Post 81 suspended at 2-2
Having no lights at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield finally caught up to Greenfield Post 81 Monday night.
Greenfield and Agawam Post 185 had Game 1 of their best-of-three American Legion District quarterfinal game halted in the middle of the eighth inning due to darkness with the teams knotted in a 2-2 tie.
The game will be finished on Thursday evening at a time to be determined, which sets up an odd scenario. The two teams will meet tonight at 5:30 at Agawam High School for Game 2 of the series. Then, after an off day Wednesday, the teams will meet back in Greenfield to resume Game 1. Based on the result of that game, the teams will then play Game 3, if necessary, immediately following the completion of Game 1.
Greenfield starting pitcher Garrett Hudson registered three outs in the top of the eighth inning, so when the game picks up, Greenfield will be hitting for a chance to win the game.
Hudson was strong, hitting one bump in the road in the fourth inning, when Agawam struck for both its runs. Post 185 got three straight singles to open the inning, when Andrew Mitchell, Tyler Lyne and Zack Sabadosa loaded the bases with nobody out. Seamus Curran followed that by roping a two-run single down the first-base line to put Agawam up 2-1, with Post 185 threatening for even more. Hudson came back to induce a pop-up to second by Vinnie Fortini for the first out of the inning, before striking out Nick Massarelli and Zach Jendrysik to end the inning.
“Getting that pop-out was huge,” Greenfield coach Ryan Tatreau said. “Curran is one of, if not the best hitter we’ve seen, but Garrett did a really nice job against the bottom of the order and to get that pop- up and strike those two guys out without giving up any more runs was huge.”
Hudson finished with 13 strikeouts in eight innings, allowing seven hits and three walks.
Top-seeded Greenfield came back to tie the game in the fifth inning when Mike Duclos led off with a double and later scored when Niko Ames pulled off a safety squeeze that he nearly beat out, but got the run across nonetheless.
Greenfield took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, when Ames led off with a walk and eventually scored on Tyler Charboneau’s infield single.
Nick Destefano struck out one and walked two in five innings for Agawam before giving way to Joe Viens, who pitched two innings of scoreless relief.