DALTON -- Steve Shea took a little bit of pressure off of the Wahconah Regional baseball team.
Shea’s RBI base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Warriors a 5-4, walk-off win over St. Joseph’s on Wednesday afternoon. The win gives Wahconah a 9-9 record, and the Warriors need only one more win to qualify for the Western Mass. Division II tournament.
The Crusaders fell behind 4-3 after five innings but tied the game in the top of the sixth on Jeremy Wich’s RBI double inside the bag at third. That set the stage for Wahconah’s seventh-inning rally.
Sophomore shortstop Ethan Wells reached on a leadoff error, took second on a passed ball and went to third on Anthony Delmolino’s one-out ground ball out. Shea came up and hit the first pitch to left, plating Wells with the winning run.
"I told him to be aggressive," Wahconah coach Jared Shannon said. "He just ripped it."
Shawn Folan pitched the final two innings for the win in relief.
St. Joe’s 101 011 0--4 8 3
Wahconah 200 020 1--5 6 1
Two outs when winning run scored.
Devon Johnston (4), Jeremy Wich (2 2/3) and Trevor Johnston. Ryan Kasala (5), Shawn Folan (2) and Lane Grogan. W -- Folan. L -- Wich. 2B -- SJ 2 (Alex Peaslee, Wich).
Pittsfield 1, Longmeadow 0
LONGMEADOW -- A run in the second inning was the lone run of the game, but the Generals
"They left 12 men on base, and had guys in scoring position in every inning but the third," said General coach Bob Moynihan. "What an incredible game."
Tanner Hanford pitched five innings for the win, but Joe Gratton picked up the save with two more shutout innings.
Chris Robitaille singled and went to second on Ryan Grande’s sacrifice. Kevin Donati reached on an error, putting Robitaille on third.
Donati got caught in a rundown -- and Robitaille scooted home. Donati eventually got back to first base.
"That," said Moynihan of Robitaille’s run, "was a smart piece of baserunning. It worked the way you teach it."
Longmeadow had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh. A Longmeadow batter drilled a shot to deep right field. Grande snagged the ball and fired it to first baseman Johnny Martin, who relayed it to Scott Blanchette at second base. That doubled up the runner on second, who didn’t think Grande would get to the ball and left before he caught it, said Moynihan.
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L’meadow 000 000 0--0 6 1
Tanner Hanford (5), Joe Gratton (2) and Chris Robitaille. Echevarran and Iaye. W -- Hanford L -- Echevarran. Sv --Gratton.
Drury 5, Monument 2
NORTH ADAMS -- A sacrifice fly by Max Quinn scored Joel Giorgi in the bottom of the fifth to snap a 2-2 tie.
"This is the best all-around game we’ve played all year," said Drury coach Al Marceau. "Our seniors stepped up, and Max Quinn pitched a great game. He put us on his back and came up big."
Drury, at 7-8, needs two wins in its final three games to advance to the Western Mass. tournament.
"If we play like this, we’ll be there," said Marceau.
The Spartans scored single runs in the first and second innings. Bobby Kinne scored on a passed ball in the first, Nate Wilber on an error in the seocnd. Drury responded with two in the fourth. Bob Jutras cracked a two-run single for both tallies.
Monument 110 000 0--2 3 1
Drury 000 212 x--5 8 2
Max Quinn and Slayter Aubin. Nick Greenleaf and Aaron Hill. W--Quinn. L--Greenleaf. 2B -- Drury 1 (Joel Giorgi).
Taconic 25, Lenox 0
LENOX -- The Braves scored in every inning in this contest, while Taconic’s Peter Gregory and Kyle Card no-hit the Millionaires.
"Peter Gregory is one of the best pitchers in the county, as far as I’m concerned," said Lenox coach Kevin Downer. "We have a young team, and our kids couldn’t keep up with him."
Brian Bonacquisti was 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI for Taconic.
Taconic 476 35--25 15 0
Lenox 000 00--0 0 5
Peter Gregory (3), Kyle Card (2) and Brian Bonacquisti. Dylan Benham (3), Jim Duffin (2) and Duffin (3) and Greg Sibley (2). W--Gregory. L-- Benham. 2B -- Taconic 5 (Bonacquisti 2, Gregory, Jordan Barbarotta, Myles Candelet).
Lee 10, Hoosac 0
LEE -- The Wildcats got a strong game from pitcher J.T. Brown to knock off the Hurricanes. Brown pitched all seven innings and fired a two-hitter.
"This was a huge win for us," said Lee coach Chip Cummings. "Brown was very good tonight. He went the distance for us. He was a horse."
Lee scored three times in the first inning, with Ken Retzel’s two-run double the big blow. Retzel had a pair of doubles on the day, while Nate Buratto had a triple and a double.
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Lee 303 013 x--10 11 2
J.T. Brown and Heamon Williams. Nichols (3)Braman (2) Kut (1) and Connor Tworig. W -- Brown L -- Nichols. 2B -- Lee 5 (Retzel 2, Armani Ingegni, Buratto, Webb) 3B -- Lee 1 (Buratto).
McCann 17, PVCS 2
SPRINGFIELD -- The Hornets fell behind early, but the entire lineup contributed to a mercy-rule win.
"Right down the whole lineup," coach Pat Ryan said. "Everybody had a big day for us."
Justin Racine, who was recently called up from the junior varsity squad, was a perfect 3 for 3 on the day. T.J. Therrien and Chad Raimer both had three RBI for the Hornets. Sean Davis had two RBI, including an inside-the-park home run in the second inning.
The Hornets will have to win three of their next five to qualify for the postseason.
"We have the countdown going," Ryan said. "The kids know we need three of the five, because that’s all we have left."
McCann 131 912--17 18 0
Pioneer 200 000--2 4 5
Mike Chappell (4) Kyle Crosier (2) and TJ Therrien. Weninger (3), Lugo (1), Begin (2) and Begin (4). W--Chappell. L--Weninger. 2B: Steven Barbeau. HR: Sean Davis.