Local roundup: Pittsfield boys lacrosse qualifies for postseason with win over Chicopee
PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield boys lacrosse team punched its ticket to the Western/Central Massachusetts Division II tournament with a 13-4 win over Chicopee on Wednesday.
With the game tied up 3-3 after a quarter, Pittsfield (9-6) took the lead for good in the second quarter, going up 6-4 into halftime. In the second half, the Generals pitched a shutout in front of Nikolai Pixley's goal.
Ryan Jacoby had four goals in the win and Kevin Quinto added one goal and five assists.
"They are pretty happy, but we have to go right back at it tomorrow [against West Springfield]," Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken said. "We started slow, but I think we picked up our tempo."
Chicopee goals — John Baker 3, Mike Doyle 1.
Pittsfield goals — Ryan Jacoby 4, Sean Baruch 3, Cam Giardina 2, Kevin Quinto 1, Josh Kozlowski 1, Andrew Moore 1, Logan Higuera 1. Pittsfield assists — Quinto 5, Higuera 1.
Saves — C: Vark Isham 5, P: Nikolai Pixley 12.
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 15, TACONIC 5
PITTSFIELD >> Monument Mountain broke open a close game after a quarter to put away Taconic on Wednesday.
The Spartans (8-6, 3-5 Berkshire League) led 4-2 after a quarter, and used three unanswered goals in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.
Jake Parkinson led the way with seven goals and one assists, Joe LaBrasca had a hat trick and Connor Parkinson and Matt DiSilva each had two goals and two helpers.
Taconic (2-12, 0-9) were led by Sal Amaral, who had three goals and one assist.
The Spartans need one win out of their last four games to secure its first-ever bid in the Western/Central Massachusetts tournament.
Monument Mountain goals — Jake Parkinson 7, Joe LaBrasca 3, Connor Parkinson 2, Matt DiSilva 2, Homer Winston 1. Monument assists — C. Parkinson 2, DiSilva 2, J. Parkinson 1, Winston 1.
Taconic goals — Sal Amaral 3, Ez Stone 1, Ivan Fernandez 1. Taconic assists — Stone 2, Amaral 1, Tim Curry 1.
Saves — MM: Jonah Swotes 7, T: Troy Schweitzer 9.
HOOSAC VALLEY 12, MOUNT EVERETT 3
SHEFFIELD >> The visiting Hurricanes tacked up seven runs in the third to blow the game open in Wednesday's win against Mount Everett.
Hoosac (9-5, 7-1 Berkshire South) had 15 hits in the win and took advantage of eight Mount Everett (6-10, 3-8) errors.
"[Hoosac] hit the ball well, but we had some plays we could have made early on," Everett coach Jesse Carpenter said. "The first three innings, especially, we had seven errors. If you give teams extra outs they get more hits."
Keegan McGrath took the win, going four innings while striking out four and walking two on six hits. Matt Koperniak, Dahndray Sistrunk, Jake Swistak and John Krol all had two hits on the day for Hoosac, while Nikos Casivant got his first varsity hit in his first varsity game for Everett.
Keegan McGrath (4), Devon Kogut (3) and Jake Swistak. Tim Robitaille (3), Jimmy Gulotta (4) and Nikos Casivant. W—McGrath, L—Robitaille. 2B — HV 3 (Swistak, Kyle Sagendoph, John Krol).
MINNECHAUG 2, TACONIC 1
WILBRAHAM >> Taconic dropped its second game of the year on Wednesday, falling in a tight game against Minnechaug.
Both Taconic (13-2) losses this year were by one run.
On Wednesday, the Braves tied things up in the top of the fifth when Ryan Abel plated Jack Cooney. But in the bottom of the sixth, Minnechaug re-took the lead on a Dylan Hathaway RBI single.
"This team knows we can play with all the teams down there," Taconic coach Kevin Stannard said. "Now, it's just a matter of us hitting the ball better and more consistently. It's been a theme for us, we put a lot of pressure on the pitchers and our defense."
Jake Flynn took the loss, pitching all six innings while striking out two and walking four on five hits.
Jake Flynn and Brett Murphy. Brian Tessicini and Nate Epaul. W—Tessicini, L—Flynn.
MOUNT EVERETT 6, LENOX 0
SHEFFIELD >> The Mount Everett softball team scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back in a win over Lenox.
The Eagles (10-3, 6-0 Berkshire South) got a 10-strikeout performance from Chandler DeGrenier, who gave up just four hits in her shutout effort.
Emily Coon went 3 for 3 at the dish with a double and two runs batted in.
"I thought we played good," Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier said. "Chandler pictched well, and our defense is firming up nice. They were into the game, and I was pleased with it."
Anna Lynch and Kate Arace. Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. W—C. DeGrenier, L—Lynch. 2B — ME 2 (Emily Coon 1, Gwendolyn Carpenter 1).
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN GIRLS 4, LEE 1 (TUESDAY)
LEE >> The Monument Mountain girls tennis team took care of its stiffest county test yet on the year with a win over the Wildcats.
Monument (7-1) swept the doubles action and took first and third singles to get the win.
All five matches went in straight sets for the winners.
Singles — 1. Cara Freadman (MM) def. Suriana Lee 6-1, 6-3; 2. Ava Geuidette (MM) def. Ava Martin 6-3, 6-2; 3. Sarah Winston (L), def. Lexi Shumski (MM) 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles — 1. Carly Shafiroff/Hailey Higgins (MM) def. Maddie DeSantis/Kate DelSignor 6-1, 6-3; 2. Olivia Jaffe/Gabby DeFelice def. Ana Wang/Angelique Nejamie 6-1, 6-3.
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