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Weekend sports: Northampton wins Little League Intermediate state championship

  • The Northampton Little League Intermediate baseball team celebrates its state championship, Sunday in Auburn. Northampton beat Lincoln-Sudbury, 9-7, in Game 3 of their best-of-three series. COURTESY JEFFREY PAYNE

  • The Northampton Little League Intermediate baseball team gathers in its dugout against Lincoln-Sudbury during Game 3 of the state championship, Sunday in Auburn. COURTESY JEFFREY PAYNE

  • The Northampton Little League Intermediate baseball team sits in its dugout against Lincoln-Sudbury during Game 3 of the state championship, Sunday in Auburn. COURTESY JEFFREY PAYNE



Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Northampton Intermediate baseball team made history Sunday.

The team beat Lincoln-Sudbury, 9-7, in Auburn to win its first Little League state championship in the 12-13 age division.

Northampton dropped the first game of the best-of-three series, 11-1 on Saturday. Hamp rallied to win in walk-off fashion, 5-4, in Game 2 Saturday.

“They were not down on themselves. They have relentless fight and determination,” coach Jeff Payne said. “We have gone through and stressed team over anything else. There are no individual stars in baseball. It’s a team effort and this group resembles the definition of a team 100 percent.”

Northampton was motivated after Game 1.

“They watched the other team celebrate, taking pictures,” Payne said. “We kept them in the dugout to watch it, see it, motivate them.”

Hamp trailed 4-2 in Game 2 when it scored three runs in the seventh to walk off.

Trey Rios doubled and scored on a David Shycon single. After Liam Flynn walked, passed balls plated Shycon and moved Flynn to third.

Caleb Steiniger singled to put runners at the corners. Beau Elson then singled to win the game.

“They were excited with the walk-off, but we got them together and said, ‘Great game. All in all tomorrow is the deciding game. We have business to do.’”

Northampton took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game 3 and held it from there.

James Elliott and Cayden Payne each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases. Cayden Payne caught all 18 innings of the series.

Marty Maslowski (run, two steals) also went 2-for-3, while Steiniger (two runs, two steals) singled. Peter Sullivan scored, walked and stole a base, while Trey Rios scored.

Steiniger worked 4⅔ and struck out three. Elliott fanned three over 3⅓ innings in relief.

Northampton will represent Massachusetts at the double-elimination Eastern Regionals on Long Island. Hamp will play New Jersey at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Road Park in East Northport, New York.

Southampton 7, Belchertown 3; Southampton 16, Easthampton 6 — Riley Florek had two hits, scored three runs and earned the win on the mound as Southampton beat Easthampton, Sunday, for the District 2 Little League 7-9 championship. Jayden Yon added four hits and three runs.

On Saturday against Belchertown, Evan Paradis and Trenton Clark combined to strike out 12 while giving up three hits over six innings. Issac Stith, Vynce Carr, Clark and Paradis led the offense.

Northampton 4, Agawam 0 — Jake Brittain and Ian McNamara combined on a four-hitter as Post 28 (12-5) closed the American Legion regular season with a win at Arcanum Field, Saturday.

Brittain allowed three hits, struck out three and walked seven over four-plus innings. He escaped a one-out bases-loaded jam in the fourth. McNamara allowed one hit, struck out two and walked none in three innings of relief.

Post 28 was held hitless until the fourth. A two-out RBI single by Will O’Connor scored Mike Mieczkowski and an RBI single by Devontay Edmonds scored O’Connor for a 2-0 lead.

Hamp added two runs in the sixth. O’Connor and Edmonds walked, and a single by Tristan Szawlowski loaded the bases. No. 9 hitter Jack Power singled to right to score two runs.

Northampton will host the winner between Ludlow and Aldenville in the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday.

Greenfield 4, Easthampton 2 — Tim Fay and Gage Fortin (run) each had two hits, but Post 224 (8-10) fell at home Saturday.

Bennett Kelly had a hit, run scored and an RBI, while Connor Roy added a hit in defeat.

Connor Waitkus, Kiernan Freeman and Kalen Evans each had two hits for Greenfield (13-4-1). Ben Arnold each the save with six strikeouts and one walk over 2⅓ innings in relief of Owen Phelps.

Easthampton will host Longmeadow at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the first round of the American Legion Zone B Tournament. The winner visits Greenfield at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Amherst 11, Frontier 1 (6) — Thea Hanscom struck out five, walked one and allowed five hits and one run in the complete-game for Amherst Mickey Mantle, Sunday.

Eli Slovin was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Nate Mills was 2-for-4 with two runs. Will Andresen added an RBI double.

For Frontier, Sam Dadmun had an RBI single.

Frontier 8, Amherst 2 — Jack O’Neil (two runs, two walks) and Sam Dadmun (RBI) each had two singles as Frontier Mickey Mantle won on Saturday.

Thea Hanscom (two runs) and JB Mills (RBI, walk) each singled for Amherst.

American Legion

Northampton 4, Agawam 0

Agawam              000 000 0 — 0 4 3

Northampton      000 202 x — 4 6 2

WP—Brittain LP—Lecuyer

Records: Northampton (13-5) Agawam (8-9-1)

Greenfield 4, Easthampton 2

Greenfield          211 000 0 — 4 11 3

Easthampton     000 020 0 — 2 6 2

WP—Phelps LP—Hewes S—Arnold

Records: Greenfield (13-4-1) Easthampton (8-10)

Mickey Mantle

Amherst 11, Frontier 1 (6)

Amherst       021 035 — 11 10 2

Frontier     010 000 — 1 5 4

WP—Hanscom

Records: Amherst (11-3) Frontier (4-11)

Frontier 8, Amherst 2

Amherst       001 010 0 — 2 5 1

Frontier     150 110 x — 8 8 1

WP—Cavanaugh

Records: Amherst (10-3) Frontier (4-10)