It was certainly a quick turnaround for the “A” league baseball squads from North Adams and Manchester when they collided on Monday, June 15 on the high school field in Seaman. The two teams had met just two nights earlier, with the Devils taking a 5-1 win in Manchester and on Monday, some late shuffling put the rematch in Seaman where the field was dry and playable at game time, with the Hounds this time being the home team on the scoreboard.
The Monday night rematch turned out to be quite an exciting affair as the Greyhounds rode the offensive heroics of center fielder Rickey DeAtley and the pitching of right hander Trey Meade to come from behind and defeat the Devils 5-3. DeAtley tied the game in the third inning with some daring base running and then gave the Hounds the lead for good with a two-out two-run double in the bottom of the sixth, while Meade threw a seven inning complete game, giving up just two earned runs and striking out nine.
The game began in sunshine and it was the Devils who struck first, getting an unearned run off of Meade in the top half of the second. North Adams starting pitcher Kenny Branch reached on an error and moved to second on a passed ball. A Nathan Davis bunt went right back to Meade on the mound but his throw to first was wild, sending Branch to third where he later came out on an RBI ground out off the bat of Patrick England, with a nice play by Manchester second baseman Jordan Carpenter. With two outs, Davis was at third base and attempted to pull off a steal of home but was thrown out, Meade to catcher Jase Thatcher.
Branch retired the Hounds in order in the bottom of the second and his offense picked up one more in the top of the third when Seth Daulton led off with a single to right and eventually came home on a ground out by Christian Barnes to give North Adams a 2-0 advantage.
The bottom of the third turned out to eventful, even after the first two batters of the inning were set down. DeAtley and Carpenter drew back to back walks from Branch and an infield hit by Cole Meade would plate DeAtley with the first Manchester run. At that point, the clouds opened up leading to a rain delay which halted the action. When the rains finally died down and a rainbow settled in over left field, the game resumed with Branch facing Trey Meade with two on and two out. Meade went after the first pitch he saw after the break, flying out to left fielder Colt Shumaker to end the inning.
Meade had a 1-2-3 top of the fourth and the Greyhounds threatened in the bottom half but did not score with Caleb Wagers now on in relief for the Devils. In the top of the fifth, however, the Hounds came up with the go-ahead runs, thanks to some heads up base running by DeAtley. Pinch-hitter Kaulen Cox led off the frame with a base hit up the middle and DeAtley drew a walk. A wild pitch by Wagers moved both runners up and then another wild one sent Cox across the plate with the tying run. On that same play, DeAtley hustled around third and continued on to the plate, sliding in safely under the tag to put the Hounds up 3-2.
That lead was short-lived as the Devils knotted the score in the top of the sixth when England walked, moved ahead on two Meade wild pitches, and scored on a base hit by Barnes to make it 3-3.
Up came the Hounds in their half of the sixth, with Nick Hoskins leading off with a single but he was erased when Mason Applegate bounced into a 1-6-3 double play. It looked like Wagers was going to get out of the inning unscathed, but a sharp ground ball to third by Thatcher was misplayed and Kaulen Cox followed with his second hit in as many innings. That brought DeAtley to the plate and he poked a fly ball down the right field line that dropped in just fair, with both runners scoring to give the Hounds a 5-3 lead. DeAtley got a double on the play and then moved to third on a wild pitch but was left stranded when Wagers struck out Carpenter swinging for the third out.
Now with a two-run cushion, Meade went to the mound for the top of the seventh and saw the first two batters reach, Mikey Sheeley on an error and Ben Figgins on a base hit. A wild pitch moved the tying run into scoring position with nobody out, but Meade proved to be up to the challenge. With darkness quickly closing in, the Manchester righty went back for a little extra and struck out Cole Roades looking, then Branch and Davis swinging to sew up the exciting 5-3 win for the Hounds.
The win gave the Greyhounds a 4-1 record in “A” league action, identical to the North Adams record after the loss. Both teams were scheduled to be back in action on Wednesday, June 17, but the rains forced cancellation of those contests. Weather permitting, Manchester is scheduled to host Peebles 1 on Saturday, June 20, while the Devils are slated to play at West Union #2.
NORTH ADAMS 011 001 0 —3
MANCHESTER 001 022 x—5
N. Adams Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Sheeley 3-0-0-0, Figgins 3-0-1-0, Roades 3-0-0-0, Branch 3-1-0-0, Davis 3-0-1-0, Bunn 1-0-0-0, Shumaker 2-0-0-0, England 1-1-0-1, Daulton 2-1-1-0, Barnes 2-0-1-2, Horsley 2-0-0-0, Wagers 2-0-1-0, Team 27-3-5-3.
Manchester Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): DeAtley 2-2-1-2, Carpenter 2-0-0-0, C. Meade 3-0-1-1, T. Meade 3-0-0-0, James 3-0-1-0, Hoskins 2-0-1-0, Applegate 3-0-0-0, Thatcher 3-1-0-0, Kaige Cox 1-0-0-0, Kaulen Cox 2-2-2-0, Team 25-5-6-3.
Extra-Base Hits: James 2B, DeAtley 2B
N. Adams Pitching: Branch 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB
Wagers (L) 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Manchester Pitching: T. Meade (W) 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K