PITTSFIELD — The Monument Mountain baseball team came into this week needing to win three of four games to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament. The Spartans took their first step on Monday.
Joe Aberdale belted a three-run triple in the fifth inning to cap off a big frame for the Spartans, who went on to beat host Pittsfield 9-5. Monument (8-9, 2-5 in the North) now needs to win two out of its remaining three games to get back to the tournament. Pittsfield (10-7, 4-4) had its four-game winning streak come to an end.
"They definitely came ready to play," Pittsfield coach Seamus Morrison said of the Spartans. "We didn't bring the same energy we brought last week, that's for sure."
Last week, Pittsfield scored a 6-0 win at Great Barrington.
Jared Henry, who threw four innings of relief, picked up the win for Monument.
Branden Perry (2), Jared Henry (4), Nate Cormier (1) and Dominic DeFelice (2), Perry (5). Isaiah Provencher (5), Shane McMahon 92) and Austin Houghtaling. W—Henry. L—Provencher. 2B—P 4 (Houghtaling 2, Simon Nassif, Jordan Nassif). 3B—MM 2 (Cormier, Joe Aberdale), P (Sam Fick).
TACONIC 14, MOUNT GREYLOCK 1
PITTSFIELD >> In a preview of Friday's Berkshire Classic "de facto county championship game," host Taconic (16-2) put a hurting on Mount Greylock (10-8).
The Mounties have now lost three of their last four, but all to Division I opponents. They have been outscored 39-5 in those losses.
On Monday, it was left-hander Jake McNeice who kept the Greylock bats quiet. He pitched six shutout innings, and held the Mounties to six hits.
"He hit his spots and we played pretty well behind him," said Taconic coach Kevin Stannard, who added that his team's earned-run average is a nifty 1.065.
Brett Murphy had the big bat for Taconic, going 3 for 4 with five RBI.
Adam Hall (4), Nick Rondeau (2) and Hunter Abriel. Jake McNeice (6), Jake Flynn (1) and Brett Murphy. W—McNeice. L—Hall. 2B—T (Murphy 2).
HOOSAC VALLEY 5, DRURY 0
CHESHIRE >> Noah Matrigali threw a four-hit shutout as Hoosac Valley (12-6) swept the season series with its North Berkshire rival.
"I don't think he had his best stuff, but he kept them off balance," Hoosac coach Mike Larabee said of his pitcher. "He pitched ahead in the count the whole game."
Matrigali walked one and struck out five. He threw 84 pitches in the game. Matrigali did pitch out of a first-inning jam when Logan Rumbolt led off with a triple, but was stranded on third base.
Offensively, Matt Koperniak led the way for Hoosac, going 3 for 3 with a triple and three runs batted in.
Kody Crosier and Dylan Toomey. Noah Matrigali and Jake Swistak. W—Matrigali. L—Crosier. 2B—H (Jack Sniezek). 3B—D (Logan Rumbolt), H (Matt Koperniak).
MCCANN TECH 15, PVCS 2
NORTH ADAMS >> McCann Tech remained in sole possession of first place in the Tri-County League with a dominating win over Pioneer Valley Christian.
Nick Lillie pitched a complete game for the Hornets (14-4, 12-2 Tri-County), striking out eight and walking one while allowing six hits and one earned run.
Mike Ferrara, Colin Racette and Cam Anderson each contributed two hits and two RBI for McCann Tech.
"It was a 0-0 game after two and in the third we ended up scoring five," McCann coach Pat Ryan said. "Up to the third inning, I wasn't too happy, but I'm happy with the outcome. We started off too slow and picked it up a notch."
David Buell (5), Sam Gobeille (1). Nick Lillie and Charlie Bohl. W — Lillie. L — Buell. 2B — P 1 (Caleb Connor), M 1 (Cam Anderson).
LENOX 18, ST. JOSEPH 1
LENOX >> At War Memorial Field, eighth grader Nick Nicotra was the beneficiary of a 18-run, 17-hit offensive attack to get the win.
"He was throwing strikes," Lenox coach Kevin Downer "working the corners, inside and out."
The Lenox pitcher struck out four, walked two and gave up three hits.
Offensively, Luke Murphy was a home run from hitting for the cycle, getting a single, double and triple to go with three RBI. Mike Downer had two hits, including a triple, and a game-high four RBI.
Robert Paterson (2 1/3), Brent Arseneau (1 2/3) and Cam Winters. Nick Nicotra and Mike Downer (2) Mike Hurley (3). W—Nicotra. L—Paterson. 2B—L 4 (Noah Hunter 2, Luke Murphy, Nicotra). 3B—L 3 (Murphy, Mike Downer, Mike Hurley).
