Petrin powers Pubmen

  • TFAC baserunner Mike Pierce steals second base ahead of the tag from Smitty’s Pub shortstop Jake Petrin, left, in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday during Opening Day of the Franklin County Babe Ruth League at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield. Below, Petrin throws a pitch earlier in the outing. He tossed five scoreless innings in Smitty’s 10-3 win. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Smitty’s Pub batter James Staelens puts the bat on the ball in the top of the seventh inning against TFAC during opening day of the Franklin County Babe Ruth League Saturday at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Smitty’s Pub Jake Petrin throws against TFAC in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday during opening day of the Franklin County Babe Ruth League at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Smitty’s Pub left fielder Dillon Gagnon just misses a diving attempt in the bottom of the sixth inning against TFAC during Opening Day of the Franklin County Babe Ruth League Saturday at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • TFAC batter Hugh Hart dodges a wild pitch from Smitty’s Pub in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday during Opening Day of the Franklin County Babe Ruth League at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • TFAC pitcher Dylan Fisher throws against Smitty’s Pub in the top of the sixth inning Saturday during opening day of the Franklin County Babe Ruth League at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 5/19/2019 8:48:39 PM

Jake Petrin tossed five shutout innings to earn the victory, and Smitty’s Pub opened the 2019 Franklin County Babe Ruth League season with a 10-3 victory over Turners Falls Athletic Club on a beautiful Saturday for baseball at Abercrombie Field in Greenfield.

Petrin struck out five and left the game with his team leading 10-0 after five. Sam Whitney finished off the final two innings for Smitty’s.

Despite being outhit by a 6-4 margin, Smitty’s relied on a strong defensive effort to strand 11 TFAC runners. Smitty’s offense received a 2-for-3 day with a triple and three RBIs from Jacob Safford. James Staelens and Whitney both had a hit and scored a run. Petrin reached base four times on walks, scoring three runs, while Dylan Gagnon and Aidan Heffernan added RBIs in the victory.

TFAC’s Gillis MacDougall struck out 11 batters in 4 2/3 innings of work on the mound, and also had two hits, including a double, at the plate. Dylan Fisher, Luc Belhumeur, Noah Uzdanis and Michael Pierce added hits, with MacDougall, Chad Adams and Amory Maxey coming across with the team’s three runs — all in the bottom of the sixth.

• TFAC turned it around on Sunday, coming from behind to upend Parody Builders, 8-5, at Abercrombie Field.

Trailing 5-2, TFAC winning pitcher Chad Adams limited Parody to just one hit over the final four innings. Entering the bottom of sixth tied 5-5, TFAC scored three runs to nab the win. Hugh Hart drove in William Ainsworth with what turned out to be winning run. 

Mike Pierce was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the victory, and teammate Dylan Camp made a nice diving grab at third base and doubling off a runner at second.

Jordan Hunt was 2-for-3 to pace Parody Builders, and Kyle Begos also had a hit.

• Smitty’s closed out its 2-0 weekend with a 13-1 win over Akey Insurance, Sunday.

Petrin and Jake Safford had two hits apiece, while Sam Whitney, Heffernan, Paul de Bruyn Kops, Jake Whitney, Dan Diemand, Dillon Gagnon, Joey White and Jackson Harper also added hits.

Jake Whitney struck out nine to earn the victory on the mound.

Akey’s Charlie Boyden, Jivason Reil and Brody Williams all singled. Peter Loud scored the team’s run, with Boyden driving him in. Loud and Reil each recorded three strikeouts.


Bryce Zraunig finished with three hits Saturday, though none were bigger than his final knock of the afternoon.

With his team trailing, Zraunig smacked a game-winning, two-run hit in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Lundgren Honda to a come-from-behind 17-16 victory over Berkshire Insurance in Greenfield Minor League Baseball AA action at Lunt Field.

Casey Burke has two hits for Lundgren. Berkshire’s Julian James, Tommy Clary and Declan Joyce all had two hits.

• Elsewhere, Hannah Gilbert’s stellar all-around performance propelled Gilmore & Farrell Insurance past Maniatty Real Estate, 8-3, in Majors Division play on Saturday.

Gilbert was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, RBI and run scored, and delivered four strikeouts in two innings of work on the mound. Jackson Campbell added two strikeouts in two innings on the bump to go with a 2-for-3 day offensively (double, RBI, three runs). Aiden Bailey was on base three times and scored two runs for Gilmore & Farrell, and Ben Werner struck out a batter in two innings of relief work.

Maniatty’s Silas Muzzy punched out three batters in four innings. Devin Dubie had a two-run single, while Luca Siano added an RBI single. Ethan Mauve had two hits and a run, and Gavin Crossman also had a hit and scored a run.

• In AAA play Saturday, Evan Tsipenyuk and Mason Fiorey threw a combined no-hitter with 14 strikeout to help Smitty’s Pub knock off previously unbeaten Denny’s Pantry, 11-3.

Fiorey led the offense with two hits and a double and Hunter Donahue added a double.

Conner Bergeron pitched well for Denny’s and Arthur Fitzpatrick played well defensively. 

• In A Division play, Leo McDonald was 4-for-5 with three RBIs, including a walk-off double to help the Moose edge Elks Lodge No. 1296, 11-10, Saturday.

