Local baseball: Post 81 bounces back, drills Longmeadow

Staff Writer
Published: 7/7/2019 10:15:37 PM

After a tough loss Saturday afternoon in the Berkshires, Greenfield Post 81 was very much looking to bounce back and salvage a weekend split on Sunday night.

The club did exactly that, as Jacob Berry and Kalen Evans combined for a shutout on the mound, and the offense scored five runs in the second inning and six more in the third to put things out of reach in an 11-0 victory in five innings over Longmeadow in an American Legion Senior Division baseball game under the lights at Vets Field in Greenfield.

After dropping a 4-2 decision to league-leading Pittsfield Post 68 on Saturday, Post 81 manager Kyle Phelps said he was pleased with his squad’s ability to answer with a resounding victory just one day later against Longmeadow.

“In a compact season like this, it really showcases the teams that have the pitching depth,” lauded Phelps of his pitching-rich side. “We were able to come back tonight with Berry on the mound and having an experienced pitcher going every time out makes a difference.”

Berry struck out five in three innings and Evans recorded a trio of strikeouts in his two innings of work for Greenfield, which improved to 9-3 on the season with the win — the second-best mark in the district behind only Pittsfield (10-1).

Post 81’s Colin Cloutier had two hits and drove in two runs against Longmeadow (2-8), while Garrett DeForest also had two hits and drove in three runs. That included a bomb to left field that hit the fence at Vets and went for a long double.

Bryan Baumann, Evans, Hunter Campbell and Joel Peabody all added a hit, with Connor Waitkus, Arnold and Evans recording RBIs.

“We’ve had some guys missing with injuries but the 10 guys we’ve had every game, I’d put them against anybody in this league,” said Phelps. “I like where we’re at, I love coaching this team and we’re playing great baseball.”

• The win came one day after Saturday’s 4-2 loss on the road at Clapp Park in Pittsfield.

Post 81 led 2-0 going into the sixth inning, as Owen Phelps was cruising through five innings with just one hit allowed. Pittsfield used four hits in the sixth to push across four runs however, coming from behind to capture the victory. Phelps struck out four and walked just one in five innings of work.

Greenfield took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Owen Phelps singled home Campbell, and Cloutier drove in a run when he reached on an error.

Next up for Post 81 is another home game against Agawam Post 185 tonight at Vets Field (7 p.m.).

Mickey Mantle

Trailing 7-4 entering the sixth inning, the bats came alive for the Hilltown Hardwood Flooring West County Warriors on Sunday.

The visitors scored five runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh to come from behind and knock off South Hadley, 14-8, in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle contest at Landers Field in South Hadley.

West County (7-4) received a strong outing from the bullpen in the form of Jared Jacobs. He came on in relief in the fifth inning, got out of a jam and wound up tossing three scoreless innings with four strikeouts to capture the win.

Offensively, Liam O’Donnell’s three hits and RBI powered the Warriors, while Anthony Moffatt had two hits and drove in a run. Reuben Bassett and Cam Lococo each had a double and two RBIs, and the contingent of Tyler Dubreuil, Shawn Davenport, Matt Pollen, Jared Jacobs, Jake Perkins and Sam Schreiber all added a hit.

West County returns to action Tuesday night when it hosts Northampton at 5:30 at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

• Elsewhere, Aidan Falla doubled, tripled and drove in two runs to help Frontier Alber Hearing Services to a 7-4 win over Westfield in Mickey Mantle action Saturday night at Headmaster’s Field in Deerfield.

Ben Martino had two hits and drove in a run for Frontier (8-3), while Gehrig Brynda (single, double, RBI), Alec Kirkendall (single), Tyler Baranowski (RBI), Tom Alber (single) and Max Edwards (single, double) all had strong nights offensively. Edwards was the winning pitcher.

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