Bulletin Board: Bankers move to Newt finals
Greenfield Savings Bank finished off a two-game sweep of Montague Elks Lodge to advance to the Newt Guilbault Community League championship game with a 6-3 victory Thursday night during Game 2 of the best-of-three semifinals at Campbell Field in Turners Falls.
The third-seeded Bankers pulled off the upset of the second-seeded Elks. Mike Patnode struck out eight in five innings to earn the win. Jack Putala had two hits, including a double, while Patnode, Jaden Whiting, Jake Labelle, Jack Hamilton and Bryce Hill each had one hit.
GSB advances to the title series beginning Monday evening at 5:30 at Campbell Field to face the winner of the other semifinal series.
Bailey Young drove in all three runs for Montague Elks, finishing with two hits, including a two-run home run. Trevor Lapinski added a double.
• In the other semifinal game, one night after suffering a Game 1 upset, top-seeded Pipione’s Sport Shop played more like the regular-season champions with a 15-1 win over fourth-seeded Booska’s Flooring.
The win evened the best-of-three series at one game apiece and a winner-take-all Game 3 will be played Saturday morning at 10.
Jon Fritz belted a grand slam for Pipione’s, while Connor Waitkus and Justin Dobias each had two hits. Dylan McLaughlin added one hit, and Dobias and Fritz combined to pitch four solid innings.
Colby Mailloux doubled in the loss.
Jalen McGraw struck out 14 in a complete-game three-hitter to lead Northfield Green to a 2-1 win over Mowry & Schmidt Bernardston in a Tri-County League Cal Ripken Minor Division baseball game Thursday.
Robby Wood hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and send Northfield to the win. Hunter Haughey hit a solo home run in the second inning and finished with two hits while Gabe Smith doubled.
Bob Provost struck out nine in six innings in the losing effort. Tanner Rowe, Sam Glazier and Willie Donaldson each singled for Bernardston, and Ryan Potter played well defensively.
Drew Conant and Jake Croteau combined to strike out seven Thursday night and pitch D & D Drywall to a 14-2 win over Freedom Credit Union in a Greenfield Minor League AAA Division baseball game at Lunt Field in Greenfield.
Conant walked one and allowed just one run over three innings of work to earn the win in the game. Max Morgan singled and drove in a run and also played solid defense at third base. Drew Conant added one hit.
Caleb Bulko and Dylan Demers each had a hit in the loss.
• In other action, Alex Sulda and Ezra Christi combined to strike out 13 as Aubuchon Hardware edged Tognarelli Heating & Cooling, 11-9.
Josh Semaski hit a two-run inside-the-park home run in the win, and Maverick Ward hit an RBI single. Nate Blanchard slapped a two-run single, and Luke Belhumeur collected two singles.
Mike Pierce, TJ Thibeault and Ben Johnston each singled for Tognarelli.
• Finally, Jayson Andrews doubled and singled to help 99 Restaurant to a 9-6 win over Rotary.
Trevor Kuchieski picked up the win.
Tyler Podolski had two hits in the loss, and Brodie Gagne pitched well.
Frontier 12s win
Dylan Apanell struck out 11 in six innings to lead Frontier to a 8-0 win over Keene (N.H.) in the Swanzey Invitational Tournament 12-and-under division Thursday night in Swanzey, N.H.
Declan Cullinane and Matthew Gardner hit back-to-back home runs in the win. Gardner finished with three RBIs and two runs scored while Cullinane added two RBIs and two runs.
Ben Bardwell, Ben Morse, Bennett Pitcher and Corbin Blight each collected hits.
Tim Momaney had three doubles and three RBIs Wednesday night to lead Greenfield Post 81 Junior American Legion team to a 12-7 win over defending Junior Legion champion Wilbraham at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Julian Diamond had three hits and two RBIs, and Zack Wright singled, tripled and plated two runs. Kevin Luippold, Brandon Bryant, Andrew Toritto and Tyler Townsley each had two hits.
Nate Crocker pitched three innings of relief in the win. Zack Wright went the first three innings, and Kevin Luippold pitched a scoreless seventh inning to close the door.
Greenfield hosts Chicopee tonight at 5:30.
Montague 10s tag sale
The Montague 10-and-under tournament baseball team will hold a June 21 tag sale at Campbell and Gamelin Fields in Turners Falls to raise money to cover the cost of their tournaments.
The tag sale will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone interested in donating items to be sold can call 413-834-2698 or 413-824-0901.
Teagan Cardarapoli drove in two runs and picked up the win as Franklin Orthopedic upset top-seeded Crocker Communications, 16-9, in the semifinals of the Greenfield Girls’ Softball League playoffs Thursday night at Murphy Park in Greenfield.
Fourth-seeded Franklin Ortho moves on to tonight’s championship game to face the Montague Diamond Dusters.
Ashley Hasan singled twice and drove in two runs in the win, and Becca Kuchenski singled and plated a pair of runs.
