Berkshire Eagle Staff
WESTFIELD -- For four innings, Pittsfield was giving top-seeded Westfield all it could handle on the softball diamond.
Things came apart for the Generals in the fifth as the Bombers scored four runs on three hits en route to a 6-2 win in a Western Massachusetts Division I quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon.
Pittsfield coach Greg Marchbanks said that despite the loss, the Generals (14-8) had much to be proud of.
"We’re a team that is new, younger. We had three seniors," he said. "We were able to win the North [Division], the city championship and get to the quarterfinals again."
Pittsfield shortstop Allie Hunt led the way offensively, going 2 for 3 and she drove in Pittsfield’s runs in the first and third innings. She had two of her team’s five hits.
What did PHS in, however, was its defense. The Generals committed five errors in the game, and two of the six runs given up by pitcher Emily Koldys were unearned.
"I don’t know if it was the 20-0 team that tightened them up. We didn’t make the routine play," said Marchbanks.
Koldys scattered four hits and two walks, striking out three. Maddy Atkocaitis had two of those four hits, including a double.
Sarah McNerney struck out six and got the win.
In a game at East Longmeadow, 10th-seeded Taconic dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 7 East Long meadow. No other information was available on this game at press time.
Pittsfield 101 000 0 -- 2 5 5
Westfield 101 040 x -- 6 4 1
Emily Koldys and Aoife Nester. Sarah McInerney and Kaitlyn Puza. W--McInerney. L--Koldys. 2B--P 1 (Allie Hunt). W 3 (Maddy Atkocaitis, Jessie Pratt). 3B--W 1 (Puza).
Gateway 4, McCann 0
HUNTINGTON -- McCann’s let a golden opportunity get away in the fifth inning, leaving the bases loaded after clawing back to within two runs, in a rain-delayed loss to Gateway.
After what coach Pat Ryan called one of his team’s worst starts this season -- an error in the second inning led to two crucial runs -- the rains came with the Hornets trailing 3-0 on Friday, pushing back the finish to Saturday.
"The rain delayed helped us," Ryan said. "We came clawing back but a few mental errors hurt us."
With one out in the fifth and trailing 4-0, the Hornets loaded the bases. They scored one run on an error on a ball hit by Joe Dwozdz. Sean Davis popped out for the second out before Charlie Bohl’s singled plated a second run, However, Dylan Carr struck out to end the uprising.
"It was a perfect opportunity with our two, three and four hitters up," Ryan said.
The Hornets also got two runners on in the seventh but couldn’t get them across the plate as the Hornets season ended. McCann finished 11-10.
McCann 000 020 -- 2 7 2
Gateway 121 000 x -- 4 5 2
Sean Davis and Charlie Bohl; Turban and Edinger. W -- Turban. L - Edinger. 2b -- M (1) Dalton Nicklaus. G (2) Edinger, Dowers.