Tuesday’s Mickey Mantle: Big inning allows Amherst to pull away from Easthampton

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For the Gazette
Published: 6/21/2016 10:57:28 PM

AMHERST — Six quick runs in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Amherst the edge over Easthampton en route to an 8-1 win in Mickey Mantle action, Tuesday at Amherst Regional High School.

It was the most runs scored by Amherst this season in the Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League and the win avenged a 5-2 loss to Easthampton on June 6.

“We’re a very young team and we’re getting better as the season progresses,” said Amherst coach Don Hodgkins.

Brett Evans pitched a complete game for Amherst, striking out five. Evans also had two hits and three RBIs. Luke Leonard added one hit and two RBIs for Amherst.

Amherst scored in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead into the fourth.

James White kicked off the high-scoring fourth with a single. Two fielding errors put Evan Hu and Thea Hanscom on base and allowed White to score the first run of the inning.

Logan Dapprich then walked to load the bases for Amherst. With Levi Constant at the plate, a passed ball scored Hu and put Hanscom at third as Amherst led 4-0.

A sacrifice fly from Constant scored Hanscom for a 5-0 advantage. During the play, Dapprich took off for second on the throw home, drawing a throw from Easthampton’s catcher. The attempt to get Dapprich at second was wild and allowed him to race home for a 6-0 lead.

With the bases empty and two outs, Easthampton pitcher Liam Pitrat hit J.B. Mills. Evans followed with his second single of the day to put runners on first and second. Leonard plated Mills and Evans with a line drive to left field for a 8-0 lead. Leonard was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple to end the inning.

Easthampton (3-4) scored one run in the fifth, but was retired in order in the sixth and the seventh.

Pitrat struck out eight over seven innings for Easthampton. He also had a hit and scored his team’s only run.

Prior to the six-run fourth, Amherst hadn’t scored more than five runs in a single game.

“It was nice to actually get a nice big lead, because that’s the first one we’ve had all year,” Hodgkins said.

Amherst (3-5) will face Mohawk Thursday in Buckland, while Easthampton hosts Northampton.


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