Olivier Whittier led the Crocker offense with three hits and three RBIs. Jade Tyler had two hits and two RBIs, Maddie Soulia finished with two hits and one RBI, and Emily Burke singled and plated a run.
• In the other semifinal game, Courtney Mitchell struck out nine as the Montague Diamond Dusters edged Conte Office Supley, 14-10.
Skyla Berninski had a strong game at catcher in the win. Autumn Adams and Kelsey Richardson each doubled for Montague, Emily Young singled twice and drove in a run, and Olivia Rogers singled.
Northfield Summer Series
Ed Kaczenski sprinted across the finish line in 19 minutes, 21 seconds Thursday night to win the 3.3-mile Northfield Road Race in Northfield.
Ed was followed by his father Dave Kaczenski, who finished second in 21:15. Barry Auskern (21:50) came in third, followed by Charlie White (22:33).
Heidi Handy came in fifth overall at 22:57 and was the first female finisher. She was followed by Mary White, another member of the Kaczenski family who came in second with a time of 24:58. Sarah Kaczenski, the fourth member of the family, was the third female finisher in 26:04.
The race next Thursday will have a “Welcome Summer” theme and runners will wear sunglasses. Race time is 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Northfield Coffee and Books and is open to all.
The Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonalld’s Owner/Operator Association honored a number of local athletes during the McScholar Athlete Awards held at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
The honorees are chosen by principals and are seniors they feel are worth recognizing based on grades, participation in varsity sports, and school and community citizenship. Here’s the list of the local winners:
Frontier — Niko Ames and Taryn Marquis.
Greenfield — Sam Guiod and Alexis Silk.
Mahar — Dan Bergman and Lyndsy Paluk.
Mohawk — Robert Buoniconti and Ashley Pierce.
Pioneer — Chris Gilbert and Savannah Sojka.
Turners Falls — Sam Danford and Courtney Eugin.
Greenfield Suburban signups
The Greenfield Youth Football League will hold signups for the upcoming season on June 14, 21 and 28, and July 12, 19 and 26 at the Montague Police Station from 10 a.m. until noon. Players can also sign up at Beacon Field in Greenfield every Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. weather permitting.
Players in grades 3 through 8 from all surrounding towns are eligible for the team and every player is guaranteed two quarters of playing time and all equipment is provided. Seventh- and eighth-graders have a half-price registration fee.
For any questions contact Debbie at 863-2565.
• The team will also hold a pair of fundraisers at the end of June: a Bingo Night on June 26 at 6 at the Montague Elks Lodge; then a bottle and can drive at Ruggeri’s in Greenfield on June 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Greenfield Tennis Cup
Registrations are being accepted for the Greenfield Tennis Cup from June 16 to 19 at the Beacon Field Tennis Courts in Greenfield.
The tournament is a singles format (best of three sets) with separate divisions for men and women. Players ages 15 and older are eligible to play. All matches start at 5:30. Cost is $10 per player plus a can of unopened tennis balls.
The winner of each division gets a $25 gift certificate to sponsor Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, while the runners-up in each division get a $15 gift certificate.
Deadline to register is Sunday at 6.
For more information and to register contact Rick at 413-863-4428.
Clay court preservation tourney
The annual Greenfield Clay Court Preservation Tournament will take place Saturday at the Beacon Field Tennis Courts in Greenfield.
Cost is $20 for Greenfield Tennis Association members and $30 for non-members. Players should arrive between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. for registration. The event is an open doubles event. Players register as individuals and will be randomly assigned a first-round partner. Lunch will be provided and play will continue until midafternoon.
For more information contact Larry Klein at 413-824-8129.
EDGE Summer Clinic
The EDGE Basketball Clinic will run in two sessions from June 30 through July 11.
The first session runs from June 30 to July 3 and the second session runs from July 7 to July 11. Each day runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The clinic is open to players in grades 3 through 9 and costs $120 for the first week and $150 for the second. Players attending both weeks will get $10 off per week and families with multiple children attending will get the $10 per week discount. The objective of the clinic is to teach fundamentals, skills, concepts of basketball and to have fun.
For more information contact Alyn Hastings at 413-863-5007 or email to email@example.com.
Track & field
PV pole vault school
The Pioneer Valley Pole Vault School in Bernardston is open by appointment for individual and group lessons through the fall with negotiable rates.
Lessons will be taught by Pioneer Valley Regional School track and Northfield Mount Hermon pole-vault coach Jim Bell, himself a Masters pole vaulter.
For more information, contact Bell at 413-648-8929.
For anyone interested in playing ultimate this summer, please consider the following opportunity: a Summer Ultimate Intensive held at Four Rivers Charter School from June 30 through July 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open for ages 12 through 16, this will be a fun summer camp that includes a July 3 field trip. For more information, visit http://www.fourriverscharterorg/sports_ultimate.php.
Also, every Thursday at 6 p.m., there will be a free pick-up game behind Greenfield High School, open to all ages and skill levels.
Please contact Terry Plotkin at terryplotkin@ gmail.com with any questions.