Post 81 drills Aldenville, 12-4

A fast start gave Greenfield Post 81 as easy win Wednesday night.

Post 81 scored once in the third inning and broke it open with eight runs in the fourth as it cruised to a 12-4 win over Aldenville Post 337 in a Hampden County American Legion Baseball game at Szot Park’s Fortin Field in Chicopee.

Greenfield (3-1) used an RBI single from Niko Ames to score the first run of the contest.

In the fourth, Mark Buck started the onslaught with a bases-loaded single to plate two runs and make it a 3-0 game. Sam Downes reached on catcher’s interference to force in a run, Niko Ames was hit by a pitch to force in another run to make it 5-0, then Garrett Hudson smashed a double to the left-center gap to drive in two runs, and Tom Malooly delivered a two-run single to cap off the scoring extend the lead to 9-0.

Hudson led the Greenfield offense with three hits and four RBIs. Ames and Buck both had two hits and two RBIs, while Tanner Jillson chipped in with a single and double.

“We definitely haven’t been lacking in the hit department,” offered Post 81 head coch Ryan Tatreau, whose squad finished with 13 hits. “I’ve been pleased with the offense.”

Shane Denault and Mark Baran had two hits apiece for Aldenville (1-3), which scored once in the fourth and fifth, then added two meaningless runs in the seventh.

Mike Duclos struck out three and walked four in five innings to earn the win. Luke Bakker relieved and recorded four strikeouts and two walks in his two innings of work.

Wednesday’s game was the beginning of a stretch of five straight game for Post 81. It continues today as the locals travel to Landers Field in South Hadley to face Pettengill Insurance at 5:45, then it hosts five consecutive home games in six days, including three straight against Belchertown Post 239 on Friday (5:45), Easthampton Post 224 on Saturday (5) and Westfield Post 124 on Sunday (1:30).

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