Friday's baseball/softball: WRHS baseball hangs on

Saturday May 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Three times the Taconic baseball team tried to rally from behind against Wahconah on Friday. Two times, the Braves were successful.

But Taconic left the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Warriors beat the Braves 9-8.

"We just played horrendous" baseball, said Taconic coach Kevin Stannard. "It was a comedy of errors."

Taconic had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the eighth when Myles Candelet led off with a triple but was doubled off on a squeeze play.

Shawn Folan's two-run single in the top of the ninth was part of a three-run inning.

The Braves countered in the home ninth with an RBI triple by Hunter Stanton and an RBI sigle by Ryan Shook. The Braves loaded the bases, but reliever Ryan Kasala got Luke Toomey looking to end the game.


Wahconah 000 005 103--9 12 3

Taconic 200 102 102--8 12 4

Shawn Folan (6), Ryan Kasala (3) and Kasala (6), Anthony Boroli (3). Peter Gregory and Brian Bonacquisti. W--Kasala. L--Gregory. 2B--W 2 (Trevor Jamross, Joe DiMassimo). 3B--T 2 (Hunter Stanton, Myles Candelet).

Greylock 11, New Lebanon 0

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Facing a grueling stretch next week -- four games in five days -- Greylock coach Steve Messina rested his top two starters and only went with Robbie Buffis for three innings Friday.

Buffis made those innings count, striking out five and allowing no hits. Frank Rickus and Ian Brink took care of the rest from the bullpen.

"I have three guys who got some good work today ... and beginning Monday, they'll be available," Messina said.

Rickus, Nick DiSanti and Eric Leitch had two hits each. Rickus and Andrew Leitch drove in two runs each.


New Leb. 000 000 0--0 2 6

Greylock 216 020 x--11 14 0

Brandon Tynan (2 1/3), Eddie Moss (3 2/3) and Shane Powell. Robbie Buffis (3), Frank Rickus (2), Ian Brink (2) and Nick DiSanti (3), Andrew Leitch (4). W--Buffis (1-1). L--Tynan. 2B--Greylock 3 (Eric Leitch, Rickus, Eddie Dufur). 3B--Greylock 1 (E. Leitch).

St. Joe's 22, Lenox 2

LENOX -- When these teams played last month, the Millionaires were no-hit but won 2-0 in 11 innings. Friday's game was nothing like that.

The Crusaders scored in each of the five innings that were played, topping out with eight runs in the fourth. St. Joe's had 20 hits against three Lenox pitchers.

"They're like night and day after we played them the first time," Lenox coach Kevin Downer said of St. Joseph's.

Connor Lein went the distance for the Crusaders, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out five. Mike Carpenter, who was 3 for 3 with three RBI, hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Zach Neary also went 3 for 3 with three RBI while Jon Bianchi was 3 for 3.


St. Joe's 435 82--22 20 0

Lenox 002 00--2 5 4

Connor Lein and Trevor Johnston. Jake Jourdain (3), Trevor Hathaway (1), Zach Huber (1) and Tom Duffin. W--Lein. L--Jourdain. 2B--L 1 (Dillon Benham). SJ 3 (Zach Neary 2, Alex Weber). 3B--SJ 1 (Jon Bianchi). HR--SJ 1 (Mike Carpenter).

Hoosac 8, Lee 2

ADAMS -- Hoosac Valley scored runs in five of the six innings it batted, backing up pitcher Zach Brassard.

Brassard struck out seven and walked just one, allowing only one earned run for the victory. Tanner Bird had three RBI while Connor Tworig drove in two for the Hurricanes.

"Zach shut them down and gave us an opportunity to swing the bats," said Hoosac coach Bob Rivard.

Aaron Biasin drove in two for Lee.


Lee 010 100 0--2 4

Hoosac 211 022 x--8 12

Matt Consolati (3), Ryan Nalepa (3) and Heamon Williams; Zach Brassard and Connor Tworig. 2B -- Lee 2 (Aaron Biasin 2); HV 2 (Tanner Bird, Brassard). 3B -- HV 2 (Corey Meczywor, Mike Koperniak).

Drury 9, Mohawk 2

NORTH ADAMS -- At Joe Wolfe Field, Max Quinn and Joel Giorgi combined on an eight-hitter to shut visiting Mohawk down.

Quinn gave up two earned runs on six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out two. Giorgi finished up, giving up two hits in the final two innings.

The Blue Devils did not commit an error.


Mohawk 000 200 0--2 8 2

Drury 412 110 x--9 10 0

Buntin (4 1/3), Maloney (1 2/3) and Datres. Max Quinn (5), Joel Giorgi (2) and Cody Primmer. W--Quinn. L--Buntin. 3B--D 3 (Giorgi, Ryan Ouimet, Primmer).

