Post 81 wins big during weekend sweep
Greenfield righthander Garrett Hudson was dominant as a junior and should be even more overpowering this spring when the Green Wave embarks on its 2014 Hampshire League season.
Garrett Hudson and Mike Duclos combined to allow just four hits over 14 combined innings as Greenfield Post 81 won a pair of American Legion baseball games over the weekend.
On Sunday, Hudson struck out eight and allowed three hits and two walks as Greenfield shut out Amherst, 6-0, at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Greenfield (14-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, started by a usual suspect, Niko Ames, who singled on the first pitch he saw. Mark Buck laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Ames to second before Hudson scored him on a double down the left-field line. Thomas Malooly followed with an RBI single, and Tyler Charboneau continued the scoring onslaught with an RBI double to the right-center gap. Liam Datres de la Blotier then singled to drive in the fourth run.
“Our offense has been doing a very good job all season of scoring early in games,” Greenfield coach Ryan Tatreau said. “The guys at the top of our order have done a really good job. Niko has a lot to do with that; he’s hit at the top of our order all season. We have good at-bats, we walk a fair amount, and we make the pitcher work. And when you have guys like Hudson and Duclos throwing, it’s huge.”
Greenfield added a fifth run in the second inning, when Kevin Luippold singled and later scored on the front end of a double steal, as Niko Ames had singled to move Luippold to third, then worked the back end of the double steal. Greenfield added one more run in the sixth and finished with 10 hits for the game.
Ames led the way with three hits. Charboneau added a pair.
Justin Carey, Tim Carey and Ethan Wenner each had a hit for Amherst. Asher Young struck out four and walked one in six innings in the loss.
Greenfield 8, Northampton 1 — Duclos fired a one-hitter Saturday to lead Greenfield to a 8-1 win over Northampton at Arcanum Field in Northampton.
The only blemish on Duclos’ line came in the fourth inning when David Konowitch hit a slow-roller toward the hole between third and short. Hudson fielded the ball and tried to fire over to first in time, but the throw was late. Konowitch later scored on an error for the only run of the game and the weekend for Post 81 opponents. Duclos went on to strike out three and walk three in the win.
“Our two pitchers allowed four hits and one run in 14 innings this weekend,” Tatreau said. “It would be hard to lose either game with pitching like that. But that’s nothing different than anything we’ve had from either of them this season.”
Just as Greenfield did on Sunday against Amherst, it opened the game with four runs in the first inning. Buck and Hudson hit back-to-back one-out singles, and Malooly drove in the first run on a single. Hudson and Malooly would both come around to score on Charboneau’s two-run double, then Charboneau scored on a double steal.
Marcel Ortiz plated the fifth run of the game with an RBI single in the fourth, and Malooly added to more runs with a double in the fifth. Charboneau added his third RBI of the game on a single in the seventh after Buck tripled.
Charboneau finished with three hits, three stolen bases and drove in three runs, while Malooly added two hits and three RBIs.
Joe Warner struck out one and walked one in five innings in the loss.
Greenfield travels to Belchertown Wednesday evening at 5:45.
DiFranco 6, Manny’s 0 — DiFranco Realty scored four times in the fifth inning to blow open a close game and beat Manny’s TV & Appliance, 6-0, in a Tri-County League baseball game Sunday evening at Vets Field in Greenfield.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when DiFranco (11-4) took a 1-0 lead on Brendan Swistak RBI fielder’s choice. The visitors then opened things up in the fifth by getting to Manny’s starter Devin Rhodes. The first run came in on a steal of home by Mike Corletto, and that seemed to rattle the pitcher, according to his coach.
“He looked pretty good for the first three innings,” Manny’s coach Lee Magee said. “Some of the hits they got, they weren’t struck real hard, but they put them in places where we couldn’t get them. In the fifth, they definitely started to get to him and I think he lost a little bit of his composure when Corletto stole home. Then, a ground ball was hit to first and he forgot to cover first. But overall, I wasn’t disappointed with him. We just couldn’t hit today.”
Swistak added a two-run single in the fifth inning and finished with two hits and three RBIs. Kyle DiFranco finished with three hits and one RBI, and Paul Morrisino added two hits and one RBI. Adam Moorehouse chipped in two hits and three stolen bases.
Eric Adams earned the win, striking out two and walking two in five innings. Ryan Blain struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief to combine with Adams on the shutout.
Rhodes struck out two and walked two in five innings in the loss. John Wilkes finished with two hits for Manny’s. Brody Markol, Austin Finck and Dave Talbot each chipped in one hit.
Manny’s (6-10) travels to St. Joseph’s Field in Thorndike tonight at 7:30 to take on St. Joseph’s.
Ash-Dee 9, Manny’s 6 — Ash-Dee came back from an early 4-2 deficit to knock off Manny’s TV & Appliance, 9-6, in TCL baseball action Saturday at Center Field in East Longmeadow.
Manny’s committed three errors that led to six unearned runs for Ash-Dee. Manny’s scored three times in the top of the first inning off Adam Parisien, but Ash-Dee came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame off Manny’s starter Ryan Coonley. Manny’s got one more run in the second to go up 4-2, but Ash-Dee scored four times in the third and twice more in the fourth to take control of the game.
Parisien wound up with the complete-game win, striking out five against four hits and five walks. He was also the victim of three errors by his own defense, which led to three Manny’s runs. Colin O’Neil and Mario Felici each finished with two hits and one RBI in the win.
Luke Wamboldt singled and had the only RBI on the game for Manny’s. Greg Vouros, Dusty Mones and Finck each added one hit. Coonley struck out three and walked four in four innings.
Longmeadow 9, Teddy Bear 5 — Teddy Bear Pools committed seven errors and Longmeadow took advantage to post a 9-5 TCL victory Sunday evening in Longmeadow.
Longmeadow broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning with four runs. Brian Dupres finished with two hits and three RBIs in the win, while Tom Burzynski added two hits and one RBI. Mike Pelolio struck out seven and walked five in six innings to earn the win.
Dan Kane led Teddy Bear with three hits and one RBI. Keith Spencer singled and drove in one run, and Tristan Ward doubled. Andrew Sadowski struck out three and walked two in 4 2-3 innings.