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Tigers oust Manny’s

  • Manny's batter Mike Duccus takes a good hack Wednesday evening at Beacon Field in Greenfield, where his team fell 8-0 to the Chicopee Falls Tigers AC in Tri-County League men's baseball playoff action. The loss eliminated Manny's 2-1 in the teams' best-of-three quarterfinal series.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Manny's batter Mike Duccus takes a good hack Wednesday evening at Beacon Field in Greenfield, where his team fell 8-0 to the Chicopee Falls Tigers AC in Tri-County League men's baseball playoff action. The loss eliminated Manny's 2-1 in the teams' best-of-three quarterfinal series.
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  • Greenfield Post 81 ballplayers Ben Ruddock, right, and Liam Datres de la Blotier roll out tires to weigh down a tarp and protect the pitcher's mound during heavy rains that ultimately ended their scoreless American Legion Baseball playoff game against Westfield in the bottom of the first inning at Veteran's Memorial Field in Greenfield Wednesday night. The game will be resumed this evening at 4:45, with an if-necessary game following if Westfield wins.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Greenfield Post 81 ballplayers Ben Ruddock, right, and Liam Datres de la Blotier roll out tires to weigh down a tarp and protect the pitcher's mound during heavy rains that ultimately ended their scoreless American Legion Baseball playoff game against Westfield in the bottom of the first inning at Veteran's Memorial Field in Greenfield Wednesday night. The game will be resumed this evening at 4:45, with an if-necessary game following if Westfield wins.
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  • A spectator at Greenfield Post 81's American Legion Baseball playoff  game against Westfield leaves the field in heavy rain that stopped a scoreless game in the top of the first inning Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield. The game will be picked up where it left off tonight at 4:45 at the same site, with a if-necessary game to follow if Westfield wins.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A spectator at Greenfield Post 81's American Legion Baseball playoff game against Westfield leaves the field in heavy rain that stopped a scoreless game in the top of the first inning Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield. The game will be picked up where it left off tonight at 4:45 at the same site, with a if-necessary game to follow if Westfield wins.
    Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Manny's batter Mike Duccus takes a good hack Wednesday evening at Beacon Field in Greenfield, where his team fell 8-0 to the Chicopee Falls Tigers AC in Tri-County League men's baseball playoff action. The loss eliminated Manny's 2-1 in the teams' best-of-three quarterfinal series.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Greenfield Post 81 ballplayers Ben Ruddock, right, and Liam Datres de la Blotier roll out tires to weigh down a tarp and protect the pitcher's mound during heavy rains that ultimately ended their scoreless American Legion Baseball playoff game against Westfield in the bottom of the first inning at Veteran's Memorial Field in Greenfield Wednesday night. The game will be resumed this evening at 4:45, with an if-necessary game following if Westfield wins.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • A spectator at Greenfield Post 81's American Legion Baseball playoff  game against Westfield leaves the field in heavy rain that stopped a scoreless game in the top of the first inning Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield. The game will be picked up where it left off tonight at 4:45 at the same site, with a if-necessary game to follow if Westfield wins.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

Perhaps it was the thunderstorm that moved through the area on Wednesday night that created a power outage for Manny’s TV & Appliance, or maybe it was something else, but the second-seed was unable to score a run in its decisive Game 3 of the Tri-County League quarterfinals and seventh-seeded Chicopee Falls Tigers AC pulled the plug on the TV & Appliancemen, 8-0, at Beacon Field in Greenfield.

Chicopee won the last two games of the best-of-three series after dropping the opener, advancing to the semifinals, where it will take on third-seeded DiFranco Realty beginning tonight at 5:45 at East Longmeadow High School.

It was a tough loss for Manny’s, which lost just four times all season, going 16-4-1 in the regular season. On Tuesday, Manny’s was only able to generate four hits, that after committing seven errors in Game 2 at Szot Park in Chicopee. In the series finale Wednesday at home, Manny’s managed just five hits and could not push a run across the plate.

“We just didn’t hit the ball,” perplexed Manny’s manager Lee Magee said. “Over the last week, I felt like we weren’t being really aggressive and smart at the plate. That was definitely the case the last two nights, and we had a hard time generating any kind of offense. And you don’t win too many games when you score zero runs.”

Chicopee scored four times in the second inning and four more times in the sixth. Connor Sheridan finished with one hit and two RBIs, while Sean Jiles drove in a pair of runs. Nick Frost had two hits and one RBI, and BJ Robinson collected two hits. Ben Sabbs and Kevin White each added a hit and an RBI.

Chris Delisle picked up the win, striking out five and walking four in the complete-game shutout.

Eric Libardoni finished with two hits in the loss, while Austin Finck, Garrett Hudson and Mike Duclos each chipped in one hit. Asher Young struck out one and walked two in five innings to take the loss.

“Give Chicopee their due, they’ve got some pretty good hitters and they will make you work,” Magee concluded. “But I said to the guys, ‘How does a team win 16 of 21 games and all of a sudden fall flat on it’s face?’ It’s tough to swallow. A bitter pill, as they say.”

American Legion

Post 81 suspended

Greenfield Post 81 and Westfield Post 124 will have to wait one more day to declare a Western Mass. champion.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series was suspended on Wednesday night due to the thunderstorm that rolled through western Mass.

The game was scoreless when it was halted in the bottom of the first inning. Greenfield leadoff hitter Mark Buck walked and, as Niko Ames stepped to the plate, the skies opened up and the game was put into a delay. After an hour, the game was officially suspended.

The game will be resumed from where it was left off today at 4:45 at Vets Field in Greenfield. Post 81 leads the series 1-0. If Greenfield wins the game, it will advance to the State Championship Tournament. If Westfield wins the game, a decisive Game 3 will be played at Vets Field immediately following the first game.

Nick York got the Wednesday start for Post 81 and set down the Westfield lineup in order in the top of the first, albeit with some help from his outfield. Greenfield rightfielder Jourdan York-Welcome snared a liner with a diving play off Westfield leadoff hitter Colin Dunn, and then York-Welcome tracked down a deep fly ball to right off the bat of No. 2 hitter Chris Riga. The inning ended as Rob Sullivan lined a shot to center that Buck made a diving play on.

Greenfield will have one runner on first base with nobody out when play resumes.

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