McCann 9, Smith Academy 5

NORTHAMPTON -- Three was the magic number for the Hornets, as they scored three runs in three different innings.

After allowing Smith to take a 5-3 lead through five innings, McCann responded with its second three-spot.


McCann 000 303 3--9 10 3

Smith 000 410 0--5 10 2

T.J. Therrien (3), Mike Chappell (4) and Nate Gutmann and Therrien; Natale (3 1/3), Longstreeth (3 2/3) and Woodward. 2B--MT 1 (Therrien).

Frontier 4, Wahconah 1

DEERFIELD -- The Warriors went on the road to face another perennial Division II tournament team. Four unearned runs did them in against the Red Hawks.

"We didn't get the timely hit today," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "It seemed like every time we made an error [four of them], they found a way to push a run across."

The Red Hawks led 1-0 after four innings when the Warriors led off the fifth with a triple by Bayleigh MacHaffie. Wahconah left her stranded at third. Frontier responded with three runs on two hits and two errors in the home fifth.


Wahconah 000 000 1--1 3 4

Frontier 001 030 x--4 8 1

Becca Grunow and Bree Herforth. Kate Enko and Kaitlyn Newsome. W--Enko. L--Grunow. 2B--W 1 (Gabby Lavinio). F 2 (Kelsey Roberts, Casey Stankowski). 3B--W 1 (Bayleigh MacHaffie).

Drury 5, Mohawk 1

SHELBURNE FALLS -- When you're in the middle of a four-game losing streak, somebody has to step up and stop it. For Drury on Friday, that was pitcher Cat Record.

Record held Mohawk to three hits while walking only two and striking out 10.

"Cat pitched beautifully," Drury coach Mary Ann Maroni said. "She had only six or seven balls out of the strike zone. She was lethal."


Drury 130 000 1--5 4 0

Mohawk 000 100 0--1 3 1

Cat Record and Amber Iacuessa. McKayla Poissant and Jess Dawicki. W--Record. L--Poissant. 2B--D 2 (Lyndsey DeGrenier, Danielle Cardinal).

St. Joe's 18, New Lebanon (N.Y.) 9

PITTSFIELD -- St. Joseph's survived a wild one to reach the Western Mass. Division III tournament.

The Crusaders posted 12 runs in the sixth, turning a game that was 5-5 after four into a blowout. Chanler Hospot started on the mound and doubled twice while Meghan Tierney added a triple for St. Joseph's.


New Leb. 401 040 0-- 9 5 3

St. Joe's 110 31(12) x--18 10 11

Kelsey Hennig and Meghan Moffit; Chanler Hospot (5), Marissa Avanzato (2) and Virginia Goggins (2), Erica Quallen (5). 2B -- SJ 2 (Hospot 2); 3B -- NL 2 (Breen, Moffit); SJ 1 (Meghan Tierney).

McCann 9, Lenox 0

NORTH ADAMS -- Three extra base hits in the first inning staked the home side to a 5-0 lead, and McCann hurler Erika Ziemba did the rest, tossing a three-hitter.

Ziemba and Sarah Norman both smacked RBI doubles while Alex Lincoln had a run-scoring triple in the first.

Ziemba's three-hit shutout included eight strikeouts and one walk. Ziemba and Norman both had a pair of doubles for McCann.

Lenox 000 000 0--0 3 2

McCann 500 400 x--9 10 2

Erika Ziemba and Danielle Gibeau. Makayla White and Autumn Ciepiela W--Ziemba. L--White. 2B--McCann 4 (Ziemba 2, Sarah Norman 2) 3B--McCann 1 (Alex Lincoln).

Hoosac 13, Monument 1

ADAMS -- Tori Rumbolt got the offense going with a two-run homer in the first inning, Ashley Ciepiela kept Monument Mountain at bay and Hoosac Valley topped the visiting Spartans in five innings.

"It's really nice to see they can just go out there and get going," Hoosac coach Morgan Shafer said. "Although, it took them a while to get going."

Rumbolt, who was 1 for 2 with two walks and two RBI, also scored in the fourth inning. She got on with an error. She then stole second and third before drawing a throw from the catcher and dashing home.


Monument 100 00 -- 1 3 4

Hoosac 210 55 -- 13 7 1

Aspen Sawyer and Alexia Nejame; Ashley Ciepiela and Tanelle Ciempa. W--Ciepiela. L--Sawyer. HR--HV 1 (Tori Rumbolt).


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