Bulletin Board: Belchertown rallies, eliminates Post 81 Junior Legion

Staff Writer
Published: 7/21/2019 10:52:18 PM

Greenfield Post 81 was three outs away from marching on in the American Legion Junior Division playoffs, Sunday night.

Sixth-seeded Post 81 led No. 4 Belchertown Post 239, 3-2, entering the bottom of the seventh inning at Belchertown High School. But with starting pitcher Brody Baird out of the game due to pitch count, visiting Greenfield was unable to punch its ticket into the next round. Host Belchertown rallied for two runs in the home half to walk off with a 4-3 victory in an elimination game of the double-elimination tournament.

“We battled in the tournament, that’s for sure,” Post 81 manager Tom Bresciano said. “For being the sixth seed, we could’ve packed it in. But the kids wanted to keep playing, they fought hard.”

Post 81 received a stellar effort on the mound from Baird, who struck out three and allowed just two earned runs in six innings of action. He hit 105 pitches however, and was unable to come back out for the seventh frame.

“We pitched great,” Bresciano said of Baird. “He got us to the seventh with the lead.”

Bobby Provost and Drew Conant each had a hit and an RBI for Post 81, while Gabe Gochinski, Nick Crocker, Baird and Alex Gochinski also had hits.

Despite the loss to end the summer campaign, Bresciano was pleased with his team’s performance on Sunday.

“It was one of our best games of the year,” he began. “We knew it’d be a challenging season because of our youth and inexperience. That was case for most of the year but come postseason, we started to play some good baseball. A hit here and there, we’d still be playing. That’s the way baseball is though. You have to come up with that clutch hit when you need it.”

Mickey Mantle

Anthony Moffatt tossed a complete game, striking out five, and the Hilltown Hardwood Flooring West County Warriors closed out the regular season in fine fashion with a 4-2 victory over Amherst in a PVYBL Mickey Mantle game at Amherst College on Saturday.

The Warriors finished with a record of 12-6 overall, and will be the No. 2 seed in the postseason when it begins on Tuesday.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, West County struck for three runs on Saturday. Liam O’Donnell doubled with one out, Evan Shippee walked, and after a Jaden Moore sacrifice, Tyler Dubreuil walked to load the bases. Moffatt helped himself, lacing a two-run single, and Shawn Davenport added an RBI single to make it 3-1.

It was 3-2 in the seventh, when Moffatt doubled and scored on a Davenport RBI double to provide some cushion.

Wyatt Bandy-Page added two hits in the win while Davenport led the way with three hits.

• Elsewhere, Frontier Alber Hearing Services wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Mantle playoffs behind a 7-1 victory over Northampton on Saturday.

Tynan Creagh had two hits, including a triple, to go with two RBIs, while Kevin Baumann smacked two singles and drove in a run. Also contributing offensively were Gehrig Brynda (single), Maxwell Edwards (single), Tyler Baranowski (single, RBI) and Ben Zoly (RBI). Ben Zaranek picked up the win on the mound for Frontier, which finished the regular season with a 14-4 record.

F.C. Babe Ruth

A five-run seventh inning from Smitty’s Pub made things very interesting, but Parody Builders survived a wild opening-round playoff game on Saturday. Nate Fuess nailed down the save by retiring the final two batters and give Parody a 10-9 victory in Franklin County Babe Ruth League action at Abercrombie Field.

Buoyed by a six-run fourth inning, Parody led 10-4 entering the bottom of the seventh. But Smitty’s didn’t go away, with RBI hits coming from Jake Whitney and Joey White, and the club climbed within 10-9. With the bases loaded and one out, Fuess managed to retire the final two batters to lock down the exciting victory.

Parody’s TJ Thibeault earned the win, striking out nine in four innings of work. Casey Christi struck out five in 2 1/3 innings of relief. The team’s offense received hits from Gabe Solodky, Christi, Thibeault, James Carmichael and Fuess, while Carmichael drove in two runs and Solodky, Thibeault and Fuess all added an RBI.

Smitty’s picked up two hits apiece from Olivia Noyes, Whitney and Jakob Safford, while White and Aidan Heffernan added hits. Whitney scored three times and Safford came across twice, with Safford driving in two runs and Whitney and White adding an RBI apiece.

Whitney struck out five in three innings of work while Ian Simpson and Jackson Harper also saw time on the mound.


Valley Storm stay hot

Another weekend, another championship for the Valley Storm 12U softball team.

The club went 6-1 over the weekend, culminating with an 11-2 victory over the Tewksbury Redmen-Iandoli in the title game on Sunday to capture the Tewksbury K-Alzheimer Tournament.

