Local roundup: SteepleCats win again
NORTH ADAMS — The North Adams SteepleCats made it three wins in as many days with a 2-1 decision over the Valley Blue Sox on Tuesday at Joe Wolfe Field.
The SteepleCats (13-9) wrapped up a four-game homestand with the win, and the team now heads on a five-game road trip that stretches until next Monday.
In the win over Valley, Edward Haus broke a 1-1 deadlock by scoring on an error by the catcher during Haus' attempted steal of third base. Johnson struck out to end the inning, but Haus' baserunning proved to be enough for the SteepleCats.
On the mound, Peter Lannoo (2-1) got the win after going six innings and striking out three on one hit, one earned run and three walks. Tanner Bird (six saves) got the save after pitching a scoreless, three-batter ninth with a strikeout.
John Mazza, who finished the day 1 for 2, scored North Adams' first run with an RBI single in the second inning.
Endy Morales took the loss for Valley after coming in for starter Mark Washington to start the bottom of the third inning. Morales gave up no hits and struck out two, but also had two walks and the one unearned run credited to him.
Valley got one hit in the game — a lead-off single by Kyle Mottice in the top of the fourth.
Futures League Baseball
NORTH SHORE 4, PITTSFIELD 0
LYNN >> The Pittsfield Suns dropped a 4-0 game to the North Shore Navigators on Tuesday, surrendering all four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Suns (12-16) made a pitching change to start the eighth inning, with Gage Feeney coming on for Craig Lacey. The Navigators (13-16) then went to work.
After Ben Kennedy grounded out in the first at bat, Joey Pena, RJ Warnock and Mike D'Acunti all reached on singles to load the bases, then Colby Maiola brought them all home on a grand slam on a 0-2 count.
Offensively, the Suns mustered just four hits in the game, two of them coming from leadoff hitter Trent Bryan in a 2 for 3 day at the dish with a double.
Pena and D'Acunti each had two hits in the game, with Pena going 2 for 3 with a walk while D'Acunti went 2 for 4.
Quinn DiPasquale got the win in relief, tossing two innings of shutout ball while striking out two on one hit. Evan Glew started for the Navigators, going seven innings and striking out four on three hits and a walk.
Lacey got a no decision after going seven innings and striking out two on four hits and three walks.
10-11 Little League Tournament
PITTSFIELD AMERICAN 9, PITTSFIELD NATIONAL 4
PITTSFIELD >> Pittsfield American moved on in the 10-11 Berkshire County Little League Tournament with a win over Pittsfield National on Tuesday night at Springside Park.
American broke the game open in the fifth, plating four runs to take a decisive edge.
In the win, Evan Blake powered American with two hits and three runs batted in and also got the win on the mound. Zach Pupo drove in two runs as well, and Nick Brindle had two hits including a double. Chase Racine pitched in with a triple, and Will Kinne had a hit.
For National, Matt Lee had a single and a double, while Adam Lazits, Nate Murphy and Tyler Gaudette all had doubles.
American advances to play Great Barrington tonight at Springside Park in the winner's bracket final, while National drops into the consolation bracket and will play the loser of tonight's game on Thursday in an elimination game.
The 10-11 championship game is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m., and the 'If' game will be on Saturday at noon. All games are played at Springside Park.
American Legion Baseball
PITTSFIELD POST 68 WINS
GREENFIELD >> Pittsfield Post 68 picked up an 8-6 victory over Greenfield Post 81.
Matt Koperniak had three hits and three RBI for Post 68 while Chad Shade scored three times and drove in the eventual winning run.
Shade also made an incredible catch in the fifth inning, running a ball down in centerfield with two outs and runners on base.
Pittsfield, who had 11 hits overall, picked up two-hit games from Jack Cooney and Abdiel Cotto-Hernandez. Brett Murphy added a two-run single in the third as well.
Ethan Forfa started for Post 68 while Jake Flynn came in during the fourth inning and picked up the win. Izaiya Mestre pitched the final inning and earned the save.
Post 68 trailed 3-0 through two innings but tied it in the third. They took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the fourth but Greenfield cut it to 7-6 in that half of the inning. Post 68 recorded an insurance run in the sixth.
Pittsfield hosts Westfield Post 124 at Clapp Park today at 5:45 p.m. in the finale of the regular season.
NCAA Women's Golf
TRIO OF EPHS NAMED WGCA ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLARS
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. >> The Women's Golf Coaches Association named its All-American Scholar honors on Tuesday, and three Williams golfers were honored.
Phoebe Mattana earned her second consecutive All-American Scholar honor, while Cordelia Chan and Sophie Kitchen were honored for the first time.
To earn the All-American Scholar honors, a student must possess a cumulative GPA above 3.50.
All three Ephs earned WGCA All-Northeast Region honors, All-NESCAC honors, and both Mattana and Chan earned All-America honors, as well, for their play this year.
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