Drury baseball to W. Mass.; PHS girls shut out St. Joe
NORTH ADAMS -- The Drury baseball team has qualified for the Western Mass. tournament.
Tyler Cote answered the call on the mound, getting the Blue Devils a 15-5 win over Hoosac Valley and earning a spot in the postseason.
After Monday's shutout loss to Taconic, Drury (10-4, 6-4) coach Pat Boulger wanted improved effort from his team to avoid dropping two straight for the first time this season.
"Credit to the guys as a whole, but if we're in a rut or a jam, Cote's brought us to the victory," Boulger said. "I could not give enough praise for what he's done for this program. He battled and pitched one heck of a game."
Cote struggled early, allowing three runs through two innings, but Drury's offense picked up the slack and supplied plenty of run supports.
Thaylen Harrison led Drury with four hits. Cote added three hits and Jake Tatro, Tyler Briggs and Logan Rumbolt each had two hits.
Boulger said earning a Western Mass. berth was a goal for his team, but he said they have bigger goals in mind as well.
"We want to be peaking when we hit the tournament," he said. "We have our best run left in us. If we peak at the right time it's anyone's tournament."
Drury 200 226 4 -- 15 15
Hoosac 210 002 0 -- 5 7
Tyler Cote (6), Tyler Briggs (1), and Cody Crosier. Justin Nichols (4), Brandon Tworig (1/3), Joey Buonemani (1 2/3), Ty Clark (1) and Jake Swistak. W -- Cote. L -- Nichols. 2B -- Hoosac 2 (Ryan-Kut, Koperniak). 3B -- Drury 1 (Cote); Hoosac 1 (Koperniak).
Pathfinder 8, McCann Tech 7
NORTH ADAMS -- The Hornets got within a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and had the bases loaded with two out, but a strikeout looking ended the game and left McCann one win short of Western Mass. qualification for another day.
McCann (9-7) took a 4-0 lead after an inning, but Pathfinder answered back with three in the second -- on no hits and all four McCann errors.
"I think they took some wind out of our sails," McCann coach Pat Ryan said. "We were flat for the next four innings. [Joe Gwozdz] just didn't have his stuff today."
Gwozdz was lifted in Pathfinder's five-run fourth inning, after surrendering three consecutive triples and a home run. Regardless, the Hornets drew within a run in the seventh on Austin Miller's RBI sacrifice fly before coming up short with the bases loaded.
McCann is back at home today against Westfield Voc, with Putnam heading to North Adams on Friday.
Pathfinder 030 500 0 -- 8 7 4
McCann 401 100 1 -- 7 9 4
Roman and LeClair. Joe Gwozdz (3 1/3), Austin Miller (2 2/3) and Charlie Bohl. W -- Roman. L -- Gwozdz. 2B -- McCann 1 (Dylan Carr 1). 3B -- Pathfinder 3 (Burke 1, Roman 1, Arroyo 1), McCann 1 (Miller 1). HR -- Pathfinder 1 (LeClair 1).
Monument Mountain 11, Taconic 0
PITTSFIELD -- The Braves are also a win short of Western Mass. qualification, as the Spartans jumped on Taconic pitching in each of the first five innings.
James Allentuck quieted Taconic bats, giving up just three hits in six innings while striking out three. T.J. Shumsky drove in two runs for the victors, and Dominic DeFelice was 3 for 3 with an RBI.
Taconic committed five errors. They'll travel to Lenox today, looking for the win that puts them in the Western Mass. Division I field.
"Lenox is playing fantastic baseball right now," Braves coach Kevin Stannard said. Everyone we've talked to [says] they're playing better. The way we played this week, we've played one good game and two poor games. We don't know what team is going to show up tomorrow."
Monument 114 230 0 -- 11 10 2
Taconic 000 000 0 -- 0 5 5
James Allentuck (6), Dominic DeFelice (1) and T.J. Shumsky. Steve Witkowski (3), Izaiya Mestre (4) and Kevin Squires. W -- Allentuck. L -- Witkowski. 2B -- Monument 4 (Bobby Kinne 2, Shumsky 1, DeFelice 1). 3B -- Monument 1 (DeFelice 1).
Lee 17, Mount Everett 2
SHEFFIELD -- The Wildcats pounced on the Eagles' defensive lapses Tuesday. Mount Everett coach Jesse Carpenter said six of his team's eight errors were committed in the fourth and fifth innings.
"They got a bunch of singles, but we had a lot of walks and a lot of errors," Carpenter said. "The wheels kind of fell off in the fourth and fifth."
