Mones and Manny’s trim Tigers AC, 4-1
Manny's starting and *** pitcher Dusty Mones lets one fly during a *-* Tri-County League men's amateur baseball *** against the Chicopee Falls Tigers ACv at Veteran's Field in Greenfield Monday night.
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Manny's first baseman Austin Fincis awaits the throw as Chicopee Falls Tigers AC baserunner Benjamin Sabbs races to the bag during host Manny's *-* *** in Tri-County League men's amateur baseball action at Vets Field in Greenfield..
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Dusty Mones fired a complete game to help Manny’s TV & Appliance Center earn a 4-1 win over the Chicopee Falls Tigers AC in Game 1 of the quarterfinals of the Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball playoffs Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Mones, an All-League selection, allowed only five hits and walked no one while striking out eight.
Manny’s scored twice in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead. Garrett Hudson walked on four pitches and went to second on a wild pitch. Austin Finck’s infield single moved Hudson to third; he scored and Finck took second on another wild pitch. After a walk to Greg Vouros and line-out, Luke Wamboldt singled to right-center to bring Finck home with the second run.
Manny’s upped its lead to 4-0 in the fourth. Wamboldt stroked a one-out single to center, Eric Libardoni doubled to right field to put Wamboldt on third, and Soren Pelz-Walsh singled through the left side of the Tigers’ drawn-in infield to plate both runners.
Chicopee got its only run in the fifth. Connor Sheridan singled and went to third on Mike Lavell base hit (Lavell took second on the throw). After Mones struck out the next batter, Sheridan scored on Kevin White’s ground-out to second.
Libardoni, Pelz-Walsh and Wamboldt all finished with two hits for Manny’s. Ben Sabbs had two of the Tigers’ five hits.
Marcus McDonald fanned five and walked four in the complete-game loss.
Manny’s will send Devin Rhodes to the hill tonight in Game 2 at Szot Park at 7:30 p.m.
Easthampton 7, Teddy Bear 4 — Two costly errors led to five first-inning runs for Easthampton Savings Bank as it went to beat Teddy Bear Pools, 7-4, in the opener of their TCL quarterfinal series Monday night at G.T. Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Brandon Kubic started the opening rally with a walk, went to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on Chris Starcun’s RBI single. Drew Dombkowski singled, then both runners moved up on a wild pitch, Starcun scored on another wild pitch and the errant throw allowed Dombkowski to scamper home with the third run. Joe Jachym then drew a walk and scored on Dan Wigham’s double, Ryan Smith followed with a walk, both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Wigham jogged after an errant pickoff throw to make it 5-0.
Teddy Bear fought back with two in the bottom of the frame. Blanchard singled, then Tom Malooly reached on an infield single, and a subsequent error on the late throw moved the runners to second and third. Zach Bartak knocked Blanchard in with a single, and Kyle Platner’s sacrifice fly plated Malooly.
Malooly added a run-scoring single in the third to close the gap to 5-3, but Kubic had an RBI single in the fourth and another in the sixth to make 7-3.
Malooly capped off a four-hit, two-RBI performance with another run-scoring base hit in the seventh.
Teddy Bear lost despite outhitting ESB 13-7. Bartak, Justin Carey and Corey Shearer all had two hits for the Poolmen. Kubic and Dombkowski each had a pair of hits for ESB.
Matt Dziok worked the first five innings for the win, while Sam Tillona was unable to get out of the first and suffered the loss.
Game 2 is set for today at 5:45 p.m. at Daley Field.
Greenfield 2, Chicopee 1 — Greenfield drew first blood in the Junior American Legion Western Massachusetts best-of-three championship series with a 2-1 win over Chicopee in the opener Monday evening at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield
Chicopee had scored in the top of the fourth to grab a 1-0 lead. Devin Longtin led off with a booming triple to deep right field and he came home on Will Kennedy’s single through the right side of the infield. The visitors had a chance to break the game open after loading the bases with two outs, but Greenfield starter Gabe Seaver got Tim Foley to ground out to second base, ending the threat.
Greenfield quickly responded in its half of the fourth. Andrew Toritto led off by lining a single to center field, then Brandon Bryant doubled to left-center, moving Toritto to third. Kevin Luippold followed with a single to right-center, and an offline throw home allowed both runners to score.
That proved to be enough support for Seaver, who struck out seven, walked three, hit two batters and allowed three hits in the complete-game win.
Luippold finished with two hits, while Zach Demars and Tyler Townsley each added a single. Demars was stellar defensively at second base, according to head coach Kyle Phelps.
Jeff Zebrowski suffered the loss for Chicopee. He game up six hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Game 2 is today at 4:30 p.m. at Szot Park in Chicopee.