Local baseball: Hamp dismisses Frontier in the Cal Ripken 10U state semifinals
JERREY ROBERTS Ian Ostberg, center, of Northampton, tags out Thomas Shea, of South Hadley, on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Monday in Northampton. Garrett Connly backs up the play. Purchase photo reprints »
So far it seems like nothing can derail the Northampton in Cal Ripken 10U Tournament play.
Hamp dispatched Frontier, 12-1 in a mercy-rule shortened four-inning state semifinal game, Monday in Sutton.
Northampton will face Groton in the final, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Sutton. Groton beat Northbridge 14-4 in the other semifinal. The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the New England Regional.
Dallas Elliot led Hamp with three hits including a two-run home run, three runs scored and four RBIs. Alex Houck added two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Riley Cole had three hits and drove in two runs.
“The team is really hitting the ball well. We’ve been pitching well and giving up very few runs per game. We’ve been really solid defensively,” Hamp coach Bud Houck said. “We’ve talked about team from day one. They kids really have been supportive of one another.”
Ben Zaranek and Gehrig Brynda each had one of Frontier’s two hits, while Matt Como drove in its only run.
Cal Ripken (9)
The Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team completed the District 2 three-peat with a 10-4 win over Frontier on Sunday,
“It’s as huge for the kids. The kids have worked hard the last three weeks, practicing everyday,” coach Sean McDonald said. “I was really proud of kids.”
Hamp advances to the state tournament in Westminster on July 18. Last year, Northampton was knocked out in the state semifinals by Northbridge.
To have a chance to go further, Hamp outscored its opponents 39-13 in the double elimination district tournament.
In the championship game, Northampton had to come from behind as Frontier struck with three runs in the first inning.
In the fifth inning, James Elliot put the game out of reach with a bases clearing triple to make it 8-4.
Hamp and Frontier opened the tournament with a 14-4 Northampton decision in four innings on Saturday morning. Colin Larson went 3 for 3 and Otis Follet had two hits. In a 15-5 win over Hadley Saturday afternoon, Brady McDonald, Quinn McDonald and Follet each had two hits for Hamp.
Mohawk 15, Amherst 2 (6) — A sixth inning rally fell short as Amherst tried to avoid being run ruled at home.
Stephen McCudden hit a one-out single and scored on Liam Brodigan’s two-out home run. Jonathan Morrison followed with a double, but was left stranded as the game ended.
McCudden singled in the first as Amherst’s lone hit in the first five innings.
Wilbraham 9, Easthampton 2 — Wilbraham jumped on Easthampton early and rain finished it off as the team’s played just five inning before the sky opened.
Hunter Leveille had a single and scored a run, and Nick Grise had a single and an RBI for Easthampton (6-10).
Amherst 12, Belchertown 5 — Amherst scored eight times in the fifth inning and moved back to .500 in the process as it pulled away at home.
Tim Pruner (two runs) and Brendan Ziomek (run) each had two hits and drove in three runs for Amherst (7-7), while Daniel Hodgkins had three hits, a run and an RBI.
Joey Mack led Belchertown (4-11) with a hit, a run and an RBI.
Cal Ripken (10)
Northampton 12, Frontier 1 (4)
Frontier 000 1 —1 2 0
Northampton 255 x —12 13 1
WP - Kelleher-Mochak; LP - Zaranek
Mohawk 15, Amherst 2 (6)
Mohawk 007 116—15 10 0
Amherst 000 002—2 4 4
WP - James Dawiki; LP - Trevor Edwards
Records: Mohawk (9-5); Amherst (5-8)
South Hadley 2, Northampton 0
South Hadley 001 001 0—2 4 0
Northampton 000 000 0—0 1 2
WP - Dragon; LP - Ferrara
Records: South Hadley (11-4); Northampton (10-4)
Wilbraham 9, Easthampton 2
Wilbraham 214 11 —9 8 1
Easthampton 000 20 —2 4 2
WP - Krol; LP - Weyant
Records: Easthampton (6-10) Wilbraham (6-10)
Amherst 12, Belchertown 5
Belchertown 021 020 0—5 4 1
Amherst 022 080 x—12 10 4
WP - Morrison; LP - Kusnierz
Records: Amherst (7-7), Belchertown (4-11)