LL ROUNDUP: Sons play well in lost weekend

Mike Lurgio of Westfield Police is greeted at home plate after his third-inning home run May 28 against Sons of Erin. Police won, 11-6. (Submitted photo)

Mike Lurgio of Westfield Police is greeted at home plate after his third-inning home run May 28 against Sons of Erin. Police won, 11-6. (Submitted photo)

June 2
Kiwanis 13, Sons of Erin 7
Kiwanis used a big six-run third inning to break open a 2-2 tie and send them on to a 13-7 win over Sons of Erin at Cross Street. Sons of Erin fought back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 9-7, before Kiwanis stretched its lead with four runs on four hits in the top of the sixth. Sons scored a pair of runs in the second when Ben Luksas reached on a dropped third strike and scored on Jaret Gillespie’s long triple to left field. In the fourth, Sons added two more runs when Tony Torres singled, Jack Blake was hit by a pitch, and Andrew Pellegrini doubled to the fence in left. Torres scored on the double and Blake later scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, Matt Beattie lined a double to left, Brody Zabielski reached on a throwing error, and Torres followed with a base hit, scoring Beattie. A walk and two hit batsmen scored the other Sons’ runs in the inning. Zabielski started for Sons and was relieved by Jay Rokosz.

June 1
Camfour 10, Sons of Erin 8
A back-and-forth game ended when Camfour scored three times in the top of the sixth at Cross Street. Sons of Erin had leads of 4-1, 4-3, 5-3, 7-5 and 8-7, but couldn’t hold on. Camfour scored the tying and go-ahead runs with two outs after Sons had cut down a run at the plate for the second out of the last inning. Sons started with four runs in the first, using four walks and a pair of Camfour errors to quickly erase a 1-0 deficit. Tanner Koziol, Jack Blake, Andrew Pellegrini and Bryant Keeney all scored in the first. In the third, Blake scored on a Pellegrini single. In the fourth, Jay Rokosz reached on an error and Brody Zabielski walked, and both later scored on Koziol’s triple. Keeney scored for Sons in the fifth on a Rokosz single.

May 28
Westfield Police 11, Sons of Erin 6
Westfield Police scored in every inning, the highlight coming in the third on Mike Lurgio’s first home run. Sons of Erin got as close as 5-3 before Police pulled away. Down 5-1, Sons scored twice in the third to pull close. Tony Torres walked, stole second and scored when Ben Luksas reached on a Police error. Luksas scored Bryant Keeney’s single. In the fifth, Sons added a pair of runs when Sean Leckie walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jack Blake’s single. Tanner Koziol reached on an error and later scored on an infield error.

May 18
Commercial Distributing 9, Kiwanis 3
A six-run explosion in the seventh inning hoisted Commercial Distributing to a 9-3 win in seven innings over Kiwanis. Nick Cyr went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Distributors. Cyr singled in the second, fifth, and seventh innings. Matt Pelletier tossed two innings of shutout ball, and surrendered one hit. Jake LaBombard robbed Kiwanis of a base hit with a stellar catch to end a bases-loaded, two-out threat in the top of the second inning. Ethan Dolan clobbered a home run over the centerfield fence in the fourth inning. David Tirrell doubled in the fourth, which scored Logan Krol. The game remained tied at 3-3 until the boys in blue scored six runs in the seventh inning. Commercial’s defensive effort proved to be too much for Kiwanis.

May 14
Camfour 10, Commercial 4
Commercial Distributing lost its latest contest to Camfour. Jeremiah Darada did his best to jumpstart the offense for Commercial Distributing, reaching base two times. He scored one run and had one RBI. He tripled in the third inning. The boys in blue would score all four of their runs in the fourth inning. Jake Labombard was solid at the plate with 2 hits on 2 plate appearances, and a run scored. LaBombard also made his pitching debut in the Majors. He pitched 3 innings and allowed only 2 hits. David Reyes had 2 at bats with 1 hit. Ethan Dolan had a hit and tallied 2 RBIs. Despite the Distributor’s best efforts, Camfour’s offense proved to be the deciding factor.

May 12
Slovak 2, Commercial Distributing 1
Commercial Distributing lost a very tight game to Slovak. Logan Krol was on the mound for the boys in blue. Krol had 9 strikeouts over the course of his 4.2 innings pitched, and allowed only 4 hits. Ethan Dolan, David Tirrell and Parker Kelley would each have 2 plate appearances and 1 hit. Tirrell would knock in the only run of the game for the Distributors with a hit to left field. Slovak scored the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth. It was a game well played by both sides.

