Teddy Bear beats Bayer, Manny’s, 6-1
Teddy Bear Pools scored four times with two outs in the third inning to beat Manny’s TV & Appliance, 6-1, in a Tri-County League baseball game Tuesday evening at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Manny’s gave pitcher Jeremiah Bayer a 1-0 first-inning lead but Teddy Bear was able to string together some hits in the third to score four times, although the hosts nearly squandered the opportunity. Andrew Sadowski, who outdueled Bayer on the mound, opened the third with a walk and Ryan O’Sullivan and Tory Buck followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out. Bayer came back to strike out Brad Bean and Dan Kane and then got two strikes on Nick Marscher. But the Teddy Bear catcher was able to send a two-strike fastball to right field for a two-run single that put Teddy Bear on top for good and opened the flood gates. Chris Williams followed with an RBI single and Tristan Ward made it three straight hits by lining a base hit down the third-base line to score the fourth run of the inning.
“It’s about time we strung some hits together,” Teddy Bear coach Bill Buck said. “The big hit was Nick. He had two strikes on him but came through with that single.”
Sadowski, meanwhile, settled in after allowing an RBI single to Brian Hayes in the first inning, allowing just one hit over the final six innings to finish with a two-hitter. The Teddy Bear pitcher struck out five and walked one in the complete-game victory.
“He found his spots and kept the ball over the plate,” Buck said. “And our defense did a great job. We’ve been having some problems with our defense lately, and after making two errors in the first inning, we settled down and did not commit an error the rest of the game.”
Eric Libardoni had the other base hit for Manny’s. Bayer finished with five strikeouts in six innings of work, allowing nine hits and one walk.
Greenfield 3, Longmeadow 0 — Sam Tillona needed just 72 pitches to spin a three-hit shutout as Greenfield Post 81 blanked Longmeadow Baseball Association, 3-0, in a Hampden County American Legion Baseball game Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
“He had his fastball under command all game, and he’s been getting outs with it,” said Post 81 head coach Ryan Tatreau of Tillona, who struck out six and did not walk a batter. “He keeps on giving us what we need. He was very efficient and solid. ... Our staff as a whole has been doing a really good job using the fastball, putting it in spots to make it tough on hitters to do anything with them.”
Greenfield scored all of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, in what may have been the longest rally ever — the innings was stretched out by a 20-minute lightning delay.
Hudson, who came in to pinch-hit, drew a one-out walk before the delay. After play resumed, John Deskavich hit a soft flare to center, but Hudson was forced to stay at second. Niko Ames followed and laced a hard one-hopper through the right side to score Hudson and move Deskavich to second. A double steal on a strikeout moved both runners into scoring position. Deskavich came home on a wild pitch, then Tom Malooly smacked a 3-2 pitch through the left side to push Ames across for the final tally.
Sam Downes had the only other hit for Greenfield (7-2), which outhit Longmeadow 4-3.
Connor McCarthy , Chris Duquette, Alex Strempel all singled for Longmeadow.
Post 81 hosts East Springfield Post 420 toady at 5:45 p.m.