MOUNT EVERETT 7, LEE 4
LEE >> Anthony Consolini went 3 for 5 with two RBI for Mount Everett in its win over Lee.
The Eagles (7-11, 4-6 Berkshire South) trailed 4-2, but bounced back for the three-run victory.
Lee is now 1-14 overall and 1-7 in the league.
MOHAWK 8, WAHCONAH 0
SHELBURNE FALLS >> Mohawk led 1-0 on May 6, when rains forced suspension of the game. But when the Warriors returned to play four innings, the home team outscored Wahconah (10-7) by a 7-0 margin.
"You're playing a four-inning game. It's tough to pull out of it," said Wahconah coach Rob Cowdrey.
Will Genaway had started the original game, but since he pitched Saturday, Austin Cancilla finished up.
Will Genaway (3), Austin Cancilla (3) and Matt Schneider. Seaver and Diamond. W—Seaver. L—Genaway. 2B—W (Shane Sinopoli), M 2 (Hollenbeck, Dupree).
PITTSFIELD 14, TACONIC 3
PITTSFIELD >> Under the lights at the Doyle Complex, things started well for host Taconic (8-9, 3-5 in the North), as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-2 lead on crosstown rival Pittsfield (17-1, 7-0). Unfortunately for the Braves, while Pittsfield scored 12 runs, they scored none.
"We had a lot of 1-2-3 pitch at-bats. [Emily Koldys] is a good pitcher, but as a team, we have to swing at better pitches and work the count," said Taconic coach Kevin Harrington.
Koldys helped her cause with a big two-run triple in Pittsfield's nine-run sixth inning. Koldys hit a pair of triples and drove in a game-high four runs.
In the circle, she gave up one earned run on five hits, She walked four and struck out five.
Pittsfield's Allie Hunt was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle.
Emily Koldys and Hayley Tobin. Ashley Keegan and Kailey Bell. W—Koldys. L—Keegan. 2B—P 2 (Allie Hunt, Tobin), T (Keegan). 3B—P 3 (Koldys 2, Hunt).
WAHCONAH 10, LEE 1
DALTON >> Under the lights at Pinegrove Park, host Wahconah (12-5) started slowly, but erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning.
Lee starter Kendra Williams had a no-hitter through four, but Wahconah's Chloe Warren got the first of her two hits in the fifth. That started an avalanche of runs, as the Warriors scored seven runs on three hits, and error and three walks.
"I was really proud of that response, that's for sure," said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher, whose team dropped a 12-3 decision to Mount Everett on Saturday night.
Emma Parkington continued her hot hitting for Wahconah with two hits and three RBI. Amy Goss had two hits for Lee.
It was a rough Saturday night for Wahconah. The Warriors led Mount Everett 3-2 after four innings, but the Eagles scored eight runs on four hits and six Wahconah errors.
"Playing a D-II team helps us in the Walker system," said Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier. "It's a very big win for the girls."
Kendra Williams and Shannon Finnegan. Allie Borowsky and Jess Warren. W—Borowsky. L—Williams. 2B—W (Kayla Kowalczyk).
Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. Alllie Borowsky and Jess Warren. W—C. DeGrenier. L—Borowsky. 2B—ME 2 (Kirsten Cutlip, Devan Galli). 3B—ME (Gwendolyn Carpenter), W (Juli McBain).
MOUNT GREYLOCK 17, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 2
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Elena Cerveria scored three runs for Mount Greylock in its victory over Monument Mountain.
Carly Munzer was 3 for 3 with two RBI for the Mounties (7-9). Lizzy Troiano hit a home run for Monument (4-9).
Mount Greylock has two games remaining and must win each for a berth in the Western Mass. tournament. The Mounties play Wahconah today and Hoosac Valley on Friday.
"We're looking forward to getting back at it [today]," Mount Greylock coach June Blake said.
Alexa Troiano and Lizzy Troiano. Fiona Kelley and Olivia DiNicola. W — Kelley. L — A. Troiano. 2B — MM 1 (A. Troaino), MG 1 (Elena Cerveira). HR — MM 1 (L. Troiano).
MCCANN TECH 23, SMITH ACADEMY 7
NORTH ADAMS >> The Hornets (7-9, 6-4) kept their Western Mass. tournament hopes alive with the win over the Falcons.
McCann is a game behind second-place Pope Francis in the Bi-County West.