The East Longmeadow baseball team, in their return to the playoffs after a multi-year absence, lost 7-6 to a strong Taconic team in 8 innings tonight in Pittsfield. The Spartans had taken a 6-4 lead in the top of the 6th when Ryan Lavelle reached on an error, Justin Garcia ripped a base hit, and Christian Romero was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jared Mack had a 2 out, 2 RBI base hit to give the Spartans a 6-4 lead.
Unfortunately they couldn't hold the lead, coming 1 strike away from a playoff win in the bottom of the 7th when Taconic tied the game on a 2 out, 2 strike, line drive base hit to tie the game at 6.
Christian, once again sporting the red S on his Under Armor, had his 4th hit (4 for 4 with a triple, 3 RBIs, and an intentional walk) in the top of the 8th. He stole 2nd, and advanced to third when the 2nd baseman dropped the ball and 3rd base was unimaginably left unattended on a great bit of heads up base running. Unfortunately the Spartans couldn't get him home, and they lost the game in the bottom of the frame.
The Spartans took an early lead in the 1st when Christian had his first hit, advanced on a walk, and scored on an error. Taconic came right back and put up 2 in the 1st with a booming triple to right.
Christian's 3 RBI triple came in the 2nd. Danny Miller worked a 2 out walk, and he advanced to third on Ryan Lavelle's perfect hit and run. Justin walked to load the bases, and Christian launched a triple to center field to clear the bases.
Taconic tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the 2nd.
In the third, Tristan Longmoore and Danny had base hits, but Tristan was thrown out at the plate trying to score from 2nd. Later in the inning, John Curley threw out a runner stealing 2nd with a runner on 3rd with a bullet of a throw that sailed high. Danny leapt to grab the throw and tagged the runner out on top of his helmet before he landed. Why the kid didn't slide is beyond me, but it was a fun play to watch.
The runner stayed on third, and 2 pitches later, a curve ball in the dirt got past John. He hustled to the backstop and threw the kid out at the plate with Christian covering, almost like he drew it up that way.
Christian and Dan Richards had hits in the 4th and 5th, but the score stayed tied, and the rest of the game is covered above.
The Spartans ended their season with a very solid 13-9 record and a season that can't be described as anything but successful. The kids played well, they played happy, and they played together as a team. Many thanks to Coach DiFranco and all of his assistant coaches for making this a fun and memorable season.