Errors doom Pittsfield Post 68 to loss against Northampton
PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Post 68 baseball team entered action on Thursday with a division-high 11 wins and a 92 runs scored, all while playing two fewer games than the rest of the division. With that in mind, sometimes it just isn't you're night, and that was the case in Post 68's 7-5 loss to Northampton Post 28 at Clapp Park.
Carter Matthews got the nod on the mound and pitched 5 1/3 innings, while Hunter Potash pitched the rest of the game. The duo combined to strike out six batters and allowed just nine hits. Defensively, though, Post 68 had seven errors in the field — which hamstrung them all throughout the game and it started in the second inning.
With the game scoreless, Nick Heafey started the frame with a single and two batters later, Dillon Diemand sent a ball to the outfield where a miscue resulted in runners at second and third with just one out. Designated hitter Jack Diggins took advantage of the opportunity and sent a single to left field, plating the game's first run.
Offensively, Matthews did everything he could to kick start the Post 68 offense as he reached base four times and stole three bases. He was, however, stranded in scoring position three times throughout the night, as Pittsfield left the scoreboard bare through the game's first four innings.
In the top of the fourth inning, Northampton had runners at first and third with one out as Diggins returned to the plate looking to extend the Post 28 lead. Shortstop Joe Traversa, who made a handful of strong plays in the field, snagged a hit by Diggins before it could reach the outfield, tapped second while dancing around a runner, then fired to first for the inning-ending double play.
Post 68's offense found its groove in the fifth inning, which started with a bunt single and stolen base by Matthews. Cal Messina followed with a walk before Traversa cracked a double to plate Matthews, tying the game at one. With one out, Joe Cracolici sent a pitch up the middle for a two-run single to give Pittsfield its first lead of the night at 3-1.
An error by Post 28 allowed Cracolici to score as Post 68 took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning.
Northampton took the momentum back in the sixth inning, which was helped by five errors from the Pittsfield defense.
Catcher Noah Brink had a two-run double while Jackson Heath plated a run with a single. By the time the dust had settled, Post 28 had regained the lead at 7-4.
Dan DiMassimo scored for Pittsfield in the bottom of the seventh and Post 68 had the game-winning run at the plate, however, a ground out would end the inning and the ball game.
Northampton improved to 11-4 in the win while Pittsfield drops to 11-2.
Post 68 will look to get back on track tomorrow as they host Longmeadow at Clapp Park with first pitch scheduled for 5:45 p.m.
Northampton 010 006 0 — 7 9 5
Pittsfield 000 400 1 — 5 6 7
Jake Brittain (2 2/3), Matt Bouley (2 1/3), Mike Baldwin (2) and Noah Brink. Cater Matthews (5 1/3), Hunter Potash (1 2/3) and Joe Woronick. W — Bouley. L — Matthews. 2B — N 2 (Noah Blink, Andrew Grygorcewicz), P 1 (Joe Traversa).
Jake Mendel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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