Lee pitchers combine for a no-hitter in baseball
LEE -- In four years as the Lee baseball coach, Chip Cummings has never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter. On Monday, two Wildcat hurlers ended that streak.
Jake Simon and Eric Farina combined to no-hit St. Joseph as the Wildcats scored a 14-1 win on Monday afternoon.
"I didn’t mention it," Cummings said of the no-hitter. "A couple of kids came up to me and asked if he gave up any hits yet."
Simon pitched the first five innings for the Wildcats, walking six and striking out nine Crusaders. Farina walked two and did not strike out anyone in completing the tag-team no-hitter.
"Jake pitched very well. He was around the zone," said Cummings.
J.T. Brown had a big day at the plate for the Wildcats, getting three hits and driving in four runs. He hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Paul Boutiette chipped in with a pair of doubles.
St. Joseph 000 001 0 -- 1 0 2
Lee 721 013 x -- 14 15 2
David Bullock (2), Kyle Crocker (4) and Nate Stump. Jake Simon (5), Eric Farina (2) and Heamon Williams. W--Simon. L--Bullock. 2B--L 5 (Paul Boutiette 2, J.T. Brown, Luke Murphy, Matt Consolati). HR--L 1 (Brown).
Pittsfield 6, East Longmeadow 4
EAST LONGMEADOW -- The Generals extended their winning streak to seven games thanks to a four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning.
Tyler Martinelli’s three-run home run off PHS starter Joe Gratton helped the Spartans take a 4-2 lead after three. That’s how the game stood in the seventh.
Gratton reached on an error to lead off the inning and went to second on Shane Tierney’s single. After Chad Shade forced Tierney at second, Shade stole second and Gratton scored on Ryan Grande’s base hit. Kevin Donati tied the game on an RBI single and Dom Traversa put the Generals ahead with an RBI single. The fourth run of the inning scored when Bobby New put down a squeeze bunt that plated Donati.
Gratton scattered nine hits and struck out nine. He faced the potential tying run in the home seventh but retired the Spartans without giving up a run.
"Joey hung in there and pitched tough," said Pittsfield coach Bob Moynihan. "He got stronger as the game went along."
Pittsfield 002 000 4 -- 6 10 0
E. Longmeadow 004 000 0 -- 4 9 1
Joe Gratton and Dom Traversa. Christian Candelario-Romero (4), Tom Chapdelain (3) and Nick Shea. W--Gratton. L--Chapdelain. 2B--P 1 (Kevin Donati) EL 1 (Ben Bonavita). HR--EL 1 (Tyler Martinelli).
West Springfield 10, Mount Greylock 2
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Steve Messina is in his 23rd year of coaching and he’s never had a team commit nine errors in a game -- until Monday.
Greylock starter Brodie Altiere gave up all 10 runs scored by the Terriers, but only one of them was earned.
"It was one of those days," said Messina. "You feel bad for a guy like Brodie, who pitched a good game."
In five-plus innings, Altiere gave up only six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Mount Greylock 000 000 2 -- 2 8 9
West Springfield 305 002 x -- 10 6 0
Brodie Altiere (5-plus), Andrew Rickus (1) and Nick Disanti. Zach Duval and Mark Couture. W--Duval. L--Altiere. 2B-- WS 1 (Andre Marrero).
Wahconah 7, Hoosac 2
DALTON -- Host Wahconah put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed.
Starter Kyle Kirchner and reliever Ethan Wells held the Hurricanes to two runs on six hits. The Hurricanes didn’t help their cause, committing six errors.
"We’re happy" with the win, said Wahconah coach Jared Shannon. "We needed this one a lot. We have six tough games left. This gives us a chance to make the tournament."
Hoosac Valley 020 000 0 -- 2 6 6
Wahconah 301 120 x -- 7 8 1
Matt Braman (1), Zack Albareda (2 1/3), Ty Clark (2 2/3) and Jake Swistak. Kyle Kirchner (6), Ethan Wells (1) and Matt Schneider. W--Kirchner. L--Braman. 2B-- HV 1 (Nate Tomkiewicz). W 2 (Wells, Eli Pease). 3B--W 1 (Schneider).
McCann 9, Smith Voc. 3
NORTHHAMPTON -- McCann’s bats stay hot, producing its third straight double-digit hit game to earn the win.
Leading 3-0 heading into the fifth inning, the Hornets (9-6, 8-3) used three straight hits to open up the game. Dalton Nicholas’ RBI single started the four-run fifth. Tim Bublois’ capped the inning with his RBI single.
Charlie Bohl led McCann with three hits and one RBI.
