Manny’s roars back to beat Undertakers

JS Rae slugger Gavin Rice connects with a pitch in the pouring rain during his team's *-* Mickey Mantle Baseball win over South Hadley at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland Monday evening.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

JS Rae slugger Gavin Rice connects with a pitch in the pouring rain during his team's *-* Mickey Mantle Baseball win over South Hadley at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland Monday evening. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

Rallies and late-inning wins are becoming a habit for Manny’s TV & Appliance Center.

Monday’s night’s contest was a prime example, when Manny’s — facing a 5-0 deficit after three innings — scored five times in the fourth to tie the game and added a run in the seventh to grab a 6-5 Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball win over Wilbraham Funeral Home in the rain at Farrell Field in Wilbraham.

Wilbraham (9-6-2) scored two runs in the second and three in third to build its lead, but Manny’s (16-3-1) stormed back in the fourth. Garrett Hudson and Austin Finck drew back-to-back walks to open the frame and moved up on a wild pitch. Greg Vouros singled home Hudson, sending Finck to third, then Vouros went to second on a come-backer to the mound for the second out. Luke Wamboldt drew a walk to load the bases for Eric Libardoni, who promptly drilled a bases-clearing double to the right-center-field gap to cut the deficit to 5-4. Soren Pelz-Walsh came up and smashed a double to the left-center to plate Libardoni with the tying run.

Bryan Adamski led off the seventh with a chopper that died in the soggy grass up the third-base line for an infield single. Hudson sacrificed him to second, and Austin Finck slashed a liner to right field that allowed Adamski to score standing up for the eventual winning run.

Manny’s missed a chance to add an insurance run on T.J. Meyer’s single when Finck was thrown out trying to score from second to end the inning, but Manny’s relief pitcher Sawyer Olson retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh for his second win two days. Olson, who replaced started Mike Duclos (four strikeouts, three walks in five innings) after he walked the leadoff batter in the sixth, got a double-play against the first batter and eventually retired all five batters he faced.

Adamski and Vouros both had two hits for Manny’s.

Manny’s travels to Easthampton Savings Bank on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

J.S. Rae 13, South Hadley 2 — Mohawk J. S. Rae scored seven times in the first inning and never looked back as it dismantled South Hadley, 13-2, for its sixth straight win in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle game Monday night at Mohawk Trial Regional High School in Buckland.

The game was called after 41/2 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Gavin Rice’s RBI single started things in the opening frame for the hosts, then Levin Finck roped a three-run double to make it 4-0. Seth Donovan, Zach Doyle and Danny Szafron all followed with run-scoring singles to extend the advantage to 7-0.

South Hadley got two back in the second inning, but Mohawk responded with four more runs to take a commanding 11-2 lead. Finck slapped a two-run single and Donovan and Doyle both added run-scoring singles in the rally.

Donovan finished 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI, Finck had two hits and five RBIs, and Justin Ward added a double.

Ward struck out five and scattered four hits to earn the win.

J. S. Rae (12-5) hosts Northampton Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Deerfield TNT 3, Hamp 3 (9) — Northampton scored three runs in the seventh inning to force extra innings with Deerfield TNT, and the teams eventually played to a nine-inning, 3-3 PVYBL Mickey Mantle tie Monday night at Northampton High School.

The game was called due to darkness.

Deerfield scored once on the third on an error, then Nate Patterson drove in a run and an error produced the third tally to make to make it 3-0 in the sixth.

Cody Cleveland bunted home Garrett Connly for Hamp’s first run in the seventh, then the other two runs scored on a throwing error to draw the hosts even.

Nate Patterson pitched eight strong innings for Deerfield, striking out eight and walking two and allowing just one earned run. Noah Barnes worked the ninth to keep the game tied.

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