Bulletin Board: Greenfield Grizzlies softball tops Agawam Sharks

  • Greenfield Grizzlies pitcher Ellis Benitez throws to Agawam in a 12U Suburban League softball game at Murphy Park in Greenfield Monday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Nina Holden of the Greenfield Grizzlies connects for a hit in 12U Suburban League softball action against Agawam at Murphy Park in Greenfield Monday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield Grizzlies batter Eva Ferreira connects for a base hit in 12U Suburban League softball action against Agawam at Murphy Park in Greenfield Monday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 7/8/2019 10:05:14 PM

Two five-run innings propelled the Greenfield Grizzlies U12 softball team over the Agawam Sharks 15-3 Monday in a Suburban League game at Murphy Park in Greenfield. 

Greenfield opened the game with a five-run blitz to take an early lead, and went on to add three runs in the third, five in the fifth and two in the sixth to earn the convincing victory. 

Anna Bucala and Kylee Gamache led the way at the plate for the Grizzlies, each having a  hit and three RBIs. 

Margarette Howland had two hits and batted in a pair of runs, Mackenzie Paulin had a pair of hits and an RBI and Addison Rotkiewicz had two hits. 

Ellis Benitez and Nina Holden both batted in runners and Kelly Baird recorded a hit. 

Benitez pitched the full six innings for Greenfield, allowing a mere two hits and striking out 11. 

•In other action, the Valley Storm 18U softball team traveled to Windsor, Connecticut, for the Summer Slam tournament this past weekend, where it finished tied for fifth out of 14 teams. 

Julia Gauvin had a strong weekend, hitting a single, home run and bringing in six RBIs. Rachel Rooney tripled, had three singles and two RBIs and Courtney Dunham doubled, hit four singles and brought in an RBI. 

Kathryn Hioe had five singles and brought in a pair of runs on the weekend, Megan Healey had two singles and double, Mandy Fuller had two singles and a pair of RBIs and Michelle McDermott had a single and an RBI. 

Kelsey Richardson had a pair of big hits, knocking a triple and a double while Emily Labounty had three singles. New players Kate Broady and Hailey Boigusz each singled. 

Baseball

American Senior Legion

Greenfield Post 81 continues to find different ways to earn victories. 

Taking on Agawam at Vets Field Monday night, Greenfield had just two hits in the game, but came away with a 7-6 win. 

With the game tied at six in the bottom of the seventh, Kalen Evans reached on an error. He stole second, and a sacrifice bunt put him on third with one out. 

Hunter Campbell walked to put two runners on, when the Agawam pitcher balked, stepping off the bag then trying to throw a pitch, advancing each runner one base and sending Greenfield home with a walk-off balk. 

“I told our team after, ‘There’s a lot of different ways to win a ball game,’” Greenfield coach Kyle Phelps said. 

Agawam struggled to put the ball over the plate, leading to multiple walks and passed balls that Greenfield was able to capitalize on and convert to runs. 

Evans came up big at the plate in the fourth inning with a two RBI single. 

Four of Agawam’s runs came in the second inning, with the final two coming with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. 

Joel Peabody pitched the first five innings for Greenfield, with Ben Arnold picking up the win while pitching the final two innings. 

Mickey Mantle

Max Leh’s strong game on the mound led the Pioneer Stone Seals/Scotty’s over Amherst 10-5 at Franklin Tech Monday night. 

Cayden Lehtomaki got the start on the mound for Pioneer, but after a few batters, coach Eric Meals saw it wasn’t his night, putting in Leh in the first inning. 

Leh went on to pitch the remainder of the game, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 on 90 pitches. 

Dalton Henderson finished with a triple, two singles and an RBI. Lehtomaki had a double, single and batted in a pair of runs. 

Gavin Rubio had a bases loaded double that brought in all three runs, while Jacob Quinn and Josh Brunelle each had an RBI single. 

Kyle Brunelle had an RBI an dJared Hubbard, Max Leh, Jason Quinn and James Robeson each had hits.

Chuck Stone LL

The Chuck Stone All-Stars lost on the road, 10-2, to Lunenburg at Ray Powell Field in Marshall Park on Monday.

Alex Blunck, Morgan Softic, Aidan Barilone, MJ Publicover, Dakota Choquette, Jaxon Haggett and Branden Engelke-Aiken played their final Little League game for Chuck Stone.

Engelke-Aiken pitched four innings for Chuck Stone with two strikeouts.

Choquette, Matt Vitello and Publicover pitched in relief.

Chuck Stone scored in the third when Choquette's RBI ground out scored Haggett.

Connor Cox added an RBI single for Chuck Stone. James Williams had a hit with a run scored.

Publicover played a clean right field for Chuck Stone with four put outs while Softic made a diving stab at short stop.

Lunenburg pulled away in the fourth inning and fifth inning, scoring seven runs combined.

Chuck Stone went winless in District III play.

9U Baseball

The Greenfield Minor League Minor League baseball tournament team went 2-2 in the state tournament over the weekend, defeating Williamstown 10-9 and Northbridge 9-6 but falling to Nipmuc 15-14 and Marlboro 6-4. 

Chase Zraunig, Cody Yetter and Nick Prasol each had three hits over the weekend, while Wayde Bardwell and Sam Bucala each had a pair of hits. 

Nico Siano, Grayson Thomas, Bodie Burke and Jaxon Silva all hit singles. 

It was a strong defensive outing for Greenfield, who converted three double plays. Zraunig, Thomas, Burke and Prasol all pitched well on the mound. 

Adult softball

Montague Co-ed

The Sharks knocked the ball around the field Monday night, defeating Business & Pleasure 12-1 in a Montague co-ed softball game. 

Jess Gibson had three hits and three RBIs in the winning effort, while Marcy Conway and Heather Willor both had two hits. 

Matt Gibson had two hits, one a triple, and two runs batted in and Jake Benedict had two hits and two RBI’s while pitching the whole game. 

Danny Shedd was 3-for-3 in the loss and Dan Drumgool had two hits. 

•Elsewhere, Kyle Bergman’s two-run home run pushed Travel Kuz over Turners Falls Pizza House Monday, 8-5, at Unity Park. 

Doug Porter was 2-for-3 and Kenzie Bardwell had a hit for Travel Kuz. Todd Wiles had a three-run home run in the defeat. 

Basketball

The Montague Parks and Recreation Department is holding its second annual 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament Saturday, August 10th at Unity Park in Turners Falls. The tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is organized by NextUp basketball coordinator Josh Morse. All proceeds go toward sustaining the basketball courts for the area youth. 

The event is open to anyone 18 years or younger, with teams of four split into four divisions: Varsity, JV, 14U and 12U. Signup is 40 dollars per team, and the tournament will feature championship prizes and trophies, a four game guarantee, food and refreshment. To sign up, email  unitystreethoops3@yahoo.com to get a registration form. 

Soccer

The Connecticut Valley Soccer Officials Association will conduct an instructional course for new referees during August.  Members of the CVSOA referee scholastic soccer matches in Hampshire and Franklin Counties during September, October and November. CVSOA members must be 18 years of age or older and pass a criminal background review.  Please, call Artie Burke at 413 863-245 or email him at AEBurke11@verizon.net, if you wish to participate in the instructional course and, thereby, become a scholastic soccer official and/or simply wish more information about this activity


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