ACUSHNET >> The postseason didn't start off so well for the McCann Tech baseball team. Fortunately for the Hornets, there's another tournament starting later this week.
Fourth-seeded McCann dropped a 10-2 decision to top-seed Old Colony in the first round of the Massachusetts State Voc-Tech Small School Tournament on Sunday. The loss did not end the Tri-County League champions' season, as they are one of 11 teams that has qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division IV tournament. The seeding meeting for that tourney is Tuesday.
"We're fortunate that we get to play in the state Voke tournament to prepare us for Western Mass.," said McCann coach Pat Ryan.
The Hornets were behind 5-2 after 4 1/2 innings, when Old Colony broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
"We played them last year. We knew what we were getting into," said Ryan. "They are a good ballclub. They had it all today."
Losing pitcher Robert Matte III, a sophomore, had two of McCann's four hits.
Robert Matte III (5), Mike Ferrara (1) and Charlie Bohl. Nathan Ashburn and Sullivan. W—Ashburn. L—Matte.
High School Track and Field
CENTRAL/WEST DIVISION I MEET
At the Central/West Division I Track and Field Championships at Westfield State University, two Taconic boys reached the podium in their respective events.
David Benle was the top finisher. The senior finished seventh in the 400, clocking in a time of 51.89. He was .05 seconds behind Leominster's John Gove, while Burncoat's Rodney Agyare-May won in 48.56.
Fellow senior David McIntosh finished eighth in the high jump. He cleared 5-8 on his first attempt to seal his place, beating out five other athletes who cleared 5-8 in more jumps.
The Pittsfield girls 4-by-800 team just missed out on a top 8 finish. The Generals came in ninth, running in 10:32.36.
TUFTS LOSES IN D-III LACROSSE
PHILADELPHIA >> The Enchill brothers of Pittsfield did not get a chance to revel in an NCAA Division III championship on Sunday.
Tufts rallied from an eight-goal deficit, but could not tie the contest as Salisbury won the national title with a 14-13 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
The score was tied at 4 when Salisbury scored eight unanswered goals from the second period until midway through the third, making it 12-4. The Jumbos scored seven goals to respond, and when John Uppgren scored with 13:-09 left in the fourth quarter, Tufts trailed 12-11.
But Salisbury responded on a man-up goal by Thomas Cirillo with 11:38 left, and hung on.
A.J. Enchill, a senior for Tufts, did not get on the scoreboard but he did register a shot. Auric Enchill, a sophomore, did not play.