Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014
After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs.

Amherst defeated Springfield early Thursday evening at Central High in the completion of a suspended Round 2 game from Monday. Poor field conditions had caused postponements both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Post 148 then made the quick trip to Szot Park in Chicopee and beat top-seeded Aldenville in Game 1 of the double-elimination third round.

Amherst 5, Aldenville 3 — Brett Morrison’s RBI double in the top of the sixth scored Jack McGowan with the eventual winning run. Zach Kelley then brought Morrison home with a single for an insurance tally.

Both of Morrison’s two hits knocked in a run. Selah Dalomba added a run-scoring single.

Jamie Carey (single), Daniel Hodgkins and Tim Pruner each scored a run for Amherst (11-10).

Selah Dalomba retired all six batters he faced to save the win for Jonathan Morrison, who fanned four and allowed an earned run over 21/3 innings.

Post 148 will face Greenfield (15-4) Friday at a time to be determined.

Amherst 11, Springfield 8 — Play resumed in the top of the fourth with the game tied 6-6, and a four-run sixth inning sent Post 148 to the win.

Tim Pruner (run) drove in four runs on two hits, including a key two-run single in the sixth.

Daniel Hodgkins (three runs, RBI) and Kelley (two runs, two RBIs) each went 2 for 3, while Jamie Carey (hit, RBI) and Brett Morrison (hit) scored twice apiece.

Carey pitched the first three innings Monday and completed the last four Thursday. He struck out four in the victory.

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Greenfield 3, Deerfield 2 — Deerfield (16-2) dropped its second game of the season with a one-run road loss.

Kyle Spencer took the loss in relief, allowing two runs on three hits. Deerfield picked up two runs in the sixth, but couldn’t prevent the walk-off defeat.

Noah Barnes reached on an error and Derek Zewinski walked. Both runners advanced on Stevie Bruscoe’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Seth Gewanter’s long fly ball that was lost by the left fielder.

Brett Miner led Greenfield’s offense, finished 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI.

Tri-County League

Easthampton Savings Bank 5, Dream Bats 3 — Ben Wood threw four innings of no- hit baseball while striking out seven as Easthampton won at home.

Chris Starcun and Dan Whigham each had two hits.


American Legion

District 1/2/3, Round 3

Amherst 5, Aldenville 3

Amherst 001 022 0—5 5 1

Aldenville 001 110 0—3 3 3

WP - J. Morrison; LP - Wroth; S - Dalomba

Records: Amherst (11-10); Aldenville (16-2-1)

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Greenfield 3, Deerfield 2

Deerfield 000 002 0—2 2 0

Greenfield 100 010 1—3 7 3

WP - Jacques; LP - Spencer

Records: Deerfield (16-2); Greenfield (9-9)


Easthampton 5, Dream Bats 3

Dream Bats 000 000 3—3 7 0

Easthampton 020 210 0—5 8 2

WP - Wood; LP - Sadowsky