Legion Baseball: Northampton holds off Greenfield, 4-3

  • Greenfield Post 81 third baseman Jake Sak fields a grounder for the out against Northampton Post 28 baserunner Wilson Heath in the top of the second inning during American Legion Senior Division game Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield Post 81 pitcher Tyler Baranowski throws against Northampton Post 28 in the top of the third inning during an American Legion Senior Division game Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Northampton Post 28 players celebrate Braeden Tudryn (11) scoring against Greenfield Post 81 in the top of the second inning during an American Legion Senior Division game Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Northampton Post 28 pitcher Seth Finnessey throws against Greenfield Post 81 in the bottom of the second inning during an American Legion Senior Division game Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Owen Shelfo drives in two runs for Northampton Post 28 in the top of the second inning against Greenfield Post 81 during an American Legion Senior Division game Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield Post 81 baserunner David Carey slides safely back into third against of the tag from Northampton Post 28 shortstop Colin Ferarra in the bottom of the first inning during a Senior American Legion game Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 7/13/2021 11:03:50 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Post 81 Senior American Legion squad looked to keep its unbeaten record alive Tuesday against Northampton Post 28. 

Northampton pitcher Seth Finnessey had other ideas. 

Finnessey allowed just five hits and struck out eight in five and two-thirds innings of work to pick up the win on the mound as Post 28 earned a 4-3 triumph over host Greenfield in a key Zone 1 matchup at Vets Field. 

“He pitched lights out,” Northampton coach Chuck Holt said. “He hasn’t pitched in about two weeks since his last tournament appearance with Northampton [High School] but he had his stuff going today. He pitched great. He was throwing hard and I was really impressed.” 

Post 81 put a scare into Northampton in the bottom of the seventh. 

Trailing 4-2, Greenfield’s Jake Sak reached with a one-out single. Kyle Barnes followed with a single of his own, and both advanced a base on a passed ball to put runners on second and third. David Carey grounded out but scored Sak in the process to cut the Post 28 lead to 4-3 with two outs. 

Jacob Quinn and Max Edwards drew consecutive walks off Northampton reliever Ben West to load the bases, but West was able to retire Ben Martino to seal the win for Post 28. 

“That was a tight game,” Holt said. “The history with Greenfield is they’re usually the toughest team we play. Not just because of how talented they are, but because of how they’re coached. They’re total gamers. You know no win is going to be easy here ever so I wasn’t surprised it came down to the wire.” 

Greenfield would certainly like a do-over on a couple plays that flipped the game. Northampton opened up a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Owen Shelfo reached on an error, scoring Colin Ferarra and Braeden Tudryn in the process. 

A balk by Greenfield starter Tyler Baranowski — who went the distance, striking out seven batters and giving up just seven hits — in the top of the fourth inning scored Jack Diggins, and in the bottom of the fifth, Carey was tagged out stealing home to keep a run off the board for the Green Wave. 

“It was a couple plays that decided the game,” Greenfield skipper Kevin Luippold said. “We tried stealing home and being aggressive. I thought it was the right call and the right move, David did really well on it but the call didn’t go our way tonight. That’s baseball, you have good nights and bad nights.” 

Northampton built its lead in the fourth inning, with Ferarra getting things started with a single. Another base hit by Diggins plated Ferrara to put Post 28 up, 3-0, and the balk by Baranowski scored Diggins to give Northampton a four-run cushion. 

Greenfield cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Sak reached with a single and was later brought home thanks to a triple from Carey, his second three-bagger of the night.

Post 81 tried doing more damage in the bottom of the sixth, starting with a Martino single. Jason Quinn then singled and after they both stole a base, a passed ball allowed Martino to come home and make it a 4-2 game. 

Quinn was caught stealing home to close out the inning. 

“We have to hit the ball better,” Luippold said. “We have to get it going earlier. I knew we’d have one time where we get deflated but I’m glad it was a close game and not a blowout. Their pitcher threw amazing and so did Tyler.”

For Northampton, the win moves them to 5-0 on the season. 

“We’ve won two really exciting games where we haven’t played our best,” Holt said. “It feels like we have a lot of room for improvement. I love my team. It’s the best group of guys I’ve been with in a really long time. I’m psyched for this season because we have a lot of potential.”

The two teams meet again on Friday at Arcanum Field in Northampton, with first pitch set for 5:45. 


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