Heamon Williams had three hits and three RBI for the Wildcats, who scored three runs in the first, three in the fourth and five in the fifth. J.T. Brown struck out eight to earn the win on the hill.
Lee 301 351 4 -- 17 11 2
Everett 100 010 0 -- 2 7 8
J.T. Brown and Heamon Williams. Nick Tomich (4), Vaughn Collopy (3) and Alec Blume. W -- Brown. L -- Tomich. 2B -- Everett 2 (Bradley Lupiani 1, Jon Ovitt 1). 3B -- Lee 1 (Matt Consolati 1), Everett 1 (Sage Angell 1).
Mount Greylock 17, Mount Anthony 1
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Greylock's offense carried it to a road win.
Jake Benzinger went 3 for 4 with a home run. Ian Brink and Dan Flynn each had two hits and two RBI.
Ian Brink earned the win, scattering four hits and striking out four in five innings.
Greylock 122 306 -- 17 17 2
MAU 001 000 -- 1 4 3
Ian Brink (5), Adam Hall (1), and Nick DiSanti (5), Andrew Rickus (1). Brody Farnum (4), Devin Bapson (2) and Shelby Coon. W -- Brink. L -- Farnum. 2B -- Greylock 2 (Dan Flynn, Jake Benzinger); 3B -- Greylock 1 (Delaney Pudvar); HR -- Greylock 1 (Benzinger).
Softball: Pittsfield 14, St. Joseph 0
PITTSFIELD -- Emily Koldys pitched five innings of no-hit ball, leading her team to a mercy-rule win.
Koldys was one walk away from a perfect game. She struck out nine.
"Emily was on," St. Joe coach Jim Stimpson said. "She was throwing high pitches that my girls couldn't stay off of."
Aoife Nester led Pittsfield with two hits and five RBI. Allie Hunt added three hits and two RBI.
St. Joe committed six errors.
Pittsfield 351 41 -- 14 16 0
St. Joe 000 00 -- 0 0 6
Emily Koldys and Aoife Nester. Julia Murphy and Kasey Sondrini. 3B -- Pittsfield 2 (Hunt, Nester). HR -- Pittsfield 1 (Nester).
Mount Everett 4, Wahconah 2
SHEFFIELD -- Hannah Joyce's RBI single in the sixth inning sealed the win for Everett.
Chandler DeGrenier's sacrifice fly scored Alicia Bazonski, adding a second run in the inning as well. Wahconah got one run back in the seventh, but the Warriors could not complete the comeback.
Bazonski earned the win, scattering three hits and striking out 11.
"Wahconah was very patient at the plate, put the ball in play hard and was very feisty," Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier said.
Wahconah 000 010 1 -- 2 3 2
Everett 001 012 x -- 4 5 2
Allie Borowsky and Bree Herforth. Alicia Bazonski and Morgan DeGrenier. 2B -- Everett 2 (M. DeGrenier, Sam Hoover).
Greylock 9, Hoosac 1
CHESHIRE -- Meredith Dezieck drove in three runs for the victors, who took a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
Six Mounties had at least two hits. Olivia DiNicola drove in two runs in the leadoff spot for Greylock, while pitcher Kendal Frye helped her own cause with an RBI. On the hill, Frye scattered a third-inning run on three hits, striking out four and walking one.
Caroline Tomkowicz took the loss for Hoosac in a complete-game, five-strikeout performance.
Greylock 400 202 1 -- 9 13 1
Hoosac 001 000 0 -- 1 3 5
Kendal Frye and Olivia DiNicola. Caroline Tomkowicz and Alyssa Pause. W -- Frye. L -- Tomkowicz. 2B -- Greylock 1 (Hailey Guest 1). 3B -- Greylock 1 (Meredith Dezieck 1).
Taconic 10, Lenox 2
LENOX -- The Braves rushed out to a 9-0 lead after three innings and held off the Millionaires from there. Carly Decker went four innings, striking out five in the win and walking no one.
Taconic 504 100 0 -- 10
Lenox 000 001 1 -- 2
Carly Decker (4), Ashley Keegan (3) and Kailey Bell (3), Kadie Dickson (4). Anna Lynch (3), Makayla White (4) and Myah House. W -- Decker. L -- Lynch.
McCann Tech 15, Holyoke Catholic 3
NORTH ADAMS -- Sam Dorwin was 3 for 4 with three RBI, and Olivia Esoldi was 1 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Hornets to victory.
Haley Malloy struck out four Holyoke Catholic batters in 5 innings to earn the win, giving up just three hits. McCann's offense helped her out with a nine-run fifth inning.
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