Tognarelli rises to the occasion, 10-7
Baserunner Joseph Brook of Tognarelli Heating dislodges second base during a slide Aubuchon's second baseman Nathan Blanchard can't come up with the throw in the excitement of the moment Subday evening at Lunt Field, where Tognarelli swept Aubuchon in their best-of-three Greenfield Minor League AAA Division championship series with a thrilling, 10-7, extra-inning win.
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Aubuchon baserunner Ezra Christi slides safely into second as Tognarelli Heating players struggle to come up with the throw Sunday at Lunt Field, where Tognarelli beat Aubuchon in extra-innings, 10-7, to sweep their best-of-three Greenfield Minor League AAA Division championship series.
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Joey Brook scored the game-tying run in the sixth inning and then drove in what proved to be the game-winner in the seventh as Tognarelli Heating & Cooling swept its way to the Greenfield Minor League AAA Division championship with a 10-7 victory over Aubuchon Hardware in Game 2 of the best-of-three series Sunday evening at Lunt Field in Greenfield.
Tognarelli defeated Aubuchon, 3-2, Friday night and then forced extra innings Sunday after going into the sixth inning trailing 7-6. Brook came home with the tying run in the top of the inning and Tognarelli pitching kept Aubuchon off the board in the bottom of the frame to force extras. In the seventh, T.J. Thibeault came around to score the eighth run for Tognarelli on a single by Brook, and Tognarelli added two more runs for insurance. Relief pitcher Gillis MacDougal pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh to finish off the championship for the top-seeds.
Brook finished 4-for-5 in the win, while Thibeault went 3-for-3. Derek Lenois, Thibeault and MacDougal combined to strike out 13 for Tognarelli, Aiden Fulton finished with two hits, and MacDougal and Ryan Pulizari each had one hit.
Alex Sulda, Casey Christi and Ezra Christi combined to strike out 13 in the loss. Ezra Christi, Josh Semaski and Luke Timberlake each had two hits, while Sulda, Casey Christi, Maverick Ward and Nate Blanchard combined for one hit apiece.
• In Game 2 of the Major Division championship, Jared Hart and Troy Emond combined to strike out eight and Greenfield Elks Lodge forced a decisive Game 3 tonight with a 3-2 victory on Sunday.
The teams will meet tonight at 6 for the title.
Ryan Cote and Zach Renaud each finished with two hits in the win. Emond hit an RBI double and Hart doubled. Cameron Rice singled and recorded an RBI and Nick Bresciano singled.
Jack Loud and Evan Leaf pitched well for Denny’s and combined to strike out nine. Dylan Allen and Dhar Newcomb each had two hits and Allen scored both of Denny’s runs. Leaf doubled and Loud singled in the loss.
GML Dining for Cause
Greenfield Minor League will hold a Dining for the Cause Night on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the 99 Restaurant in Greenfield.
The 99 will donate 15 percent of every tab to the GML as long as patrons present a voucher prior to ordering. Vouchers can be acquired by calling Scott Cote (522-5334), stopping by the Lunt Field concession stand during tonight’s Major Division championship game at 6 or by asking the hostess at the door on Tuesday.
Jason Quinn struck out 15 in five innings to lead Northfield Blue past previously unbeaten Northfield Green, 10-7 in the Tri-County League Cal Ripken Major Division championship game Saturday at Northfield Elementary School.
Quinn allowed only three runs in five innings and was helped out on offense by Robbie Kenyon, who belted a three-run home run. Northfield Blue was credited with giving a total team effort to earn the championship.
Northfield Green made things interesting in the sixth and final inning when it scored four times and left the bases loaded. Jalen McGraw slugged a solo home run in the loss. Losing pitcher Hunter Haughey struck out 11.
Luke Viens and Danny Szafron each went 4-for-5 with two doubles as top-seeded Marmac defeated fifth-seeded Tognarelli Heating & Cooling, 16-5, in the Franklin County Babe Ruth playoffs Sunday evening at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield.
Marmac advanced to the winner’s-bracket championship of the double-elimination playoffs and will take on Akey Insurance Thursday evening, with the winner advancing to the title series.
Marmac led 10-1 after three innings. Connor Powers went 3-for-4 in the win. Torsten Sloan-Anderson earned the pitching win on the mound and doubled.
Caleb Milton went 2-for-3 in the loss.
• In first-round action on Saturday, Arlo Larange pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout with six strikeouts to lead Akey’s to a 14-0 win over Ashfield.
Larange finished with two hits and two runs scored in the win, Eliot Mousseau collected three hits, four stolen bases and scored three times, Brendon Emond had two hits, Ryan Campbell had one hit and three RBIs, and Daniel Boulanger finished with one hit, one RBI and a run scored.
Bruin Pratt collected the lone hit in the loss.
Noah Barnes pitched a complete-game three-hitter Saturday to lead Deerfield TNT past Easthampton, 3-1, in a Mickey Mantle baseball game at Headmaster’s Field in Deerfield.
Deerfield scored twice in the first inning, when Brian Shaw drove in Seth Gewanter with an RBI single and on a Kade Gewanter single to right. Deerfield tacked on one more run in the fifth when Nate Deskavich singled and later scored on a groundout by Benny Bruscoe. Stevie Bruscoe added a hit in the win.
• On Friday, Quinn Doyle and Nate Patterson combined on a three-hitter as Deerfield defeated Frontier, 3-2, at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
Doyle struck out three and walked three in five innings of two-hit ball, while Patterson earned the save with five strikeouts in the final two innings of work.
Deerfield came back from a 2-0 deficit, getting one run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Benny Bruscoe scored on an error in the fifth to cut the deficit in half and Seth Gewanter tied the game in the sixth inning when he hit an RBI double to score Derek Zewinski. Gewanter then scored the eventual game-winner when he stole third and scored on a groundout by Kade Gewanter. Seth Gewanter finished 3-for-3.
• In other action, Justin Ward fired a four-hitter on Sunday to lead J.S. Rae Mohawk to a 3-2 win over Holyoke in Holyoke.
Ward struck out 11 over seven innings of work in the win and helped himself out with two hits. John Dawicki added two hits, and Sam Smithers finished with two hits and two RBIs.
• Also, Zack Leeds finished with three hits and drove in the game-winning run as Antonio’s II edged Amherst, 10-9, on Sunday.
Axel Vasquez finished with two hits in support of winning pitcher Connor Zabko, and Brett Miner drove in two runs.
Deerfield Metro drops two
Deerfield Metro traveled to Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham to take on Wilbraham & Monson Metro and dropped both games in a doubleheader on Sunday.
In the second game, Emma Wesoloski roped two hits but Deerfield fell, 8-5. Mae Fydenkevez hit an RBI double in the loss, Shelby Scarborough singled, and Amanda Deskavich struck out eight and pitched well.
Deerfield dropped the opener, 15-2.