Northampton Post 28 baseball’s winning streak reaches double digits

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  • Andy Grygorcewicz, right, of Northampton Post 28, collides with Belchertown Post 239 catcher J.B. Mills, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. Grygorcewicz was safe. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown Post 239 catcher J.B. Mills, right, tags out Devontay Edmonds, of Northampton Post 28, at home Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • J.B. Mills, of Belchertown Post 239, watches his double against Northampton Post 28, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Victor Camerota, of Belchertown Post 239, pitches to Northampton Post 28, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Patrick Serio, of Northampton Post 28, hits a single against Belchertown Post 239, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Dillon Diemand, of Northampton Post 28, catches a hit by Luke Leonard, of Belchertown Post 239, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Will Shaw, of Northampton Post 28, pitches to Belchertown Post 239, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nick Heafey, of Northampton Post 28, throws to first after fielding a hit by Ryan French, of Belchertown Post 239, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. French was out. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Patrick Serio, right, of Northampton Post 28, makes it to second to earn a double as Jack Mankowsky, of Belchertown Post 239, eyes a throw that's out of reach, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Mankowsky, left, of Belchertown Post 239, makes it safely back to first base as Andy Grygorcewicz, of Northampton Post 28, prepares to catch on a pick attempt, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jackson Heath, top, of Northampton Post 28, leaps to catch as J.B. Mills, of Belchertown Post 239, steals second, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jack Mankowsky, left, of Belchertown Post 239, catches at second, but Nate Kelley, of Northampton Post 28, steals the base, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bennett Kelly, right, of Northampton Post 28, dives safely back to first against Sam White, of Belchertown Post 239, during a pick attempt by the pitcher, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Eli Kayser-Hirsh, left, of Belchertown Post 239, prepares to catch as Andy Grygorcewicz, of Northampton Post 28, slides in to steal third, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Arcanum Field. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 7/10/2019 10:24:46 PM

FLORENCE — The Northampton Post 28 American Legion baseball team picked up its 10th straight win Wednesday night at Arcanum Field 11-3 against Belchertown Post 239.

Northampton used a big fourth inning to give itself some breathing room in a 3-1 game. Heath singled past the shortstop and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Andy Grygorcewicz hit an RBI single to left, scoring Heath. The throw to home was overthrown, and Grygorcewicz advanced to second. He went to third on one wild pitch then scored a few pitches later on another.

Devontay Edmonds hit a double to deep right, and Patrick Serio doubled up the third baseline, which drove in Edmonds. Dillon Diemand hit an infield single which advanced Serio to third. Diemand successfully stole second, and Serio scored on the throw to make it 7-1.

Belchertown trailed after the first inning but tied the game in the top of the second inning. JB Mills doubled and later scored on an error after Sam White put the ball in play. Mils was 2-for-4 and stole a base.

The tie didn’t last long. Post 28’s Jack Diggins singled past the shortstop to lead off the bottom of the second, but Matt Bouley hit into a fielders choice next to force him out at second. Bouley advanced to second on an overthrown ball to first. Nate Kelley hit a single up the third base line which advanced Bouley to third. The next batter, Jackson Heath, hit a double to left, which scored Bouley, putting Northampton ahead 2-1, and sent Kelley to third. Grygorcewicz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Devontay Edmonds hit a sacrifice fly to left, which scored Kelley but did not advance the other runners and put North. Nick Heafey popped out to center to retire the side with a 3-1 Northampton lead.

Grygorcewicz was 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Heath was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, Edmonds was 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI and Kelley was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

“It feels good,” Grygorcewicz said. “Especially to play well. We’ve really bonded and came together during this win streak, and I think that every win that we get during this streak brings us closer together.”

Belchertown’s Chase Kupinksi was 1-for-3 and hit a double in the fifth inning, and scored on a Judah Katz groundout.

Edmonds added a great defensive play in the top of the sixth inning. With one out and Luke Leonard on first, Edmonds made a running catch in deep center on a hit by Ryan French to get the second out and hold the runner at first.

“We were all doing very good today, honestly,” Edmonds said. “We put up a lot of good runs on a very good team that actually beat us earlier in the season.”

Post 239 (6-8) added an unearned run in the seventh.

Will Shaw started for Northampton, throwing five innings with eight strikeouts and only one earned run. He was relieved in the sixth inning by Nate Moggio, who had one strikeout and one earned run.

Belchertown 239 has two games left in the regular season against Greenfield 81 on Thursday and Pittsfield 68 on Saturday.

“We’ve been playing well, but we’ve been coming up just short in a lot of games and tonight we were short a lot of players so we were hanging on for dear life,” Belchertown coach Craig French said. “It’s probably unlikely that we make the playoffs at this point, so we just want to play well the last two games and finish strong.”

Northampton will face Pittsfield Thursday night at Clapp Park and closes the regular season Saturday at Greenfield. Post 28 is second in the Zone 1/2 Senior standings.

“I think we’re a really good team,” Northampton coach Chuck Holt said. “I think we’re a close knit team and we have a lot of guys at every game and support each other well and that intangible of having a lot of really great people on the team really goes a long way. At this point setting up our pitchers for the playoffs is a priority over having the last two wins.”




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