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Hot Markol paces Post 81’s 12-2 rout

  • Greenfield Post 81 baserunner Marcel Ortiz slides safely into second base during Greenfield's 12-2 American Legion Baseball win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.<br/>Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames

    Greenfield Post 81 baserunner Marcel Ortiz slides safely into second base during Greenfield's 12-2 American Legion Baseball win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
    Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames

  • Greenfield Post 81 shortstop Niko Ames tries to turn a double play in a Legion win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon in Greenfield.<br/>Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames

    Greenfield Post 81 shortstop Niko Ames tries to turn a double play in a Legion win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon in Greenfield.
    Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames

  • Greenfield Post 81 second baseman Marcel Ortiz applies the tag to Easthampton baserunner Nick Betchelder, who was caught stealing during Greenfield's 12-2 American Legion Baseball win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.<br/>Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames

    Greenfield Post 81 second baseman Marcel Ortiz applies the tag to Easthampton baserunner Nick Betchelder, who was caught stealing during Greenfield's 12-2 American Legion Baseball win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
    Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames

  • Greenfield Post 81 baserunner Marcel Ortiz slides safely into second base during Greenfield's 12-2 American Legion Baseball win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.<br/>Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames
  • Greenfield Post 81 shortstop Niko Ames tries to turn a double play in a Legion win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon in Greenfield.<br/>Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames
  • Greenfield Post 81 second baseman Marcel Ortiz applies the tag to Easthampton baserunner Nick Betchelder, who was caught stealing during Greenfield's 12-2 American Legion Baseball win over Easthampton Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.<br/>Special to The Recorder/Jane Ames

Brody Markol collected three hits, including a triple, and Greenfield Post 81 finished with 12 hits total during a 12-2 rout of Easthampton in an American Legion Baseball game Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Greenfield scored in every inning but the third. Markol paced the team with three hits, while Niko Ames had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Jake Elwell singled and drove in three runs and Luke Bakker had two hits and two RBIs.

Nick York earned the win for Greenfield, striking out 10 in six innings. He allowed two hits and two walks. Easthampton scored twice in the fourth inning to cut Greenfield’s lead to 4-2 at the time and had the tying run at the plate with two outs. Easthampton had a baserunner gunned down at second base by Greenfield catcher Jake Elwell on an attempted steal to end the inning. Elwell was 2-for-2 in throwing out runners on the day and is 11-for-17 on the season. Tyler Charboneau came on and got the final three outs for Greenfield.

Post 81 has been pounding the ball this season and heads into the final week of the regular season looking to lock up one of the top four seeds in western Mass., which would ensure it a bye through the first two rounds of the playoffs. The first two rounds are both single-elimination games, while round three breaks the final eight teams down into two double-elimination brackets, and the top four teams will finally begin play. Greenfield is currently tied for second place with two other teams in the District 2/3 standings. Greenfield has 10 wins (giving it 20 points), the same as Westfield and Ludlow, although both those teams have games in hand on Greenfield. Post 81 is also just one point ahead of fifth-seeded East Springfield.

Markol has been the hottest hitter on the team of late, and after his 3-for-3 day at the dish Saturday, he’s six for his last six and 7-for-10 in the past three games. Mark Buck, who had one hit and one RBI Saturday, leads the team in hitting with a .406 average, while Markol is hitting .333.

Greenfield hosts West Springfield tonight at 7:15 at Vets Field.

Tri-County League

Manny’s 4, DiFranco 2 — Manny’s TV & Appliance took advantage of a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fifth inning to score the eventual game-winning runs during a 4-2 victory over DiFranco Realty in a Tri-County League baseball game Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Manny’s entered the day four points ahead of DiFranco in the race for second place in the TCL standings. The win helped Manny’s remain in the hunt for first place (the team trails Peoples Bank by five points with two games in hand), but even if unable to run down the Bankers, it helped move the team one game closer to wrapping up the second seed in the upcoming TCL playoffs.

Dean Bonneau gave Manny’s seven strong innings in his first start of the season. Bonneau struck out eight but did have to work around six walks and six hits. He did just that until the seventh inning, when he walked Taylor Black and then gave up a two-run Tanner Bathel home run that came down in Vets left-field bleachers.

“Dean hadn’t really thrown in a starting role for us this year and I know he was anxious to give it a shot,” Manny’s skipper Lee Magee said. “He did a pretty good job. The six walks were problematic but he worked around them.”

Manny’s (12-1-1) scored twice in the second inning and added two more in the fifth that wound up as the game-winning runs. In the second, Eric Libardoni and Greg Vouros each singled before Libardoni scored the first run of the game on a Brian Hayes sacrifice fly to left. Vouros then stole second and scored on a Bryan Adamski single. In the fifth, Manny’s did all its damage with two outs. Vouros worked a two-out walk and Hayes followed with a single. Adamski, Steffen Herter and Mike Putala followed with three consecutive walks, with Herter and Putala picking up RBIs on their free passes due to the bases being loaded.

“This was definitely a big one,” Magee said of the win. “We didn’t want to give ground to them because they could possibly catch us and we are still chasing Peoples for the first seed. We are on a bit of a role and it was nice to be able to get it done again today.”

Manny’s hosts Ash-Dee Tuesday night at 7 at Vets Field.

Junior Legion

Greenfield 17, Agawam 1 — Zach Wright slugged a home run and pitched five solid innings as Greenfield Post 81 dumped Agawam, 17-1, in a American Legion Baseball Junior Division game Sunday morning in Agawam.

The game was a run-rule shortened, five-inning game. The win locked up the top seed for Greenfield (14-2) and home-field advantage through the Junior Legion playoffs.

Wright struck out four and gave up two hits in the win. He also homered as part of a two-hit, three-RBI game. Kevin Luippold had three hits, including a double, and six RBIs, and Julian Diamond added two hits.

Greenfield will wrap up the regular season Wednesday at 7 at Vets Field against Wilbraham.

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