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Markol delivers Post 81 to 6-4 victory

Brody Markol delivered the big hit to help Greenfield Post 81 break out of its mini-slump.

Markol’s two-run single in the bottom of the sixth snapped a 4-4 tie and propelled Greenfield to a 6-4 win over South Hadley-Pettengill Insurance in a Hampden County Senior American Legion Baseball game Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

It looked like the teams would go to the seventh all even when South Hadley got the first two outs in the sixth, but Liam Datres de la Blotier singled and Andrew Doty followed with a base hit to put runners at second and third, setting the stage for Markol. He came to the plate and lined a single to right that scored both runners, giving Markol three hits and three RBIs for the evening.

Greenfield had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, courtesy of singles from Datres de la Blotier and Kevin Luippold, and a run on a wild pitch.

South Hadley tied it in the top of the fifth, scoring its first run on an error before Adam Pilachowski ripped a two-run single.

Post 81 retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Markol doubled and scored on Noah Bakker’s line single to right. But Ryan Kleszcynski’s RBI single in the sixth pulled South Hadley even once again.

Markol and Bakker both had three hits, and Datres de la Blotier added a pair for Greenfield, which tied a season-high with 12.

Sam Downes worked the final 1 2/ 3 innings to pick up the win. Ben Ruddock struck out six and walked two in 5 1/ 3 innings.

Pat Sears suffered the loss in relief.

“We’re still not playing the kind of defense I expect out of this team,” said Greenfield coach Tim Capuano, whose squad committed four errors, “but the bats came alive, so that was nice to see.”

Greenfield (9-3) is right back at The Vet tonight when it hosts West Springfield Post 207 at 7:15.

Junior Legion

Greenfield 12, Ludlow 5 — Julian Diamond slapped three hits and Zach Wright singled, tripled and drove in three runs to lead Greenfield to a 12-5 win over Ludlow in Junior American Legion Baseball game Tuesday at Whitney Park in Ludlow.

Tim Momaney and Jared Ackerman each finished with two hits, and Josh Cady added one hit and three RBIs for the winners.

Adam Phelps worked the first five innings for the mound win. Ackerman pitched well in relief for the last two innings.

Greenfield (13-2) doesn’t return to the diamond until Sunday when it travels to Agawam for an 11 a.m. game.


Teddy Bear 8, Longmeadow 2 — After three scoreless innings, Teddy Bear Pools’ offense came to life, scoring eight time in the final three innings to beat the Longmeadow Warriors, 8-2, in a Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball game Tuesday night at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

Brad Bean got things rolling for the host (7-6) in the fourth by drilling a two-run triple to open the scoring. Teddy Bear pushed the lead to 4-0 in the fifth on Jon Atkins’ run-scoring single and Casey Blanchard’s RBI groundout.

Longmeadow got a run back in the top of the sixth, but Teddy Bear tacked on a four-spot in the bottom of the frame to extend the lead to 8-1. Andrew Sadowsky hit a sacrifice fly, Cory Shearer ripped an RBI single and Justin Carey had an RBI groundout in the rally.

Bean, Tom Malooly (double) and Kyle Platner all had two hits for Teddy Bear.

Joey Larson scattered eight hits and three walks while striking out six to earn the complete-game win.

Teddy Bear travels to Szot Park in Chicopee tonight at 7 to face the Chicopee Falls Tigers.

Mickey Mantle

Mohawk 3, Easthampton 1 — Justin Ward pitched five innings of shutout ball and struck out six to lead Mohawk J. S. Rae to a 3-1 victory over Easthampton in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle game Tuesday night in Buckland.

John Dawicki and Ward had back-to-back doubles in the third to put J.S. Rae in top 1-0. It remained that way until the sixth, when Gavin Rice tripled and subsequently scored on a passed ball, and Torsten Sloan-Anderson added an RBI single later in the frame.

Ward finished 2-for-3 with the RBI double.

Mohawk travels to Frontier on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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