Palmer eliminates Greenfield
LEOMINSTER – The good news is that Garrett Hudson threw a one-hit, 12-strikeout, complete-game gem for Greenfield Post 81. The bad news? Oh yeah, for the second time in three days his team’s bats fell silent to a Palmer pitcher, who ended Greenfield’s season with a 2-0 losers’-bracket loss in American Legion Baseball Intrastate Tournament action Tuesday evening at Pin Cannavino Field at McLaughlin Park.
Greg Pobieglo struck out just one and did not walk a batter for Palmer, which plated two runs in the first inning and relied on slick fielding from shortstop Tim Siddle and the rest of the team to help Pobieglo finish with a four-hit shutout.
“We didn’t have enough good at-bats,” Greenfield coach Ryan Tatreau said. “He did a good job. He pounded the zone, kept us in swing mode, got ahead in the count, and threw an off-speed pitch that he kept us off of.”
The Pobieglo outing capped off a stellar two-game performance by Palmer pitching that saw Pobieglo and Siddle each pitch seven innings and combine to allow just nine hits and no runs over 14 innings.
“Our offense is something we’ve obviously been working on for the past two weeks,” Tatreau explained. “It’s something we’ve needed to win games. Our pitching and defense were plenty good enough for us to win today, but our hitting … it’s the toughest part of the game. And today they did it just a little better than us. We didn’t get timely hits again when we had opportunities.”
Palmer struck early against Hudson, who came out a little shaky and walked leadoff hitter Drew Koczur before allowing a one-out double to Siddle that hit the wall in left-center and put runners on second and third. Koczur came around to score when Adam Kozlik hit a ground ball to second with the defense back, and Siddle came around on a passed ball on pitch that allowed Pobieglo to earn the second walk of the first inning. Hudson struck out Jake Dold to end the frame and that set off a string of five straight strikeouts for the righty, including striking out the side in the second inning. Hudson went on to walk two more batters for a total of four but did not allow another hit after Siddle’s double. He struck out at least one batter in every inning, and had four multi-strikeout innings.
“He was dominant, both pitching and defense, did everything we wanted today,” Tatreau said. “It was pretty obvious that we just didn’t have enough good at-bats, especially early in innings. We didn’t get a leadoff man on today, which has been key for us when we score runs.”
Greenfield’s best chance to score came in the second inning when Tyler Charboneau singled with one out and went to second on Liam Datres de la Blotier’s single. Pobieglo came back to get Mark Buck to line out to center before Luke Bakker hit a long fly ball to right that was chased down by Jake Graveline for the final out.
Greenfield had just one other runner get into scoring position when Charboneau got his second hit of the game in the fourth inning by belting a double to left-center with one out. He was stranded there when Datres de la Blotier and Buck grounded out to short.
Those were just two ground-outs to flawless shortstop Siddle, who picked up eight assists (all throws to first) and two putouts on fly balls.
“Siddle did a great job today. He made every play and did not give us any opportunities for any big innings,” Tatreau said.
Tanner Jillson had the only other Post 81 hit, singling with two outs in the third inning. Greenfield did not get another hit after Charboneau’s fourth-inning double, as Pobieglo set down the final 11 straight batters.
Palmer was 3-0 against Greenfield this summer. Post 81 will welcome back nearly the entire roster next year.