Weekend baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final
The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday.
Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two hits and no walks over 6 innings.
Tim Fay had an RBI single in the second and Jack Denhart doubled the sixth, scoring Matt Bouley (single) for an insurance run.
Matt Suchowski had two hits, two stolen bases and a run scored, while Devin Kellogg and Washburn each had a base hit in the win.
Frontier had hits by Ben Litskowski and Tyler Maynard (double). Litskowski took the loss on the mound for Frontier.
Northampton will take on No. 2 Longmeadow in the championship on Monday at Arcanum Filed at 5:45 p.m.
South Hadley 12, Holyoke 8 — Nate McClure went 3 for 3 with three RBIs Sunday to led South Hadley into the NEYSA Division B final.
Jarrett Sudyka and Bailey Pereira each had two hits in the win. Garrett Giustina earned the win, striking out five and allowing one earned run on three hits.
South Hadley will host Ludlow in the Division B championship on Monday at 5:45 p.m.
Deerfield 3, South Hadley 2 — Alex Dragon went the distance, but took the loss as South Hadley’s sixth-inning rally wasn’t enough on Saturday.
Ryan Mooney and James Foley hit back-to-back singles to open the sixth and scored on Brian Bak’s one-out double to left field for South Hadley (12-5).
Greenfield 6, Amherst 0 — James McCudden broke up Greenfield’s no-hitter with a seventh-inning single as Amherst (6-10) fell at home on Saturday.
Easthampton 11, Frontier 0 (5); Frontier 8, Easthampton 0 — Each team threw a one-hitter during Sunday’s doubleheader.
In Game 1, Easthampton’s Dakota Wheeler took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but it was broken up by Joe Yusko with a one-out single. Tyler Vishaway went 3 for 3 with a single, double and a triple. He scored three runs and drove in three. JT York had a double, a triple and three RBIs in the win for Easthampton (6-11).
In Game 2, Evan Borque struck out five, walked three and allowed one hit for Frontier. JT York had a hit in the second inning. Nolan Muzyka went 3 for 4 with two triples, four RBIs and two runs scored in the win. Dylan Husted added an RBI double for Frontier (4-11).
Amherst 10, Agawam 9 — Amherst lost its seven-run first-inning lead, but scored three in the sixth Sunday to rally for the win in the District 2/3 single-elimination playoffs.
In the sixth, Brett Morrsion reached on error, then Jamie Carey and Tim Pruner singled to load the bases. Morrison scored on a wild pitch and Ethan Young doubled in Carey and Pruner to give Amherst the lead again.
Carey and Young each had three hits, while Selah Dalomba was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Morrison earned the win in relief, striking out seven while allowing two runs on five hits in 31/3 innings.
Amherst will face No. 8 Springfield at Forest Park on Monday on 5:45 p.m. in the second round of the single-elimination format.
West Springfield 15, Easthampton 7 — Easthampton was knocked out of the playoffs as its seventh-inning rally fell short Sunday.
Erik Fickett finished 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Brandon Weyant went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in the loss.
South Hadley 6, Belchertown 4 — Joe Ciolek led South Hadley to the win on the mound and at the plate, knocking Belchertown out of the playoffs Sunday.
Ciolek struck out seven while allowing one earned run on six hits in the complete-game win. He also went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Scott Bicknell had a two-run double in the fourth inning.
Belchertown’s Nick Laduc went 2 for 2 with a double and a walk, while Thomas Masella had two singles in the loss.
No. 10 South Hadley will play at No. 7 Longmeadow on Monday, 5:30 p.m.
Easthampton 1, Springfield 0 (8); Easthampton 8, Springfield 5 (5) — Haley McFarland went a combined 6 for 7, while her sister Kayla was 5 for 9 in Sunday’s doubleheader.
Savannah Cavanaugh earned the win in the first game, striking out 12 and allowing two hits. Kayla McFarland drove in Caelin Mottor for the walk-off win.
Mottor struck out five and earned the win in the weather-shortened second game. Cavanaugh had three hits and two runs scored in the win.
Northampton 2, Frontier 0
Frontier 000 000 0—0 2 0
Northampton 010 001 x—2 7 0
WP - Washburn; LP - Litskowski; S - Fay
South Hadley 12, Holyoke 3
Holyoke 012 00—3 3 2
South Hadley 215 40—12 9 3
WP - Guistina
Deerfield 3, South Hadley 2
South Hadley 000 002 0—2 6 1
Deerfield 102 000 x—3 4 1
WP - n/a; LP - Dragon; S - Barnes
Records: South Hadley (12-5); Deerfield (15-1)
Easthampton 11, Frontier 0 (5)
Easthampton 511 13—11 7 0
Frontier 000 00—0 1 3
WP - Wheeler; LP - Keegan
Records: Frontier (4-10); Easthampton (6-10)
Frontier 8, Easthampton 0
Frontier 020 030 3—8 8 3
Easthampton 000 000 0—0 1 2
WP - Borque; LP - Crisafulli
Records: Frontier (4-11); Easthampton (6-11)
Amherst 10, Agawam 9
Agawam 013 302 0—9 10 2
Amherst 700 003 x—10 13 1
WP - Morrison; LP - Massenelli
West Springfield 15, Easthampton 7
West Springfield 020 620 5—15 11 3
Easthampton 010 001 5—7 10 3
WP - Duval; LP - Krol
South Hadley 6, Belchertown 4
Belchertown 000 103 0—4 6 3
South Hadley 000 231 x—6 6 2
WP - Ciolek; LP - Glaudu
Easthampton 1, Springfield 0 (8)
Springfield 000 000 00—0 2 2
Easthampton 000 000 01—1 4 0
WP - Sa. Cavanaugh
Easthampton 8, Springfield 5 (5)
Easthampton 101 51—8 15 2
Springfield 004 01—5 11 3
WP - Mottor