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Bulletin Board: Junior Legion nine falls to Littleton, 5-4

A fantastic inaugural season for Greenfield Post 81 Junior American Legion Baseball team has finally come to an end.

Littleton Post 249 got out two late bases-loaded jams, then scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Greenfield, 5-4, in the Junior Department Championships on Thursday evening Wednesday night at Szot Park in Chicopee.

Killian Meugel started the winning rally by reaching on an infield single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, then Ben Gottesman ripped a shot to deep left field to plate Meugel with the winning run.

“It was a tough way to lose, but it was a great baseball game,” said Post 81 head coach Kyle Phelps. “It was two very evenly matched teams.”

Gottesman led Littleton with three hits, including two doubles.

Greenfield had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when Nate Crocker reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on Kevin Luippold’s base hit.

After Littleton tied it in the bottom of the first, Greenfield regained the lead in the second. Andrew Toritto singled and stole second, then advanced to third on Zack Wright’s groundout. Tyler Townsley followed with a walk, and Colin Cloutier singled home Toritto.

Littleton again tied it in the third, but Greenfield came right back to push across two runs and take a 4-2 lead in the fourth. Luippold and Toritto both singled, then moved up on an errant pickoff throw. Zack Wright grounded to second and the throw home nailed Luipplod, but Toritto went to third, and Wright immediately stole second. That set it up for Cloutier, who laced a two-run single.

Littleton scored a run in the fourth and added another in the fifth. Once they ducked the first bases-loaded situation in the seventh, the teams went to extras.

Greenfield loaded bases in seventh, but Littleton was able to get out of the jam by turning a 1-2-3 double play.

Julian Diamond led the locals with two hits and also helped turn a double play. Luippold and Toritto also finished with two hits, and Brandon Bryant doubled.

Greenfield finished 22-4 overall.

Deerfield TNT falls in final

South Hadley scored five times in the seventh inning and survived a furious Deerfield TNT rally to post a 7-5 win and claim the PVYBL Mickey Mantle championship Thursday evening at Headmasters Field in Deerfield.

Deerfield TNT went up 1-0 in the bottom of the third when Noah Barnes led off with a bunt and reached on a throwing error. He stole second base and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Seth Gewanter.

South Hadley responded with two runs in the fourth to grab the lead for good. Ryan Mooney led off with a single, stole second, and Brian Bak walked. After Matt Werenski grounded out to short, Alex Dragon plated Mooney with a groundout, then Bak scored the go-ahead run on Thomas Shea’s single.

It remained that was until the seventh, when South Hadley broke it open to take a 7-1 lead. Deerfield rallied, pushing four runs across and had two runners on when Dragon was able to retire Ben Bruscoe on a long fly ball to right field.

Dragon went the distance, tossing a four-hitter with three strikeouts and four walks.

Losing pitcher Quinn Doyle struck out three, walked three and scattered six hits in 61/3 innings of work.

Kevin Banas stroked a two-run double and scored a run, Derek Zewinksi doubled and Ben Bruscoe and Steve Bruscoe each singled for Deerfield’s hits. Kade Gewanter added an RBI.

Bak and Mooney each finished with two hits and Nick Simon smacked a two-run double for South Hadley.

Fall Ball sign-ups

Registrations for Newt Guilbault Fall Ball will take place Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newt Field House in Turners Falls.

Registration fee is $50 per player.

For more information, contact Lenny Fritz at 775-3691.

Tennis

Clay Court Classic

Steve Pedigree and Chris Deszynski emerged victorious from two stirring semifinal matches in the Beacon Clay Court Classic men’s singles tennis tournament Thursday night at the Beacon Street Courts in Greenfield.

Pedigree rallied from a first-set loss to beat Tim Prevost, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Deszynski battled it out with Mike Byrne before he prevailed, 6-4, 7-5.

Pedigree and Deszynski are set to meet today in the finals at 5:30, weather permitting.

Softball

Suburban 14U

Cassidhe Wozniak’s suicide squeeze bunt scored Alyson Murphy with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Turners Falls edge Chicopee, 6-5, in a Suburban Softball League 14-and-under game Thursday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

Murhpy (double), Wozniak and Melissa Hersey all finished with two singles and Hailey Bogusz added a single and two RBIs.

Jade Tyler went the distance for the win, striking out eight.

Maddy Johnson and Melissa Hersey will represent Turners Falls (3-8) in the All-Star Game on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Fields in Agawam.

Montague Co-Rec

Mike Laude went 3-for-3 to help Zeke’s Bar & Grille beat Main Street Bar & Grille, 12-3, in a Montague Co-Rec Softball League game Thursday evening at Greenfield Middle School.

Ashley Parker added two hits for Zeke’s.

Chris Arsenault and Jameson Arsenault each went 3-for-4 for Main Street.

Basketball

DRIVE playoffs

Bard Hastings scored 14 points to lead Greenfield to a 47-36 victory over FC Tech in a DRIVE Hoops Boys’ Varsity Basketball League playoff game Wednesday night at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield.’

Max Pirozhkov added 13 points for the winners.

Colin Gouold led FC Tech with 8 points.

Elsewhere, Turners Falls edged Hadley, 65-64, as Jalen Sanders drained a game-high 25 and Liam Ellis threw in 20 for the victors.

Jon Morrison finished with 19 and Zach Kelley 13 for Hadley.

• In the Girls’ Varsity playoffs, Natalie Hale and Caroline Merkle each netted 8 points in the Panthers’ 33-27 win over Greenfield.

Molley Duclos led all scorers with 13 and Reagan Hickey added 9 for Greenfield.

Also, Hinsdale received 14 points from Skylar Leclair to beat Frontier,. 31-18.

Helena Diaz had 5 points for Frontier.

• In Tuesday’s Middle School League game, Dylan Robson scored 22 points for the Lions in their loss to Turners Falls. Due to incorrect information provided to The Recorder, his was in advertently identified as Kyle Robson.

Golf

CFC Ladies League

Terry Boyce carded a 82 to take 18-hole low gross honors in the Crumpin-Fox Ladies Golf League on Wednesday in Bernardston.

Peg Barnes and Liz Dolby tied for low net at 75.

Closest-to-the-pin honors went to Lora gross on No. 3 (16 feet, 10 inches), Diane Griffin on No. 9 (17-1), Foehl no No. 11 (4-5) and Boyce on No. 15 (32-1).

Field Hockey

Union 38 Summer Clinic

Missy Mahar, Frontier Regional School’s field hockey coach, is sponsoring an introductory program for girls in grades 3 through 6 from the towns of Deerfield, Whately, Sunderland and Conway.

The clinic will take place Aug. 6 and 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Field behind Deerfield Town Hall off Conway St. in South Deerfield.

Field hockey sticks, balls and shin guards will be provided to the first 35 girls who register, though an equipment deposit is required. Girls should bring a mouthguard and a water bottle each night. Registration is $5, and the equipment deposit is $50. Make checks payable to the Town of Deerfield.

To register, call the Deerfield Recreation Office at 665-1400 Ext. 107, or email to suea@town.deerfield.ma.us. Forms can be found on-line at www.deerfieldma.us.

Equipment pick-up will be Aug. 6 at Memorial Field.

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