Teddy Bears romp
Teddy Bear Pools scored seven times in the final three innings and knocked off Dream Bats, 9-5, in a Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball game Monday night at Somers (Conn.) High School.
Casey Blanchard finished with three hits and finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in the victory. His triple in the fifth inning helped Teddy Bear tie the score. He then scored the go-ahead run in the frame on a Zach Bartak fielder’s choice. Nick Marscher also hit an RBI single in the frame to finish off a three-run rally that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 advantage. Teddy Bear added three more runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh to ice the victory.
In the sixth inning, Kyle Platner belted a two-run double and then stole home later in the inning when Bartak walked and got caught in a run down. In the seventh, Marscher singled and stole two bases, including home plate for the insurance run. Tom Malooly also added a double and an RBI in the win.
Andrew Sadowski struck out 10 and walked one in five innings to earn the victory, and Tim Atkins struck out two and walked one in two innings of relief to earn the save.
The win moved Teddy Bear back to the .500 mark at 6-6, and the team will try to move above the line tonight at Valiton Field in South Deerfield at 5:45 when it hosts Longmeadow.
Manny’s 8, Chicopee 7 — Garrett Hudson hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and Manny’s TV & Appliance Center held off a seventh-inning comeback by Chicopee Falls Tigers to take a narrow, 8-7 TCL win Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Manny’s trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth but scored six times to take a 8-3 lead. Chicopee responded with four runs in the seventh and had hulking slugger Chris Hebert at the plate with runners in scoring position with two outs but his fly ball to left off reliever Sawyer Olsen closed the door on the comeback bid.
Hudson pitched well enough to win through the first six innings for Manny’s but began to tire in the seventh and allowed three singles and a walk, including an RBI single to Mike Lavell. With one out, Manny’s skipper Lee Magee decided to make a change and went to Olsen, who walked Jeremy Hartbarger with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single to K.J. White before finally getting the final two outs.
“Garrett wasn’t all that sharp tonight and he was definitely getting tired,” Magee said of his starter. “I was trying to get him through the complete game but you could tell he was running out of gas in the seventh inning.”
Hudson did help his cause in the sixth inning when he delivered the big hit. Austin Finck, Greg Vouros and T.J. Meyer led off the inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases and Mike Putala hit an RBI single that tied the score. Vouros then scored on a wild pitch and, after one out, Eric Libardoni hit an RBI single. Soren Pelz-Walsh struck out for the second out of the frame, and Chicopee decided to intentionally walk No. 3 hitter Brian Adamski rather than pitch to the hot-hitting third baseman. That brought Hudson to the plate with the bases full and he responded by driving a pitch to the gap in left-center to clear the bags.
“I wasn’t too terribly upset when they walked Brian to get to Garrett because he has been swinging a pretty good stick lately and I thought he was due,” Magee said. “He had hit a couple of balls sharply tonight but they were right at people.”
Hudson struck out five and walked five in the win. Finck and Putala each finished with two hits for Manny’s.
White added a two-run triple in the second inning for Chicopee and finished with three hits and four RBIs in the loss. Mike Prattico added three hits and one RBI, and Hebert collected a pair of hits.
Manny’s (11-1-1) travels to Longmeadow on Wednesday.
E. Springfield 7, Greenfield 1 — A mixture of costly errors and lack of timely hits came back to hurt Greenfield Post 81 during a 7-1 loss to East Springfield Post 420 in an American Legion Baseball game Monday evening at Forest Park in Springfield.
Post 420 took advantage of a first-inning error to score two runs, and despite getting outhit 7-6 by Greenfield, piled up seven runs as Greenfield made four errors. Andrew Noonan belted a two-run triple in the sixth inning and Joe Adona hit an RBI single in the fifth. The other four runs all came as a result of errors.
Jake Hale struck out three and walked four in five innings in the loss. Jourdan York-Welcome hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to break up the shutout bid by Neil Begley, who wound up striking out five in the complete-game win.
Niko Ames added two hits, including a double, for Greenfield, Brody Markol added a double, and Jake Elwell, Sam Downes and Marcel Ortiz each had one hit.
Greenfield will try to get back on track tonight at home at 7:15 against South Hadley-Pettengill.
E. Longmeadow 7, Greenfield 2;
Greenfield 7, E. Longmeadow 2 — Greenfield split a doubleheader with East Longmeadow in American Legion Baseball Junior Division play late Sunday.
The split came after Greenfield suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night with a 4-3 defeat to Chicopee.
In the loss on Friday, Chicopee scored twice in the seventh to tie the game and then scored once in the eighth to win it.
On Sunday, Zach Wright pitched well in the opener but errors haunted Greenfield and East Longmeadow picked up the win. Brandon Bryant and Julian Diamond each had two hits in the loss.
Things turned around for Greenfield in the nightcap and Gabe Seaver struck out nine in a two-hitter to lead Greenfield to a 7-2 win. Bryant tripled as part of a two-hit performance with three RBIs. Nate Crocker, Andrew Toritto and Wright each had two hits in the win, while Colin Cloutier, Sam Kennedy and Tyler Townsley each had one hit.
Greenfield is now 11-2 on the season.