Amherst Mickey Mantle holds off South Hadley

View Photo Gallery
  • Amherst first baseman Chris Mushinski, right, can't get to a throw from his pitcher during an attempted pick of Jack Haber, of South Hadley, during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Haber advanced to second. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Andrew Ciaglo, left, of Amherst, hits a single beside South Hadley catcher John Sherwood during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • South Hadley catcher John Sherwood can't handle a throw to home and Matt Hanscom, of Amherst, scores on a hit by Andrew Ciaglo during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Quentin Moliterno, of Amherst, pitches to South Hadley during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Keegan Earle, of South Hadley, pitches to Amherst during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Cole Boisvert, of Amherst, slides into third on a hit by Nate Mills against South Hadley during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Quentin Moliterno, of Amherst, heads to second base to earn a double against South Hadley during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Evan Dooley, left, of Amherst, can't catch a throw to second and Joe Meon, of South Hadley, steals the base during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Quentin Moliterno, left, of Amherst, watches his three-run triple agains South Hadley in the second inning during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. South Hadley catcher John Sherwood looks on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Evan Dooley, of Amherst, pitches to South Hadley during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Haber, of South Hadley, gets a hit in Amherst during a Mickey Mantle League game in Amherst, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. He made it to second on a fielder's choice. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 6/26/2019 10:41:08 PM

AMHERST — Quentin Moliterno was home run shy of the cycle as the Amherst Mickey Mantle team beat South Hadley, 14-9, in Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League action, Wednesday at Amherst Regional High School.

Moliterno finished with two doubles, a triple, a single and five RBIs.

“It’s pretty exciting, it doesn’t happen every time,” Moliterno said. “When it does happen it’s a good thing, it helps the team.”

Amherst coach Don Hodgkins was happy with Moliterno’s big offensive night.

“He did a good job tonight, he was right on the ball,” Hodgkins said. “He moved up in the box, he was using the whole field, he did a good job.”

On the mound, Moliterno had five strikeouts and was putting together a strong performance before a string of walks in the third inning led to South Hadley scoring five runs to make it 7-6. Evan Dooley relieved Moliterno in the third and finished the game.

“You just gotta sort of leave it behind you,” Moliterno said. “You’re not going to help yourself if your mad so you just gotta sort of leave it behind you, present mindset.”

South Hadley coach Todd McDermott acknowledged the importance of his team taking advantage of the walks to get back in the game.

“It’s big you know just to see the guys competing,” McDermott said. “We’ve had a tough season so just seeing these guys stay in the game, battle back a little bit, it’s important.”

South Hadley (0-7) trailed 8-6 when Amherst exploded in the fifth, scoring five runs to blow the game open.

Matt Hanscom (two hits) led off the frame with a double and scored on a single by Dooley (three hits, three runs). Andrew Ciaglo’s single scored Dooley. A Moliterno single plated Ciaglo and a Chris Mushinski (two hits) two-out single scored Nate Mills, who walked, and Moliterno.

“Our bats, we hit the ball well,” Hodgkins said. “Our defense really wasn’t that bad once our pitching settled down.”

Hodgkins noted the challenge of getting the team to refocus after South Hadley scored five runs in the third.

“You just try and get their focus back,” Hodgkins said. “Regain their focus and tell them, it’s the little things you gotta worry about, everything else will take care of itself.”

Keegan Earle had a two-run double in the seventh for South Hadley. John Sherwood stole two bases and had two RBIs.

“It was a start for us playing better,” McDermott said. “It’s good to see. I think it did a lot for these guys to come back a little bit.”

Amherst (5-1) is off to a good start despite some adversity. The team was missing some players while Hopkins Academy made its run to the state Division 4 tournament earlier this month. Amherst pulled players from its Sandy Koufax team to fill some holes.

“We haven’t had too many games where we’ve had our whole team,” Hodgkins said. “When we have everybody here I think we’re as good as anybody.”




Daily Hampshire Gazette Office

115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01061
413-584-5000

 

Copyright © 2019 by H.S. Gere & Sons, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy