McCann Tech baseball wins, qualifies for W. Mass.
NORTH ADAMS -- For the third time in four years, the McCann Tech baseball team is bound for the Western Massachusetts tournament.
An eight-run fourth inning turned a deficit into a lead and helped the Hornets (10-8) beat Putnam 13-5 on Monday, qualifying for the Division IV tournament.
"We have two more games this week. Now we're playing for a better seed," Hornets coach Pat Ryan said. "We'll see what the tourney can bring."
Trailing 5-1 after 3 1/2, the Hornets exploded for eight runs in the home fourth to take a 9-5 lead. They had only three hits, but got three walks and had two hit-by-pitches as they sent 11 hitters to the plate. The key blow of the inning was a two-run double by starting pitcher Austin Miller.
Sean Davis pitched three innings of shutout relief to get credit for the victory.
"That fourth inning, when it opened up for us, we were allowed to breathe a little bit," said Ryan, who admitted that his team had been playing tight.
Putnam 300 200 0 -- 5 8 3
McCann 001 840 x -- 13 11 1
Carlos Gonzalez (4), Juan Perez (2) and Carlos Penalbert. Austin MIller (4), Sean Davis (3) and Charlie Bohl. W--Davis. L--Gonzalez. 2B--P 1 (Penalbert). MT 2 (Davis, Miller). 3B--P 1 (Gonzalez).
Taconic 10, Hoosac Valley 1
PITTSFIELD -- Taconic pounded out a season-high 20 hits as the Braves (12-6) won their third straight.
"Hopefully, we've righted the ship a little bit," Taconic coach Kevin Stannard said.
The Braves scored at least a run in all but one inning, the third.
Alex Carusotto had the big day offensively, going 4 for 5. Mitch Clary, Steve Witkowski and winning pitcher Joey Dewey all had three hits each.
Ryan Abel made his varsity debut for Taconic, pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
Hoosac 000 100 0 -- 1 7 3
Taconic 240 121 x -- 10 20 2
Ty Clark (2), Zack Albareda (4) and Jake Swistak. Joey Dewey (5+), Alex Carusotto (1), Ryan Abel (1) and Kevin Squires. W--Dewey. L--Clark. 2B--HV 1 (Matt Koperniak). T 4 (Alex Carusotto 2, Mitch Clary, Dewey).
Drury 14, Lee 4
NORTH ADAMS -- Kirby Bryce went 4 for 4 with five runs batted in and he scored twice as the Blue Devils (13-4) had a big day offensively.
Drury had 17 hits off of four different Wildcat pitchers, and Bryce was a home run away from hitting for the cycle.
"Right now, we are playing clean baseball," said Drury coach Pat Boulger. "If we play clean baseball, I think we are a tough out [in the Division III] tournament."
Schuyler Robinson pitched five innings and got the win for Drury.
Lee 100 102 0 -- 4 7 4
Drury 202 334 x -- 14 17 1
Eric Farina (4), Devyn Olds (1), Alex Donovan (1/3), John Graziano (2/3) and Heamon Williams. Schuyler Robinson (5), Jake Tatro (2) and Cody Crosier. W--Robinson. L--Farina. 2B--L 2 (Luke Murphy, J.T.Brown). D 3 (Kirby Bryce 2, Joe Liporace). 3B--D 1 (Bryce).
Pittsfield 11, St. Joseph 2
PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield's five-run fifth sealed the win for the Generals.
After scoring four runs in the fourth, Kyle Shade's two-RBI double in the fifth opened up the floodgates.
Pat Latini and Brandon Peaslee combined for all six of St. Joe's hits.
Sam Fick earned the win for Pittsfield (13-5, 8-4), striking out seven and allowing only two hits through five innings.
St. Joe 000 002 0 -- 2 6 2
Pittsfield 011 450 x 11 14 1
Pat Latini (4), Jay Coyne (1), Devon Johnston (1) and Brandon Peaslee. Sam Fick (5), Denis Cooney (2) and Dom Traversa. 2B -- Pittsfield 2 (Traversa, Kyle Shade); St. Joe 1 (Peaslee); 3B -- St. Joe 1 (Peaslee).
Wahconah 9, Lenox 9 (13)
DALTON -- The game was called due to darkness, and it will be continued next Monday at 4 p.m.
Softball: Greylock 1, Mt. Anthony 0
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Kendal Frye tossed a two-hit shutout Monday, striking out four and stranding seven Mount Anthony baserunners.
She was challenged in the fifth, when the Patriots had runners on second and third with two outs, but Frye snagged a line drive back to the mound to retire the side.
"She did a great job on the mound," Greylock coach June Blake said. "We got a lot of groundouts and popouts today."
Frye also scored the game's only run, reaching on a throwing error in the fourth, advancing to third when Markell Shea also reached on an error, and scoring on Sam Betti's RBI groundout.
"We've done a decent job of getting on base," Blake said. "We've got to capitalize on opportunities, and I think we did that today. Defensively, you don't want to give up anything, either."
Greylock (8-9) needs two wins in its next three games to qualify for the Western Mass. tournament. That stretch starts today against Wahconah.
Mt. A 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3
Greylock 000 100 x -- 1 6 3
Baylee Ports and Julie Elwell; Kendal Frye and Olivia DiNicola. W -- Frye. L -- Ports. 2B -- Greylock 1 (Miranda Voller). 3B -- Mount Anthony 1 (Ports).
Taconic 11, Lee 3
PITTSFIELD -- Carly Decker held visiting Lee to six hits as Taconic (9-7) earned a victory that puts them one win away from clinching a berth in the Western Mass. Tournament.
"We played good, solid softball today. I was very happy with that," said Taconic coach Kevin Harrington. "This time of the year, nothing is easy."
Kristi Stedman, Taconic's designated player in the game, went 3 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in.
Decker did not walk anyone and struck out four. Two of Lee's three runs were earned.
Lee 000 201 0 -- 3 6 4
Taconic 101 333 x -- 11 10 1
Jenny LePrevost and Nikki Laudon. Carly Decker and Kailey Bell. W--Decker. L--LePrevost. 2B--L 1 (Sam Farina).
Drury 20, Monument 4
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Monument's 10-run sixth inning put the game out of reach, earning the mercy-rule victory.
A combination of walks and wild pitches doomed Monument during the sixth inning.
Cat Record earned the win for Drury, striking out six and scattering 10 hits.
Drury 503 20(10) -- 20 10
Monument 021 010 -- 4 10
Cat Record and Ingrid Olsen. Aspen Sawyer (5), Aanisah Taylor (1/3), Siobhan Yaple (2/3) and Alexa Nejaime. 3B -- 2 (Heather Morris, Olsen).
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