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Post 81, Manny’s win big

Sam Downes and Nick York combined on a one-hitter and Greenfield Post 81 moved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-0 win over Amherst Post 148 in an American Legion Baseball game Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

The win followed a no-hitter by Post 81 pitcher Ben Ruddock Monday night and Greenfield has now outscored opponents 20-0 in the early going, allowing just one hit. Downes pitched the first five innings, striking out five and walking two, while allowing no hits. York came on and pitched the final two innings, striking out two and allowing one hit and no walks. Downes was lifted after five innings despite the no-hit bid, because he has been a reliever in college and was on a pitch count.

“He was used as primarily a reliever in college and we want to build up his arm strength as the summer goes on,” first-year Greenfield coach Tim Capuano said.

Greenfield put up three runs in the first inning to give Downes a lead to work with. Mark Buck doubled to lead off and was later driven home by Brody Markol. Tanner Jillson hit an RBI triple, and Liam Datres de la Blotier hit a sacrifice fly. Post 81 added three more in the fourth, as Buck hit a two-run single and Markol hit an RBI single.

The final run came in the sixth inning when Buck swiped home on a straight steal. Niko Ames walked four times in the win.

Alec Snyder-Fair struck out one and walked five in five innings to suffer the loss.

Tri-County League

Manny’s 12, Chicopee 0 (5) — Austin Finck was one hitter away from throwing a no-hitter but instead he had to settle for a five-inning shutout as Manny’s TV & Appliance blasted Chicopee Falls Tigers, 12-0, in a rain-shortened Tri-County League baseball game Tuesday at Szot Park in Chicopee.

Finck allowed a two-out single in the fifth inning to lose his no-hit bid but finished with four strikeouts and no walks in the shutout.

“I thought, for having not thrown for a while, that Austin looked pretty good,” Manny’s skipper Lee Magee said. “He was throwing strikes, he was around the plate. Clearly he had his stuff working tonight.”

Finck’s job was made easier by the 11 runs Manny’s plated in the first three innings, including three each in the first and second innings. The offense was once again sparked by Bryan Adamski, who continued his early-season assault on opposing pitching, crancking four more hits, including three doubles and driving in five runs.

“We scored some runs tonight,” Magee said. “Adamski is just on fire right now. It’s nice to be able to push some runs across early and take some pressure off our pitchers. And it will be nice to get a little home cooking on Thursday.”

Garrett Hudson and Soren Pelz-Walsh each finished with one hit and two RBIs for Manny’s (2-0-1), Eric Libardoni doubled, and T.J. Meyer singled and drove in a run. Jordan Stempel had two hits, and Luke Wambolt plated a run.

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