley will be a leader that Arguimbau will rely on all over the place. He’s been on varsity since his sophomore year and is returns as the starting shortstop this season and will be one of the program’s top pitchers.

Senior Mark Botaish will also see a lot of time on the mound and will man third base when he’s not pitching. Arguimbau noted Botaish’s strong junior season and is hoping that will be built on this year. Andrew Filipkowski is back in the outfield for his third season and will be relied upon to get the offense started from the leadoff spot.

Junior Jake Marglous is back at catcher again this season and classmate Aiden Arnold is back to man first base. Arnold was also one of the Eagles’ top hitters last season and will help pace the offense this year. Arguimbau also expect contributions from Rob Bayha, Mike Dumont, Jordan Chabot, Ryan Crooks and Spencer Singer.

Stoughton

2015 Record: 9-11
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mike Armour

The Black Knights came up just short of the postseason last year but return a strong core and are poised to punch their ticket to the playoffs in 2016.

“With a mix of experience and youth, we are looking to field a competitive team this season that should be able to compete with anybody,” head coach Mike Armour said.

Jake Gibbs has been one of the top players in the league the last two seasons and will look to do the same during his senior year behind the plate. Junior Ryan Sullivan showed a lot on the mound last season and will see a lot of innings along with juniors Justin Hutchinson and Nico Parmeggiani and senior Barry Cooke.

Armour is looking for Doug Seaman to take on an expanded role during his senior season after being limited to just hitting last season. Junior Jack Connelly will man first base for the Black Knights while Joe Piana will see time at third base. Expect Chris McNulty, Nick Quattrucci, Matt Gallagher, Luke Johnson, Michael Batte to all see time in the field while Jared Maher will log some innings on the mound.