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Tillona, Teddy Bears derail skid, 4-1

Sam Tillona gave Teddy Bear Pools exactly what it needed.

The first-year pitcher tossed seven strong innings and the Pool Men snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 Tri-County League victory over DiFranco Realty Sunday afternoon at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

Teddy Bear (3-5-0) started the season 2-0 but had lost five straight heading into Sunday’s game. Tillona, who used to call Valiton Field home during his Frontier Regional School career, allowed just three hits and one walk, striking out four.

“He did exactly what we needed him to do,” Teddy Bear skipper Dan Abrahamson said. “He pitched to contact, he threw strikes and he hit his spots. He’s been impressive this year. He was efficient today, too. He threw 60 pitches through six innings. He had control of the game the whole game. It was a good feeling for all of us.”

DiFranco (5-4-1) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning with its only real threat of the game. The lone Teddy Bear error of the game helped DiFranco put a runner on third, and Frank Calabrese hit a sacrifice fly off Tillona.

Teddy Bear came back in the fourth inning with four runs. Tom Malooly and Nick Marscher sandwiched singles around a Zach Bartak walk to load the bases and Andrew Sadowski lined a two-run double to left-center to put Teddy Bear in the lead for good. Corey Shearer hit an RBI single to score Marscher, and Tillona hit a sacrifice fly to left-center for the fourth run.

Bartak finished with two hits, including a triple.

“It’s been a tough five games,” Abrahamson said. “We had gotten behind early, we made a lot of errors, and guys were pressing. We are a good hitting ballclub, but getting behind so early and often, it just seemed like we were out of sync. Today, we got behind in the third inning but we came back in the fourth and really hit the ball well, and we got it from all parts of our lineup and it was a good thing to see.”

Teddy Bear will try to make it two in a row this evening when it hosts Ash-Dee at 6 at Valiton Field.

Manny’s 7, Sampson 0 (51/ 3) — Devin Rhodes struck out eight over five innings of shutout work and Manny’s TV & Appliance remained unbeaten on the season with a 7-0 win over Sampson Chapels in TCL action Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

The game was stopped with one out in the sixth inning when Sampson, playing with only nine players, had a player ejected and could not continue due to lack of players.

Manny’s scored in every inning but the second and moved to 7-0-1 on the season.

Austin Finck, Mike Duclos, Mike Putala and Greg Vouros and Eric Libardoni each had one hit and one RBI in the win, while Brian Hayes collected two hits and T.J. Meyer doubled.

Manny’s hosts Easthampton Savings Bank Tuesday night at 7:15 at Vets Field.

American Legion

Greenfield 4, Longmeadow 1 — Jake Hale struck out six and walked only one in a complete-game, six-hitter as Greenfield Post 81 continued to roll with a 4-1 win over Longmeadow Saturday in American Legion Baseball action in Longmeadow.

Hale wound up allowing one unearned run in the outing.

“He pitched really well,” Greenfield coach Tim Capuano said. “Going in, we were trying to limit his pitch count because he missed some time due to illness. But just like Parker Hickey on Friday night, he just kept getting stronger and stronger as the game went on and he wanted it. We turned a big double play in the sixth inning and he hopped off the mound and came in and said he wanted to go back out there, so of course I gave him the ball.

“He mixed his pitches really well,” Capuano continued. “His curve was dropping off the table, and he used his change-up sparingly but in great counts.”

Niko Ames hit an RBI double in the first inning to give Post 81 (7-1-0) a 1-0 lead. After Longmeadow tied the game in the fourth, Greenfield reclaimed the lead in the fifth when Mark Buck (three hits, four stolen bases) reached on an error, stole second and then stole third and came around to score when the throw to third went high. Greenfield added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning, courtesy of a two-run single from John Deskavich.

Ames and Andrew Doty each finished with two hits, and Charboneau added one.

Greenfield hosts Ludlow tonight with the start time roughly scheduled for 7:15, but due to a Junior Legion game beforehand, it could start a bit later.

Junior Legion

Greenfield 5, Chicopee 0 — Zach Wright fired a four-hit shutout Sunday evening as Greenfield Post 81 defeated Chicopee-Aldenville, 5-0, in an American Legion Junior Division Baseball game at Vets Field in Greenfield.

Wright needed just 84 pitches in his gem and finished with just one strikeout and three walks in the outing. He struck out the first batter of the game, then pitched to contact the rest of the way. Chicopee’s best chance to score came in the first inning when Chicopee got its lone runner to third base, but a great defensive play by Greenfield shortstop Kevin Luippold helped Wright out of the jam.

Greenfield used the momentum from that play to score three times in the bottom of the frame. Nate Crocker and Brandon Bryant both singled and scored on Tyler Charboneau’s two-run double. Charboneau later scored on a sac fly by Andrew Toritto.

Greenfield added single runs in the third and fourth innings. Kevin Luippold singled home Crocker in the third and Colin Cloutier hit a two-out RBI single to score Wright in the fourth. Greenfield remains unbeaten at 9-0 overall, and coach Kyle Phelps said it’s a credit to how well the players on the first-year program have meshed.

“The team, to get a mix like this of kids from all over, the way they have gelled with this many games in a short period of time is just great to see,” he explained.

Greenfield will be back in action today at 5:30 at Vets Field in the first part of a doubleheader with the Senior Legion team.

Greenfield 17, E. Longmeadow 8 — It was a tough day for East Longmeadow pitchers with 11 walks and seven hit-by-pitches against and Greenfield Post 81 took advantage en route to a 17-8 win Saturday at East Longmeadow High School.

Brandon Bryant finished with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs, while Tim Momaney had two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Tyler Townsley singled, scored twice and drove in a pair, and Andrew Toritto, Kevin Luippold and Colin Cloutier each had one hit and two runs scored. Gabe Seaver scored three times and Sam Kennedy and Adam Phelps each drove in a run. Nate Crocker earned the win with three innings of scoreless relief in support of starter Ben Poirier.

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