Alexis Bushika's no-hitter leads Hoosac Valley past Renaissance
SPRINGFIELD -- Alexis Bushika had yet to pick up a win for her new team in the first half of the season. If her first start of the second half is a sign of things to come, watch out.
The Hoosac Valley softball pitcher threw a no-hitter against Renaissance for her first win, a 14-0 decision on Thursday.
"She was just really having a great day today," coach Morgan Shafer said. "Her fastball was working good and her drop."
Bushika struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced and issued just one walk. At the plate, she was 3 for 4, including a triple, for four RBI. Tori Rumbolt and Kassy Kazimierczak were also a threat with the bat. Rumbolt was just 1 for 2, but her lone hit was a triple. She also earned a pair of walks and had an RBI. Kazimierczak was also 1 for 2, but had a three-run home run. She was also walked twice.
Hoosac 14, Renaissance 0 (5 inn.)
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HV: Alexis Bushika and Tanelle Ciempa; Kelsey M. and Stephanie G.
3B: HV 2 (Tori Rumbolt, Alexis Bushika). HR: HV 1 (Kassy Kazimierczak).
Lenox 12, Putnam 11
LENOX -- Deli Gilbert stole home on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Lenox a thrilling 12-11 win over Putnam.
"It was a wild one," said Millionaire coach Mike Gardino. "We won it with some heads-up baserunning."
The Millionaires (2-8) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after an inning. Nicole Blair's two-run single and Amie Bessette's one-run single were the big hits.
But the Beavers (3-6) came back with a five-run third. Lenox took an 8-5 lead, but Putnam's Gabriella Rodriguez cracked a grand slam home run to put the visitors on top, 9-8.
The Millionaires rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth, and that's where things stayed until the top of the eighth. Putnam plated two runs to take an 11-9 lead.
"They scored a couple runs on errors, and in the bottom of the eighth, we decided we had to get those runs back," said Gardino.
Lenox loaded the bases, and Kristin Read hit a big two-run single to tie the game. That set the scene for Gilbert's heroics. Makayla White went the distance for the win, striking out seven and walking six.
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Kiaranisha Ortiz and Beth Barrios; Makalya White and Autumn Ciepiela. W -- White L --Ortiz HR -- Putnam 1 (Rodriguez).
Lee 13, Greylock 6
LEE -- Megan Gaul scored eight goals, including four straight toward the end of the first half and start of the second to lead the Wildcats past the Mounties.
Lee led 10-2 at halftime. Annie Flynn scored three of her four goals after the break but it wasn't enough against the Wildcats' potent attack. Gaul and Moriah McKenna combined for 16 points in the win.
"They have a good chemistry," said Lee coach Dave Galisa. "They've gotten to the point where they know where each other is. It definitely helps each other out. We had five different people scoring, which is nice."
Wahconah 11, Hoosac 7
NORTH ADAMS -- Wahconah broke a 4-4 tie in the second half with seven straight goals to earn the program's first varsity win.
Sam Kasala finished with four goals to lead the Warriors while Lane Chiaretta had two.
"It felt good [to get the win]," said Warriors coach Kathy Budaj. "I called a timeout [when it was 4-4] and just said to the girls you've got to want it. I told them you're here to play, you're here to win. Let's do it."
Wahconah led 4-1 at halftime but three straight goals from Hoosac Valley tied the game. That set up the Warriors' big run.
Emily LeSure had five goals for the Hurricanes while Molly O'Dowd scored twice in the loss.
Monument boys 4, Pittsfield 1
PITTSFIELD -- Monument swept both doubles points to pull out the victory.
Graham Hagenah, Cam Powell, Ian Akers and Curt Rathbun combined to give the Spartans the doubles victories. Satchel Fisher and Kevin Li also had wins for Monument in singles. Connor Dempsey had the Generals' only win at first singles.
Singles -- 1. Satchel Fisher (M) def. Tom Cimini, 6-3, 6-4; 2. Kevin Li (M) def. Brendan Hamel, 6-4, 6-2; 3. Connor Dempsey (P) def. John Humas, 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles -- 1. Graham Hagenah/Cam Powell (M) def. Matt Nesti/Garrett Dempsey, 7-6 (7), 6-3; 2. Ian Akers/Curt Rathbun (M) def. Antonio Penna/Peter Desrosiers 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 tiebreak.
Lenox boys 4, Lee 1
LENOX -- At the Community Center, Lee's Tanner DeVarennes beat Avi Sternberg in straight sets at No. 1 singles. That was the only victory the visiting Wildcats could muster.
The match of the day came at No. 3 singles where Lenox's Dan Palmer dropped the second set against Matt Kelley before coming back to take a 6-2, 1-6, 7-2 (tiebreaker) win.
Singles -- 1. Tanner DeVarennes (Lee) def. Ari Sternber 6-1, 6-3. 2. Andrew Vickery (Len) def. Andy Consolati 6-3, 6-1. 3. Dan Palmer (Len) def. Matt Kelley 6-2, 1-6, 7-2.
Doubles -- 1. Connor O'Brien/Isaac Gotterer (Len) def. Joe Winston/Stone Burdick 6-3, 6-2. 2. Jasper Nash/Liam Gennari (Len) def. Chris Cuevas/Zach Kelley 6-2, 6-0.
Lenox girls 4, Lee 1
LENOX -- The Millionaires swept the singles, dropping just one match at second doubles to earn the win.
Both Emily Ellis and Kelly Babich surrendered just three games in wins at the top two singles slots. Eileen Dooley and Ashley Kelly combined for Lee's only win.
Singles -- 1. Emily Ellis (Len) def. Emma Forget, 6-1, 6-2; 2. Kelly Babich (Len) def. Caitlyn Briggs, 6-2, 6-1; 3. Alex Adams (Len) def. Isley Gagnon, 7-5, 7-5.
Doubles -- 1. Rachel Cogswell/Nicole Babich (Len.) def. Sara Fitzhugh/Julie LePrevost, 6-3, 6-1; 2. Eileen Dooley/Ashley Kelly (Lee) def. Cami Smachetti/Alex Troubilex, 6-3, 6-2.
Lee 13, Berlin (N.Y.) 3
LEE -- Sophomore right-hander J.T. Brown tossed a complete-game, five-hitter and the Wildcat offense erupted for a season-high 15 hits.
"He didn't walk a lot of guys," Lee coach Chip Cummings said of Brown. "He had a good off-speed pitch to compliment his fastball."
Brown walked four and struck out nine.
The Wildcats never trailed in the game, scoring three runs in the first inning. They led only 4-3 when they scored five in the home fourth.
Jake Middleton went 3 for 3 with three runs batted in to lead Lee. Kenny Retzel was 2 for 4 with three RBI and Heamon Williams added three hits.
The Wildcats (4-8) need one win in their last three Division III games to qualify for the Western Massachusetts tournament. They'll be on the road at Gateway on Tuesday and will play road tilts at Mount Everett and St. Joseph's.
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Phil Bruns and John Schatz. J.T. Brown and Heamon Williams. W -- Brown. L -- Bruns. 2B -- Lee 1 (Jake Middleton). 3B -- Lee 2 (Nate Buratto, Williams).
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