Milford rocks Post 81
Greenfield catcher Jake Elwell braces for a tag at the plate against a Milford baserunner Tuesday night at Feeley Field in Sudbury, where the local Post 81 nine was dropped into the loser's bracket of the America Legion Baseball state tournament with an 11-1 defeat.
Special to The Recorder/Jane K. Ames
Greenfield Post 81 baserunner Jake Elwell takes his lead off second base in front of the Milford shortstop Tuesday at Feeney Field in Sudbury, where the local nine was bumped into the loser's bracket with an 11-1 loss at the state American Legion Baseball tournament.
Special to The Recorder/Jane K. Ames
Dan Mantoni tossed six innings of two-hit ball and Milford Post 59 scored seven times in the sixth inning to break open a close game and post an 11-1 victory over Greenfield Post 81 in an American Legion Baseball Department Championship winner’s-bracket game Tuesday at Feeley Field in Sudbury.
The game was called in the bottom of the eighth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“They were pretty good, they can hit the ball,” said Greenfield head coach Tim Capuano. “It was still a close game after five, but they got hot and showed what they’re capable of (in the sixth).”
Greenfield drops into the loser’s bracket, where it will face Taunton Post 103 today at 1:05 in an elimination game.
Milford grabbed a run in the opening frame when Matt Decina led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, went to third on Andrew McMillan’s single and scored on an error.
Post 81 got the tally right back in the top of the second to tie it at 1-1. Brody Markol led off the frame by blasting a double off the left-field fence. He advanced to third on Tyler Charboneau’s grounder to second and came across on Jourdan York-Welcome’s ground-out to second.
Milford took the lead for good in the bottom of the second. Blake Hill got the rally started with a one-out single, and went to third on Decina’s two-out single. McMillan walked to load the bases for Mantoni, who also drew a free pass to force in Hill and make it 2-1.
In the fourth, Kevin Lynch walked and Decina singled, then Lynch went to third on a 6-3 double play. Mantoni’s came up and hit an infield chopper that was thrown away, allowing Lynch to jog home and give Milford a 3-1 lead.
Milford put the game away in the sixth, when Decina got it started by leading off with a walk. McMillan followed by lining a double down the left-field line to put runners at second and third. After Mantoni grounded out to short, Martini followed with a line single to plate Decina and McMillan and make it a 5-1 ballgame that was getting away fast from Greenfield. White followed with a single and Ryan had a base hit to load the bases for Cosselle, who delivered an RBI single to up the advantage to 6-1. Hill’s third hit of the afternoon drove in White and Ryan, extending the advantage to 8-1 (he moved up to second on the play), and Decina’s second at-bat resulted in the seventh hit of the frame, pushing Cosselle and Hill across for the nine-run cushion.
Milford brought the contest to an early conclusion when it loaded the bases with one out and Michael Ryan scored on Decina’s sacrifice fly to center.
Decina finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and reached base five times to lead Milford’s 13-hit attack. Mantoni struck out five and walked three to earn the win.
Charboneau, Jake Elwell and Niko Ames had the other hits for Post 81.
Jake Hale, who suffered the loss, gave up five hits and five walks while striking out three in 4 2/ 3 innings of work.
Capuano said he’s planning to send Ruddock to the hill today, with Charboneau the likely the first option out of the bullpen.