Berkshire Eagle Staff

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- It was a tough day for the MCLA baseball team, losers of a hard-fought doubleheader.

In the opener, SUNY-Canton beat the Trailblazers 1-0. Cody Weaver tossed a five-hitter and struck out two. He gave up the run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Trailblazers dropped the nightcap 10-7, as Canton scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning against reliever Nate Alibozek. Tyler Benoit pitched the first five innings and gave up five runs on six hits in five innings. Three runs were earned.

MCLA, now 2-4, scored six runs in the first two innings and appeared to be on their way to a decisive victory. The Canton infield turned a triple play in the third inning, and after that, MCLA was outscored 9-1.

MCLA softball

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- MCLA dropped to 2-6 on its Florida trip after losing to Eastern Nazarene and St. Joseph’s (Maine).

In the 4-0 loss to Eastern Nazarene, MCLA starter Amanda Meczywor gave up only four hits, but the Trailblazers committed five errors in the loss.

Rachel Quackenbush had two of MCLA’S six hits.

Quackenbush stepped into the circle for the 2-1 loss to St. Joseph’s. She gave up four hits and struck out 14.

MCLA broke a scoreless tie in extra innings. Michaela DiNicola’s RBI single plated Darien Sullivan from third.

In the bottom of the inning, St. Joseph’s had a hit and an error to account for the two runs.

MCLA finishes up its Florida trip today.


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MASCAC honors

NORTH ADAMS -- Three MCLA athletes received MASCAC honors for the week ending March 9.

Chase Preite was named the baseball player of the week while his teammate Eamonn Andre was the co-rookie of the week. In softball, Rachel Quackenbush was named the co-player of the week.

Preite hit .467 in a 2-2 start for MCLA. He was 4 for 5 and drove in four runs in a win over Rhode Island College.

Andre threw three shutout innings in the Trailblazers’ come-from-behind win against Becker.

Quackenbush was 2-1 last week, posting a 1.96 earned-run average and striking out 52. She had two shutout wins, beating Rockford and Elms.

Williams track

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Twelve members of the Williams College indoor track and field team will compete this weekend at the NCAA Division III championships at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Todd Ford is the lone Eph from the men’s team to qualify. He earned his way by breaking a 31-year old school record in the mile, running a 4:09 time in the Boston University Valentine’s meet.

Eleven women will compete in seven events. Amina Avril will compete in the weight throw and Brianne Mirecki will run the mile. Both earned All-America honors last year.

Also competing for the Ephs are Jenna Adams in the pole vault, Candice Dyce in the triple jump, along with Kaleigh Kenney and Lacey Serletti in the 3,000.

Kenney and Serletti will also be part of the distance medley relay team with Mirecki and Alyza Ngbokoli. The Williams 4-by-400 ream of Annie Lynce, Diana Mejia, Amanda Murashige and Jessica O’Brian will also compete.

NESCAC honors

HADLEY -- Williams’ Jose Raventos was named the NESCAC men’s tennis player of the week.

The sophomore won his first-ever varsity singles match, coming back from a set down to beat Colgate’s Bobby Alter 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles to break a 3-3 tie and give Williams a 4-3 victory.