"We’ve been losing game with some error, but lows errors and high hits are helping us out," Pat Ryan said.
McCann 002 142 0 -- 9 11 2
Smith Voc. 000 003 0 -- 3 6 3
Justin Schneider and Charlie Bohl. Smith Voc. Hawes (5) Wackerbart (2) and unavailable. W -- Schneider. L -- Hawes. 2B -- McCann Tech (Schneider). 3B -- McCann (Austin Miller).
Lenox 5, Mount Everett 2
LENOX -- The Millionaires rode the arm of Dillon Benham and his deadly fastball to a win. Benham struck out nine Eagles, scattering three hits and allowing two runs.
Cam Sibley led Lenox (7-7, 3-6) with two hits and one RBI. Mike Downer and Trey McNinch also had RBI hits for the Millionaires.
"Dillon had complete command of his pitches," Lenox coach Kevin Downer said. "They couldn’t catch up to his fastball. ... Both teams played solid defense."
Mount Everett 100 001 0 -- 2 3 2
Lenox 000 113 x -- 5 8 2
Sage Angell and Nick Tomich. Dillon Benham and Mike Downer. W -- Benham. L -- Angell. 2B -- Lenox 2 (Cam Sibley, Kevin Coakley); Everett (Tomich).
Taconic 9, Drury 0
NORTH ADAMS -- Jake McNeice pitched six innings of five-hit baseball to lead Taconic to the win.
Nick Rufo pitched the seventh to complete the shutout for the Braves.
The Braves (9-4, 5-4) consistently put the ball in play, and Drury struggled to field the ball in committing seven errors.
Taconic scored six runs during Drury starter Schuyler Robinson’s 5 1/3 innings pitched, but only three were earned runs.
"We came out flat again today," Drury coach Pat Boulger said. "We didn’t play with any spark or any emotion. We’ve got to play with emotion and passion."
Taconic 230 012 1 -- 9 8 1
Drury 000 000 0 -- 0 5 7
Jake McNeice (6) Nick Rufo (1). Schuyler Robinson (5 1/3) Jake Tatro (2 2/3). W -- McNeice. L-- Robinson. 2B -- Taconic 2 (Andy Winston, Josh Berthiume).
Softball: St. Joseph 13, Putnam 3
SPRINGFIELD -- The St. Joseph softball team went a long way to make the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament.
The Crusaders had a Monday road trip to Springfield and came home with a 13-3 win over Putnam and the 10th win that qualifies them for the tourney.
"It’s a great feeling to make the tournament two years in a row," said St. Joe coach Jim Stimpson, whose team lost to eventual champion Mount Everett in last year’s semifinal. "The girls played well today. They knew what was on the line."
The Crusaders scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed. It was 13-0 before the Beavers got on the board with two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh.
Julia Murphy tossed a three-hitter for St. Joe, walking only one and striking out 13.
"Julia Murphy had a great game again," said Stimpson. "It was no one person today. It was a team effort."
St. Joseph 220 171 0 -- 13 6 3
Putnam 000 002 1 -- 3 3 3
Julia Murphy and Kacey Sondrini. Elicia Vasquez and Yesea Leon. W-- Murphy. L--Vasquez. HR-- P1 1 (Burgos).
Hoosac Valley 3, Lee 1
LEE -- Hoosac’s Kali Puppolo put together a dominant performance, leading her team to victory.
Lee (3-12) coach Alicia Campbell said Puppolo’s ability to command her pitches and hit the outside corner made her very effective. Puppolo struck out 12 and scattered five hits for the complete game.
Even with Puppolo’s strong pitching, the game was tied until the sixth, when two passed balls allowed Hoosac to take a 3-1 lead.
Campbell said she was happy with how her team responded from a lopsided loss to Hoosac in its pervious matchup.
"It was a 100 percent defensive game," she said "This time around we held right with them the entire way."
Hoosac 001 002 0 -- 3 5 0
Lee 001 000 0 -- 1 3 0
Kali Puppolo and Alyssa Pause. Kendra Williams and Nikki Laudon. W -- Puppolo. L -- Williams.
Mount Everett 17, Lenox 3
SHEFFIELD -- Mount Everett used a 12-run third inning to beat Lenox.
The Eagles (11-0, 6-0) smacked six hits and drew five walks in third. They added two more runs in the fourth to reach the mercy rule.
Emily Coon and Sam Hoover each had two hits and two RBI for Everett.
Lenox 001 002 -- 3 2 5
Mount Everett 30(12) 20 -- 17 12 0
Makayla White (2) Casey Appleby (3) and Molly O’Brien. Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. 2B -- ME 2 (Sam Hoover, Sarah Beckwith).
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