Friday’s local baseball: Belchertown Little League advances to District 2 finals
Jared Bolton and Brian Riley both hit solo home runs to help lead the Belchertown Little League 11/12-year-old team to a 6-1 victory over Northampton in the semifinals of the District 2 Tournament.
Belchertown (5-0) advanced to the final on Sunday against fellow unbeaten Westfield North (5-0). The time and location are yet to be determined.
Adam Mattingly allowed one run and struck out eight in 4-2∕3 innings to pick up the win. He also doubled and scored once, while Aidan Baceski and Chase Kupinsky each had hit, an RBI and a run scored.
Doug Pierce singled in the third and came around to score the only run for Hamp (2-3), which saw its season come to an end.
Andrew Grygorcewicz, Ethan Cooper, Brigitte Goeler-Slough and Zak Houle added a hit apiece.
Grygorcewicz gave up four runs and fanned eight over four innings in the loss.
Westfield North 11, Easthampton 1 — Mike Ryan had the only hit and only run for Easthampton (2-3), which saw its season end in the District 2 semifinals.
Lance Parrish struck out four in the loss, while outfielder Chris William made three diving catches.
Amherst 7, Mohawk 3 — Brett Morrison (hit, stolen base) scored two runs, drove in one and picked up a three-inning save for Amherst (11-2-1) in the road victory.
Morrison allowed a single run with two strikeouts in relief of Brendan Ziomek, who gave up one earned run and struck out three over the first four frames.
Ethan Young doubled in a pair of runs for Amherst, while Daniel Hodgkins went 2-for-4 with two runs and Zach Kelley added a two-run hit and scored once.
New York-Penn League
Former Amherst Regional standout Kevin Ziomek threw two scoreless innings in his third career professional start.
The left-hander, whose workload is being limited early, allowed a hit and two walks while striking out one batter in the Connecticut Tigers’ 6-4 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
In three games since signing, Ziomek has allowed one earned run, three hits and four walks in six innings. He’s struck out three batters. Opponents are hitting .167 against him. He’ll likely pitch in the Tigers’ series at Jamestown, Wednesday-Friday.
Little League (11/12)
District 2 semifinals
Belchertown 6, Northampton 1
Northampton 001 000—1 5 0
Belchertown 012 12x—6 8 0
WP - Mattingly; LP - Grygorcewicz
Records: Northampton (2-3); Belchertown (5-0)
Westfield North 11, Easthampton 1
Easthampton 100 000 0—1 1 3
Westfield North 207 020 x—11 13 2
WP - Cousin; LP - Parrish
Records: Easthampton (2-3); Westfield North (5-0)
Amherst 7, Mohawk 3
Amherst 400 000 3—7 8 1
Mohawk 010 101 0—3 7 2
WP - Ziomek; LP - Gray; S - Morrison
Records: Amherst (11-2-1); Mohawk (8-6)