|Fick Fires Gem in Post 68 Win|
|By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports|
08:37PM / Saturday, July 15, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Up 2-0 but facing a one-out, runners at the corners situation in the top of the seventh, Post 68 coach Pat Bassi knew one thing: Sam Fick was a finisher.
“I wasn’t even considering taking him out,” Bassi said.
Fick justified his coach’s confidence by getting out of the jam with minimal damage and a 2-1 win over Aldenville Post 337 in an American Legion playoff game on Buddy Pellerin Field.
The Pittsfield High graduate struck out six, scattered five hits and benefited from his teammates’ ability to get the bunt down as Post 68 used small ball to score both its runs.
Two of Aldenville’s hits came in the seventh inning, a one-out single up the middle by Jake LaRochelle followed by a single to left by Anthony Diaz that sent LaRochelle to third.
That drew a mound visit from Bassi -- not to consider making a change but just to give his defense a breather.
“I just wanted to give them the scenario: We had first and third, so that runner didn’t really mean much,” Bassi said. “We’ve got to watch out for this guy and make sure he didn’t get to second base. I didn’t really think they were going to bunt. I just wanted to give ‘em a 30-second timeout, more or less.”
Diaz did get to second on a wild pitch, and LaRochelle scored on a groundout to third baseman Ryan Abel, who held Diaz at second before firing to first.
Abel then registered his sixth strikeout of the game to end it.
Post 68 used two sac bunts to score the game’s first run in the second inning.
Izaiya Mestre led off with a single to left-center and got into scoring position on a passed ball. Abel then moved him to third with a bunt, and Patrick Colvin scored Mestre with a bunt to make it 1-0.
In the fifth inning, Abel led off with a double, and Colvin again got the sacrifice down to put a man on third with one out. Brett Murphy’s ground ball to the right side scored Abel and gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Post 68 (17-4) won Saturday evening after taking its postseason loss on Saturday morning, a 2-1 loss to East Springfield Post 420 at Clapp Park.
On Saturday afternoon at Pellerin Field, Post 68’s under-16 team earned a 16-4 come-from-behind win over Ludlow in six innings.
Ludlow jumped out to a 3-0 lead and was up, 4-2, before Post 68 hung nine on the board in the bottom of the fourth. The hosts scored five in the sixth to end the game via the “mercy” rule.
Hunter Potash went 4-for-4 with three of doubles, and Joe Traversa went 3-for-4.
Carter Matthews went four innings on the mound to earn the win. Joe Cracolici (2-for-3 with a double at the plate) finished up on the hill.