Nicolas Bassett was 5-for-5 with three RBIs for the Moose. Teammates Avery Lococo and Layla Coffin were both 4-for-5 with a combined five RBIs, and Evemarie Page and Brantly Deming played exceptional defense in the victory.

James McCarthy hit a stand-up, two-run double to pace the Elks. Teddy McCarthy played well defensively for his squad.

• In AAA action from Friday night, all 11 Sandri Plumbing batters recorded at least one hit en route to a 20-7 victory over Rotary Club.

Sandri's Tristan James led the surge going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two triples and four RBIs. Hayden Killeen and CJ Halla each went 3-for-4 and Rylin Koscinski and Hayden Girard combed for seven strikeouts on the mound.

Gavin Arsenault went 2-for-2 for Rotary Club, including an RBI double, while Michael Cyhowski and Brayleigh Burgh were also 2-for-2.

Mohawk Youth

Logan Moore was 3-for-4 with two triples, and struck out eight on the mound to help Ashfield split a doubleheader with Hawlemont in Mohawk Youth baseball action over the weekend.

Ashfield won Game 1, 5-1, before Hawlemont earned the split with a 7-2 victory in Game 2.

Oliver Johnson went 2-for-3 and Carter Miller was 1-for-3 for Ashfield. Hawlemont’s Logan Brothers had two hits while Phin Tutman added a hit and two RBIs. Silas Freeman (hit, RBI) and Ole Brenizer (two hits, two RBIs) also played well.

• In other Majors action, the Buckland/Shelburne Brewers fell to Hadley, 8-4, in an Interleague game Saturday night at Cricket Field.

Beck Gritzner had a hit and an RBI for the Brewers, and Addie Loomis played well defensively at shortstop and catcher.

• In Minors action, the Buckland/Shelburne Braves knocked off Hawlemont, 16-13.

Levi Dunn tossed two strong innings for the Braves, Xavier Fripp scored three runs, and Brody Cole paced the effort all over the field.

Orange Little League

H-P Braveheart 5, Orange Fire 2 — Colby Manjourea-Cortright pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts, but Orange Fire lost on Sunday at Muzzey Field.

Sawyer Lacoy pitched two innings with five strikeouts. Freeland Ringer went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Also getting a hit was Thomas Schoonmaker, Colby Manjourea-Cortright and Kaden Manjourea-Cortright.

Cherie Benoit Realtor 5, Orange Police 2 — Liam Daly pitched a couple scoreless innings with two strikeouts for  Orange Police in a loss on Sunday at Felton Field in Barre.

Ben Mazza and Landon Bass also spent time on the mound for Orange Police. Bass did some damage at the plate, going 3-for-3.

Owen Baril, James Gillespie, Blake Gaudet and Caleb Bartlett each added a hit apiece for Orange Police

Orange Police 7, Orange Fire 4 — Owen Baril, Lysander Lopez and Emmett Elwood pitched the Orange Police to a 7-4 win over Orange Fire on Saturday at Muzzey Field.

Landon Bass, Josh Mazza, Ben Mazza, Baril and Elwood hat hits for Orange Police.

Thomas Schoonmaker made his debut on the mound for Orange Fire with two scoreless innings.

Kaden Manjourea-Cortright and Freeland Ringer had a hit and an RBI for Orange Fire.

Evan Piscitello added a hit.

Dick's Auto 6, EP Wine 5 — Madix Whitman and Aiden Britt split time on the mound in the 6-5 win for Dick's Auto at Muzzey Field on Friday.

Whitman limited EP Wine to three runs in three innings while Brooks gave up two runs in three innings of work.

Hunter Brooks made a running catch in deep center to help secure the win for Dick's Auto. 



Cobi Tyminski was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and made several standout plays defensively all over the infield to help Descavich Plumbing capture a 12-6 win over Gilmore & Farrell Insurance in a Greenfield Girls Softball League Ponytail Division game, Saturday at Murphy Park.

April Rooney-Adams also played well defensively, securing the game-ending out for Descavich. Carly Blanchard belted a home run, and Gianna DiSciullo went 3-for-3 including a triple and a double.

Gilmore received solid pitching from Jenna Petrowicz and Grace Laurie. Laurie also played well off the mound and Sandra Johnson was a top offensive performer.

Valley Storm

The 12U Valley Storm softball team went 2-2 overall at the Mass Mayhem Mass Destruction Tournament in Baldwinville over the weekend.

The weekend came to a close with an 8-5 loss to the New Hampshire Plex in elimination play on Sunday. Sofia Holden struck out seven batters for the Storm, while Madison Liimatainen was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Holden (hit), Maggie Fay (hit) and Lucia Doulette (RBI) all contributed offensively.

On Saturday, the Storm played three games of pool play. They knocked off the Plex, 4-2, with Holden going the distance (10 strikeouts). Margarette Howland had two hits, including a double and three RBIs, Holden had a hit and an RBI, and Ashley Taylor also had a hit.

 In Game 2, they defeated the North County Spark, 11-1, behind eight strikeouts from MacKenzie Paulin. Doulette slugged a home run and drove in three runs, while Anna Bucala also hit a home run.

In Game 3, the Storm dropped a 17-2 decision to the Electric City Bombers (N.Y.). Paulin, Liimatainen and Fay shared pitching duties and Holden and Taylor scored the runs for Valley Storm.

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