Shutout lifts Northampton Mantle baseball in playoff opener

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  • Seth Finnessey, of Northampton, throws to first to send Ryan Schneider, of Amherst, back to the dugout during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Owen Shelffo, right, of Northampton, prepares to catch as Cole Boisvert, of Amherst, dives back to first on a pick attempt during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Sullivan, of Northampton, pitches to Amherst during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday at Florence Fields. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nate Mills, of Amherst, pitches to Northampton during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ty Gladu, of Amherst, hits a single against Northampton during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jayden Darling, left, of Northampton, can't handle a throw to second, allowing Braeden Tudryn, of Amherst, to steal the base, during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Luke Gaida, of Northampton, throws to first for an out against Judah Katz, of Amherst, during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Thea Hanscom, of Amherst, bats against Northampton during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. She struck out during this at-bat. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Cole Boisvert, of Amherst, connects against Northampton, but his hit was caught during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Will Shaw, of Northampton, bats against Amherst during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. He hit a RBI single during this at-bat. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Top: Matt Sullivan, front left, of Northampton, scores on a hit by Eric Vandergrift beside Amherst catcher JB Mills during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday at Florence Fields. Northampton won 5-0 in the opening round. It will face Frontier next in the winner’s bracket, while Amherst has an elimination game against TechPioneer. Sullivan threw six shutout innings for Northampton. Left:Owen Shelffo, right, of Northampton, prepares to catch as Cole Boisvert, of Amherst, dives back to first on a pick attempt. More coverage, D2. See more photos on gazettenet.com. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Eddie Sarafin, of Northampton, hits a RBI single against Amherst during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Luke Gaida, of Northampton, leans away from an inside pitch during his team's win against Amherst during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Owen Shelffo, of Northampton, hits a RBI single against Amherst during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Cole Boisvert, of Amherst, watches his hit against Northampton, but it was caught in right field during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Seth Finnessey, left, of Northampton, runs to third base to force out Cole Boisvert, of Amherst, on a hit by Thea Hanscom during the first round of the Mickey Mantle playoffs, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Florence Fields. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 7/24/2019 10:41:22 PM

Matt Sullivan threw six shutout innings, and the Northampton Mickey Mantle baseball team opened the Pioneery Valley Youth Baseball League postseason with a 5-0 win against Amherst on Wednesday at Florence Field.

He struck out eight and allowed just six hits with no walks.

Northampton will move to the tournament’s winners bracket and face top-seeded Frontier on the road at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Amherst draws TechPioneer in an elimination game at home Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Will Shaw had two RBIs, two hits and scored a run for Northampton (12-6).

Owen Shelffo singled twice, while Erik Vandergrift touched home twice.

Phin Steiniger added a hit and a sacrifice fly RBI. Eddie Sarafin had an RBI single.

Cyril Rees-Burton and Max Callan singled. Sullivan and Seth Finnessey, who threw the seventh inning and struck out two, each scored a run.

Nate Mills took the loss for Amherst after allowing five runs on six hits and five walks in five innings. He struck out seven. Thea Hanscom struck out two and allowed two hits in the sixth.

Braeden Tudryn, J.B. Mills, Cole Boisvert, Andrew Ciaglo, Ty Gladu and Ryan Schneider singled for Amherst (10-9).

Softball

Frontier Red 10, Agawam Inferno 3 — Delaney Fifield hit a two-run triple in the first inning, sparking Frontier at home in a 12U Suburban win.

She finished with two hits, three RBIs and scored three runs.

Maggie Potter (double) and Margaret Edwards (single) each drove in two runs and scored twice. Ariana Miller added an RBI triple and made a great defensive play at shortstop in the sixth, snagging a ball behind her with runners on second and third to end the inning.

Melanie Ring laid down a bunt single and scored a run for Frontier (3-6).

Ashley Taylor picked up the win, allowing four hits and one earned run with five walks and eight strikeouts.

North 13, South 3 (6) — Taylor picked up the win in relief in the 12U Suburban All-Star game Tuesday in Greenfield. She struck out four in two innings. She added two hits and an RBI. Fifield and Ring each had an RBI single.

Southampton’s Rosie Fellett started the game for the South, striking out four in two innings.

Josie Dubay added a two-run single. Kailyn Thayer (RBI) and Maggie Fay singled.

Taylor, Potter, Miller and Lila Montminy won the base running skills competition for Frontier Red.

Baseball

Northampton 5, Amherst 0

Amherst          000 000 0 — 0  6  2

Northampton     001 040 x — 5  8  0

WP—Sullivan LP—N. Mills

Records: Northampton (12-6) Amherst (10-9)

Softball

Frontier Red 10,
Agawam Inferno 3

Agawam          000 012 0 — 3  4  3

Frontier     300 250 x — 10  6  1

WP—Taylor LP—Hasset

Records: Frontier Red (3-6) Agwam Inferno (4-4)

North 13, South 3

North          102 550 — 13  7  1

South     200 010 — 3  3  3

WP—Taylor LP—Vassallo




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