May 11
Advance Manufacturing 5, Commercial Distributing 4
Commercial Distributing (5-1-1) lost its first game of the season in a very close contest. Matt Pelletier started the game off with a single to right field. Pelletier ended up 2-for-3 on the day. Pelletier also pitched 2 innings for the boys in blue, allowing 1 hit and no runs. Ethan Dolan also singled in the first inning, earning him an RBI, as Liam Webster would come in to score. Webster would also score in the sixth inning. Noah Kantor laid down a nice bunt in the fifth inning, scoring David Tirrell. Advance posted another run in the top of the sixth, which ended up being the winning run. Despite a valiant effort by the Distributors they would end up losing the game by 1 run.
May 7
Commercial Distributing 11, Kiwanis 6
Ethan Dolan clubbed two home runs to carry Commercial Distributing (5-0-1) to its win over Kiwanis. Dolan racked up eight RBIs on three hits for the Distributors. He homered in the first and fourth innings and doubled in the fifth inning. The boys in blue managed to grab the lead after a strong fourth inning. Matt Pelletier got the engine started for Commercial in the first inning with a double to left field. Pelletier ended up with two hits on three plate appearances. Liam Webster had a solid offensive performance; he had two hits on two at bats. Logan Krol was a force at the plate with three at bats and two hits. David Tirrell was on the hill for Commercial, he struck out seven batters over the course of his four innings pitched. Parker Kelly came on in relief for the last two innings. Kelly struck out five batters and only allowed one run.

May 29
The Batter’s Box 11, Fenway Westfield 2
The Batter’s Box put together its best performance of the season in defeating Fenway Westfield at Cross Street Field. Riley Sullivan was dominating in his start on the mound for the Boxers. Sullivan pitched 3 hitless innings, striking out 8 and did not allow a base runner. Jackson Lambert (1 IP, 3 Ks) and Tristan Rogers (1 IP, 3 Ks in making his season debut on the mound) provided solid relief for the Boxmen. Garrett Barnachez was the offensive star of the day for the Men in Maroon with 2 hits, including a double, and 3 runs scored. Luke Bonini (2 hits, 1 run, 1 RBI), Darin Towel (2 hits, 2 runs), Nate Pellegrini (double, 1 RBI, 1 run), Ben Goyette (1 hit, 1 run) and Nate Navarro (2 runs) also contribute to the offensive output. Dylan Shrimplin provided the defensive support with a great catch of a towering fly ball to right field.

June 2
Anytime Fitness 13, Bannish Lumber 1
Anytime Fitness improved to 8-2 on the season its victory over Bannish Lumber. Pitchers Jeffrey Donahue and Will Brewster combined for 12 strikeouts over six innings and did not allow an earned run. Offensively, Anytime was led by Dakota Durkee who broke open the game with a two-run single and also added two walks, three stolen bases, and three runs scored. Mike Durkee went 2-for-2 and scored twice, Zach Gravel-Blaney drew three walks, and Jaden Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and three stolen bases.

May 30
Anytime Fitness 11, Kitchens by Herzenberg 1
Anytime Fitness improved to 7-2 on the season with an 11-1 victory over Kitchens by Herzenberg. Jeffrey Donahue picked up his fourth win of the season allowing just one run over three innings striking out six. Leadoff hitter Ethan Bauch kick started the offense by reaching base in all three of his plate appearances, stealing four bases, and scoring three runs. Will Brewster homered in the fourth inning and also added a walk and a steal. Dakota Durkee walked and scored in both his plate appearances and stole three bases. Andrew Navarro received the “game ball” after closing out the game with a perfect inning in his pitching debut after breaking the game open in the third with an RBI single.

May 24
Anytime Fitness 16, The Batter’s Box 6
Anytime Fitness improved its record to 6-1 with a 16-6 victory over Batter’s Box at Papermill Field. Kareem Zaghloul picked up his first win of the season, allowing just one run over 2 1/3 innings of relief, striking out six. Offensively, Fitness was led by Jacob Chattar’s 1-for-1 with 2 walks, Tanner Beebe, who added a walk, double, and stolen base, Ethan Baush, who walked twice and stole two bases, Will Brewster, who drew three walks and scored three runs, and Marcus Cole, who received the “game ball” after drawing three bases-loaded walks.

May 15
Anytime Fitness 4, OMG Inc. 3
Jacob Chattar’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th inning scored Mike Durkee and broke up a 3-3 tie against OMG Inc. in a thrilling game at Cross St. Anytime Fitness remained undefeated on the strength of outstanding pitching performances by Jeffrey Donahue and Will Brewster, who combined to strike out 12 while allowing only four hits and two earned runs over six innings. Offensively, Anytime was led by Kareem Zaghloul who went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored, Jaden Gonzalez who went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and run scored, Dorean Neron who began Anytime’s two run fourth inning with a single, and Donahue, who knocked in both runs in the inning. Will Brewster reached base in both plate appearances and stole his fourth base of the season.

May 26
Green Meadow Lumber 11, The Batter’s Box 9
The Batter’s Box narrowly fell to Green Meadow Lumber with a last-inning rally that had fans on the edge of their seats. The Boxmen played head-to-head with Green Meadow in the first two innings with solid performances from Jake Smith (2 runs scored), Tristan Rogers (1 hit, 1 RBI), Garrett Barnachez (2 hits, 2 RBI), Luke Bonini (1 hit, 1 RBI), Ben Goyette (1 hit, 1 run scored) and Darin Towle (1 hit, 1 RBI). The rally in the last inning saw five hits with a total of five runs brought in, but still shy of the win. The Boxmen’s Jackson Lambert and Nate Navaro had solid performances in the field. Darin Towle started on the mound with four strikeouts, followed by solid relief work by Dylan Shrimplin (3 strikeouts), Garrett Barnachez (3 strikeouts) and Riley Sullivan (1 strikeout).

