Post 81 roars back, 6-5
Greenfield Post 81 scored four times in the final three innings and held on to beat Easthampton Post 224, 6-5, in a Hampden County American Legion Baseball game Thursday evening at Daley Field in Easthampton.
Trailing 4-2 in the fifth, Tanner Jillson laced a one-out single, Tyler Charboneau added a two-out single to send Jillson to third, and Mike Duclos’ infield grounder was thrown away, allowing both runners to score and tie the score.
Greenfield (12-4) took the lead for good in the sixth when Marcel Ortiz led off with a double, stole third and scored on Niko Ames’ two-out single to right field. It then added a much-needed insurance run in the seventh when Tom Malooly was hit by a pitch, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Charboneau’s double.
Alan Gormley’s one-out RBI single cut the Post 81 lead to one, but Duclos came in to get the final two outs to end it and earn the save.
Charboneau finished with three hits and Jillson added two for Post 81.
Gormley had four of Easthampton’s six hits, one of which was a double.
Sam Tillona pitched 3 2-3 innings of relief to pick up the mound win.
“It was an up-and-down game but fortunately we’ve had some time off and kept it together,” said Post 81 coach Ryan Tatreau. “We were pretty thin on the bench so we’re grinding them out.”
Greenfield travels to Northampton King & Cushman on Saturday at noon at Arcanum Field.
Teddy Bear 9, St. Joseph’s 6 — Teddy Bear Pools scored nine times in its final two at-bats to storm back from a 6-0 deficit and knock off St. Joseph’s, 9-6, in Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball action Thursday night at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Ryan O’Sullivan started the fifth-inning rally with an RBI single, Tory Buck followed with a run-scoring single, and Brad Bean and Dan Kane reached on consecutive fielder’s choices to cut the lead to 5-4.
In the sixth, pinch-hitter Zach Bartak drew a one-out walk, Casey Blanchard singled to move Bartak to third, and O’Sullivan tied it with his RBI single. Buck put Teddy Bear in the lead with his RBI double, Bean’s two-run single made it 8-6. After he advanced to second on the throw, Andrew Sadowski singled him home for the final run.
That was enough for Joey Larson, who finished off the complete game to get the win in spite of seven walks and 10 hits allowed. He also fanned five.
“It’s a big win for us to come back and score nine unanswered against a good team,” said Teddy Bear assistant coach Bill Buck. “Joey struggled, but our ‘D’ bailed him out numerous times. He battled through it and did OK. ... Maybe this will spark us with the playoffs coming up.”
Tory Buck led the Poolmen with four hits and two RBIs. Blanchard and O’Sullivan both added two hits.
Joe Perlak led St. Joe’s (10-4) with three hits and there RBIs.
Teddy Bear (6-10) travels to Michalak Field in Longmeadow on Sunday at 5:45 to face the Longmeadow Warriors. On Monday, Teddy Bear will make up the postponed game with Peoples Bank at 5:45 at Valiton Field.
Peoples 2, Manny’s 1 — Joe Ferry’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning plated the winning run and propelled league-leading Peoples Bank to a 2-1 TCL baseball win over Manny’s TV & Appliance Center on Thursday night at Landers Field in South Hadley.
Dave Clark led off with a single, and advanced to third on a wild throw behind him. After intentional walks to Dan Gomez and Zack Sabadosa and a fielder’s choice that forced Clark at the plate, Ferry lined a single to center field to plate Gomez with the winning run.
Ryan Franczek had given Peoples (12-3) a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a one-out solo home run to left field.
Manny’s (6-7) tied it in thew fifth inning. Brody Markol singled and was erased on Austin Finck’s fielder’s choice. Finck moved to second on a passed ball. Then Dave Talbot bounced a single through the left side to plate Finck.
Manny’s Greg Vouros, who smacked three singles, was the only player on either team with more than one hit.
Rory Ziomek earned the compete-game win for Peoples. He struck out five and walked no one.
Dusty Mones was the tough-luck losing hurler. He fanned three and walked five, three of them intentionally.
“It was a tough (loss),” lamented Manny’s head coach Lee Magee. “Dusty pitched very well, holding that team to five hits over nine innings. They don’t beat themselves, and sometimes we do, and that proved to be the case here.”
Manny’s hosts Chicopee tonight at 5:45.