PITTSFIELD >> Taconic capitalized on early control problems from Smith Academy starter Kevin Banas, leading to a 10-4 win.
Banas surrendered three walks in the first inning and the Braves used four hits to score five runs. That was more than enough support for starter Izaiya Mestre. He allowed three runs on four hits in five innings, struck out six and walked three. Jake Flynn pitched two scoreless innings to end the game. Ryan Abel led the Braves with two hits, three runs scored and two RBI. Cedric Rose had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Brett Murphy had three RBI.
"Right off the bat we jumped on top, then we pieced together some runs," Taconic coach Kevin Stannard said. "But we lost focus and were flat through the middle part of the game. I didn't think the focus was there for the whole game."
Kevin Banas (4), Chris Serraraic (2) and Mike Hession. Izaiya Mestre (5), Jake Flynn (2) and Brett Murphy. 2B — T 2 (Drew Demartino, Murhpy)
POPE FRANCIS 4, PITTSFIELD 3
SPRINGFIELD >> For the second Saturday in a row, Pittsfield suffered a late-inning loss on an unusual play. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Pope Francis' Cam Griffin singled and then stole second base. Kevin Murphy followed with a walk and the duo advanced on a passed ball, leaving an opening at first base. Pittsfield pitcher Chris Tracy wanted to intentionally walk the next batter Jake Lahey, setting up a force at any base, but Lahey reached out and hit the intentional walk pitch into center field, plating Griffin for the walk-off.
Tracy took the loss, he allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out two. Cam Niemiec earned the win. He did not walk a batter.
Chris Tracy and Austin Houghtaling. Cam Niemiec and Kevin Murphy. 2B — PF 1 (Liam Sears). 3B — PF 1 (Jake Lahey).
MOUNT ANTHONY 10, MOUNT GREYLOCK 5
BENNINGTON, VT. >> Visiting Mount Greylock (4-1) came home from Vermont with its first loss of the year.
The Patriots got to Greylock starter Brodie Altiere for six runs in the second inning, and never trailed.
"They have a good team," Greylock coach Steve Messina said of Mount Anthony. "Brodie walked five guys [in four-plus innings]. He just lost his control. It's unlike him."
Altiere did have two of the Mounties' seven hits.
Brodie Altiere (4+), Brandon Condon (2) and Hunter Abriel. Brodie Farnum (4), Will Shea (3) and James Marsden. W—Farnum. L—Altiere. 2B—MG 3 (Altiere, Condon, Eli Ostheimer).
MOUNT GREYLOCK 7, HOOSAC VALLEY 4, 8 INNINGS
CHESHIRE >> Mount Greylock scored three runs in extra innings, pulling away from Hoosac Valley for the win.
The Mounties took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth on a two-run home run from Rachel Voller. The Hurricanes responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Mouties pitcher Fiona Kelley held firm from there. In the top of the eighth with a runner on first, an error on a possible double play allowed Sam Betti to reach second with two outs. Kayla Ceveira plated Betti for the winning RBI. Grace Dodig followed with a single and Olivia DiNicola cleared the bases with a single.
DiNicola had three hits. Dodig had two. Alyssa Pause had two hits for Hoosac. Kali Puppolo had 12 strikeouts in the losing effort.
Fiona Kelley and Olivia DiNicola. Kali Puppolo and Alyssa Pause. 2B — HV 1 (Jasmine Forrest). 3B — MG 1 (Elena Ceveira). HR — MG 1 (Rachel Voller).
EASTHAMPTON 7, MCCANN TECH 4
EASTHAMPTON >> Two sloppy innings allowed Easthampton to defeat McCann Tech. The Hornets had a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second, but three straight Eagles' hits tied the game at two. After a popout and a strikeout, McCann's Meg Goyette issued a walk and a two-base error plated two. Easthampton scored three more runs in the fourth thanks to three Hornets errors.
"Unfortunately mental errors and defense hurt us today," McCann coach Robin Finnegan said. "Hopefully we can rebound for Monday [against Ware]."
Meg Goyette and Alanza Quinones. S. Therrien and O. Downer. 2B — MT 2 (Taylor Sprague, Michela Malloy). E 1 (S. Slattery).
MOUNT GREYLOCK 19, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 5
GREAT BARRINGTON >> Reilly Parker led Mount Greylock with 11 total points against Monument Mountain. Parker scored seven goals and had four assists, leading the team in both categories. Pat Stories had four goals and four assists. Cal Filson made five saves. Jake Parkinson led Monument with three goals and one assist.
Greylock goals — Reilly Parker 7, Pat Storie 4, Thomas Astle 3, Sean McCormack 3, Zach Armet 1. Greylock assists: Parker 4, Storie 4. Michael Wellspeak 3, Astle 2, Hoby MacWhinnie 1.
Monument goals — Jake Parkinson 3, Connor Parkinson 2. Monument assists — J. Parkinson 1.
Saves — MG: Cal Filson 5. MM: Jonah Swootes 11.
MINISINK VALLEY (N.Y.) 17, PITTSFIELD 10
PITTSFIELD >> After finishing the first quarter tied, Pittsfield was held scoreless in the second as Minisink Valley pulled away for a road win.
"We had a couple big penalties that they scored on," Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken said. "That's where they kind of pulled away a little bit. We kept fighting, we didn't give up, but there were some big penalties."
Sean Baruch had five goals in the loss, while Kevin Quinto and Ryan Jacobee each had a pair. Minisink Valley was led by Luke Hanson with five goals.
Minisink Valley goals — Luke Hanson 5, Carlos Forde 4, Tom Hanlon 2, Jason Owney 2, Dan Free 1, Kyle Maybee 1, Joe Carey 1, Jake Dolson 1. Minisink Valley assists — Forde 2, Dolson 2, Free 1, Hanson 1, Hanlon 1.
Pittsfield goals — Sean Baruch 5, Kevin Quinto 2, Ryan Jacobee 2, Josh Kozlowski 1. Pittsfield assists — Quinto 1, Baruch 1, Mason Papirio 1.
Saves — MV: Nate Walker 8. P: Nikolai Pixley 10.
MOUNT GREYLOCK 18, WEST SPRINGFIELD 6
WEST SPRINGFIELD >> Sarah Stripp scored seven goals and dished out one assist, leading Mount Greylock over West Springfield. Stripp scored five times in the first half, helping the Mounties build a 9-3 lead. Ari Walden and Emma Polumbo had three goals each. Julia Whitney made 10 saves,
Greylock goals — Sarah Stripp 7, Ari Walden 3, Emma Polumbo 3, Caroline Flynn 2, Lauren Alberti 1, Kelsey Orpin 1. Greylock assists — Stripp 1, Flynn 1, Orpin 1.
Saves — MG: Julia Whitney 10.