May 24
Anytime Fitness 16, The Batter’s Box 6
The Batter’s Box jumped out to early 1-0 and 5-1 leads, but was unable to hang on against Anytime Fitness. Luke Bonini (2 hits, 2 runs scored) and Riley Sullivan (2 hits, 1 run scored, 1 RBI) got the Boxmen off on the right foot with back-to-back singles in the top of the first. Bonini came around to score on an RBI single by Darin Towle. After Anytime Fitness tied the game at 1-1, the Batter’s Box scored 4 of their own in the top of the second. Tristan Rogers, Jake Smith, Bonini and Sullivan all had hits and scored a run in the inning while Nate Pellegrini contributed an RBI single as well. The Boxers were unable to hold the lead as Anytime Fitness scored 7 runs in the third inning and 4 more in the fourth to put the game away. Ben Goyette (5 strikeouts), Garrett Barnachez (2 strikeouts) and Riley Sullivan (1 strikeout) all worked on the mound for the visitors.

May 19
Oasis Shower Doors 8, The Batter’s Box 7
The Batter’s Box fell short in an 8-7 loss to Oasis Shower Doors on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon. The Boxmen took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with Garrett Barnachez starting the two out rally with a line drive double to right center field. Dylan Shrimplin drove in Barnachez with a well hit grounder past the infield. Walks by Ben Goyette and Jackson Lambert moved Shrimplin to third base and who ended scoring on a pass ball. Oasis came back with a 6-run rally in the top of second while the Boxmen chipped away at the lead in the bottom to make the score 6-3. Oasis scored another run in the third and the Boxmen’s Jake Smith turned a walk into two stolen bases and finally crossing home to make the score 7-4. The fourth inning closed out the game due to bad weather with Oasis adding another run to make it 8-4. Luke Bonini, Jimmy Holt, Darin Towle and Jonathon Holt added solid defense on the field to hold off the Oasis advance. The Boxmen did not give up and rallied for three runs by Nate Pellegrini, Riley Sullivan and Tristan Rogers to make the final score, 8-7. Riley Sullivan, Garret Barnachez and Jackson Lambert combined for seven strikeouts on the mound. Lambert, pitching for the first time, closed out the game for the Boxmen.
May 13
Fenway Westfield 13, The Batter’s Box 10
The Batter’s Box fell to Fenway Westfield in a back and forth game between the two slugging teams. Nate Pellegrini, Nate Navarro and Luke Bonini led the offensive charge for the Batter’s Box with each collecting two hits. Jimmy Holt had a double and scored a run for the Boxers while Ben Goyette (3 runs scored), Darin Towle (1 hit, 1 run), Tristan Rodgers (2 runs) and Garrett Barnachez (1 hit) all contributed at the plate. Riley Sullivan started on the hill for the Boxmen and struck out 6 over two innings of scoreless work. Dylan Shrimplin (1K) and Pellegrini (1K) handled the middle relief duties while Goyette (2 K’s) pitched the final inning for the Batter’s Box and didn’t allow a run. Jackson Lambert made the defensive play of the game with a fantastic catch in right field.

May 18
Kosinski Farms 22, Richards Jewelers 14
The girls from Kosinski Farms showed up determined to win on Saturday morning even without their two regular starting pitchers. Diana Shia started by hurling 5 great innings, allowing only 2 walks combined. Jill Wroth then pitched fantastic in her season debut only allowing 2 runs in the remaining frames. Being that neither girl is a power pitcher, they were aided by strong defensive plays in the field to get the required outs. That combined with some huge, timely hitting, provided a stellar win for the player shortened team. Both Sara Mulligan and Morgan Shia were able to notch their first triples of the season with well placed hits and outstanding base running. Alexis Shia went 4-for-5 with a double and 3 singles, adding to the parade across home plate. Even though the highlights came from a few people, it was a true team effort to notch the win.

May 19
Kosinski Farms 18, Firtion Adams 7
On a gloomy, wet day, starting pitcher Mahlia Reyes did her job well, making her season debut as a pitcher. She tossed 2 nice innings to lead the way in the game. Taylor St. Jacques then stymied the other team, allowing 1 run with 9 K’s over the remaining frames. What started off to be a damp day turned pretty wet as the rain continued to fall, soaking the players and coaches. Each side struggled to keep warm and dry enough to hold the ball and make solid plays. With that it was important that the Farm girls capitalized on every at bat. Although they started off slow, by the third inning, the bats were hot. Batting around for the first time this season, they were able to move in front and never look back. Carlan Gideon went 2-for-3, collecting a triple and a single with 4 RBI. Other standout performances were Duncan Reed, 2-for-3, Sam Scheippe 2-for-2 with two doubles and Elisa Kosinski reaching home plate twice through good at bats and base running. Overall, it was a very solid performance for the wet bunch who stuck it out for the love of the game.

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