GREAT BARRINGTON -- One big inning proved to be just enough for the Monument Mountain baseball team Monday afternoon.
The Spartans broke open a back-and-forth game with a seven-run third inning, then sweated out Pittsfield's five-run rally in the sixth before shutting the door on the Generals for a 10-9 win.
T.J. Shumsky drove in three runs, including a two-run triple in the big third inning, for the victors. Bobby Kinne drove in two more, as the top three hitters in the Monument order -- Trevor McFarland, Dominic DeFelice and Kinne -- managed to get on base frequently Monday via hits, walks, fielder's choices and errors.
"They're experienced, and they're the heart and soul of our lineup," Monument coach Tom Hankey said of the three. "It's been fun to watch thus far. Trevor's leading off for the first time, and he's excited about it."
Despite trailing 10-4 after five innings, though, Pittsfield wouldn't go away. Against reliever Christian Callahan, the Generals went almost all the way around the order, scoring five times and getting a big two-run triple to right from leadoff hitter Kevin Donati. Chad Shade singled in a run; Bobby New hit a sacrifice fly to score Shade; and Anthony Jones doubled in two more to end Callahan's outing.
On came DeFelice, who struck out Simon Nassif to end the inning, then retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the Spartan win.
"We talked about keeping composure and not being satisfied," Shumsky, who caught the trio of pitchers, said. "We had a little bit of a lead halfway through the game and kind of rested a little bit. They came back in it. We had to make sure we stayed aggressive."
Monument's offense made things rough for PHS starter Joe Gratton, who gave up eight runs in two-plus innings. Ryan Grande gave up two runs in relief, but settled down after the third, not allowing a runner past first base. He struck out six Spartans.
PHS coach Bob Moynihan said he still expects Grande, who threw 51 pitches in relief, to start Saturday at Cathedral.
"He was frustrated a little bit. It's so hard to get warm," Moynihan said. "Ryan has come on in relief a couple of times in the past, so he's used to it. But I think he's used to coming in in a situation where he's closing the game out instead of throwing from behind.
"He has enough time to rest up. He's got a strong enough arm where he's going to be ready for Saturday."
Monument starter James Allentuck earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits.
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Monument Mountain 10, Pittsfield 9
Pittsfield 022 005 0 -- 9 11 3
Monument 127 000 x -- 10 5 2
Joe Gratton (2+), Ryan Grande (4) and Dominic Traversa. James Allentuck (5), Christian Callahan (2/3), Dominic DeFelice (1 1/3) and T.J. Shumsky. W -- Allentuck. L -- Gratton. 2B -- Pittsfield 1 (Anthony Jones). 3B -- Pittsfield 3 (Kevin Donati, Traversa, Jones), Monument 1 (Shumsky).