WILLIAMSTOWN — The sound of bells was unmistakable Sunday afternoon.
It is tradition that the bells above Lasell Gymnasium are rung when Williams clinches a Little Three championship. They were heard loud and clear when Williams clinched the softball title with a 6-3 win over Amherst.
Trailing 3-2 after two innings, Williams erupted for three runs in the third, chasing Amherst starter Jackie Buechler. With runners on first and second Melissa Cendejas singled to center, but an error by Amherst center fielder Brianna Cook allowed two runs to score. Cendejas scored on a sacrifice fly by Brenna Martinez.
Brooke Bovier, who gave up one earned run on six hits, pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. Then in the seventh, Sammy Salustri worked a one-out walk and took second on a wild pitch. Bovier got Cook to ground out and struck out Alena Marovitz looking to end the game.
Williams freshman standout Mackenzie Murphy hit a leadoff home run in the fifth inning.
The Ephs may own the Little Three, but still have work to do if they want to clinch their third consecutive NESCAC West Division title.
Williams has three conference games left, hosting Middlebury Friday for one and Saturday for two. Amherst has a home-and-home with Wesleyan. The Cardinals travel to Amherst on Friday and host a doubleheader Saturday. Amherst also has a suspended game with Middlebury to finish. The Panthers led 9-6 after five innings, when the game was suspended by darkness.
Should Williams sweep three this weekend, it would claim the West, no matter what Amherst does.
BRUNSWICK, MAINE >> It was a lost weekend in Maine for the Williams baseball team, as host Bowdoin completed a three-game sweep on Sunday.
A four-run fourth inning helped give the Polar Bears (18-10) and 4-3 win over the Ephs (9-17), taking all three weekend games.
Colby Joncas ripped a two-run double inside the bag at third to key the four-run inning. Williams made it 4-3 with two unearned runs, one scoring on Jackson Parese's single.
In the ninth, Jack Cloud hit a one-out single, took second on a wild pitch and went to third on Doug Schaeffer's single. But Kellen Hathaway grounded into a game-ending double play.
NORTH ADAMS >> Two runs in 14 innings isn't going to get it done on the baseball field. That's what happened to MCLA Sunday afternoon, as they scored only two runs on 11 hits in dropping a doubleheader to Bridgewater State.
Liam Nolan was a hard-luck loser in the opener. The former Taconic standout went the distance and gave up an unearned run on just five hits. But he was trumped by Bridgewater's David Holmes, who scattered four hits and threw a complete-game shutout.
Myles Candelet drove in the first run of the nightcap, giving MCLA a 1-0 lead after one inning. The visitors responded by scoring six runs over the next three innings.
Ryan Feeney drove in three runs for Bridgewater (12-15), helping Shane Surette get the win. Surette gave up two runs on seven hits. Todd Hunt took the loss for MCLA (4-20).
NORTH ADAMS >> It was a rough day for the Trailblazers (11-17), as they dropped two to visiting Bridgewater (19-13). MCLA lost the opener 5-1 and the nightcap 8-0.
Cassidy Morrow's two-run single in the top of the seventh keyed a three-run inning as the visiting Bears broke open a 2-1 game.
MCLA starter Rachel Quackenbush gave up five runs, two earned, on 12 hits. Kelly McCarthy held MCLA to five hits and an unearned run.
McCarthy also pitched the nightcap for Bridgewater, and tossed a four-hit shutout.
The Bears broke open a scoreless game with seven runs on eight hits in the top of the fourth inning. Tara McCann's two-run single was the key hit of the inning.
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SPRINGFIELD >> Visiting Williams scored five goals in an eight-minute span of the second half and went on to score a decisive 18-6 win over Western New England.
Emma Tenbarge scored four goals for Williams (5-9), while Jenna Chodos and Kailie Saudek each had hat tricks. Brooke Kumnick had two goals and an assist for WNE (10-6).
Williams outshot Western New England 32-8.
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WILLIAMSTOWN >> Trinity claimed the championship of the Williams Invitational Sunday, shooting a two-day total of 613. Middlebury was second, a shot back while the Ephs were third at 621, eight strokes behind.
Trinity's Jack Junge was medalist, shooting a two-day total of 3-over-par 145. He was medalist Sunday with a scorching 3-under 68 at the Taconic Golf Club. It was the only sub-par round in the whole tourney.
Williams' Tyler Tsay, Ross Hoffman and Max Elgart all shot 156, and were part of a five-way tie for sixth.
LEWISTON, MAINE >> It was a nice weekend for the Williams tennis teams in Maine as they swept Bates. The men won 8-1 and the women won 9-0.
The Williams men (11-3, 4-2 in NESCAC) came into the match ranked ninth in the country and quickly took three doubles points from No. 24 Bates (6-9, 2-5). The Ephs then won five of six singles matches.
The lone loss came at No. 1, where Bates' Ben Rosen beat Jose Raventos 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-6. Four of five Williams singles wins were in straight sets. The Ephs' Brian Grodecki needed three sets at No. 2 to beat Chris Ellis 5-6, 4-6, 10-8.
In the women's match, second-ranked Williams (14-3, 5-1)won all three doubles points and swept the six singles matches against Bates (4-13, 1-6) in straight sets.
In doubles, only Julia Cancio and Hannah Atkinson lost more than one game for Williams. They beat Bates' Elizabeth Erbafina and Bella Stone 8-5.