HADLEY – Mount Everett had an uphill battle from the start at Hopkins Academy on Monday.
The No. 2 Golden Hawks scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back on the path to a 12-2 win in less than six full innings.
The Eagles ranked 10th, who celebrated a street win in the playoff opener on Friday, stayed around for a while and were very strong in the middle of the game.
Alec Zdziarski reached the top of fourth with a 5-0 deficit after a mistake, switched to a Kolby Bleau singles and then scored when Jacob TenBrock doubled up with an away. However, Bleau and TenBroeck got stranded and things escaped Everett in the lower half.
Hopkins made four more runs out of six walks and one mistake while pulling off.
Mount Everett’s last hope was a double from Nathaniel Von Ruden with one out. Zdziarski then took him home, but that was all the visitors could muster.
Eagles Pitching issued 15 free passes while the Hopkins staff dropped 12 batters.
Mount Everett 000 110 – 2 4 3
Hopkins Academy 311 421 – 12 6 1