Tigers edge Teddy Bear; Manny’s, Post 81 win
Chris Hebert’s RBI single in the sixth inning plated the go-ahead run and Chicopee Falls Tigers edged Teddy Bear Pools, 3-2, in a Tri-County League amateur baseball game Friday night at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
The Tigers (8-10-1) trailed 2-0 after two innings but tied the game in the fourth and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth. It was another frustrating game offensively for Teddy Bear, which has received solid pitching of late but has struggled to string together hits or come up with clutch hits. The potential for big innings has been there at times according to first-year Teddy Bear coach Dan Abrahamson, but the team is still looking for those consistent timely hits.
“I think the big thing for us is that we really need to the put the pedal to the floor when we get teams like this down,” he explained. “We just didn’t come up with the big hits. That’s been the thing the last couple of weeks. We’ve been winning games, but we’re not getting those big hits in big spot and that’s kind of hurt us. Hopefully, we can start getting those hits and put teams away when we need to.”
Teddy Bear (9-8) had the chance to make things very difficult for Chicopee early on. In the bottom of the first inning, Justin Carey, Casey Blanchard and Kyle Platner each led off with singles but the team was only able to plate one run (Platner’s RBI single) in the frame. In the second inning, Corey Shearer hit a ground-rule double and Carey singled for the second time on the night, but again the team failed to cash in in a big way, as Blanchard’s sacrifice fly to center accounted for the only run of the inning.
“The first two innings we hit the ball really hard and I really thought we were going to knock their pitcher out of the game,” Abrahamson said. “We just didn’t come up with big hits after that.”
Only scoring twice in those innings came back to haunt the team in the fourth as the first Tigers’ run of the game came in on an error by Carey at shortstop, and then Shawn Jiles drove in the tying run with one of his two doubles on the night.
Jon Atkins suffered the loss in relief, allowing one run in two innings of work, striking out two and walking three. Casey Blanchard struck out two and walked six in 32/3 innings of work in the start.
Teddy Bear travels to Van Horn Park in Springfield today at 1 to take on Sampson Chapels.
Manny’s 6, St. Joseph’s 2 — Dusty Mones struck out eight over seven innings and Manny’s TV & Appliance rebounded from Thursday’s ugly loss to Peoples Bank with a 6-2 victory over St. Joseph’s in TCL action Friday at St. Joseph’s Park in Thorndike.
Mones allowed just three hits and three walks in the complete-game effort and his only mistake came in the fourth inning when Brad Brothers hit a two-run double to drive in both St. Joseph’s runs.
Manny’s (14-2-1) scored three times in the first inning as Steffen Herter hit an RBI single and Austin Finck smacked a two-run single. Manny’s made it 6-0 in the top of the fourth inning when Eric Libardoni hit an RBI single, and Bryan Adamski hit an RBI double. The other run came home on an error in the frame.
The TV & Appliance Men finished with nine hits in the game including a single and a double from Mike Putala, the only player with multiple hits in the game. Garrett Hudson, Greg Vouros and Soren Pelz-Walsh each had singles.
Joe Perlak suffered the loss, striking out three and walking four in six innings.
Manny’s plays a doubleheader at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield on Sunday, facing off against Wilbraham Funeral Home at 1 and Longmeadow Warriors at 4.
Greenfield 14, Northampton 2 — Greenfield Post 81 put itself in control of its own destiny in terms of getting a bye through the first two rounds of the American Legion Baseball playoffs with a 14-2 victory over Northampton Post 28 Friday night at Vets Field in Greenfield.
A win by Greenfield (13-4) in today’s regular-season finale at home against West Springfield at 4:30 would ensure a bye through the first two rounds of the playoffs. That is important because the first two rounds are both single-elimination. The top four teams in Western Mass. clinch a bye through the first two rounds. Aldenville, Pittsfield and Westfield have each clinched the top three spots, while Greenfield is tied with Ludlow in the standings for the fourth spot. Ludlow, which won its regular-season finale on Friday, owns the tiebreaker, but Greenfield has a game in hand.
“We want to avoid the single-elimination part of these playoffs,” first-year Greenfield coach Tim Capuano said. “We want as many chances to win as we can. I can match up my pitchers the way I want to and get some more time in the batting cages to keep these hot bats going.”
Greenfield scored eight times in the second inning to blow the game open and play was halted with two outs in the fifth inning when Greenfield scored twice to push the lead to the mercy-rule-invoking 12-run margin.
Kevin Luippold singled, doubled and drove in three runs, while Jourdan York-Welcome added two hits and three RBIs. Jake Elwell doubled as part of a three-hit night with one RBI in the win, Mark Buck singled and drove in two runs, and Niko Ames and Luke Bakker each had two hits and one RBI. Sam Downes added two hits, and Liam Datres de la Blotier singled and drove in a run. All of that was in support of starting and winning pitcher Nick York, who struck out five and walked two in four innings.
“It feels good,” Capuano said of his team controling its own destiny. “We just have to go out there and get a win. After a game like tonight, I think we have all the confidence in the world. Our bats are hot at just the right time.”
Ben O’Connor suffered the loss. Keith Natale finished with three hits and two RBIs, while Tim Horton had two hits including a double.