Greylock, Lee baseball teams win Western Mass. openers
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Mount Greylock's baseball team started its Western Mass. tournament run in a big way Thursday.
The Mounties scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 win over Mahar in the Division III first round, setting up one of two all-Berkshire County quarterfinal games. The Mounties will play Drury at 7 p.m. Sunday at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams.
Dan Flynn doubled twice and drove in two runs for Greylock (15-6), one of the RBI doubles coming in the big first inning. Jack Thistle scored on a double steal in the inning; a run scored on a wild pitch; Jake Benzinger doubled home Ian Brink; and Eric Hirsch singled in Flynn.
"Getting a good start, breaking that ice, is huge," Greylock coach Steve Messina said. "We're always hoping to try and get a run across in that first inning to calm things down."
Brink settled in from there on the mound, scattering three runs on four hits.
"We were excited about [five in the first]. It changes the whole mindset," Messina said. "Ian Brink is more comfortable; he's able to throw strikes without the fear of a big hit; I think the defense is more calm."
Benzinger and Hirsch had two hits and two RBI each for Greylock.
Messina said the Mounties are confident heading into their matchup with the No. 2 seed Blue Devils, who won the regular-season meeting between the teams.
"They've been playing against each other their whole lives," he added. "I think there's a little more added to that.
"I like the way we're playing right now. Drury's tough, and it's going to be a heck of a game."
Mahar 002 001 0 -- 3 4 0
Greylock 500 002 x -- 7 8 1
Adams (1/3), Paul (5 2/3) and Patria. Ian Brink and Nick DiSanti. W -- Brink. L -- Adams. 2B -- Mahar 1 (Paul 1), Greylock 3 (Dan Flynn 2, Jake Benzinger 1).
D-III: Lee 5, Westfield Voc 3
WESTFIELD -- Heamon Williams' RBI single in the top of the fifth inning broke a 2-2 tie and led the 10th-seeded Wildcats to a win over No. 7 Westfield Voc. at Bullens Field.
The Wildcats advance to Monday's quarterfinal against the winner of today's game between No. 15 McCann Tech and No. 2 Gateway. If the Hornets pull off the upset, the game will be in Lee.
"They were ready to play," Wildcats coach Chip Cummings said of his team. "They got on the bus and you could feel it was a little different than a regular bus ride."
The Wildcats gave up a run in the home fourth to tie the score, but they bounced back to take the lead for keeps in the top of the fifth.
John Graziano worked a walk from Westfield Voc pitcher Jake Parsons. After Graziano stole second, he scored on Williams' single.
Westfield scored a run in the seventh and had the winning run at the plate, but Lee starter J.T. Brown got Parsons on a pop out to end the game.
Brown gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits in going the distance. He walked five and struck out nine.
"We played hard the whole game," said Cummings.
Lee 000 212 0 -- 5 6 1
Westfield Voc 010 100 1 -- 3 6 2
J.T. Brown and Heamon Williams. Jake Parsons and Bailey French. W--Brown. L--Parsons.
Ware 5, Lenox 0
WARE -- Jason Ouimette threw a three-hit shutout, only surrendering singles to Dillon Benham, Connor Hanson and Kevin Coakley to end the Millionaires' season.
"I thought we ran into the buzzsaw today," Lenox coach Kevin Downer said. "[Ouimette] had command of his fastball, curveball and change-up. First time we've seen a pitcher with three pitches [of which] he had total command. It certainly kept us off balance, that's for sure."
Benham took the loss on the hill, striking out two and walking three.
"He didn't have one of his better games, but he pitched well," Downer said.
Lenox 000 000 0 -- 0 3 2
Ware 200 003 x -- 5 5 1
Dillon Benham (5 2/3), Patrick Colvin (1/3) and Mike Downer. Ouimette and Hill. W -- Ouimette. L -- Benham.
Softball: Pioneer Valley 7, McCann Tech 4
NORTH ADAMS -- Pioneer scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to take over and advance, eliminating the Hornets.
McCann took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Pioneer got within a run in the fifth and took over in the seventh. For the Hornets, freshman catcher Alanza Quinones was 2 for 2 with an RBI and Kayla Martin added an RBI. Quinones also threw out a runner trying to steal third.
"Every game, our opponent's top runner would try to steal off her, and she'd throw them out," McCann coach Kate Galli wrote in an email. "... I have a core of girls, along with Haley [Malloy] and Alanza, that gave me everything a coach could ask for."
McCann finished the season 11-10.
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