Baseball Roundup: Post 81 Seniors rout S. Hadley

Recorder Staff
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ben Arnold and Owen Phelps combined on a two-hit shutout as Greenfield Post 81 cruised to a 10-0 win over South Hadley Post 260 in an American Legion Senior Division baseball game Thursday evening at Landers Field in South Hadley.

Arnold started and worked the first five innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits and no walks as Post 81 built a 10-0 lead. Phelps came on and pitched the final two innings of perfect relief.

“Ben did an excellent job,” Greenfield coach Kyle Phelps said. “He worked ahead the whole game and kept them off-balance. Owen pitched for the first time at the Senior level and he pitched to contact and the defense played great behind him.”

Greenfield (2-1) scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings before opening things up with three runs in the fifth. Owen MacPhee singled and pinch-runner Luke Viens stole second. Kyle Spencer knocked him home with an RBI single, and he then stole second. Trevor Mankowsky plated him with an RBI single, and went on to steal second before scoring on Danny Szafran’s RBI single. Greenfield wound up with 10 stolen bases.

“Offensively, our aggressiveness was the story,” Phelps said.

Szafran and MacPee both finished with two hits, including a double, in the win. Mankowsky had two hits and three RBIs, and Zach Mooney, Spencer and Tyler Townsley each had one hit and one RBI.

Ethan Fleming suffered the loss, striking out two and walking three in 4⅓ innings, allowing five hits and five runs.

Junior Division

Greenfield 8, Belchertown 3 — A six-run, sixth inning propelled Greenfield Post 81 to a 8-3 win over Belchertown in an American Legion Junior Division game Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Belchertown led 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Joel Peabody led off with a walk and was bunted over by Jake Suhl. Kiernan Freeman (2-for-2, 2 runs scored) tied the game with an RBI single.

Greenfield was not done. With two outs, Kalen Evans singled and he and Freeman both scored on a single by Garrett DeForest. Colin Cloutier then doubled and Jacob Bryant walked to load the bases before Brian Allen walked to force in a run. That brought Peabody back to the plate and the player who started the inning ended the onslaught with a two-run single.

“It was a good win for us to come back like that,” Post 81 coach Tom Bresciano said. “We could have put our heads down and given up, but we battled hard at the plate.”

Peabody pitched well to earn the win, striking out five and allowing three runs on four hits and two walks in five innings. Evans pitched two innings of scoreless relief, striking out a pair.

Tri-County League

Peoples 3, Teddy Bear 1 — People’s Bank scored early and Seth Sypniak pitched six solid innings during a 3-1 win over Teddy Bear Pools in a Tri-County League baseball game Thursday evening at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

People’s got on the board in the first inning when Tom Bouvier singled and scored on a fielder’s choice by Dave Clark. The Bankers added two more runs in the second, one on a Rey Rivera RBI single, and another on a Joe Ferry fielders choice.

That was enough for Sypniak, who struck out five and walked two in six innings to earn the win.

Teddy Bear’s lone run came in the fourth inning. Seth Leslie singled and tried to score on a Chris Williams base hit, but he was thrown out at the plate. Later in the inning, Williams came home when Andrew Sadowski singled.

Sadowski suffered the loss, striking out one and walking two in six innings. Jon Atkins struck out one in an inning of scoreless relief.

Teddy Bear (1-5) returns to action Tuesday at Daley Field in Easthampton at 5:45 to take on Easthampton Savings Bank.