Post 81 falls to Westfield for weekend split
Westfield Post 124 used 11 hits and took advantage of six Greenfield Post 81 errors to earn a 10-4 American Legion Baseball League victory Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
The loss gave Post 81 a split in weekend action, after Garrett Hudson pitched a one-hitter on Saturday in Greenfield’s 1-0 win over Easthampton Post 224.
On Sunday, Westfield scored four runs in the first two innings to take the lead and then used five runs in the final two innings to put the game out of reach. Greenfield didn’t help out its own cause defensively, committing six errors on the day, although Post 81 coach Ryan Tatreau said Westfield did enough on its own to give Greenfield problems.
“I don’t know if our errors would have really made a difference, to be honest. Westfield just hit the ball today,” he explained. “I’m hoping the errors had to do with the fact that we played five games in five days. We’ve been playing pretty tight defense, so I’m not too worried about it.”
Greenfield pitcher Mike Duclos struck out two in 5 1-3 innings in the loss. Ryan Tettemer struck out four and walked one in six innings to earn the win.
Tettemer finished with one hit and two RBIs in the win, while Jake Toomey singled, doubled and drove in one run for Westfield.
Hudson singled twice and drove in one run for Post 81, while Niko Ames singled and doubled. John Deskavich also singled and drove in one run.
Post 81 (6-2) returns to work Tuesday night at Longmeadow at 5:45.
Greenfield 1, Easthampton 0 — Hudson struck out 16 and was nearly perfect on Saturday as Greenfield edged Easthampton, 1-0, in Greenfield.
Hudson allowed just one baserunner when Justin Edinger singled. Hudson immediately picked Edinger off first base and finished the game having faced the minimum 21 batters.
“He was lights out,” Tatreau said. “He had his curveball over early in the game and that helped him dominate with his fastball. He made it look like the Easthampton hitters were facing Aroldis Chapman, he was so overpowering.”
Easthampton pitcher Chris Starcun was nearly as strong, allowing just four hits and no walks in six innings with three strikeouts. Greenfield got the lone run of the game in the third inning. Marcel Ortiz led off with a single past first base, bringing Sam Tillona to the plate. Tillona would put together a great at-bat, according to his coach, first helping Ortiz steal second on a fake-bunt/steal and then moving Ortiz to third on a flyout.
“It was a really productive at-bat,” Tatreau said.
Greenfield nearly saw the opportunity squandered when Kevin Luippold struck out for the second out, but Mark Buck delivered a single to right-center with two outs to score the run.
Ash-Dee 6, Teddy Bear 5 (Game 1) — Colin O’Neil scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh inning as Ash-Dee defeated Teddy Bear Pools, 6-5, in a Tri-County League baseball game Sunday afternoon at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.
O’Neil led off the seventh with a double and scored when Mark Barthelette hit a grounder to third that was thrown high over first base, allowing O’Neil to score the game-winning run. O’Neil finished with a double and a triple in the win, while Mario Felici added a single, double and two RBIs. Allyn Mathieson earned the win in relief, walking two in two innings.
Teddy Bear scored twice in the fourth and three times in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, but Ash-Dee got one in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Corey Shearer finished with two hits including a double and one RBI, while Casey Blanchard hit a pair of RBI singles. Nick Marscher and Tory Buck each finished with two hits, and Brad Bean had an RBI single.
Blanchard suffered the loss in relief, walking two in two innings. Jon Atkins struck out two and walked three in the first four innings.
Ash-Dee 7, Teddy Bear 5 (Game 2) — Felici singled and plated two runs to lead Ash-Dee to the doubleheader sweep on Sunday with a 7-5 win over Teddy Bear in South Deerfield.
Adam Parisien struck out four and walked three in seven innings to earn the win.
Robbie Sjodahl suffered the loss, striking out two and walking four in 3 2-3 innings. Dan Kane singled and drove in two runs for Teddy Bear (2-7), while Marscher finished with two hits and one RBI. Bean doubled, Tristan Ward hit an RBI single, and Buck added two hits.
Manny’s 9, Dream Bats 0 — Dusty Mones struck out six and walked two on Saturday to lead Manny’s TV & Appliance to a 9-0 win over Dream Bats in a Tri-County League game at Vets Field in Greenfield.
Manny’s (3-3) scored five times in the fourth and four times in the fifth. Luke Wamboldt hit a three-run double in the fifth inning and an RBI single in the fourth to plate four runs. Brian Hayes finished with three hits including a double, John Wilkes singled, doubled and drove in a run, and Dave Talbot and Eric Libardoni each added one hit.
Manny’s travels to Longmeadow tonight at 6.