Bankers defend title
Jack Putala’s home run helped Greenfield Savings Bank pull away late as it bested Pipione’s Sport Shop, 10-4, to complete a two-game sweep and defend its Newt Guilbault Community League youth baseball championship Tuesday night at Frank Campbell Field in Turners Falls.
GSB held a tenuous 6-4 lead heading into the fourth inning when Putala blasted a three-run homer to highlight a four-run rally that put the champions in command.
Jake Labelle collected two hits, Jaden Whiting smacked a double and drove in two runs, and Jack Hamilton and Mike Patnode each doubled.
Hamilton, who recorded the mound win, and Patnode combined on a four-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Justin Dobias led Pipione’s with a single, double and two RBIs, Carson Carlisle slapped a two-run single and Connor Waitkus chipped in a single.
Frontier Cal Ripken
The Deerfield Royals scored four times in the third inning to break open a close game and claim the Frontier Cal Ripken Minor Division youth baseball championship Tuesday evening with a 12-4 win over the Conway Cobras at Herlihy Park in Whately.
Jackson Harper led the champions with a double, homer and four RBIs. Brady Finch also homered, Jake Whitney collected a single, two doubles and three RBIs, Brandon Royal had a single, two doubles and two RBIs, and Cameron Wrisley contributed a single and an RBI.
Rohan Edwards was the winning pitcher.
Cam Pleasant smacked two doubles and Jesse Kurkulonis fanned six in three innings of relief for Conway.
Greenfield Minor League
Ezra Christi singled home Alex Sulda with the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help Aubuchon Hardware beat D&D Drywall, 11-10, in a Greenfield Minor League AAA Division semifinal playoff game Tuesday night at Lunt Field.
Christi finished with two hits and earned the win in relief.
Luke Timberlake added an RBI single and Maverick Ward and Luke Belhumeur both singled for Aubuchon.
Brendan Morehouse doubled, Drew Conant had a RBI single and Dylan Mahar, Max Morgan and Vinnie Arce singled for D&D.
• In the other semi, winning pitcher Derek Lenois and T.J. Thibodeau combined on 11 strikeouts as Tognareilli Heating & Cooling rolled to a 12-2 win over Rotary Club.
Joey Brook, Daniel Lenois, Gillis MacDougall and Michael Pierce all had two hits for Tognarelli, which finished with 12 hits on the evening.
Joey White singled and doubled, Tyler Podolski banged out two hits and Tristan Duyck singled in support of losing hurler Casey Hoffman.
Tognarelli and Aubuchon’s meet Friday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday, while Game 3 (if necessary) is scheduled for Monday night.
Frontier captured the 12-and-under championship of the Swanzey Invitational Youth Baseball Tournament with a 2-1 win over Milford, N.H., on Tuesday night in Swanzey, N.H.
After Milford scored its run in the fifth inning, Frontier responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Bennett Pitcher started the rally with a single, Declan Cullinane followed with a base hit and Mathew Gardner doubled home both runs.
Dylan Apanell pitched a complete game and struck out six to earn the win.
Patrick Michalak fired six innings of two-hit ball and struck out 10 while allowing no earned runs to lead Frontier to a 6-2 win over Holyoke in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle League game Tuesday night in Holyoke.
Nolan Muzyka went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Riley Baker was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Bailey Powers added two hits for Frontier.
• Elsewhere, South Hadley handed Greenfield Antonio’s II an 8-2 loss at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield.
Stephen Wheeler collected a single and two RBIs, and Tyler Jacques and Cullen Wozniak each doubled in support of losing hurler Connor Zabko.
FC Babe Ruth
Winning pitcher Ross Akey had three hits to lead Akey Insurance to a 5-3 win over Turners Falls Athletic Club in a Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball League game Tuesday night at Beacon Field in Greenfield.
Jordan Loughman singled and doubled, Eliot Mousseau added two hits and Arlo Larange drove in two insurance runs in the seventh inning for Akey’s.
Tanner Jones, Xavier Santiago, Keirnan Freeman, Brian Zamojski and Nate Haselton each had a single for TFAC.