Hoosac baseball to Western Mass. tourney
SHELBURNE FALLS -- Justin Nichols threw a two-hitter, and Jake Hall scored the only run of the contest as Hoosac Valley nipped Mohawk Regional 1-0.
The win is the 10th of the year for the Hurricanes, putting them in the Western Mass. tournament.
"It's been a struggle," said Hoosac coach Bob Rivard. "We are a young team -- very young. I get them all back next year. But it was good to see them work hard and get into the tournament. They'll get a chance to see what it's like."
Rivard frequently has five juniors, three sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup.
Nichols allowed two hits, no runs, struck out seven and walked one. Hoosac scored when Hall was hit by a pitch, bunted over to second, took third on a passed ball and scored on an error.
"It wasn't pretty," said Rivard.
"He kept us in the game," said Rivard of his pitcher.
Hoosac 000 000 1--1 5 0
Mohawk 000 000 0--0 2 1
Justin Nichols and Jake Hall. Billy Gray and Liam Datres. W -- Nichols L -- Gray.
McCann 13, Gateway 8
NORTH ADAMS -- The Hornets exploded for 13 runs on 15 hits to end the season on a positive note.
"We just started to get hot," said McCann coach Kate Galli. "Another week or so an we might have had a chance for the postseason."
Mary Nguyen was 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored to lead the winners, 6-14. Kaylee McNeice was also 3 for 4 with a triple and scored three runs.
Danielle Gibeau, Jordan Prevey and Eileen Zajac all had two hits for the home team. Both Prevey's hit were doubles.
Gateway 200 024 0--8 6 1
McCann 516 100 x--13 15 0
Jamie Pease and Becca Williams. Haley Malloy and Danielle Gibeau. W -- Malloy. L -- Pease. 2B -- Gateway 1 (Arielle Baillargeon), McCann 2 (Jordan Prevey 2) 3B -- McCann 2 (Olivia Esoldi, Mary Nguyen).
Mount Everett 3, Hoosac Valley 1
ADAMS -- It's a safe bet runs are going to be at a minimum when two of Berkshire County's better teams and pitchers get together on the softball field.
It was no different Tuesday afternoon. Behind pitcher Alicia Bazonski and her 18 strikeouts, Mount Everett topped Hoosac Valley 3-1 in nine innings, extending its win streak to 15 games.
"She was throwing heat," said Hoosac's Ashley Ciepiela, who accounted for three of Bazonski's strikeouts. "She would mix it up with the rise and going inside and outside. [The umpire] was calling everything on the outside tonight."
The Hurricanes managed just two hits off Bazonski and walked twice. She retired the last 10 Hurricanes she faced and struck out the side three times.
"Alicia's bad day is everyone else's great day and I think Alicia struggled today," Mount Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier said. "Still, she keeps us in the game and gives us a chance to win the game in the end."
Hoosac's Caroline Tomkowicz was nearly as good. She recorded seven strikeouts and allowed nine hits, five of those coming in the final inning.
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Hoosac 010 000 000--1 2 4
Alicia Bazonski and Morgan DeGrenier; Caroline Tomkowicz and Alexis Bushika. 2B -- Everett 1 (Bazonski).
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