Greenfield captures WMass title
Greenfield Post 81 has had a successful debut in Junior American Legion Baseball.
The locals claimed the regular season title in its opening season, and claimed the Western Massachusetts Championship Tuesday night with a 7-3 win over host Chicopee at Szot Park.
Greenfield scored once in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3, then put up a four-spot in the seventh to take control.
In the fifth, Brandon Bryant singled with one out, then after a flyout Tyler Townsley, roped a triple to the right-center-field gap to plate Bryant with the equalizer.
Bryant also started the seventh-inning rally, drawing a leadoff walk. Kevin Luippold followed with a single, then after Bryant stole third, he scored on Townsley’s fielder’s choice, which erased Luippold. Zach Wright was hit by a pitch (Adam Phelps came in as a courtesy runner), then Colin Cloutier and Zach Demars each slapped RBI singles to make to 6-3, and Josh Cady’s fielder’s choice pushed across the final run.
Townsley, Luippold, Bryant, Clouter and Demars all finished with two hits
Wright threw two innings of one-hit relief to get the win. Starter Ben Poirier fanned six and allowed only two hits in the first five frames.
Greenfield moves on the Junior Legion State Tournament beginning Saturday at 9:30 a.m. against either North Attleboro or Acushnet. The tourney is scheduled to run through Wednesday.
Chicopee 6, Manny’s 2 — Chicopee Falls Tigers took advantage of seven errors to beat Manny’s TV & Appliance Center, 6-2, to even their best-of-three Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball quarterfinal playoffs series at a game apiece Tuesday night at Szot Park.
The deciding Game 3 is scheduled for this evening at Beacon Field in Greenfield at 5:45 p.m.
Ben Sabbs reached on a three-base error and scored on Chris Hebert’s ground-out to put the Tigers up 1-0 after one. In the third, Chicopee added a pair of runs on another miscue to take a 3-0 lead.
Manny’s scored both of its runs in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2. With two outs, Luke Wamboldt reached on the Tigers’ only error of the contest. He went to third on Eric Libardoni’s double to left, the Soren Pelz-Walsh lined as single to right-center field to score Wamboldt and Libardoni.
The Tigers used two errors and Nick Frost’s two-run double to extend the advantage to 5-2, and they added another insurance run in the sixth.
Hebert and Frost both collected two hits for Chicopee, while Libardoni had two of Manny’s four hits.
Devin Rhodes suffered the complete-game loss despite striking out seven and waling only one. He scattered six hits.
Easthampton 5, Teddy Bear 3 — Matt Robinson’s two-run single broke a 3-3 tie and helped Easthampton Savings Bank eliminate Teddy Bear Pools with a 5-3 victory in the best-of-three quarterfinals of the TCL playoffs Tuesday night at Daley Field in Easthampton.
Joe Jachym doubled, Ryan Smith walked and both runners moved up on a fielder’s choice before Robinson delivered the base hit that plated the two decisive runs.
Drew Dombkowski’s RBI double in the opening frame staked the hosts to a 1-0 lead, but Teddy Bear responded with two in the second to grab a 2-1 lead. Brad Bean singled, Kyle Platner smacked a double to push Bean to third, then Clayton Beaulieu hit a sacrifice fly to center to get Bean home, and Jamie Carey followed with single through the right side to plate Platner.
Easthampton scored on an error and Dombkowski’s run-scoring single to go up 3-2, but the Poolmen tied it in the fifth when Casey Blanchard singled, moved to second on a fielder’s choice, took third on Bartak’s single and scored on Bean’s sac fly.
Dombkowski and Brandon Kubic both had two hits for ESB. Tom Malooly finished with two of Teddy Bear’s seven hits.
Greenfield’s Ben Wood struck out five and walked two in the complete-game win for the Bankers.
Anthony Sadowski suffered the loss. He fanned three and walked four in his six innings of work.