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Agawam deals Post 81 tough setback

Greenfield Post 81 was dealt a crippling blow in its chances of making the American Legion Baseball National- Bound Tournament.

Agawam Post 185 posted 19 hits and scored 13 runs as it routed Post 81, 13-4, in action Thursday morning in Agawam.

Greenfield, which came into the day in third place in the overall standings, needed to win out and have Westfield lose one of its final two games in order to make the tournament. Now, Post 81 must win out and also needs Westfield to lose twice. One more win by Westfield or a loss by Post 81 wraps up the National Bound tournament berth for Westfield.

“It pretty much knocked us out, which is unfortunate,” Greenfield coach Ryan Tatreau said of the loss. “Now we have seven more regular season games and we are in really good position for the district tournament. That’s going to be our focus moving forward.”

Post 81 (9-4) got off to a great start, scoring three times in the top of the first inning. Garrett Hudson and Liam Datres de la Blotier (three hits) each knocked in runs in the first to help Greenfield to the 3-0 lead. Agawam came back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first and added two more in the third to take a 4-3 lead.

Greenfield would tie the game in the top of the fourth on a Marcel Ortiz RBI single, but Agawam would get the run back in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Post 185 blew the game open with five runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to put the game away.

Agawam took advantage of some big hits in the game, including triples by Andrew Mitchell and Tyler Lyne. Mitchell also doubled and finished with five hits and three RBIs to pace the offense. Tatreau said the extra base hits were catalysts toward the big innings and if the outfielders had been able to track them down, things might have turned out differently.

“They were tough plays, don’t get me wrong, but we had a couple of tough balls in the outfield that were close to being caught, and even if we had one of those, it would have been a different game,” he said.

Trevor Lyne and Seamus Curran each added three hits and one RBI in support of winning pitcher Bob Hamel, who struck out four and allowed five hits and two walks in seven innings.

Sam Tillona suffered the loss, striking out two and walking two in 4 1-3 innings. Luke Bakker struck out four and walked two in 1 2-3 innings of relief.

Post 81 travels to Whitney Field in Ludlow to take on Ludlow Post 52 tonight at 5:45.

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