AMHERST -- Top-seeded Mount Everett won't get the opportunity to repeat as Western Mass. Division III champion, as the Eagles lost 3-0 to Pathfinder in the semifinals Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts.
The upset loss ends the amazing career of pitcher Alicia Bazonski, who suffered a rare loss. Bazonski put up a 42-3 record over the past two seasons, but one of those came a game short of the Western Mass. title game.
"She's been a rock for us for five years," said Mount Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier. "She's had a fantastic career and led us to a Western Mass. championship. She's on to bigger and better things now."
Bazonski is headed to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she will play Division I softball.
Pathfinder got on the scoreboard quickly, getting a leadoff triple and single in the first inning. The other two runs scored on a wild pitch and a delayed steal.
The Eagles had several chances against Pathfinder starter Jenna Maska, leaving Bazonski stranded at third after she hit a triple and also failing to cash in with runners on second and third in another inning.
"I didn't expect to lose," admitted DeGrenier. "But the way the game started, it just didn't feel good. We didn't have any timely hits and it seemed when we hit it hard, we hit it right at people."