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Young leads Manny’s 4-1 victory

Asher Young gave Manny’s TV & Appliance another solid outing on the mound and a three-run third inning supplied the pitcher with enough offense to keep Manny’s unbeaten with a 4-1 Tri-County League men’s baseball win over Dream Bats Wednesday evening at Somers (Conn.) High School.

Young allowed one run in the first inning but kept Dream Bats scoreless the rest of the way, finishing the complete-game win by allowing four hits and no walks while striking out eight.

“It was yet another solid performance from one of our new, young pitchers,” Manny’s skipper Lee Magee said. “I could not be more pleased with the way he has thrown. We gave up what I thought was a bad run in the first inning, we just didn’t seem all that together, but he was composed and in the second he get them down in order, with two of those being strikeouts.”

Manny’s (9-0-1) took the lead for good in the third inning when Soren Pelz-Walsh roped a two-run single to left to score Mike Putala and Greg Vouros. Brian Hayes then ripped an RBI single to left to score Eric Libardoni. Manny’s added another run in the fifth when Libardoni doubled with one out and scored on a two-out double by Hayes. Garrett Hudson doubled in the win, while Stefen Herter, Mike Duclos, Putala and Vouros each had one hit.

Manny’s hosts Teddy Bear tonight at Vets Field in Greenfield at 7:15.

Sampson 4, Teddy Bear 1 — A four-run first inning for Sampson Chapels proved to be too much for Teddy Bear to overcome and the Undertakers earned a 4-1 TCL victory Wednesday at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

The game had to be stopped after six innings due to darkness.

Sampson finished with seven hits, five in the first inning, helping the team (named for a funeral home in Springfield) take the lead. That was plenty of support for John Espinosa, who struck out two and did not walk a batter in the six-inning win.

Edgar Rodriguez and Espinosa led off the game with back-to-back singles and Dan McGuill walked to load the bases off Teddy Bear starter Jon Atkins. A Rob Escalante grounder to third saw Rodriguez get cut down at the plate for the first out, but RJ Lyremann hit an RBI single to make it 1-0. Atkins got the second out just like the first as Drew Smith hit a fielder’s choice to third that ended with McGuill being thrown out at home, and the Teddy Bear pitcher was one out away from any further damage. Tom Weldon did not cooperate, however, as he lined a two-run single to left field to make it 3-0, and Angel Guzman added one more run in the inning with an RBI single of his own.

Atkins and reliever Casey Blanchard did well from there, allowing just two more hits the rest of the game. Atkins finished with two strikeouts and three walks but left with one out in the third inning, and Blanchard pitched the rest of the way, striking out three and walking three. After the game, Teddy Bear coach Dan Abrahamson praised Blanchard not only for his scoreless relief appearance, but for all the former Pioneer Valley Regional School player has done this season.

Casey has just done everything for us this year,” the coach began. “He has played all over the outfield, he has pitched, and his bat has been great. Tonight he pitched great and really gave us a chance, we just couldn’t string any hits together.”

The only run of the game for Teddy Bear (4-6) came in the fourth when Zach Bartak doubled and later scored on Brad Bean’s RBI groundout. Bean also doubled in the game, while Blanchard, Tom Malooly and Corey Shearer each added one hit.

Junior Legion

Greenfield 7, Wilbraham 5 — Gabe Seaver struck out six over five innings and Greenfield Post 81 edged Wilbraham, 7-5, in an American Legion Baseball Junior Division game Wednesday in Wilbraham.

Nate Crocker struck out two in the final two innings to earn the save.

Brandon Bryant finished with two hits and two RBIs for Greenfield (11-0), while Andrew Toritto and Zach Wright each had one hit and two RBIs. Colin Cloutier singled and doubled, and Kevin Luippold singled and drove in a run.

Greenfield heads to Szot Park in Chicopee on Friday night at 7:15 to take on Chicopee.


Due to an editor’s error in Wednesday’s Recorder, Manny’s TV & Appliance ballballplayers Garrett Hudson and Mike Duclos were incorrectly identified as Greenfield Post 81 American Legion Baseball players.

Actually, both former Greenfield High School and Post 81 players have taken a step up to the Tri-County League.

The Recorder regrets the error.

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