Photo Gallery | Pittsfield Post 68 tops South Hadley
PITTSFIELD — With Pittsfield Post 68's season reaching the dogs days of the summer, the team is looking for long outings out of starters to protect the bullpen. Pittsfield's starters have not pitched deep into games lately, though, and starter Patrick Colvin did not last long on Wednesday — but reliever Jake Flynn picked up the slack, helping Post 68 defeat South Hadley Post 260 9-5.
Flynn entered in the second inning, stranding an inherited runner on base. He threw three scoreless innings before Post 260 added two runs in the sixth. Matt Schneider plated the go-ahead runs with a triple in the sixth, and Flynn pitched a scoreless seventh to clinch the win.
"I just tried to help our team out and throw strikes," Flynn said. "Mix my pitches up, try to get ahead of hitters and do my job.
"I knew my teammates had my back. I just wanted to do my best to help them get the win."
Flynn said Tuesday's off-day helped the pitching staff regroup, so he entered against Post 260 well rested.
Pittsfield scored three times in the first inning, as Schneider drove a RBI triple into left center. Simon Nassif and Sam Fick added RBI singles.
Colvin's velocity looked strong, but South Hadley made solid contact off the former Millionaire. After a double play helped Pittsfield escape the first inning, Evan Dragon led off the second with a single. After a flyout, Ryan Kleszczynski doubled and Drew Foley drove in two with a double. Nehemiah Wilson's single drove in the third run of the inning, leading to Colvin's exit.
Pittsfield used small ball to score its next two runs, with Abdiel Cotto-Hernandez dropping down two well-placed bunts to the third-base side to set himself up to score. Cotto-Hernandez scored on a throwing error in the second and on a fielder's choice in the fourth. The host used a four-run sixth to ice the game. Schneider led the offense with two hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Matt Koperniak had two hits and two runs scored. Nassif had two hits, two RBI and two steals.
Post 68 coach Pat Bassi said he wasn't thrilled with the his player's performance at the plate, but they did just enough to support Flynn.
"Jake is a gamer," he said. "He did what he had to do to get us out of the situation. The other team hit the ball pretty well, and he kept them at bay for the most part."
Bassi added that the team is still trying to find its chemistry. Pittsfield may need to win out to catch one-loss Northampton, but Bassi said he thinks the team will finds its stride down the stretch.
Nehemiah Wilson (5 1/3), Alex Dragon (2/3) and David Pratt. Patrick Colvin (1 2/3). Jake Flynn (5 1/3) and Matt Schneider. W — Flynn. L — Wilson. 3B — P (Schneider 2).
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