Post 81 back on track, 6-2
Parker Hickey chucked seven innings of three-hit ball and Greenfield Post 81 rebounded from its first loss of the season 24 hours earlier to earn a 6-2 win over Easthampton in an American Legion Baseball game Wednesday evening at Daley Field in Easthampton.
Hickey struck out five and walked three and never trailed in the game, allowing single runs in the third and fourth inning. He gave up an RBI single to Hunter Leveille in the third, then allowed an unearned run in the fourth on the only Post 81 error of the game.
“He got stronger as the game went on,” Greenfield skipper Tim Capuano said of Hickey. “He mixed his pitches well. He used his curveball in all counts and he used his changeup really well.”
Greenfield (5-1) scored three times in the third inning to take control of the game. Mark Buck and Niko Ames each walked and then scored on a two-run single by Andrew Doty, who later came around for the third run of the game on a Jake Elwell single.
After Easthampton cut the deficit to 3-2, Greenfield scored twice in the top of the fifth to pull away. Doty walked and scored on a Liam Datres de la Blotier RBI double. Elwell added a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Datres de la Blotier drove in the final run of the game in the seventh by working a bases-loaded walk.
Luke Bakker finished with two hits in the win, and Post 81 stole eight bases on the day, including three from Datres de la Blotier and two from Doty. Greenfield finished with just five hits, but many of them were timely.
“We worked our walks and we are starting to get better at clutch hitting,” Capuano said. “We had a couple hit and runs that really worked well. The guys seem really focus, they had a plan going up to the plate and they really executed.”
Dan Baldwin struck out three and walked five in six innings in the loss.
DiFranco 11, Teddy Bear 2 — Brad Bean had the only hit for Teddy Bear Pools in an 11-2 loss to DiFranco Realty in a Tri-County League game Wednesday at East Longmeadow High School.
Kyle Platner and Zach Bartak each drove in one run on ground-outs in the loss.
DiFranco travels to Daley Field in Easthampton tonight to try and get back in the win column against Easthampton Savings Bank at 6.