Tuesday May 1, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Liam Nolan scattered eight hits, struck out six and walked one batter as Taconic handed Monument Mountain its first loss of the year, 8-2.

The Braves are now 6-4 and 5-1 in the North. The victory pulled Taconic into a tie with the Spartans, who are now 7-1, and also 5-1 in the division.

"We had a big win over Pittsfield [Saturday], and that gave us a little momentum, I think," said Taconic coach Kevin Stannard. "Liam pitched a great game, and we’re starting to hit better."

Peter Gregory and Ryan Shook cracked RBI singles in the first inning to stake the home side to a 3-0 lead. Monument bounced back with doubles from Alex Hall, Wilson Flower and Garrett Nestor to score two runs to cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the second.

But the Braves came back strong in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs to go back ahead, 5-2. Joe Dewey’s double was the big hit in the inning.

Nolan improved to 4-0 with the win.

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Monument 020 000 0--2 8 2

Taconic 323 000 x--8 8 0

Nick Greenleaf (3), Christian Callahan (2), Jon Obanhein (2) and Alex Hall (3) and Greenleaf (5). Liam Nolan and Brian Bonacquisti. W -- Nolan. L -- Greenleaf. 2B Monument 3 (Hill, Flower, Garrett) Taconic 1 (Dewey).

Lenox 4, Lee 3

LENOX -- Austin Salnitis recorded his fourth consecutive double-digit strikeout game to key this win by the Millionaires.


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"He’s got a great fastball, and a curve that falls off the table," said Lenox coach Kevin Downing of Salnitis, who had 17 strikeouts on Monday night. "Hr started out a little slowly, but he struck out the side in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings."

Salnitis, now 3-0, has struck out 12, 18, 12 and 17 batters in his four starts for Lenox, respectively.

The game seesawed back and forth, with the visitors taking a 1-0 lead on Armani Ingegni’s RBI single in the first inning. Lenox came back with a pair of runs in the second inning on Cam Sibley’s two-run single. Back came Lee with two scores, getting a key hit from Nate Buratto. Lenox scored a pair of runs with the big hit being Sibley’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

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Lee 102 000 0--3 4 1

Lenox 020 002 x--4 7 2

Matt Consolati (6 1/3), Brown and Armani Ingegni. Austin Salnitis (7) and Tom Duffin. W -- Salnitis. L -- Consolati. 3B Lee 1 (Ingegni).

Wahconah 13, Pittsfield 11

PITTSFIELD -- The Warriors, down 11-7 entering the seventh inning, scored six runs, four of them unearned, to stun the Generals at Clapp Park.

"You have to make the plays, you have to make the pitches," said a dispirited Pittsfield coach Bob Moynihan. "Give Wahconah credit. They kept chipping away. But we should not have lost this game."

The Generals had the bases loaded with only one out, but couldn’t push across a run.

The big blow in the seventh for the Warriors was a triple by Lane Grogan that drove in two runs. Grogan then came around to score on an outfield error. Grogan’s score made the tally 12-11, Wahconah. The Warriors then tacked on an insurance run.

Pittsfield had five extra base hits, led by Robitaille’s double and homer.

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Wahconah 211 111 6--13 11 4

Pittsfield 512 201 0--11 15 7

Scott Blanchette (6) Joe Groton (0+) Ryan Grande (1) and Chris Robitaille. Ryan Kasala (6), NA (1) and Grogan. W -- Kasala. L -- Blanchette. 2B--Wahconah (1) Pease. Pittsfield (4) Connor Murphy, Blanchette, Robitaille, Josh Conant. 3B Wahconah 1 (Grogan). HR Pittsfield 1 (Robitaille).

Drury 10, St. Joe’s 2

NORTH ADAMS -- At Joe Wolfe Field, Drury broke open a 2-1 game with eight runs on only two hits in the bottom of the fourth.

The Blue Devils were aided in the inning by three walks, one hit-batter and two costly St. Joseph’s errors. The big hit of the inning was Joel Giorgi’s three-run double down the left-field line.

Drury scored 10 runs on only five hits. The Blue Devils worked six walks and took advantage of two hit-batters and three St. Joe’s errors.

"We’re starting to play good baseball," Drury coach Al Marceau said. "I was very happy with the fact that we’re taking pitches."

Slayter Aubin had a double, triple and an RBI.

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St. Joe’s 000 100 1--2 5 3

Drury 200 800 x--10 5 2

Zach Neary (3 1/3), Pat Latini (2/3), Connor Lein (2) and Trevor Johnston. Robert Jutras (6), Joel Giorgi (1) and Slayter Aubin. W -- Jutras. L -- Neary. 2B -- D 2 (Aubin, Giorgi). 3B -- D 1 (Aubin).

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St. Joseph’s 17, Lenox 0

PITTSFIELD -- Marissa Avanzato and Chanler Hospot combined for a one-hitter in this mercy-rule shortened game.

The Crusaders (7-3), led 5-0 after an inning, 7-0 after two and 9-0 after three.

Hospot had a double and triple for the winners.

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Lenox 000 00--0 1 2

St. Joe’s 522 8x--17 15 0

Marissa Avanzato (3), Chanler Hospot (2) and Hannah Kibbe. Rachael White and Ashley Ciepiela. W -- Avanzato. L -- White 2B--St. Joseph’s 4 (Hospot, Avanzato, Kibbe, Meaghan Tierney). 3B St. Joseph’s 1 (Hospot)

Holyoke Cath. 5, McCann 3

HOLYOKE -- The Hornets’ Erika Ziemba threw a nice game, scattering six singles, striking out eight and walking five. But the Hornets managed only four singles and three runs of their own.

"We’re just having trouble swinging the bats," said Hornet coach Robin Finnegan. "We should be able to score more than three runs."

Olivia Isoldi blasted a home run for the Hornets in the seventh inning.

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McCann 100 100 1--3 4 4

Holyoke 120 101 x--5 6 1

Erika Ziemba and Danielle Gibeau. Logan and Roxo. W -- Logan. L -- Ziemba. HR--McCann 1 (Olivia Isoldi).

Wahconah 12, Mount Greylock 5

DALTON -- The Warriors had a seven-run third inning to improve to 8-4.

"We’re playing a lot better defense," said Warrior coach Dustin Belcher. "And our offense has been starting to come around, too."

Gabby Lavinio smacked a run-scoring double in the third, but Bizzy King’s three-run homer was the big hit. Lavinio also had a homer in the sixth.

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Greylock 200 021 0--5 11 3

Wahconah 407 010 x--12 10 9

Heather Tomkowicz and Caitie Benoit. Becca Grunow and Bree Hereford. W -- Grunow. L -- Tomkowicz. 2B -- Greylock 3 (Holland, Mangiardi, Tomkowicz). Wahconah 1 (Lavinio) HR -- Wahconah 2 (Lavinio, King).

Mount Everett 6, Lee 0

LEE -- Alicia Bazonski struck out 14 batters to present the Eagles with this road win.

Emily Consolati had two hits for Lee.