Manny’s knocks off Peoples, 4-2
And then there was one.
Friday night featured a meeting of the final two unbeaten teams in the Tri-County League this season and Garrett Hudson’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning lifted Manny’s TV & Appliance Center to a 4-2 win over Peoples Bank at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke.
Peoples leads the TCL and entered the game 10-0-0 on the season, while Manny’s entered the day in second place at 5-0-1. The game featured a pitching duel between Manny’s lefty Dusty Mones and Peoples’ hurler Nick Noblit and each pitcher allowed one run in both the second and fifth innings. That left the score tied at 2-2 heading into the seventh when Eric Libardoni got the TV & Appliance men going with a leadoff walk. That spelled the end of the day for Noblit, who finished with three strikeouts against four walks and four hits in six innings. Reliever Tom Mahoney was greeted by Soren Pelz-Walsh who hit an infield single, and Brian Hayes followed with a dribbler up the first base line that moved both runners into scoring position.
Mahoney then intentionally walked Bryan Adamski to load the bases, and it looked like the move might work when he struck out Austin Finck looking for the second out of the inning. Hudson, a rookie and the youngest member of the team, came through in the clutch when he sent a pitch back up the middle to score the two go-ahead runs.
“It’s nice to get contributions from so many people,” Manny’s manager Lee Magee said. “We’ve been getting contributions from the new guys, the rookies. It has usually been pitching, but it was nice to see Garrett come through on offense.”
Mones went back out for the bottom of the seventh inning and kept Peoples off the board to complete his night. The most veteran of any pitcher on the team, Mones finished with three strikeouts and allowed five hits and three walks.
“I thought it was our best chance to have the veteran out there who knows how to pitch,” Magee said. “They have a lot of lefties in the lineup so it was nice to throw the lefty out there. He kept them off balance for the most part.”
Manny’s scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning when Libardoni hit an RBI single between third and short but Peoples responded in the bottom of the inning on a Joe Ferry RBI single. The visitors went back up by a run in the fifth when Adamski hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Pelz-Walsh, who had walked earlier in the inning. Once again Peoples responded in the bottom of the frame when Sam Goodwin-Boyd singled to drive in a run.
Manny’s (6-0-1) returns home Sunday afternoon at 1:30 to take on Sampson Chapels.
Wilbraham 9, Teddy Bear 0 — Andrew Sadowski gave up nine runs on nine hits over seven innings and Teddy Bear Pools suffered a 9-0 loss to Wilbraham Funeral Home in a TCL game Friday night at Farrell Field in Wilbraham.
Zach Bartak tripled for Teddy Bear (2-5-0), which collected six hits on the night. Casey Blanchard finished with two hits in the loss, while Justin Carey, Sadowski and Tom Malooly each had one hit.
Teddy will try to get back into the win column on Sunday at noon at Valiton Field in South Deerfield against DiFranco Realty.
Greenfield 6, Springfield 5 (8) — Liam Datres de la Blotier roped an RBI single in the eighth inning to rescue Greenfield Post 81 from a sloppy defensive effort in a 6-5 win over Springfield Post 21 in an American Legion Baseball game Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Greenfield made six errors on the night, leading to three unearned runs for Springfield, but the Post 81 offense came through with timely hits to keep things close. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Andrew Doty led off by reaching on an error and then came around to score when Datres de la Blotier lined a single between third and short that was nearly caught by Springfield third baseman Sam Allen, who made a diving play, but it tipped off his glove and Doty came around easily to score.
“It was not what we were looking for defensively,” Greenfield coach Tim Capuano said. “But we were never out of this game. The guys never gave up and they came through in the clutch.”
Capuano also lauded the baserunning of Jake Elwell, who finished with three stolen bases on the night, including a heads up play that saw him take both second and third in one sequence.
Greenfield took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Mark Buck singled and scored on an error. After Springfield scored twice in the third to take a 2-1 lead, Greenfield plated two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead on a Tanner Jillson two-run triple. Springfield scored three times in the fifth to go ahead 5-3, but Greenfield came right back to tie it in the bottom of the frame. Parker Hickey singled and scored on a passed ball, while Elwell also singled and scored when Jillson hit a single for his third run batted in of the game.
Sam Downes struck out two in the eighth inning to earn the win in one inning of relief. Tyler Charboneau picked up a no-decision, striking out four and walking two in seven innings, and only two runs were earned due to the defense.
Allen and Keith Worthy each finished with two hits in the loss, including a double and an RBI for Worthy. Adam Alicea struck out two and walked one in six innings, while Felix Delgado suffered the loss in one-plus innings of work.
Greenfield (6-1) travels to Longmeadow today at 1:30.