Easthampton cruises past Northampton in Little League District 2 9-10 Tournament

  • Hudson Fletcher-Melendy, of Easthampton, pitches to Northampton during a Little League game Wednesday in Easthampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mason Nowak, left, of Northampton, runs home to score against Easthampton catcher Winter Roske during a Little League game Wednesday in Easthampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Colin Larson, of Easthampton, hits a two-run double against Northampton during a Little League game Wednesday in Easthampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • James McNally, of Northampton, pitches to Easthampton during a Little League game Wednesday in Easthampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Zak Thibodeau, of Easthampton, pitches to Northampton during a Little League game Wednesday in Easthampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Colin Larson, of Easthampton, pitches to Northampton during a Little League game Wednesday in Easthampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Zak Thibodeau, right, of Easthampton, slides safely into second, ahead of a tag from Cody Keel, of Northampton, to log a double during a Little League game Wednesday in Easthampton. JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 6/29/2016 10:07:01 PM

EASTHAMPTON — A couple of five-run innings lifted Easthampton over Northampton as it cruised to a 13-3 four-inning win in Little League District 2 Tournament 9-10 pool play Wednesday at Nonotuck Park.

“We have a lot of good hitters on this team,” said Easthampton manager Scott Thibodeau. “They came from a lot of different teams where they were probably the big hitters, and if you put them all together it gives you the opportunity to really roll once you get going.”

Easthampton led 3-1 when its bats got going in the second inning.

Shiv Patel hit a single, Zak Thibodeau walked and Hudson Fulcher-Melendy was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.

Colin Larson then hit a two-run double to deep-center field, scoring Patel and Zak Thibodeau. Winter Roske sent Larson and Fulcher-Melendy home on a line-drive single to center. Roske stole second on a wild pitch and scored on an error in left as Easthampton increased its lead to 8-1.

Northampton had one hit and two runs in the top of the third to narrow the gap to 8-3.

Mason Nowak led off with a walk and advanced two bases on a passed ball and error. An error allowed Liam Flynn to reach first and Nowak to score as Northampton trailed 8-2.

With two outs, Ryan Kirkendall hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Flynn.

Easthampton broke the game open more in the bottom of the third.

Larson hit an RBI triple, Roske hit an RBI double and Fulcher-Melendy hit an RBI single to power Easthampton’s second five-run inning as it lead 13-3.

Fulcher-Melendy, Zak Thibodeau and Larson combined to strike out six and allow four hits for Easthampton.

The game was “a great team effort by everybody,” said Scott Thibodeau. “They play as a team and that’s why we’re having a good streak right here.”


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