Bulletin Board: Junior Legion crushes Braintree in semifinals, 10-5
The Greenfield Post 81 Junior American Legion Baseball team continued its charge toward a state championship with a 10-5 victory over previously unbeaten Braintree Post 86 in the Junior Department Championships Wednesday night at Szot Park in Chicopee.
Greenfield faces unbeaten Littleton Post 249 today at 4:30 in the finals. If Greenfield wins, it will face Braintree for the championship approximately 45 minutes after the first game ends.
Post 81 head coach Kyle Phelps was informed that two teams from the state will advance to the Northeast Regional Tournament in Manchester, N.H., beginning on Aug. 9.
After Braintree took an early 1-0 lead, Greenfield responded with a four-run third inning to grab a 4-1 lead. Julian Diamond delivered an RBI single, and a subsequent error allowed a second run to score and Diamond to get to third. Nate Crocker followed with a single to plate Diamond before stealing second, and Brandon Bryant brought him hone with a single.
Tyler Townsley’s RBI triple in the fourth made it 5-2, and Zach Wright belted a two-run double in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-2.
Zach Wright led Greenfield with three hits, including two doubles.
Gabe Seaver picked up the complete-game win. He fanned seven, scattered six hits and walked only one.
Greenfield had advance earlier in the day with an 8-3 win over Chicopee Post 452.
Wright allowed only one run and two hits over six innings to earn the win. He struck out five and walked six.
Greenfield scored three times in the first on just one hit, a Diamond single, to go along with two walks, a hit batsman and an error that allowed a run to score.
Greenfield carried a 4-1 lead in to the seventh and broke it open with four more runs in the seventh.
Bryant’s fielder’s choice drove in the first run. Then Kevin Luippold added a key two-run single and Andrew Toritto delivered an RBI double.
Deerfield to Mantle finals
Noah Barnes fired a one-hitter and Deerfield TNT advanced to the finals of the PVYBA Mickey Mantle playoffs by whitewashing Frontier, 10-0, in a semifinal contest Wednesday night at Headmasters Field in Deerfield.
The game was stopped in the top of the seventh inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Deerfield will face South Hadley tonight at 5:30 at Headmasters Field for the championship.
Barnes needed only 69 pitches to record the complete-game win. He struck out three, walked one and allowed only a two-out double to Christian Smiarowski in the fifth. Barnes also helped himself out with an RBI single.
Seven of the nine Deerfield starters recorded a hit. Derek Zewinski went 2-for-3 with a double and triple, Kade Gewanter drove in three runs, Quinn Doyle doubled and scored two runs and Steve Bruscoe doubled. Kevin Banas and Ben Bruscoe each had one hit apiece.
Smiarowski suffered the mound loss.
Brian Winslow went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to help Mesa Verde defeat French King Bowliong & Entertainment Center, 12-7, in a Greenfield Co-Rec Softball League game Wednesday night at Green River Park.
Joe Guidaboni was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, Mike Cole went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Leanne Emond added a single and two RBIs for Mesa.
Ron Vachon went 4-for-4 with three doubles and Craig Bassett was 4-for-4 with one double for French King.
• Elsewhere, Keewanee All-Stars downed the Victoria Bar, 7-3, at Hillside Park.
Matthew McCarthy and Dan McCarthy both went 2-for-2 with a double, and Mickey Siano added a single and double for Keewanee.
Mike Schofield was 3-for-3 and Dante Rosado 2-for-2 for Vic.
• Finally, R.C. Pratt cruised to an 11-2 win over Hot-L Warren as Rich Burgh went 3-for-4 with a triple, John Ollari added three hits and Brittany Senn chipped in two hits for the winners.
Rick Scoble singled and doubled and Hilary Snow added two hits for Hot-L.
Frontier’s rally fell just short as it fell to Chicopee, 10-9, in a Suburban Softball League 14-and-under contest Monday night at Deerfield Elementary School.
Sarah Zoly collected two hits and two RBIs for Frontier. Alicia Hancock added two hits, Caitlyn Devine added a single and drove in two runs, Ella Deane and Ashley Telega both contributed a single and one RBI, and Alexa Boyden doubled.
Clay Court Greenfield Co-Rec
Chris Deszynski was pushed early but prevailed over Anthony Holley, 6-4, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Beacon Clay Court Classic men’s singles tennis tournament Wednesday evening at the Beacon Street Courts in Greenfield.
Mike Byrne earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Gary Gronokowski, while Tim Prevost cruised past Chat Sirichanvimol, 6-2, 6-1, in the other match. Steve Pedigree won via a walkover against Henry Hardy.
Pedigree will face Prevost and Deszynski takes on Byrne in today’s semifinals beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Raegan Hickey scored 8 points to lead Greenfield over Turners Falls, 31-27, in a DRIVE Hoops Girls’ Varsity League playoff game Tuesday night at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield.
Aliyah Sanders had 5 points for Turners Falls.
• In the Boys’ Varsity League playoffs at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley, Greenfield outlasted Mohawk, 51-47, behind a game-high 19 points from Tim Cooley and 17 from Brad Hastings.
Mohawk was paced by Levin Dupree with 15.
Elsewhere, Brian Como netted 14 to help FC Tech beat Hampshire in overtime, 40-38.
Conor Cronin had a game-high 16 for Hampshire.
Also, Spencer Butterfield finished with 17 and Brett Morrison 13 as Hadley rolled past Easthampton, 61-41.
Dakota Wheeler led Easthampton with 14.
• In Boys’ JV League play at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield, Mike Menard poured in 22 points and Justin Hubbard chipped in 10 as Hubbard Heating defeated Turners Falls, 66-54.
Kyle Bergmann hit for 17 and Nick Croteau added 13 for Turners Falls.
Elsewhere, Whitney Fencing received 27 from Tyler Martin in a 67-56 win over Hadley.
Andy Grygorciewicz had 21 for Hadley.
In other action, Henry Doherty’s 14 helped Noho beat FC Tech, 42-31.
Joel Farrick led Tech with 7.
Finally, Hinsdale, N.H., upended Frontier, 39-31, as Nate O’Media led the winners with 12 points.
Brandyn Robinson tossed in 8 for Frontier.
• In a Boys Middle School League game at IAS, Kyle Dodge drained 12 points and Xavier Santiago had 10 to lead Turners Falls over the Lions, 47-44.
Kyle Robson threw in a game-high 22 and Owen Phelps added 10 for the Lions.
Edge Hill women’s
Bev Labelle carded a 20 for first place in the A Division of the Odd Holes Tournament during the Edge Hill Ladies Golf League on Wednesday in Ashfield.
Joanne Sherburne won the B Division with a 23.
Terry Rae was closest to the pin on No. 6 (10 feet).
K of C League
Steve Call and John Plotkin both posted a plus-3 to tie for top point quota in the Knights of Columbus Golf League on Wednesday at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.
Ed Kerswig Jr. was closest to the pin on No. 7 (7-4). Stephan Smith was closest on No. 9 (13-0).
Thomas Memorial Ladies
Sally Malloy, Kate Dwyer, Nancy Browning and Hilda Worden combined on a 34 to win the Four-Person Scramble Tournament during the Thomas Memorial Ladies Golf League on Wednesday in Turners Falls.
Dorothy Adams, Cheri McIntosh, Lynn O’Riley and Mary Ellen Fydenkevez took second with a 38 after a match of cards with Karren Sacco, Elaine Barnard, Elaine Mount and Barb Howey.
McIntosh was closest to the pin on No. 7 (6-6).