In the championship game, MacKenzie Paulin went the distance for the win, striking out eight. Lucia Doulette had three hits, including a triple and three RBIs, Margarette Howland had two hits and two RBIs, Madison Liimatainen had two hits, Sophia Pinardi had a hit, and Maggie Fay added an RBI.

The Storm entered Elimination Sunday as the No. 6 seed in the field. They opened with a 10-0 win over Salisbury Rage, with Sofia Holden allowing just one hit in the circle. Liimatainent (two hits, two RBIs), Howland (hit, two RBIs), Fay (hit, RBI), Doulette (RBI) and Ashley Taylor (RBI) all contributed in the lopsided victory.

In Game Two, the team knocked off the third-seeded Wilton Warriors Blue, 9-1. Holden went the distance again, striking out three for the win. Liimatainen had two hits, including a home run and two RBIs, while Holden, Taylor, Howland, Skylei Lapan, and Fay each had a hit and an RBI, and Anna Bucala and Paulin each had a hit.

That took the team into the semifinals, where they snagged a 10-0 win over the second-seeded Wilton Warriors Blue 11U. Paulin pitched a no-hitter for the win, striking out five batters. Doulette had a double, triple, and two RBIs, Howland had two hits and two RBIs, Taylor had two hits and an RBI, Liimatainen had two hits, Paulin had a hit and two RBIs, Holden had a hit, and Pinardi had an RBI.

The lone loss came in the tournament-opener, a 7-1 loss to Tewksbury Redmen-Costello, before the Storm bounced back with an 11-3 win over Wilton Warriors White and a 10-2 win over the Salisbury Rage. Doulette clubbed a home run in the win over the Rage.

WMass Screaming Eagles

The Western Mass. Screaming Eagles 14U softball team took home another tournament championship, winning the gold medal at the Nutmeg State Games in Berlin, Conn., Saturday.

The squad finished the tournament 3-0 and won gold by virtue of having the best record. Sunday’s games were cancelled.

The team, which consists mostly of Hampshire County players, also includes Greenfield’s Brie Widelo.

Track & field

Gagne wins in Canada

Greenfield native Buzz Gagne won the gold medal in the javelin at the North, Central America and Caribbean Region of World Masters Athletics Championships at the Toronto Track & Field Centre in Ontario over the weekend.

The 71-year-old Concord resident topped the 70-74-year-old division with a winning throw of 45.05 meters. Canada’s David Ulis was the runner-up in 35.88 meters.

Next year, Toronto will host the WMA World Track & Field Championships.


CFC Senior Championship

Erik Barnes carded rounds of 74 and 73, besting the field by two strokes to capture the Senior Club Championship at Crumpin-Fox Club over the weekend in Bernardston.

Barnes’ total of 147 put him ahead of runner-up Tim Rice, who was two back at 149. Carl Hoynoski had the low net score at 133.

Bob Bergeron took first place via a tiebreaker in the Super Senior Championship (60-and-up) after a two-round total of 153 (80-73). He edged Phil Phillips, who also shot 153. Peter Jenkins had the low net of 133.

In Super Duper Senior Division action (70-and-up), Doug Taylor’s 163 (80-83) was good enough for the top spot. Dick Simmons was runner-up at 179, while Dave Puchalski had the low net at 155.

200 Club Scramble

Two teams tied for first place after firing 42s at the 200-Club Scramble over the weekend at Country Club of Greenfield.

The teams of Bob Provost, Jessica Provost, Brodie Conant, Sandy Conant and Jodi Hoynoski tied for first place with the squad of Teresa Varner, Dick Peel, Forbes Byron, William Dowd, Carol Ruggeri and John Cormican.

Four teams tied for third place with 43s.

Pinehurst Scotch

Rich Fahey and Diane Carme had the low gross (37) while Brian and Sue Luippold tied with Al and Irene Woods for the low net (28) at the Pinehurt Scotch Mixer at CCG on Saturday.

Jim and Margo Worden tied with the teams of Chris and Jenna Deszynski as well as Mike Archer and TC Emerson for second place with 39s.


Four Rivers seeks coach

Four Rivers Charter School is seeking a girls varsity soccer coach for the upcoming fall season.

The school is looking for a qualified candidate who knows and understands soccer, has a positive attitude, loves to coach and loves working with teenagers. All interested candidates, please contact Athletic Director Amanda McNamara at amcnamara@frcps.org.

CVSOA course

The Connecticut Valley Soccer Officials Association will conduct an instructional course for new referees in 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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