Big ninth inning lifts Greylock baseball to its sixth straight win, 8-3 over Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD -- For the second time in as many games, the Mount Greylock baseball team needed to play comeback baseball. This time, the Mounties needed extra innings to complete the comeback.
Andrew Leitch's RBI single in the top of the sixth inning tied the game and the Mounties scored five runs on three hits and an error in the top of the ninth to beat Pittsfield 8-3 Wednesday afternoon at Clapp Park. Ben Coleman retired all eight Pittsfield batters he faced in relief of Robbie Buffis.
"It shows that we have a lot of heart. It's what we want to show teams," said Leitch, who also drove in one of the ninth-inning runs with an infield single. "We have to keep it going. We have to keep the intensity going."
It is Greylock's sixth straight win.
It was a day that started well for the Generals, but ended up with two losses. Not only did PHS lose on the scoreboard, but it also lost center fielder Connor Murphy to a leg injury when he unsuccessfully tried to score from third base.
Murphy was taken off the field by a gurney and an ambulance took him to Berkshire Medical Center.
"It's too bad to lose a game when you pitch so well," Pittsfield coach Bob Moynihan said. "In the last three games we played, we made only two errors and they were meaningless. Today, we made key errors. We made some mistakes that gave them some runs."
It was a real pitchers' duel for much of the game. Buffis and Pittsfield's Joey Gratton were matching each other pitch for pitch. Through seven innings, Greylock had three runs on four hits and Pittsfield had three runs on five hits.
Pittsfield had a chance to win the game in regulation. Murphy led off the sixth with a double to the fence in right-center and took third on an infield single by Dom Traversa. The next hitter was Anthony Jones and he hit a grounder to short. Eric Leitch looked Murphy back, but the PHS runner broke on the throw to first. Greylock first baseman Ben Alley fired home, catcher Nick DiSanti blocked the plate and Murphy was out to end the inning. That's when Murphy was injured.
PHS threatened in the seventh as Buffis walked two hitters to start the frame, which brought Ben Coleman out of the bullpen. The lefty retired the side in the seventh and set the side down in order in the next two innings.
"I just want to throw strikes, one batter at a time and one pitch at a time," said Coleman, who threw first-pitch strikes to six of the eight hitters he faced. "Its a huge win. We've been down a lot and it's great to come back."
Gratton ran out of steam in the ninth. He gave up two hits and two walks, including one with the bases loaded. He left the game having let three runs score. Reliever Bobby New couldn't keep the other two -- both charged to Gratton -- from scoring, and those five runs were too much for PHS.
Greylock 000 021 005--8 8 1
Pittsfield 020 001 000--3 5 3
Robbie Buffis (6 1/3), Ben Coleman (2 2/3) and Nick DiSanti. Joe Gratton (8 2/3), Bobby New (1/3) and Dom Traversa. WP--Coleman. LP--Gratton. 2B--MG (Ben Alley). P 2 (New, Connor Murphy).
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