Manny’s captures second straight
Austin Finck tossed a six-hitter and Manny’s TV & Appliance won for the second straight night with a 7-4 Tri-County League baseball victory over Wilbraham Funeral Home Tuesday night at Farrell Field in Wilbraham.
Finck shut out Wilbraham (7-4) over the first four innings as the Manny’s offense built a 6-0 lead. He then helped out his own cause in the first inning with a two-run single, and Manny’s added four more runs in the third, including one on a Finck ground-out. John Wilkes belted a two-run double in the third inning and Troy Scott added his an RBI double.
“It was nice to get out to that quick lead,” Manny’s coach Lee Magee said. “In the third, we were swinging the bats pretty well, stringing together four hits in a row. But for me the nicest part of the night was the way Austin threw the ball.”
Finck finished with just one strikeout, but allowed only two walks and six hits. Wilbraham finally got on the board in the fifth inning with one run, and added another in the sixth and two in the seventh.
“I think he got a little tired at the end of the game but he kept a pretty good team off-balance for four innings,” Magee said.
Finck plated the final run of the game in the seventh inning by hitting an RBI single. He finished with two hits and four RBIs.
After struggling on offense during a three-game losing streak, Manny’s has now piled up 26 hits in two straight wins. Brian Hayes paced the offense with a four-hit game, including a double and triple. Manny’s finished with four doubles. Luke Wamboldt also hit a two-bagger and Greg Vouros finished with two hits.
John Russell lasted four innings in the loss, not striking out or walking any batters. Corey Baker singled and doubled in the loss, while Greg Heineman singled and drove in one run.
Manny’s (6-6) moved back to .500 and will try to make it three in a row tonight at Mackenzie Field in Holyoke against TCL-leading Peoples Bank at 7.
Chicopee 11, Teddy Bear 3 — Chicopee Falls scored nine times in the fifth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and went on to register a 11-3 win over Teddy Bear Pools in a TCL baseball game Tuesday night at Frontier Regional School at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Ben Sabbs finished with four hits in the win, none bigger than the two-run double he stroked as part of the fifth inning, which blew the game wide open. Sabbs added an RBI earlier in the game.
Chicopee scored once in the first and once more in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead, but Teddy Bear came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score. In the fifth, the Tigers took advantage of some wildness from Teddy Bear starter Andrew Sadowski to blow things open. Rich Wilson added an RBI single in the frame.
Steve Pino struck out six and walked one in seven innings to earn the win.
Sadowski struck out two and walked four in 4 1-3 innings in the loss. Brad Bean led the Teddy Bear offense with three hits. Ryan O’Sullivan added an RBI single.
Teddy Bear (5-9) will try to snap its current three-game losing streak tonight when it turns around to play the back-end of the home-and-home series against Chicopee as it travels to Szot Park in Chicopee at 7.