PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield interim baseball coach Seamus Morrison said he was working with Quinn Matthews before the game on going the other way at the plate. It paid off in a big way Thursday.
Matthews' single to right with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning plated Gabe Coyne and gave Pittsfield (3-3) a 3-2 win over Lenox (5-2) at Clapp Park.
Lenox second baseman Luke Murphy had just made two outstanding plays to get the first two outs of the seventh. After Coyne reached on an error, Shane Tierney singled and then Matthews hit a 2-2 pitch off of Lenox pitcher Mike Hurley to right field, allowing Coyne to score the winning run.
The rally made a winner of Chris Tracy, who gave up two runs — one earned — on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one.
"He's pitched excellent" baseball, said Morrison. "He's had some bad luck. He was very effective."
The Generals were helped out by a triple play in the second inning that Hurley started with a ground ball to second baseman Shane Tierney. The triple play was completed when PHS first baseman Simon Nassif threw to his brother Jordan at third to get John Fontaine, who had made a wide turn at the bag.
Matthews had two of Pittsfield's four hits.
Two outs when winning run scored.
Mike Hurley and Connor Hanson. Chris Tracy and Austin Houghtaling. W—Tracy. L—Hurley.
DRURY 3, LEE 1
LEE >> The host Wildcats held Drury to three hits, but the visiting Blue Devils managed two runs in the third and one in the fourth to beat Lee (0-3).
The Wildcats did have runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Lee coach Frank Murphy said the Blue Devils (6-1) turned a game-ending triple play.
"We just can't give up extra outs," said Murphy, whose team had three errors. "That's what we're trying not to do."
Zach Yeaton went the distance. He gave up five hits and two walks, while striking out six. The lone Lee run was unearned.
Zach Yeaton and Kody Crosier. Patrick Finnegan (4), Devyn Olds (3) and Bryce Whalen. W—Yeaton. L—Finnegan.
WESTFIELD TECH 4, MCCANN TECH 3
WESTFIELD >> McCann Tech scored the first two runs of the game in the first inning, but Westfield Tech put up three in the fourth to go ahead then tacked on the winning run in the fifth to get the decision.
The Hornets (4-4, 3-2 Tri-County) were led by Austin Miller, who went the distance on the mound and struck out six with two walks and five hits. He also had a double and a triple.
"We did come out strong, came out with four hits in the first inning," McCann coach Pat Ryan said. "We beat ourselves defensively. Had a couple opportunities with the at bats, but didn't seem to come through. Our defense wasn't the strongest tonight."
Austin Miller and Logan Tower, Garwacki (4), Clegg (3) and Buiden. W—Garwacki, L—Miller. 2B— MT 3 (Colin Racette, Ryan Meehan, Miller), WT 3 (Clegg, Daniels, Bradley). 3B— MT 1 (Miller).
MOUNT EVERETT 12, NEW LEBANON 5
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. >> Mount Everett jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead and came home with the win that ended the Eagles' three-game losing streak.
The Eagles staked Nick Tomich to the advantage and he ended up with a good six innings on the mound. He gave up one hit and four walks while striking out five. Everett head coach Jesse Carpenter said that Tomich was rocky early but settled in, and so did the team.
"We had two hits in the last three games. Getting some runs calmed [Tomich] down a little bit," said Carpenter.
Cavan Brady was 3 for 4 with four RBI for the Eagles (3-5), while Skylar Snyder was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Nick Tomich (6), Jordan Chretien (2/3), Tim Robitaille (1/3) and Patrick Silk. Matt Barton (4), Zach Seyerlein (3) and Zach Pawlongs. W—Tomich. L—Barton. 2B—ME (Anthony Consolini). NL (Sammy Haaf).
HOOSAC VALLEY 8, WAHCONAH 6
DALTON >> Wahconah loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could not bring home the tying or winning runs.
Pinch-runner Luke Steinman scored from third base when Hoosac pitcher Matt Koperniak walked Will Genaway. But Shane Sinopoli grounded out to end the threat, and the game.
"We're in a bit of a rut right now," Wahconah coach Rob Cowdrey said. "We have to figure something out."
Noah Tarjick got the win on the mound for Hoosac (2-5) and Koperniak picked up the save. Austin Cancilla took the loss for Wahconah (3-4).
Noah Matrigali was 3 for 4 for the Hurricanes and hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Matt Schneider had three hits for Wahconah, two of them were doubles.
Noah Tarjick (5 2/3), Matt Koperniak (1 1/3) and Jake Swistak. Austin Cancilla (3), Will Genaway (4) and Matt Schneider. W—Tarjick. L—Cancilla. S—Koperniak. 2B—W (Schneider 2). HR—H (Noah Matrigali).
High School Softball
PITTSFIELD 10, DRURY 0
NORTH ADAMS >> The Pittsfield softball team hung up three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a win over Drury on Thursday.
The Generals (6-1, 2-0 Berkshire North) got production from all over the lineup, with six batters recording at least one RBI. Hayley Tobin led the way, going 2 for 3 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Allie Hunt went 3 for 3 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Giuliana Pierce got the win, while Maya Howland took the loss for Drury (3-4, 0-3).
Giuliana Pierce and Hayley Tobin, Maya Howland and N/A. W—Pierce, L—Howland. 2B— P 2 (Allie Hunt, Emily Koldys). 3B— P 1 (Erin Murphy). HR— P 1 (Hunt)
WAHCONAH 9, MOUNT GREYLOCK 2
DALTON >> Wahconah (6-2, 3-0 in North Division) used a clutch defensive play to fuel an offensive outburst in its win over Mount Greylock (4-3, 1-3).
With the game tied at one in the top of the third, Mount Greylock was threatening with the bases loaded and one out. Rachel Voller hit a line drive to shortstop Chloe Warren, Warren dove to her left, catching the ball and doubling off the runner at first to end the inning. The Warriors turned the positive momentum into three runs in the bottom half of the inning, capitalizing on two Greylock errors.
Marky LaRochelle and Warren had two hits each. Juli McBain had three hits. Hailey Guest led Greylock with two hits.
Allie Borowsky got the win. She struck out four and walked none.
Fiona Kelley and Olivia DiNicola. Allie Borowsky and Jess Warren. 2B — 2 (Kayla Kowalczyk, Marky LaRochelle).
HOOSAC VALLEY 17, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 3
GREAT BARRINGTON >> Kali Puppolo struck out 10 Monument hitters and Logan Stansfield had four of the 11 hits for the Hurricanes (2-3, 2-0 in South Division).
Puppolo scattered eight hits and one walk.
Abby Jamros was 2 for 4 for Hoosac with a home run. Alexa Troiano took the loss for Monument (2-4, 2-2), but had two hits at the plate. Lizzy Troiano also had two hits for Monument.
MOUNT EVERETT 7, LEE 2
SHEFFIELD >> A four-run fifth inning broke open a close game and led Mount Everett (4-2, 3-0) to a win over Lee (3-5, 1-3).
The Wildcats committed nine errors including three miscues in that fifth inning.
Chandler DeGrenier did the rest. She scattered two runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking one.
The Eagles had nine hits off of Wildcat starter Kendra Williams. Marian DeVoti had three hits and drove in two runs, while Morgan DeGrenier had two hits.
For Lee, Amy Goss had three of her team's six hits and drove in one run.
Kendra Williams and Shannon Finnegan. Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. W—C. DeGrenier. L—Williams. 2B—ME (Morgan DeGrenier).