Monument Mountain wins its own baseball tournament
GREAT BARRINGTON -- T.J Shumsky had three hits and James Allentuck fired two innings of scoreless relief as Monument Mountain won its own baseball tournament, 7-5 over St. Joseph on Monday afternoon at the Spartans' home field.
Shumsky was named MVP of the tournament.
Drury defeated Wahconah 8-6 in the third place game. Ryan Ouimet stroked a sacrifice fly and Nolan Bird had an RBI single in the top of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie. Tyler Codey picked up the win in relief of Bird, while Jake Tatro got the save for Drury.
"Well, I totally reconstructed my swing over the summer, and it seems to be paying off," said Shumsky.
Shumsky was 3 for 3, was hit by a pitch, scored three runs and stole a base.
The Crusaders (4-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of hits and three walks in the first inning. Zach Neary and Kyle Gregory each had RBI in the inning.
After that inning, Monument starter Christian Callahan settled down and didn't allow any more runs until the sixth.
"I think Christian got off to a slow start today because he didn't warm up sufficiently," said Monument coach Tom Hankey. "We will address that."
Monument (3-1) climbed back into the game with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Henri Morrison and Dominic Defelice each smacked RBI singles to help the home side take the lead at 4-3.
Monument pushed the lead out farther when Morrison and Trevor MacFarland connected with RBI hits in the bottom of the fifth. It was 6-3.
But that lead was not safe. Callahan walked the first two Crusader batters, Jon Bianchi and Joe Bongini, in the top of the sixth. Hankey brought in Allentuck, who pitched for the Spartan junior varsity last season.
Allentuck allowed a leadoff single to Mike Carpenter to load the bases before settling down, somewhat. He struck out the side, but not before walking two more batters and allowing another single. But he held onto the lead, 6-5. Monument added another insurance run on a Dan Meandro RBI double.
"I went out to the mound twice, and basically tried to calm him down," said Hankey. "He's a big thinker out there, and I just wanted him to relax and concentrate on getting guys out."
In the seventh, Allentuck calmed down and retired the side for the win.
Carpenter and Neary each had two hits for St. Joseph's. Carpenter had two RBI. For Monument, in addition the Shumsky, Morrison and Meandro also had two hits each.
Monument 7, St. Joseph 5
St. Joseph 300 002 0 -- 5 8 2
Monument 020 221 x -- 7 9 2
Christian Callahan, James Allentuck and T.J. Shumsky. Mike Carpenter, Paul Bullock and Nate Stump. WP--Christian Callahan. LP--Carpenter. S--Allentuck. 2B--Monument 2 (Dan Meandro, Trevor MacFarland).
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.