Denny’s, Elks advance to GML title round
New Fortune second baseman Paige Loughman backs up the play as shortstop Anthony Holmes turns his attention to Elks baserunner Jake Cote, who stops and gets caught in a pickle during his team's 7-3 semifinal Greenfield Minor League baseball playoff win at Lunt Field Wednesday evening. The Elks Club will meet Denny's Pantry in a best-of-three championship series that begins Friday evening at Lunt Field. Cote escaped the jam by returning to first safely. Recorder/Micky Bedell
Jack Loud lined a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in younger brother Peter Loud with the game-winning run as Denny’s Pantry advanced to the Greenfield Minor League Major Division championship series with a 4-3 win over Maniatty’s Real Estate Wednesday night at Lunt Field in Greenfield.
Denny’s will take on the Greenfield Elks Lodge in the best-of-three championship series beginning Friday night at 6 and continuing on Sunday night at 6. Greenfield Elks bested New Fortune Restaurant, 7-3, in the Wednesday’s other semifinal game at Lunt.
Jack Loud and Evan Leaf combined to pitch a four-hitter for Denny’s, with each pitcher throwing three frames and combining to strike out 13. Aidan Hubert singled and drove in a run in the win, and Nate Sciandra hit a sacrifice fly to score another run. Leaf and Dhar Newcomb each added a hit.
Mike Wrisley struck out eight in the complete-game loss. Mike McGoldrick finished with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Hunter Drost and Jared Hubbard each singled and scored a run, and Drost added the third RBI of the game. Matt Jacques made a fantastic diving attempt and Maniatty’s was credited with a strong defensive effort as a team.
• In the other semifinal, Jared Hart pitched five innings and combined with Cam Rice for 11 strikeouts to lead the Elks to their 7-3 win over New Fortune.
Hart led the offense with two hits and two RBIs, while Troy Emond went 1-for-1 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Josh Gaulin had a strong defensive effort to lead Elks.
Keith Broussard finished with two hits for New Fortune, and Anthony Holmes doubled and had a strong defensive game at shortstop, including stopping a hard-hit ball by Emond that left stitch-marks from the ball on his chest. Kyle Devlin, Zack Martineau and Ruari Maloney each had a hit in the loss.
Frontier 9s fall
Keene scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and Frontier stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth to fall short in a 6-5 loss in the opening game of the Swanzy (N.H.) 9-and-Under Invitational Tournament Wednesday.
Max Edwards pitched four strong innings and struck out eight. Tyler Baranowski, Dylan Martin, Edwards and Brady Finch each had a hit.
The tournament continues Friday through Sunday.
Danny Szafron, Jackson Hicks, Brian Gagnon and Chris Graves each had two hits Wednesday night as Marmac doubled up Ashfield, 14-7, in a Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball game at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield.
Ben Sherman gave up two runs in three innings to earn the win.
Hunter Roberts had a pair of hits in the loss.
Nathan Patterson, Trevor Mankowsky and Benny Bruscoe combined on a three-hitter to lead Deerfield TNT to a 9-2 win over Holyoke in a Mickey Mantle game Wednesday at Headmaster’s Field in Deerfield.
Steve Bruscoe went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs to pace Deerfield, and Mankowsky went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Brian Shaw finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Nate Deskavich singled and drove in a run.
Deerfield also played errorless defense.