Legion baseball: Peabody, Post 81 blank ’Hamp, secure No. 2 seed

  • Greenfield Post 81’s Colin Cloutier hits a single against Pittsfield Post 68 earlier this season at Vets Field. Cloutier and Greenfield closed out the regular season with a 3-0 win over Northampton on Saturday night and will open the Senior Division playoffs as the No. 2 seed. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 7/14/2019 11:07:25 PM

With the No. 2 seed in this week’s postseason on the line Saturday night, Greenfield Post 81 turned to Joel Peabody.

The hometown right-hander delivered.

Peabody struck out seven, didn’t walk a batter and scattered five hits in a complete-game shutout, lifting Post 81 to a 3-0 victory over Northampton Post 28 in an American Legion Senior Division contest at Vets Field in Greenfield.

The win clinched the No. 2 seed in the eight-team Senior Division playoffs for Greenfield (12-4), set to begin Wednesday. Pittsfield Post 68 will be the No. 1 seed in the double-elimination tournament, which will be held exclusively at Wilbraham’s Spec Pond. Post 81’s first round time and opponent is still to be determined.

Entering Saturday’s regular-season finale tied with Northampton (11-5) in the standings, Peabody and the Greenfield defense shut the door. Offensively, Post 81’s big inning came in the bottom of the third. Sam Bobala led off with a triple, and scored to make it 1-0 when Michael Bassett drove an RBI single.

Bassett advanced to second on a ground out, then scored on a Garrett DeForest RBI double to make it a 2-0 game. DeForest made it to third with two outs on Colin Cloutier’s infield single, and scored when Cloutier and DeForest executed a perfect double steal.

Post 81 wound up second in the loaded Zone 1/2 standings, which finished with three of the top four seeds in the postseason (Pittsfield, Greenfield, Northampton). 

Mickey Mantle

Shawn Davenport was 3-for-3 with two doubles,  a triple, an RBI and three runs scored as the Hilltown Hardwood Flooring West County Warriors picked up a 9-4 victory over South Hadley in a Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League Mickey Mantle game played Sunday in Buckland.

Anthony Moffatt was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 in six innings of work, and he added a hit and an RBI for West County (8-6). Matt Pollen doubled and drove in two runs, while Cam Lococo (hit, RBI) Logan Jacobs (hit, RBI), Tyler Dubreuil (hit) and Jared Jacobs (RBI) all joined in on the fun.

The Warriors are back at it tonight with a road game at Amherst.

• Elsewhere, Kyle Barnes was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and host Frontier Alber Hearing Services rallied from a deficit to upend Amherst, 9-8, in Mickey Mantle play Sunday night at Headmaster’s Field in Deerfield.

Frontier trailed 7-4 in the third inning but tied the game with a three-spot in the fifth. The club pushed the go-ahead run across in the sixth.

Kevin Baumann had two hits and an RBI, while Gehrig Brynda (single, two RBIs), Tynan Creagh (double, two RBIs), Ben Zaranek (single, RBI) and Ben Martino (single) all chipped in. Maxwell Edwards earned the win on the mound.

• In action played Saturday, Jason Quinn and Jacob Quinn combined on a four-hitter with seven strikeouts to send Pioneer Stone Seals/Scotty’s past Amherst, 6-1, at Ziomek Field in Amherst.

Jacob Quinn had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for Pioneer (8-7). Dalton Henderson also had two hits, including a double and an RBI, and scored a pair of runs, while Gavin Rubio roped two hits and drove in a pair. Max Leh, Josh Brunelle, Jason Quinn, James Robison and Jake Croteau all had a hit in the win, as the club returns to action tonight at home against Northampton.

Sandy Koufax

Amherst scored seven runs in the sixth inning to break things open and capture a 15-6 victory over the Hubie’s Tavern West County Warriors in a PVYBL Sandy Koufax contest, Saturday.

West County chipped away after digging itself an early hole, climbing back within 8-6 before Amherst regained control in the sixth.

Rosco Palmer had two hits and drove in a run for the Warriors, while Trevor Mills came through with a hit and two RBIs. Ben Thompson (hit, RBI), Sam Schreiber (hit), Liam O’Donnell (hit) and Owen Lake (hit) all contributed offensively.

In action late Friday, the Warriors edged the same Amherst team, 5-4.

O’Donnell earned the win, striking out seven in six innings before Tyler Dubreuil struck out two batters to pick up the save. 

Schreiber’s three hits, including a double, paced the West County offense. O’Donnell had two hits and two RBIs, Lake doubled twice and drove in a pair, Wyatt Edes had two hits and an RBI, and Jacob Martin also had a hit.

The Warriors are the No. 6 seed in the double-elimination Sandy Koufax playoffs, which begin Tuesday night at Florence Field against No. 1 Northampton.

F.C. Babe Ruth

A late-inning offensive flurry propelled Turners Falls Athletic Club to a 13-5 win over Parody Builders in a Franklin County Babe Ruth League game, Saturday at Abercrombie Field.

Locked in a 5-5 game after four innings, TFAC scored three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth.

Gillis MacDougall was 3-for-3 with a triple, double and two RBIs to pace TFAC, with Mike Pierce adding three hits of his own. Sam Knight (2-for-3, two RBIs), Noah Uzdavinis (2-for-3), Dylan Camp (hit, two RBIs), Tyler Cusson (hit, two RBIs) and Chad Adams (hit, RBI) also had big outings.

Cusson and MacDougall combined for 10 strikeouts on the mound, and right fielder Luc Belhumeur threw out a pair of baserunners at first base.

Parody’s Derek Wissmann was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, while Ben Dodge (2-for-3, double, RBI), TJ Thibeault (single) and Kyle Begos (single, RBI) chipped in.

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