PITTSFIELD — For the second time this week, the Pittsfield softball team defeated North Division foe Wahconah. This time, the Generals used their pitching and defense to earn a 4-0 win at home on Thursday.
Pitcher Emily Koldys led the way for Pittsfield, allowing only two hits while striking out three and walking two.
Two days after needing a Hayley Tobin RBI single in the ninth inning to defeat the Warriors, the Generals (12-1, 5-0 Berkshire North) did all their damage in the fourth inning.
Allie Hunt started the inning with a double into left field. Tobin followed with a single and Koldys started the scoring with a two-RBI single. Toni Satrape drove in pinch-runner Natasha Shade with a single, and Bella Aitken capped the rally with an RBI infield single. Hunt led Pittsfield with three hits. Tobin and Aitken had two hits each.
Aitken said it took time to gage Wahconah pitcher Allie Borowsky's spin pitching style, but once the team found its rhythm, the hits came in bunches.
"Last year [Borowsky] was kind of iffy, we didn't know what she was throwing at first. But this year she moves the ball way more," Aitken said. "You have to sit back. The change-up is good, but you've just got to wait back."
In the first meeting the teams combined for 23 hits and five errors. On Thursday, both teams committed one error, but indecisive play by Wahconah allowed Pittsfield runners to take extra bases at times.
"I thought we would make better contact [on offense], but at the end of the day our calling card is our defense," Wahconah (9-4, 4-2) coach Dustin Belcher said. "We were sloppy in the [fourth] inning. ... You don't come here hoping to get five or six runs. You're going to have to scratch out one or two runs and play great defense to scratch out a win."
Wahconah had only one runner reach scoring position after the first inning. Ashley Zink got Wahconah's first hit of the game in the third and stole second, but she was stranded after two straight outs. Pittsfield coach Greg Marchbanks said Koldys' ability to make adjustments allowed her to limit Wahconah two days after the Generals surrendered the most runs in a game since the first contest of the season.
"When she missed today she missed down [in the strikezone], she didn't miss up," Marchbanks said. "When she gets it down they have to try and hit that low pitch. Outside, inside, it doesn't matter. If it's at the knees that's a tough pitch to hit for anybody."
Monday's game was the first time Pittsfield really needed to rally and come from behind for a victory. The Generals have a seven run average margin of victory, but two close wins against a quality opponent can benefit them as the regular season winds down.
"They know that they should never give up," Marchbanks said. "When you're down or it's tied, they know they're going to score. When we're playing defense like we are and Emily is hitting her spots, people aren't going to square her up."
Allie Borowsky and Jess Warren. Emily Koldys and Hayley Tobin. W — Koldys. L — Borowsky. 2B — P 1 (Hunt).
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