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Manny’s steamrolls Ash-Dee, 8-0

  • Manny's second baseman Greg Vouros turns the double play with a throw to first base Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Greenfield, where the local nine drilled Ash-Dee, 8-0, in their Tri-County League men's baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Manny's second baseman Greg Vouros turns the double play with a throw to first base Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Greenfield, where the local nine drilled Ash-Dee, 8-0, in their Tri-County League men's baseball game.
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  • Manny's center fielder Brian Hayes slides to make a nice catch Tuesday night at Vet's Field.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Manny's center fielder Brian Hayes slides to make a nice catch Tuesday night at Vet's Field.
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  • Many's hitter Austin Finck connects on a pitch Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Greenfield, where his TV and Appliance men beat Ash-Dee, 8-0, in their Tri-County League men's baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Many's hitter Austin Finck connects on a pitch Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Greenfield, where his TV and Appliance men beat Ash-Dee, 8-0, in their Tri-County League men's baseball game.
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  • Manny's second baseman Greg Vouros turns the double play with a throw to first base Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Greenfield, where the local nine drilled Ash-Dee, 8-0, in their Tri-County League men's baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Manny's center fielder Brian Hayes slides to make a nice catch Tuesday night at Vet's Field.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Many's hitter Austin Finck connects on a pitch Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Greenfield, where his TV and Appliance men beat Ash-Dee, 8-0, in their Tri-County League men's baseball game.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

Eric Libardoni doubled twice and drove in three runs and Colin Dudunake pitched five shutout innings as Manny’s TV & Appliance Center cruised to a 8-0 win over Ash-Dee in a Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball game at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Dudunake was pitching in his first start of the season (and only second appearance) for Manny’s and turned in a solid performance, striking out five and walking two in five innings. Devin Rhodes came in and struck out three in the final two innings to finish off the shutout.

“I thought Colin did a good job for not having very many innings under his belt,” Manny’s skipper Lee Magee said. “He fell behind a couple of batters but he only walked two, so he was able to come back and get the guys he fell behind. It was nice that he stepped up when he was called on.”

Manny’s gave Dudunake plenty of support early, scoring once in the first inning, three times in the second and once in the third. Libardoni belted a two-run double as part of the second-inning onslaught, and then added another RBI double later in the game. Garrett Hudson also doubled in the game and drove in two runs. Brian Hayes and Greg Vouros each added a hit and an RBI, while Soren Pelz-Walsh, Austin Finck and T.J. Meyer each had one hit.

“We got some timely hits early on,” Magee said of the offense, which finished with eight hits and worked five walks. “It’s kind of been the winning formula for us this year. A few timely hits and some solid pitching.”

Dave Gwozdz suffered the loss, striking out three and walking five in six innings.

Manny’s (13-1-1) hosts Peoples in a battle of the top two teams in the TCL Thursday night at 7 at Vets Field.

Teddy Bear 5, Longmeadow 1 — Joey Larson narrowly missed pitching a shutout but settled for a one-run victory as Teddy Bear Pools moved one game over .500 with a 5-1 win over Longmeadow in a TCL baseball game Tuesday evening in Longmeadow.

Larson did allow 11 baserunners in seven innings, giving up six hits and five walks, while striking out just one. He pitched around the runners all night and got some help defensively, and other than allowing a run in the seventh inning, kept Longmeadow at bay.

“They had a lot of baserunners but Joey just seemed to bear down every time and get guys out,” Teddy Bear coach Dan Abrahamson said. “A few times he had guys on third base with less than two outs but he got the job done. Joey just always goes out there and battles. He’s a gamer and he always wants the ball. He doesn’t let things rattle him. He just battles.”

Teddy Bear (8-7) took the lead in the top of the first inning when Justin Carey walked, stole second and scored on a Kyle Platner sacrifice fly to center field. Larson never relinquished the lead, but his offense continued to add runs to support the pitcher. In the fourth inning, Corey Shearer singled, stole second and scored on an error to make it 2-0. In the sixth, Bartak singled, stole second and third and scored on a Brad Bean sac fly to shallow right. In the same inning, Tom Malooly walked and scored on a Clayton Beaulieu (two hits) single to center. That made it 4-0 and Teddy Bear tacked on one more in the seventh as Casey Blanchard (three hits) singled, moved to third on Platner’s double, and scored on Bartak’s sac fly to right.

Teddy Bear heads to St. Joseph’s Park in Thorndike tonight at 7:30 to take on St. Joseph’s.

American Legion

Greenfield 3, South Hadley 1 — Parker Hickey pitched six strong innings and was helped out by one of the best defensive performances of the season by Greenfield Post 81 during a 3-1 win over South Hadley-Pettengil Insurance in American Legion Baseball action Tuesday evening in South Hadley.

Hickey struck out one and walked two in six innings as he pitched to contact. The Post 81 defense, which has been shaky at times this season, played well behind him, and South Hadley (6-11) managed just one run on the day. Brody Markol and Andrew Doty each threw out runners at home in the game for Post 81, and Jourdan York-Welcome had a strong game in right field and made a pair of highlight-reel catches.

“Everyone came ready to play and everyone was on their toes and made the plays that needed to be made,” Greenfield coach Tim Capuano said. “Our defense really stepped up today.”

Greenfield (11-4) got on the board in the first inning with one run when Mark Buck and Niko Ames led off the game with walks off South Hadley starter Adam Pilochowski. Liam Datres de la Blotier later drove in Buck with an RBI single. Post 81 tacked on another run in the third inning when Ames reached on a fielder’s choice, stole both second and third, and scored on a Datres de la Blotier sacrifice fly to center field. South Hadley got one run back in the fourth when Brian Bak doubled and scored on a Seth Sypniak single, but Hickey did not allow another run from there and Greenfield regained the two-run lead in the seventh as York-Welcome singled and later scored on a balk.

Sam Downes came on to pitch the seventh inning and struck out two batters to nail down the save, needing just nine pitches to pitch the seventh. York-Welcome finished with two hits, while Buck doubled, and Downes and Elwell each had one single.

Pilochowski struck out two and walked three in seven innings of work for the loss.

Greenfield returns to action Thursday at 5:45 at Amherst.

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