MCLA splits baseball doubleheader; Liam Nolan has 7 RBI in opener
AUBURNDALE, FLA. >> Liam Nolan had a day to remember in the first game of Monday's doubleheader for the MCLA baseball team.
Nolan went 3 for 4 with seven runs batted in and two runs scored, as the Trailblazers routed Becker 14-5 in the first game of the twinbill. Nolan hit a two-run single in the first inning, a two-run triple in the second and a three-run home run in the third. He popped out to shortstop in the fourth, ending his shot at hitting for the cycle.
Becker broke open a one-run game with four runs in the fifth inning to beat MCLA 7-4 in the nightcap.
Freshman Brendan Kelly got his first win as a collegian. He was the beneficiary of the run support, as the Trailblazers scored all 14 of their runs in the first four innings. Kelly threw four innings in the seven-inning game, giving up two runs on three hits. he walked one and struck out five.
Nate Alibozek got the loss in the nightcap. He went four innings on the hill, giving up three runs on five hits. The Trailblazers almost got him off the hook.
In the home fourth, Nolan hit a sacrifice fly and then Antonio Archina hit an RBI single to make it 3-2. But Archina was caught stealing to end the threat.
Becker scored four runs off of reliever Frank Rickus in the fifth and the Trailblazers got no closer.
With the split, MCLA is now 2-3, while Becker is 4-5.
MASCAC HONORS AT MCLA
WESTFIELD >> MCLA softball players Rachel Quackenbush, Katie Berghela and Michaela Dinicola have all earned MASCAC weekly honors. Quackenbush is the pitcher of the week, Berghela is the rookie of the week while Dinicola was named to the Honor Roll.
Quackenbush, a senior from Hoosick Falls, N.Y., went 2-0 with a save in four appearances as the Trailblazers opened their Florida stint with a 3-1 record. She pitched 20 innings, giving up one earned runs on 10 hits and registered a 0.35 earned-run average. Quackenbush struck out 23.
Berghela, a freshman from Watervliet, N.Y., hit .400 with two doubles, three runs scored, two stolen bases and three runs-batted in for MCLA.
Dinicola, a senior from Williamstown, hit .438 with seven hits last week.
WILLIAMS SWIMMERS TO NCAA
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Williams will be sending 25 swimmers and divers to the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships. The event will take place March 16-19 in Greensboro, N.C.
Defending champions Emma Waddell (100-meter butterfly), Olivia Jackson (200 backstroke) and Megan Price (400 individual medley) lead the group of 15 swimmers and one diver to the championships. Last year, Williams sent two divers and 10 swimmers, with the Ephs finishing third.
Nine swimmers will compete in the men's championship. Six individuals will compete in 15 events, while there are five relay teams competing. Last year, Williams finished third after sending 13 swimmers and nine divers to the meet.
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Six Williams wrestlers have been recognized as Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Anthony Brooks, Jorge Lopez, Chris Chorzepa, Gabe Corrochano, Matt Morris and Brendon Seyfried earned the All-America honors.
To qualify, wrestlers must have made the NCAA Division III tournament, been a regional top-six wrestler with a record abobe .670 and must have a grade-point average of at least 3.2.
In addition, the Ephs were recognized as the team with the second-highest GPA in Division III. Williams' wrestlers recorded a GPA of 3.42, second only to King's College that had a 3.49 GPA.
HONORS FOR LOCAL ATHLETES
Two Berkshire County athletes, Alyssa Kelly of Lee and Jill Ritrosky of Pittsfield, picked up honors this week.
Ritrosky, a senior from Eastern Connecticut, was named to the D3hoops.com women's basketball All-Northeast Region second team. Ritrosky, whose team lost to Final Four-bound Amherst in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and was first team All-Little East.
Kelly, a freshman midfielder at Mount Ida, was named the Great Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week.
In a 17-11 win over Becker, Kellyhad seven goals and an assist. She scored two goals in a loss to Regis.
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