Rally falls short for Belchertown Post 239 in loss to Aldenville Post 337

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  • Jacob Torna, of Belchertown Post 239, scores a run with a walk against Aldenville Post 337, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Eli Kayser-Hirsh, left, of Belchertown Post 239, tags out Joseph Klaus, of Aldenville Post 337, as he tries to steal second, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Carter Matthews, of Belchertown Post 239, pitches to Aldenville Post 337, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jacob Torna, of Belchertown Post 239, right, tags Louis Santiago, of Aldenville Post 337, at first on a pick attempt, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. He was safe. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jacob Torna, of Belchertown Post 239, right, runs to second on a hit by Eli Kayser-Hirsh, but Louis Santiago, of Aldenville Post 337, forces him out, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. Kayser-Hirsh was also out. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Carter Matthews, of Belchertown Post 239, pitches to Aldenville Post 337, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Victor Camerota, left, of Belchertown Post 239, catches at second, but Garrett Daley, of Aldenville Post 337, steals the base, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Judah Katz, left, of Belchertown Post 239, eyes the throw as Joseph Klaus, of Aldenville Post 337, slides into third to earn a RBI triple, Monday, July 1, 2019 at Belchertown High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 7/1/2019 11:13:10 PM

BELCHERTOWN — Despite being plagued by errors, Belchertown Post 239 had a chance in the seventh inning to win its American Legion baseball game, Monday at Belchertown High School.

Post 239 trailed Aldenville Post 337 by one run and had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh. However, Sam White struck out as Post 239’s comeback fell short in an 8-7 loss.

“We’ve come back a few times this year, we came up a little short today,” Post 239 coach Craig French said. “We kind of put ourselves in the position that we were in, most of the runs we gave up today were unearned.”

Post 239 (4-5) gave Carter Matthews the start, while Adam Sypniak got the start for Post 337.

It didn’t take long for Aldenville (4-4) to get to Matthews (six strikeouts). After back-to-back singles to start the game, a sacrifice fly by Louis Santiago scored the first run of the game.

Aldenville added a second run with the help of an error in the second, but Belchertown didn’t trail for long. Evan Hu (two hits, three runs) led off the second with a single, and Ryan Dwyer and Luke Leonard walked to load the bases. A walk to Jacob Torna plated Hu and a double-play grounder by Eli Kayser-Hirsh scored Dwyer to tie the game.

Hu and Leonard each had two hits to lead Post 239.

“I guess I just go up there with the ‘yes, yes, no mentality,’” Hu said. “Every pitch I tell myself that I’m going to swing, I’m going to be aggressive until the very end when I know it’s not going to be a strike. That helps me be on time and ready for any pitch especially early in the count.”

Leonard (two walks, run) reached base in all four of his at-bats.

“You kind of have to realize it’s summer ball and not take it too seriously,” Leonard said. “You still want to focus and try, but if you kind of get like too mad at yourself for making mistakes it’s not going to get you anywhere.”

Post 337 took advantage of two errors and scored twice in the third to take a 4-2 lead, but Post 239 responded with two in the fourth.

Hu, Dwyer, Leonard and Torna worked four straight walks, respectively, to open the frame. Another double-play grounder by Kayser-Hirsh scored Dwyer tied the game.

Aldenville scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.

But Post 239 answered again.

Hu led off the sixth with a double and Leonard followed with a one-out RBI single. A two-out pinch-hit single by Judah Katz drove in Leonard and cut the deficit to 7-6.

Victor Camerota pitched the final four outs in relief and allowed a run in the seventh as Aldenville took an 8-6 lead.

Camerota, though, drew a one-out walk to start the seventh-inning. Ryan French followed with a single and Dwyer walked to load the bases. Leonard pushed Camerota across with a two-out RBI single before Aldenville reliever Isiah Colon struck out White for the final out.

The four errors by Belchertown made a difference.

“They’re obviously better than that,” French said. “We’ve played eight really clean games up until tonight so it was just one of those games that got away from us that’s all.”

Having come from behind to win multiple times this season, French has a lot of confidence in those situations.

“Just be patient, wait for your pitch, work the count, and have good at-bats,” French said. “We’re definitely capable of putting up a lot of runs, just like I said we gave up a few too many today.”




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