Manny’s turning it around, 5-1

As the postseason approaches, Manny’s TV & Appliance Center may be hitting its stride.

Dusty Mones came up with one of his best career performances, firing a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead Manny’s over Wilbraham Funeral Home, 5-1, in Tri-County League men’s amateur baseball action Wednesday evening at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

“This was definitely one of his top three games for us,” said Manny’s head coach Lee Magee. “He was in command from the start, despite the adverse weather conditions. He did a very nice job and his off-speed stuff seemed to have a lot of hitters off-balance.”

Manny’s (8-11) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Eric Libardoni, Greg Vouros and Kyle Henry all singled to load the bases, then John Wilkes plated Libardoni on a ground ball.

Wilbraham (10-5) tied it in the third inning, but Manny’s pulled ahead for good with a four-run fifth inning.

Vouros started the rally with a one-out single. Henry followed with a single, and both runners scored on Brian Hayes’ double to deep left field. Hayes scored on Wilkes’ single to make it 4-1, Wilkes advanced to third on Brody Markol’s single, and Austin Finck plated Wilkes on a groundout.

Henry finished with three of Manny’s 11 hits. Vouros added two hits and Troy Scott doubled.

Manny’s closes out its regular-season schedule Sunday at 1 at Longmeadow Warriors.

Legion

Greenfield 17, Belchertown 3 — Greenfield Post 81 scored seven times in the third inning to snap a 3-3 deadlock and went on to smack Belchertown Post 239, 17-3, in Hampden County American Legion Baseball action Wednesday night at Belchertown High School.

Post 81 (15-4) scored three times in the opening inning, only to watch Belchertown (0-19) bounce back with three of its own in the bottom half of the frame.

In the third, Tanner Jillson drilled a two-run double and Garrett Hudson ripped a two-run single to help Greenfield take a commanding 10-3 lead. Post 81 added two runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to put it away.

John Deskavich led Greenfield’s 22-hit assault with two singles, two doubles and two RBIs. Mark Buck also finished with four hits, while Hudson (three RBIs) and Mike Duclos (double) both added three hits, and Niko Ames and Thomas Malooly both singled and doubled. Liam Datres de la Bloiter drove in three runs.

The offensive outburst was more than enough for Post 81 starter Tyler Charboneau, who struck out five and walked no one to earn the win.

Greenfield host South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Saturday at 1:30 in the regular season finale.

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