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No-no spices Post 81 opener

Ben Ruddock had it all going for him Monday night in Belchertown.
Special to The Recorder/Jake K. Ames

Ben Ruddock had it all going for him Monday night in Belchertown. Special to The Recorder/Jake K. Ames

Ben Ruddock helped get Tim Capuano’s American Legion coaching career off to a fast start.

Ruddock chucked a no-hitter and Greenfield Post 81’s offense took advantage of six Belchertown Post 239 errors to post a five-inning, 13-0 victory in the Hampden County American Legion Baseball season opener Monday night at Parsons Field in Belchertown.

“He had his fastball going early and they couldn’t get around on it,” said Capuano of his righty, who needed just 65 pitches to complete his abbreviated gem. “He mixed in his slider pretty well and he had them chasing it. He worked the outside corner really well, stayed ahead and really took it to them.”

Two Belchertown errors led to three Post 81 runs in the opening inning. Then Tanner Jillson blasted a towering two-run home run in the second to up the Greenfield lead to 5-0.

John Deskavich laced a double to plate two more runs during a four-run inning that upped the advantage to 9-0. Then Marcel Ortiz and Parker Hickey smacked RBI singles and Belchertown committed another error that led to four more runs. Ruddock dismissed Belchertown in the bottom of the fifth to finish his no-no, as the 12-run mercy rule was invoked.

Deskavich finished with two hits and three RBIs, while Jillson had two hits and two RBIs. Mark Buck added a double.

Ruddock struck out seven and walked only one in his five innings of work.

Tyler Gladu suffered the loss.

Greenfield faces Amherst tonight at 7:15 at Veterans Memorial Field in its home opener.

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