Baseball: Taconic rallies in eighth inning to defeat Central


SPRINGFIELD — It took extra innings, but for the first time in 10 years, the Taconic baseball team won a game at Springfield Central.

Ryan Abel's two-run double in the top of the eighth inning helped key a rally and Iziaya Mestre shut Central down in the home eighth as the Braves (8-1) got away with a 4-1 win. Taconic hadn't played at Central in a decade, according to coach Kevin Stannard.

"It's one thing to play one-run games with [Division I teams in Springfield]," said Stannard. "You want to win them. Today we were fortunate to come out on top."

Mestre went the distance for the Braves. He held the Golden Eagles to six hits and one walk while striking out four. The run was unearned.

In the eighth, pinch hitter Anthony Whiteley led off with a single and stole second. Whiteley went to third on Jack Cooney's ground out. Whiteley stayed at third as Drew DeMartino reached on a fielder's choice.

Abel unsuccessfully tried a squeeze bunt, but as is how it often works out in baseball, he drilled a Mike Acevedo pitch down the left-field line for a two-run double. Abel scored on Brett Murphy's single.



Iziaya Mestre and Brett Murphy. Mike Acevedo (7 2/3), Juan Arango (1/3) and James Rocca. W—Mestre. L—Acevedo. 2B—T (Jake McNeice, Ryan Abel).


LEE >> Jack Milne had a home run pulled away from him by Lee's Alex Donovan Thursday afternoon, but Milne got the last laugh when he drove in a run in the top of the seventh to give the Mounties (6-3, 6-0 Berkshire South) a win.

Lee (0-7, 0-4) tied the game up in the fifth with a three-run inning to come close to its first win of the season, but the Mounties were able to pull the game out and move a game away from clinching at least a share of the Berkshire South crown.



Phil Guest (4), Adam Hall (2), Alex Backiel and Hunter Abriel. Sean McLaughlin (3), Thomas Fraser (4) and Hunter Roosa. W—Backiel, L—Fraser.


CHESHIRE >> Noah Matrigali kept the bats quiet for visiting Lenox (6-3, 3-2). The Hoosac Valley pitcher held the Hurricanes to two hits and two walks. He only struck out one, but the Hurricanes (4-5, 2-1) played flawless defense behind him.

"He was very efficient," Hoosac coach Mike Larabee said. "We made a lot of plays in the field. He pitched to contact. He did a a nice job."

The Hurricanes got 12 hits off of three Lenox pitchers. Matt Koperniak led the way, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Matrigali, John Krol and Jake Swistak all had two hits each for the Hurricanes.



Patrick Colvin (4), Connor Hanson (1 2/3), Tyler Coons (1/3) and Mike Downer. Noah Matrigali and Jake Swistak. W—Matrigali. L—Colvin. 2B—H (John Krol, Matrigali, Swistak). 3B—H (Matt Koperniak).


SPRINGFIELD >> The visiting Hornets (7-4, 6-2 Tri-County) scored at least a run in five of their seven innings to top Commerce.

Robert Matte went the distance on the mound, walking none on two strikeouts to get the win. At the plate, Austin Miller went 3 for 3 with a triple and three RBI, and Charlie Bohl went 2 for 3 with a double and two ribbies.

"We are battling to get back on top for first place," coach Pat Ryan said. "I had anticipated them throwing their No. 1 and No. 2, and they did not. We came out and got a comfortable lead after the fourth.

"We were having fun, the kids came to play today."



Robert Matte and Charlie Bohl. Almancar (1 2/3), Bentancourt (2 1/3), Santiago, Morrison and N/A. W—Matte, L—Almancar. 2B — MT 4 (Charlie Bohl, Mike Ferrara, Ryan Meehan, Nick Lillie), 3B — MT 1 (Austin Miller).


GREAT BARRINGTON >> Dominic DeFelice helped Monument Mountain get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning, stopping the bleeding and preserving the Spartans lead in the win. The Blue Devils scored three runs in the fifth off starter Jared Henry before DeFelice entered in relief. He pitched 2 and one-third scoreless innings, striking out three. Nate Cormier had two hits for Monument. Joe Aberdale had three hits and one RBI.

"We came out firing and we got to their pitcher a little bit," Monument coach Tom Hankey said of his team's four-run first. "Drury is a tough team and we're trying to get better."



Ryan Dubie and Kody Crosier. Jared Henry (4 2/3), Dominic DeFelice (2 1/3) and Branden Perry. W — Henry. L — Dubie. S — DeFelice. 2B — MM 1 (Joe Aberdale). 3B — MM (Defelice).


PITTSFIELD >> Mount Everett capitalized on St. Joseph's mistakes leading it to victory. The Eagles scored three unearned runs on seven Crusaders' errors. Cavan Brady earned the win on the mound, striking out 10 in five innings. He helped himself with three hits as well. Nick Tomich had two hits. Joey Maynard led St. Joe with two hits.


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Cavan Brady (5), Tim Robitaille (1+), Nick Tomich (1) and N/a. Mike Gingras (6), Robert Patterson (1) and Cam Winters. W — Brady. L — Gingras. 2B — ME 1 (Tomich). SJ — Joey Maynard 3B — ME (Brady).


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