Weekend round: South Hadley, Frontier Mantle; Easthampton Metro advance in tournies
A wild weekend of Mickey Mantle Tournament action concluded with three teams still in the running for the championship.
Along with top seed Deerfield are No. 4 South Hadley (16-8) and darkhorse No. 8 Frontier (8-15).
The final game on Sunday was postponed due to the morning rain.
South Hadley 13, Easthampton 10 — Trailing by seven runs going into the last of the fourth, South Hadley exploded for 10 unanswered tallies for a thrilling win.
Alex Dragon and Mario Olivera each had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in the win. James Foley added two hits, two RBIs and 2 runs.
Winning pitcher Ryan Mooney gave up four hits with four strikeouts over four innings of work.
For Easthampton (10-13), Zach Crisafulli (two RBIs) and Steve Moussette had three hits and two runs apiece. Jamie Ryan and Tyler Vishaway (double) knocked in two runs each.
Frontier 2, Amherst 1 — Riley Baker (2 for 3) hit a walkoff triple as Frontier knocked out No. 7 Amherst (7-15).
John Jacques threw a complete game with nine strikeouts in the win. Jacques also tripled, while Dylan Husted (double) went 2 for 3.
Jonathan Morrison had an RBI hit for Amherst (7-15).
Deerfield 11, Mohawk 7 — Brian Shaw singled, doubled and drove in five runs as Deerfield kept its season alive.
Stevie Bruscoe went 2 for 3, and Derek Zewinski was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Noah Barnes went the distance, fanning four.
Frontier 6, South Hadley 4 (9) — After seeing a four-run lead evaporate in the bottom of the seventh, Frontier perservered for the extra-inning triumph.
John Jacques went 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored. He also allowed no runs in 12/3 innings of relief.
Zach Yahman had two hits, scored two runs and drove in another, while Riley Baker picked up three RBIs with one hit.
Kelly Killeen (seven Ks) allowed four runs on only four hits over 61/3 innings. Christian Smiarowski fired a scoreless inning to earn the win.
Brian Bak (double) had two hits and two RBIs for South Hadley, which suffered its first tournament loss.
Peoples Bank 10, Easthampton Savings Bank 0 — ESB (14-10-1) was limited to just two hits as its season came to an end in Game 3 Saturday afternoon at MacKenzie Stadium.
Joe Popielarczyk (six innings) of Northampton and Brandon Obuchowski of Belchertown combined on the 2-hit shutout.
Metro League Tournament
The Easthampton Eliminators won three of four contests over the weekend in the double-elimination tournament, which was halted by rain Sunday at Greenleaf Park in Springfield.
Easthampton, Chicopee and West Springfield are the only teams remaining. Easthampton and Chicopee were scoreless in the bottom of the second when play was stopped and will pick up the game at that point.
The schedule for resumption has yet to be announced.
Easthampton 8, Wilbraham 0 — Summer Cavanaugh struck out 10 in a 4-hit shutout as Easthampton (19-0) won the opener Saturday.
Savannah Cavanaugh doubled, tripled and scored a run in the victory.
Sydney Slattery enjoyed a 3 for 3 day at the plate. Niki Lewandowski (2 for 3, triple) and Kate Avard each had an RBI and a run.
Chicopee 9, Easthampton 6 — Allowing five runs in the top of the seventh Saturday made a comeback too difficult for Easthampton (19-1), which lost for the first time all season.
Kayla McFarland went 2 for 3 and scored a run. Moira Pitrat also had two hits, with Gabby Downer knocking in a pair on a triple and scoring twice.
Easthampton 7, Springfield 3 — Easthampton (20-1) put up five runs in the last of the sixth to stay alive Saturday.
Summer Cavanaugh had two hits, including a home run, drove in three runs and scored two.
Savannah Cavanaugh (two RBIs, two runs), Jaqi Gomez (two runs) and Slattery each picked up a pair of hits.
Savannah Cavanaugh fanned 13 in a complete-game win.
Easthampton 18, Southwick 4 (5) — Savannah Cavanaugh had two hits and scored four times as Easthampton (21-1) made quick work of Southwick Sunday.
Gomez was 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Jackie O’Connor tripled as part of her two hits and had three runs, while Ashley Walch added two hits and a run.
Summer Cavanaugh struck out six and cruised to a victory.