Atkins one-hits Bankers, 1-0

John Atkins fired a one-hit shutout to lead Teddy Bear Pools to a 1-0 upset victory over Peoples Bank in a Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball game Monday night at Valiton Field in South Deerfield.

Atkins, who struck out five, had his no-hit bid broken up with one out in the seventh by Mike Dembrowski, who laced a single down the first-base line.

Teddy Bear pushed across the only run of the contest in the bottom of the fourth inning. Casey Blanchard started in with a one-out single to right field. Zach Bartak followed with a single to right, moving Blanchard to second. Nick Marscher hit a fly ball to deep center field for the second out that got Blanchard to third, and Chris Williams rescued Blanchard by lining a single to left-center field.

Atkins also got some critical help from his defense. In the third, he loaded the bases with one out on two hit batsmen and a walk, but Bartak snagged a hard grounder from Ryan Franczek and started a 6-4-3, inning-ending double play to keep the Bankers off the board.

In the sixth, Atkins walked two batters with one out, but Dan Brisson hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Ryan O’Sullivan, who started a 4-6-3 double play to end that threat.

“Good things happens when we play defense and get good pitching,” said Teddy Bear assistant coach Bill Buck. “(Jon) kept the ball down. They’re such a great hitting team, and our defense definitely bailed him out in third and sixth. ... Zach makes such difference for us at short.”

Blanchard finished with two of Teddy Bear’s four hits off losing hurler Mike Farrell, who fanned seven and walked one.

Teddy Bear travels to Szot Park Friday night at 8 to face the Chicopee Falls Tigers.

St. Joseph’s 10, Manny’s 4 — Tom Jankins drove in three runs and earned the mound win to lead St. Joseph’s over Manny’s TV & Appliance Center, 10-4, in TCL action Monday night at St. Joseph’s Park in Thorndike.

St. Joseph’s (14-4) scored three times in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead, then Jankins’ two-run single highlighted a three-run second to extend the lead to 6-1.

Manny’s (6-11) cut the deficit to 6-3 in the third, but St. Joe’s tacked on a four in the fourth to break it wide open.

Brad Brothers added two hits and Joe Bagley knocked in a pair of runs for St. Joe’s.

Brian Hayes led Manny’s with three hits and one RBI, while Eric Labardoni chipped in with two hits and drove in a run.

Noah Lynd, who walked five and did not record a strikeout in the first 3 2-3 innings, suffered the loss.

Manny’s is right back in action tonight at 7 when it takes on the Chicopee Falls Tigers at Szot Park.

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