Roundup: Post 68 Blue walks off against Greenfield

PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Post 68 Blue Junior Legion baseball team remained undefeated this postseason with an 11-10 walkoff win over Greenfield Post 81 on Sunday at Clapp Park.

Joe Traversa delivered the two-run, walkoff single for Post 68 Blue. Pittsfield, still without a playoff loss in the double elimination tournament, will host Longmeadow today at 5:30 p.m. at Wahconah Park.

Trailing 10-9 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Joe Cracolici walked to begin the frame. Then, with Zach Hall attempting to bunt, he was walked on four pitches. Carter Matthews then bunted for a hit to load the bases.

Still with no outs, Traversa registered the game-winning hit on a 2-1 count.

Post 68 Blue led 7-0 through two innings, but Greenfield chipped away, pulling within 7-6 entering the bottom of the fourth. The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth, when Pittsfield added two insurance runs. But then, in the top of the seventh, Post 81 plated four runs to take the aforementioned 10-9 lead.

Carter Matthews was 4 for 5 with two runs scored and a double for Post 68 Blue while Cedric Rose went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Also for Pittsfield, Ian Benoit went 3 for 3 with three RBI, two runs scored and a double while Hunter Potash was 2 for 3 with four RBI, a run scored and a double.


Greenfield     003     300     4          10     14     1

Pittsfield     340     002     2          11     13     2

Phelps (1 1/3), Fuhl (5+) and Cloutier. Potash (3 2/3), Benoit (3 1/3) and Woronick. W — Benoit. L — Fuhl. 2B — G: Charest. P: Matthews, Benoit, Potash. 3B — G: Charest.

Senior Legion Baseball

SPRINGFIELD — Pittsfield Post 68 kept its season alive with a 6-5 victory over East Springfield 420 at Forest Park.

Matt Koperniak had a two-run triple for Pittsfield while four of the team's runs were featured around bunting, which included two suicide squeezes.

Jack Cooney had two hits for Post 68 while Ryan Abel contributed a hit, two RBI and a run scored. Patrick Colvin pitched well in relief, giving up one run on two hits in just fewer than five innings.

Post 68 played the game with nine players, six of which played out of position.

Pittsfield, with one loss in the double elimination tournament, will face East Side for a third time in the postseason. The two sides have split so far in the playoffs and will meet again today at 5:30 p.m. at Clapp Park.


Pittsfield     210     030     0          6     6     1

East Side     201     020     0          5     5     1

Koperniak (2 1/3), Colvin (4 2/3) and Scarafoni. Carlos (5 2/3), Morales (1 1/3) and Salvon. W — Colvin. L — Carlos. 3B — P: Koperniak.

14U Babe Ruth Softball

GREENFIELD — The Berkshire Force defeated the Black Widows 8-3 at the Coach's Classic Tournament.

Jordyn Lummus, Lexi Sondrini and Ellianna Christopher each contributed two hits for the Force. Kirstyn Carrigan earned the win in the circle, as she went all seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three.

11U Cal Ripken Baseball

GREENFIELD — The Lanesborough Bulldogs won three of four games this past weekend at the state tournament.

Sponsored by Lanesborough but containing players from North and South County, the Bulldogs will face Ash/West today at 3 p.m. in Greenfield. Lanesborough must defeat Ash/West twice in order to win the title.

In game one against Ayer/Shirley on Friday, the Bulldogs won 16-0 in four innings. Damon Pause had two home runs for the Bulldogs while Damenecoe Conway and Emile Miller each had a home run as well. In the second game, played on Saturday, Lanesborough defeated Greenfield 11-1 in five innings. Judge Martin ended the game with a walkoff grand slam.

Also on Saturday, in the third game of the tournament, Ash/West beat the Bulldogs 6-4. Tyler Carlson hit a home run for Lanesborough, which jumped out to a 4-0 lead. But Ash/West battled back and scored six runs in the fifth inning.

Finally, on Sunday, the Bulldogs defeated Greenfield 11-1. Tyler Bartini hit a two-run home run while Carlson had a two-run homer and an RBI double. Pause had two, two-run doubles.

10U Cal Ripken Baseball

MARLBOROUGH — The Berkshire All-Stars won two of three games this weekend at the regional tournament.

Berkshire started with a 13-3 loss against Eastern Mass. Griffin McElroy had a multi-hit game for the All-Stars.

In game two, Berkshire defeated Maine 3-2. Keegan Dargi, Max Shepardson, Ben Kelly and McElroy combined to pitch for the All-Stars. Dargi started, Shepardson relieved him to get out of a bases-loaded jam, Dargi came back in and pitched well again before Shepardson came in again to get out of a two-on, two-out situation. Kelly pitched two innings before McElroy finished the game by getting two outs with a runner on third.

In the third game, Berkshire beat Vermont 6-2. Shepardson went 3 for 3 with two home runs for the All-Stars. Dom Velasco also hit his first career home run. McElroy, Velasco and Kelly each pitched two innings for Berkshire. Luke Gamberoni, Dargi and McElroy each had a hit for Berkshire.

The All-Stars are back in action at 7:30 p.m. today in Marlborough.

Futures League Baseball

PITTSFIELD — Conor Moriarty's walkoff fielder's choice lifted the Pittsfield Suns to a 12-11 victory over the Worcester Bravehearts.

Moriarty had four RBI for Pittsfield while Justin Cooke scored four runs. Hal Hughes was 4 for 5 with three runs scored for the Suns while Andre Marrero went 3 for 5.

Austin Wendt picked up the win for Pittsfield, pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing no hits while striking out two and walking none.

The Suns enter the All-Star break with a 19-19 record.


LACONIA, N.H. — The Winnipesaukee Muskrats defeated the North Adams SteepleCats 13-8.

North Adams jumped out to a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, but the Muskrats scored 13 runs over the next four innings — including a combined 10 in the seventh and eighth innings.

Taylor Lane was 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI for the SteepleCats (12-19) while Tyler Walters also homered.


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