High School Roundup: Taconic baseball remains undefeated with comeback win

PITTSFIELD — Playing at Clapp Park on Wednesday afternoon, Taconic's Jack Cooney drove in Izaiya Mestre on an E5 in the bottom of the eighth inning for a walk-off, 5-4 win over Springfield Central.

The Braves (9-0) had to rally to keep their perfect record. Trailing 4-1 in the sixth, Anthony Whiteley hit a single to plate a pair of runs, then Cooney hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Devon Walker to score and tie up the game.

In the extra frame, Mestre led off with a single, then stole second. After two batters struck out, Cooney stepped in and finished off the game.

"It was exciting and they didn't quit," Taconic coach Kevin Stannard said. "That's the makeup of the kids that are returning from last year's team."

Jake Flynn got the win in relief, going two innings and striking out two on one hit and one walk. The win makes him 5-0 on the year.

At the plate, starting pitcher Jake McNeice had a pair of hits including a double, and Drew DeMartino also had a double. Stannard also credited catcher Brett Murphy with a stellar defensive day, as he picked off potential base stealers in the seventh and eighth innings.


Central     010     030     00          4     8     1

Taconic     100     003     01          5     6     0

Ricky Rivera (5+), Matt Stumbers (2 2/3) and Jame Rocca. Jake McNeice (5), Ross Omelenchuck (1), Jake Flynn (2) and Brett Murphy. W — Flynn. L — Stumbers. 2B — SC: Rivera, Ron Gonzalez. T: McNeice, Drew DeMartino.

Pittsfield 3, Agawam 2

AGAWAM — Pittsfield (8-3) seems to be at its best in close games, and the Generals came through in the clutch again against Agawam.

Agawam held Pittsfield scoreless for the first five innings of the game. Trailing by two in the sixth, Carter Matthews led off with a single. Joe Traversa followed with a single, before Marco DiNicola reached on a error. After a strikeout, Matthews scored on a wild pitch. One batter later, Hayden Harrington plated two with a single up the middle.

Matthews got the win on the mound. He went the distance, striking out six and walking two. He had two hits as well.

"That's our brand of baseball," Pittsfield coach Seamus Morrison said on playing a close game. "For the last two years we've played a lot of one-run game and the kids are comfortable in those situations. Guys act like they've been there before."


Pittsfield     000     003     0          3     6     1

Agawam     101     000     0          2     7     1

Carter Matthews and Isiah Provencher. Sweeney and O'Keefe. W — Matthews. L — O'Keefe.


Wahconah 14, Drury 2

NORTH ADAMS — Jess Warren went 3 for 3 with a walk, three triples, four runs scored and four RBI in Wahconah's win over Drury on Wednesday.

The Warriors (7-4, 3-2 Berkshire North) took a while to get going, but a six-run fourth and a five-run sixth helped to end the game in six innings.

Allie Borowsky got the win and went 2 for 3 at the plate, while Emma Parkington had a triple herself.

For Drury (1-8, 0-4), Maya Howland took the loss but went 2 for 3 at the plate with a RBI.


Wahconah     201     605          14     10     0

Drury     000     002          2     3     2

Allie Borowsky and Jess Warren. Maya Howland (5), Tessa Zoito (1) and Anna Dix. W — Borowsky, L — Howland. 3B: W: Warren 3, Emma Parkington.

Boys Lacrosse

Hoosac Valley 13, Taconic 4

PITTSFIELD — Casey Meczywor scored seven goals and dished out two assists, while Nick Waterman scored four and assisted on two as the Hurricanes (3-3, 3-2 Berkshire League) topped Taconic (1-9, 0-6) on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes got off to a hot start, racing out to an 8-0 lead after a quarter and a 9-0 lead at halftime.

For Taconic, Sal Amaral and Hunter Johnston each had two goals.


Hoosac     8     1     4     0          13

Taconic     0     0     0     4          4

Goals — HV: Casey Meczywor 7, Nick Waterman 4, Vance Eugene 1, Bailey Trumble 1. T: Sal Amaral 2, Hunter Johnston 2.

Assists — HV: Waterman 2, Meczywor 2, Eugene 2, Josh Paree 1, Austin Mendel 1. T: Justin Thompson 1, Billy Ellis 1.

Saves — HV: Cam Alibozek 6. T: Justin Thompson 8.

McCann Tech 10, Saint Mary's 2

WESTFIELD — Darian Tovani recorded four goals for McCann Tech in its victory over Saint Mary's.

Brandon Sargent and Justin Meczywor each scored twice for the Hornets (4-8) while Josh Pettit registered seven saves.

For the Saints, Sam Labombard scored twice.


McCann     2     4     1     3          10

St. Mary's     2     0     0     0          2

Goals — MT: Darian Tovani 4, Brandon Sargent 2, Just Meczywor 2, Jason Delisle, Evan Knapp. SM: Sam Labombard 2.

Assists — MT: Delisle 2, Meczywor, David Rancourt, Xavier Martin-Levesque. SM: Joe Walz.

Saves — MT: Josh Pettit 7, Jeremy Hoar 7.

Lee 20, Pittsfield 9

LEE — The Wildcats (5-3, 3-3 Berkshire League) pulled away in the second half to top Pittsfield (2-8, 1-6) on Wednesday.

The game was tied after a quarter, and Lee led 7-6 at halftime.


Monument Mountain sweeps Mount Everett

SHEFFIELD — The Monument Mountain boys and girls each remained undefeated.

The Spartan boys (4-0, 4-0 Berkshire League) took all five matches, including a 6-0, 6-1 win for first singles player Kadin Shafiroff.

On the girls side, second singles player Gabi DeFelice and third singles player Ava Guidette each won for the Spartans (4-0, 4-0).

Everett boys and girls each fall to 0-6, 0-5.


Monument Mountain boys 5, Mount Everett 0

Singles — 1. Kadin Shafiroff (MM) def. Sam Webb 6-0, 6-1. 2. Alec Goffin (MM) def. Eduardo Rodriguez 6-1, 6-1. 3. Toby Gironas (MM) def. Cole Duval 6-1, 6-2. Doubles — 1. Jack White/Kevin Costello (MM) def. Marc Gogel/Ethan Benoit 6-0, 6-2. 2. Wilson Sprague/Soren Smedvig 6-4, 6-0.

Monument Mountain girls 4, Mount Everett 1

Singles — 1. Maya Neski (ME) def. Hailey Higgins 6-4, 2-6, 10-5. 2. Gabi DeFelice (MM) def. Madeline VonRuden 6-1, 6-3. 3. Ava Guidette (MM) def. Michaela Loring 6-0, 6-0. Doubles — 1. Lexi Shumsky/Olivia Jaffe (MM) def. Anna Dupont/Katelynn Dawson 6-3, 6-3. 2. Emily Rada/Dani DeFelice (MM) def. Ashley Kerzner/Shelby Tinker 6-1, 6-1.


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