Akey’s jolts top seed, 4-1
Akey hitter *** *** (2) connects to drive home a run Thursday night at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield, where his team **** ********, *-*, in Franklin County Base Ruth Baseball playoff action. Story on Page B3.
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Marmac SS? tags out Marmac 2 with back hand at second. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »
Ross Akey scattered six hits and struck out four in complete-game effort to help second-seeded Akey Insurance knock off top-seeded Marmac Concrete, 4-1, in the winners’-bracket final of the Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball League double-elimination playoffs Thursday night at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield.
Akey’s advances to the championship game Monday at 5:30 p.m., while Marmac drops to the losers’-bracket final Sunday at 5 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
Akey’s scored twice in the top of the first, as Arlo Larange came home on an errant pickoff attempt and Eliot Mousseau singled to plate Tyler Miner.
It remained a 2-0 game until the fifth, when Akey singled and later scored on Gavin Flynn’s RBI single. Then Mousseau came up with another big base hit to drive in Flynn to make it 4-0.
Marmac finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when Danny Szafron singled home Connor Powers.
Mousseau finished with two of Akey’s eight hits.
Powers had three hits in support of losing hurler Adam Hallenback.
Gavin Rice and Levin Finck combined on a two-hitter to lead Mohawk J.S. Rae to a 3-1 win over South Hadley in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle Baseball League game Thursday evening at Landers Field in South Hadley.
Finck, who pitched the final three innings to earn the save, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. John Dawicki rapped a double, and winning pitcher Rice added an RBI single for J.S. Rae.
• Elsewhere, Quinn Doyle pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead Deerfield TNT over Greenfield, 7-3, at Beacon Field in Greenfield.
Doyle also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Noah Barnes singled and drove in a run for Deerfield, which scored five times in the final two innings to erase a 3-2 deficit.
Nathan Santerre bested a field of 44 runners in the weekly Northfield Road Race Series on Thursday evening.
Santerre finished the 3.3-mile course in 20 minutes, 37 seconds. John Herron finished in 21:46 to place second, followed by Charlie White (23:43), Bobby Emberley (24:41) and Chuck Adams (25:01).
Angela Killay (27:51) was the first female to finish, Sandi Superchi came in second (29:36), and Karina Berenson (30:40), Deb Potee (30:44) and Laurie O’Brien (31:14) rounded out the top five. Eight-year-old Emile Marti (45:56) was the youngest finisher.
Next week’s race theme is “Red, White, and Blue.” Prizes will be given for the best Fourth of July- themed costumes.
Lydia Donahue fanned 10 to pick up the win as Mohawk downed Chicopee, 16-2, in a five-inning Suburban Softball League 14-and-under game Thursday night at Field of Dreams in Chicopee.
Donahue also smacked two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs. Mikayla Bompastore added a single and two RBI, and Rebecca Scranton and Alicia Johnston both contributed a single and an RBI for Mohawk (2-1).
• Elsewhere, Springfield rolled to an 18-2 win over Turners Falls in four innings at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Eliza Johnson went 2-for-2 and Kate Garcia added a single and an RBI for Turners.
Pioneer Valley League
Brenda Fletcher went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs to lead the Foxtown Cubs over the Buckland Brew Crew, 15-4, in a Pioneer Valley Women’s Softball League game Thursday night at Cricket Field in Buckland
Andrea LeDoyt was 4-for-4 with a double, and Lydia Dodge added three hits and one RBI for Foxtown.
Jess Hicks went 3-for-3 with two doubles and Kelly Miller had two hits for the Brew Crew.
• Elsewhere, Ashfield scored nine times in the third inning to break open a close game and beat Goshen, 18-2, in a 41/ 2-inning game in Ashfield.
Sherri McCarthy led the winners with a double and three RBIs.
Gigi LaRochelle ripped a two-run double for Goshen.
• Also, Conway rolled to a five-inning, 23-4 win over host Shelburne Falls behind Jen Kurkulonis’ 5-for-5, three-RBI performance. Cassy Jouannet was 4-for-5 with a triple and Liz Braccia was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Conway.
Shirley MacLean went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Nichole Valeski added a single, double and two RBIs for Shelburne Falls.
Kustom Auto Body needed only five innings to close out a 16-1 win over Main Street Bar & Grille in a Montague Co-Rec Softball League game Thursday night at Green River Park in Greenfield.
Sam Parker went 3-for-3 with a double and Jenna Carme was 3-for-4 for Kustom.
Adam Williams went 2-for-2 and scored the only run for Main Street.
Lew Borden poured in a game-high 27 points to lead Green Fields Market to a 97-71 win over Booska’s Flooring in a DRIVE Men’s Basketball League game Wednesday night at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield.
Tyson Dowdy added 24 for GFM.
Booska’s was led by Justin McCloud with 26 and Zach Younger with 11.
Elsewhere, Dave Sontag drained a career-high 40 as Keene defeated Bruso Computer Solutions, 100-93.
Matt Gibson hit for 26 and Luke Paulson had 22 for BCS.
Also, VT Nameless used 24 from Chris Brown and 23 from Ethan Slavin to beat Dunkin Donuts, 88-73.
Will Workman finished with a game-high 31 and Robbie Burke added 11 for Dunkin.
• In games at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield, Berkshire Pizza downed Hunter North Security, 66-62, behind Ben Johnson’s 18 points and 15 from Justin Mills.
Stacey Messiah led all scorers with 19 and Kevin Gina chipped in 17 for HNS.
In other action, Jose Allen drained 21 and Ben Christopher added 17 to help Noho beat Taylor’s Tavern/Snow & Sons Landscaping, 82-66.
Derek D’Amours led Taylor’s/S&S with 20, while Kyle Snow threw in 15.
Finally, Ben Barshefsky totaled 22 points and Joey O’Connell added 14 as DRIVE Hoops bested Bridegside Grille, 95-70.
Quinn Hickey led Bridgeside with 14, and Paul Decker contributed 12.
CFC Ladies League
Peg Barnes carded a 23 for low gross in the Pick Five Holes Tournament (one par-3, three par-4s and one par-5) during the Crumpin-Fox Ladies Golf League on Wednesday evening in Bernardston.
Julie Bagdon posted the low net score of 16.
Lora Gross was closest to the pin on No. 3 (19 feet).
The 17th annual Franklin County Hoops Clinic with John Hickey and Angelo Thomas will take place July 21 through 25 at Greenfield Middle School.
For more information go to www.drivehoopsbasketball.com.