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Eliot Masseau of champion Akey's Insurance pitches against Marmac Concrete during a 5-2, nine-inning Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball championship win at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield Monday evening.
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Eliot Masseau, #2, of Akeys Insurance slam a pitch from opponent Marmac Concrete at Abercrombie Field on Monday.
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Marmac Concrete was just an out away from forcing a deciding game, but Akey Insurance wouldn’t let it happen.
Akey’s tied the game in the top of the seventh inning and scored three times in the ninth to beat Marmac, 5-2, and capture the Franklin County Babe Ruth League playoffs championship Monday night at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield.
Gavin Flynn got the tying rally started with a one-out single and went to second on Ryan Campbell’s ground-out. Then Arlo Larange’s soft liner over second base fell in and Flynn sprinted home to tie it and force extra innings.
Marmac was painfully close to ending it in the eighth when Ben Sherman roped a one-out, one-hop triple off the right-center field, but Akey’s reliever Tyler Miner fanned Adam Hallenback for the second out and center fielder Jordan Loughman made a diving catch on Brian Allen’s blooper to short center for the final out, setting up the champions’ winning ninth-inning rally.
Christian LaPlante started the Akey’s ninth by reaching on an error and was subsequently awarded second base due to defensive obstruction. He moved to third on Flynn’s ground-out, Ryan Campbell followed with a walk, and Larange brought LaPlante home and Campbell moved to second on his RBI ground-out to make it 3-2. Miner then singled Campbell to third, Eliot Mousseau ripped a single down the left-field line to plate Campbell and move Miner to third, and Jordan Loughman singled home Miner for the fifth Akey’s run. Mousseau was thrown out at third on a close play to end the inning.
Marmack scored the first run of the game when Torsten Sloan-Anderson hit a sacrifice fly to get Luke Viens home. Will LaPlante tied it for Akey’s in the top of the fourth with his RBI fielder’s choice, which scored Brendan Emond.
Marmac retook the lead in the bottom of the frame when Hallenbeck was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Brian Gagnon’s single up the middle.
Miner, who led Akey’s with two hits, pitched two shutout innings in relief of Mousseau for the win.
Sherman led Marmac’s eight-hit attack with two doubles and a triple.
Northampton scored on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth to beat Frontier, 2-1, and win the championship game of the Cal Ripken Baseball 10-and-under district tournament Monday night in Northampton.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Hamp grabbed a 1-0 lead on another bases-loaded free pass.
Frontier came back in the top of the sixth to tie it. Gehrig Brynda singled, Noah Uzdavinis reached on an error, both runners moved up on a passed ball, and Ben Zoly slapped a single to plate Brynda.
Kevin Baumann added a single for Frontier, which played errorless defense.
Ben Zaranek pitched well in suffering the complete-game loss.
Frontier will play in Western Mass. State Tournament this weekend in Sutton.
Quinn Doyle pitched a five-inning complete game with two strikeouts as Deerfield TNT dumped Amherst, 11-1, in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle baseball game Monday at Headmaster’s Field in Deerfield.
Doyle gave up four hits and one walk in the win. Noah Barnes doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice for Deerfield, while Trevor Mankowsky doubled twice and scored three runs. Kade Gewanter singled and plated two runs, and Seth Gewanter and Doyle each finished with a single, an RBI and one run scored.
Thomas Memorial men’s
Steve Jones continued his solid play, recording a 36 to claim low-gross honors for the second straight week during the Monday Night Men’s Golf League at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.
Chris Varilly was also closest to the pin on No. 7 (6 feet, 11 inches).
Garrett Cousineau leads the league 85 points, while Jones is second with 82.
John Adams and Shane Foster combined for a 32 to garner low-gross honors during the Monday Night Skins League at Northfield Golf Course.
Peter Jenkins and Devin Lockley earned low net with a 30.
Lockley was also closest to the pin on No. 6 (30-0), while Scott Cote came closest on No. 7 (25-0).
Mark K Memorial mixed
Chuck Yetter, John Davis, Rod Roberge and Bob Mott claimed low net with a 57 in Mark K Memorial Mixed Golf League golf action Monday night at Oak Ridge Golf Club in Gill.
Kyle Matteson, Paul Clark, Brian Watrous and Bob Tardiff placed second at 59.
Dale Allis recorded a 28 to win the A Division of the Odd-Holes Tournament during Monday Night Women’s Golf League play at the Country Club of Greenfield.
Dawn Bete carded a 44 for low gross, while Sue O’Connor had a 35 for low net.
Barb Unaitis was the B Division tourney winner with a 31. Michele Hazlett posted a 50 for low gross, and Wanda Pyfrom carded a low net of 34
Kim French had C Division-best 31 in the tourney. Bobbee Low, Irene McDonald and Nancy Conant tied for low gross at 54, while low net went to Ashley Koncal with a 32.
Stephen Smith went 4-for-5 to lead Zeke’s Bar & Grill to a 21-2 victory over Montague Mini Storage in a Montague Co-Rec Adult Softball League game at Green River Field in Greenfield.
Jordan Zukowski went 5-for-5 in the win, and Crystal Wilkinson added three hits.
DRIVE Men’s League
Green Fields Market eked out a 79-78 win over Hunter North Securities in a DRIVE Hoops Men’s Basketball League game Sunday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
Tyson Dowdy netted 34 points and Lew Borden added 20 for the winners.
Kevin Gina scored a game-high 36 and Stacey Messiah chipped in 16 for HNS.
• Elsewhere, Sean Martin hit for 34 and Robbie Burke added 20 as Dunkin Donuts bested Taylor’s Tavern/Snow & Sons Landscaping, 81-76.
Derek D’Amours had 21 and Kyle Snow 15 for Taylor’s/Snow & Sons.
• In other action, VT Nameless used Adam Yount’s 25 points and 17 from Troy Snell to defeat Keene, N.H., 97-74.
Dave Sontag finished with 19 and Ryan Boyle had 11 for Keene.
• Also, Ben Barshefsky’s 29 and Dan Clark’s 26 helped DRIVE Hoops beat Noho, 95-66.
Jon Jolti hit for 22 and Jake Laga contributed 15 for Noho.
• At Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Austin Mayo dumped in 24 to lead Booska’s Flooring to an 84-75 win over Bridgeside Grille.
Sean Christy had a game-high 35 for Bridgeside.
• Also, Berkshire Pizzeria downed Bruso Computer Solutions, 84-76, behind Ben Johnson’s 38 points.
Matt Gibson led BCS with 21 points.
DRIVE summer programs
DRIVE Hoops will conduct a variety of programs during the summer, including:
• Leagues for men, boys and girls varsity, boys junior varsity, boys and girls middle school and boys and girls grades 5-6;
• 17th annual FCHC basketball clinic with John Hickey and Angelo Thomas, from July 21 to 25, at Greenfield Middle School;
• DRIVE Hoops Skills Clinic with Angelo Thomas, from July 28 to Aug. 1, at Hopkins Academy in Hadley.