PITTSFIELD -- Taconic qualified for the Western Mass. baseball tournament in a big way Friday.
With a 14-run second inning -- partially on 12 Sci-Tech errors -- the Braves throttled their opponent 27-0. The game ended in five innings.
"That’s always our goal to start the season, to make Western Mass.," Taconic coach Kevin Stannard said. "The kids are starting to play pretty well, and the nice thing is we finish up with four tough teams to get us ready for the tournament."
One of those "tough teams" was not Sci-Tech.
The Braves end a four-game-in-five-day stretch this weekend, facing Pittsfield today at Clapp Park and heading to Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams to meet Drury on Sunday.
Jordan Barbarotta drove in three runs for the victors (10-5). Myles Candelet, Joe Dewey and Steve Witkowski drove in two runs each, while Peter Gregory was 3 for 3 with an RBI.
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Taconic 5(14)6 2x--27 17 0
Kendrick Santos (2), Justin Torres (2) and Ivan Diaz. Kyle Card and Brian Bonacquisti (2), Jake Carlson (3). W--Card (3-1). L--Santos. 2B--Taconic 2 (Alex Carusotto, Mitch Clary).
Turners Falls 2, Lenox 1
LENOX -- Despite what Kevin Downer said was Austin Salnitis’ best pitching performance of the season, the Millionaires could only push across a first-inning run.
Salnitis -- who struck out 12 batters -- helped his own cause with
"You’ve got to score more than one run to win ball games," Downer said. "You’ve got to give the other pitcher credit. He wasn’t overpowering, but he threw strikes. They played a little better defense than we did, unfortunately."
Turners Falls scored twice in the first inning, with the decisive run scoring on an error.
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Lenox 100 000 0--1 3 1
J.J. Meyer and John Ollari. Austin Salnitis and Tom Dussin. W--Meyer. L--Salnitis (4-2). 2B--Turners Falls 1 (Meyer).
Mount Everett 5, Lee 1
SHEFFIELD -- Dylan Wheeler fired a tidy four-hitter as Mount Everett bounced back from Wednesday’s loss at Mount Greylock.
"He’s a senior, and he’s won a ton of games for us over the last four years," said Eagles coach Jesse Carpenter. "He knows how to pitch. He got a ton of ground balls today, and he bore down when he needed to."
Garrett Torrico, Will Danz and Alex Crane all smacked RBI singles in the first inning for Eagles, who took a 3-0 lead. Armani Ingegni’s RBI triple got Lee its only run on the top of the seventh.
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Everett 300 200 x--5 8 0
Dylan Wheeler and Alex Crane. Jake Simon (3), Consolati (3) and Heamon Williams. W -- Wheeler. L -- Simon. 2B -- Lee 1 (Williams) 3B -- Lee 1 (Armani Ingegni).
Granby 1, McCann 0
GRANBY -- There’s a lot of different ways a baseball game can end, but they way this one did won’t be seen again for quite some time.
With a no-hitter entering the seventh, McCann’s Mike Chappell induced a ground out to begin the inning and struck out the next batter only to have him reach on a dropped third strike. After a hit into the triangle in right put runners on second and third, Chappell struck out the next batter for the second out. He had two strikes on the following batter before the umpire called a balk to allow the game-winning run to score, giving Granby a 1-0 win over the Hornets.
"In all my years of playing and coaching, I’ve never seen a call like that," coach Pat Ryan said. "I felt so bad for Mike Chappell because he wants it so bad. He wants Western Mass."
The Hornets are 8-9 with three games left.
Ryan said in talking with Chappell after the game, Chappell was digging the ball into the glove to give the impression he was going to throw a curveball. The umpire ruled he twitched his glove, and the game was over. Chappell finished with 10 strikeouts, four walks and one run on one hit.
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Granby 000 000 1--1 1 1
Mike Chappell and Nate Gutmann. Gifford and Menard. W -- Gifford. L -- Chappell.