Briefs: Belchertown scores 9 unearned runs to take American Legion victory over Northampton

Jeff Roberson

Staff Reports

Published: 06-19-2024 12:00 AM

Belchertown Post 239 used a six-run second inning and a six-run third inning to get past Northampton Post 28 13-11 on Tuesday night.

Northampton starter Griffin Smiarowski only allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks over five innings of work, but Belchertown pushed across nine unearned runs on seven Northampton errors. Northampton scored three in the second, equaled Belchertown’s six in the third and pushed across two in the seventh, but never got back even with Belchertown.

Post 239 starter Evan Ferguson allowed nine runs – six of them earned – on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts and Chace Earle got the win with 2⅔ innings of one-hit, no-run ball. Brady Perkins led Belchertown with a pair of hits and a pair of runs and Spencer Waite tallied three RBIs. Post 28’s Aiden Keeling-Lococco singled, doubled and drove in four runs and Trey Kuzmeski recorded three hits.


Mass. Amateur qualifier – Stockbridge GC

Although there weren’t any local golfers who made the cut at 2-over-par, five Hampshire County participants were in action looking to punch their ticket to next month’s Mass Am, set to be contested at Framingham Country Club (July 8-12).

Bryce Baringer was the medalist at 1-under, carding a 69 to lead the pack. Aaron Nackoul (70), Matthew Gilardi (72), Adam Brickle (72) and Zach Bingham (72) rounded out the top five, all of which qualified for the Mass Am.

Kevin Bagge (Westover) had the low local round of 74 (4-over), followed by Andrea Agliati’s (Northampton Country Club) round of 80 as they were the only two to shoot 80 or better. Bruce White (Wyckoff Country Club) shot an 84, Michael Kroll (Orchards Golf Club) posted an 86 and Henry Poissant (Cold Spring Country Club) shot an 88 to round out local participants.

Mass. Amateur Public Links qualifier – Chicopee CC

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Sixteen-year old Michael Murray (Westover) shot a 2-over-par 73 at Chicopee Country Club to post the low local round on Tuesday, plenty low enough to qualify him for the Mass. Amateur Public Links Championships at The Ledges Golf Club set for the end of July.

Chuck Edler (Cold Spring) tied Murray’s 73 as they both went 1-over par on the front and back nines, respectively. Cody Miller (The Ledges) tied for eighth with a 74 while Steve Elkins (Amherst Golf Club) and Patrick Mulvaney (Southampton) each fired a 75 to tie for 12th.

The top 15 qualified for a spot in the championship event.

Late Monday results

Senior legion

Belchertown Post 239 6, Monson 3 — Four runs in the top of the fifth jumped Post 239 ahead after trailing 3-2, which put Belchertown at 3-0 entering its matchup with Northampton Post 28 on Tuesday. Chace Earle had two hits and two RBIs, Beau Elson tallied one hit, one run and two RBIs while Patrick Fitzgibbons recorded one hit, walked and scored three runs as all three helped the Post 239 offense.

Brady Perkins tossed four innings getting the start. He surrendered three runs and four walks but struck out two – earning a no decision. Alex West came on to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning out four in a scoreless outing that notched him the win.

Youth baseball

Northampton 3, Southampton 0 (13U) — Both teams put forth strong defensive efforts in a pitcher’s duel on Monday, but the Blue Devils did enough offensively to provide run support for ace Dylan Lawrence-Riddell on the mound. Lawrence-Riddell pitched four innings of shutout ball, striking out seven and scattering just three hits.

Northampton got its first two runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth when Miller Cobrich grounded out and Bradyn Rios singled, each scoring one run. Maceo Nteta and Oliver Yau each came on in relief for the Blue Devils and shut down Southampton, with Yau earning the save. Tait Kennedy, Rios and Nteta collected one hit apiece, with Nteta leading off the bottom of the fifth blasting a towering shot to right field that one hopped the fence for a stand up double. He came around to score to put Northampton ahead 3-0, the final score of the contest.

Highlighting the Blue Devils’ stellar defense was a beautiful double play as well as Cobrich throwing out a runner trying to steal third base.