Monument track sweeps Lenox; St. Joe softball wins big
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Monument Mountain's track and field season got off to a fast start Wednesday -- literally.
Connor Storti won four events for the Spartans and Jason Laramee and Weyessa McAlister won two each as Monument won all but one relay race, taking a 113-27 dual win over Lenox. The girls got three event wins each from Heather Hassett and Victoria Costello to beat Lenox 95 1/2-45 1/2.
Storti prevailed in the 100 (11.4 seconds), 200 (23.7), long jump (19 feet, 9 inches) and triple jump (40-10 3/4) for Monument, while Laramee won the javelin (128-6) and the high jump (6-0). McAlister, or ‘Ace' as he's known, won the mile (4:45) and two-mile (10:15). In the latter, he held off All-Eagle boys cross country MVP Tucker McNinch by four seconds.
Storti's wins qualified him for both the Western Massac husetts divisional meet and the Central-Western Mass. meet in all four events.
"Sometimes we take him for granted, because he's so quiet and just goes and does his thing," Monument boys coach Mickey McCartney said. "I didn't think today's weather was great. I'm not sure which way the wind was going for the sprints, but he came pretty close to PRs in his events. To think that, this early in the year he's already done 11.4, is pretty damn good."
Lenox's win came in the 3,200 relay, in 9:18.
On the girls side, Hassett won the 400 (1:03.4), mile (5:45) and the high jump (4-10). Costello earned wins in the 100 (13.4), long jump (15-8) and triple jump (31-8 1/2). Monument's Paige Gray won both the shot put (24-1) and javelin (89-11).
Lenox won two of the three relay races, and got wins from Shannon Meisberger (100 hurdles, 17.7), Emily Tibbetts (800, 2:42) and Hayley Bowers (two-mile, 12:31).
Softball: St. Joseph 12, Monument Mountain 0
PITTSFIELD -- Kasey Sondrini hit a three-run triple in the second inning, Julia Murphy struck out eight Spartans, and the Crusaders rolled to a season-opening win at a blustery Doyle Complex.
St. Joe got just four hits in five innings, but benefited from a number of walks. Murphy scattered four hits on the hill to earn the win.
"It was cold, but she was strong," St. Joe coach Jim Stimpson said. "We had 30-40 mile-per-hour gusts up there. She was throwing hard, and it was affecting the pitch."
St. Joe hosts Lee today at the Doyle Complex.
Girls lacrosse: Wahconah 14, St. Mary's 6
WESTFIELD -- The Wahconah girls lacrosse team jumped out of the gate with a big first half to sink St. Mary's.
The Warriors ended the first half on a 6-0 run, taking a six-goal lead into the second half. Hannah Powell, Perin Genaway and Alex Wood had three goals each.
Wahconah 14, St. Mary's 6
Wahconah 10 4 -- 14
St. Mary's 4 2 -- 6
Wahconah: Hannah Powell 3 goals, McKenna McIlquham 1 goal, Perin Genaway 3 goals, Alex Wood 3 goals, Catherine Fusini 1 goal, Morgan Francese 1goal, Paige Chiaretta 1 goal, Angela Colson 1 goal, Shaina Farrell 1 assist. St. Mary's: Andrea Watson 3 goals, Taylor Marshall 1 goal, Lauren Chapdaine 2 goals, Iasling Smith 1 assist.
Saves -- Wahconah: Katie Bachli 2, Liz Culpepper 4; St. Mary's: Carissa Foley 10.
Girls tennis: The Gunnery 6, Miss Hall's 1
Miss Hall's managed to take win one point during its loss to The Gunnery.
Sophie Haclerod and Caroline Saltzman beat Iida Tuominen and Reilly Haskins 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles. Harnoor Mann nearly forced a third set at No. 1 singles, but fell 6-4, 7-6.
"Despite losing matches, we were competitive in four of them," Miss Hall's tennis coach Richard Butler said.
The Gunnery 6, Miss Hall's 1
Singles -- 1. Amanda Payne (G) def. Harnoor Mann 6-4, 7-6; 2. Grace vanTartwik (G) def. Phoebe Spare 6-0, 6-0; 3. Casey Cullen (G) def. Qigi Cai 6-1, 6-2; 4. Daisy Bolger def. Della Qin 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles -- 1. Erica Payne/Morgan Small (G) def. Rosie Zhao/Celeste Ruan 6-2, 6-4; 2. Erin Bond/Emma Kneisel (G) def. Faith Smalley/Emily Ren 6-4, 6-1; Sophie Haclerod/Caroline Saltzman (MH) def. Iida Tuominen/Reilly Haskins 6-3, 6-2.
Colleges: Trinity baseball 4, MCLA 3, 10 inn.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Trailblazers broke a scoreless streak that stretched more than three full games, but it wasn't enough to top Trinity in extras.
Bryan Wolfe sent a two-out, RBI single through the left side to lift the Bantams.
MCLA's Rory Slattery had three hits to lead MCLA, while Mike Sullivan and Chase Preite each had two.
Amherst softball sweeps MCLA
AMHERST -- The Lord Jeffs made quick work of the Trailblazers, winning by mercy, 11-3 and 12-0, in both games.
Amherst opened up a 7-0 lead after 2.5 innings in the opener, which provided enough of a cushion when MCLA rallied for three in the bottom of the third. Jennifer Sicinski's two-RBI hit was the big hit in the inning.
Amherst plated three in the sixth to secure the mercy win.
In the nightcap, MCLA starter Rachel Quakenbush, fresh off rewriting the school's career strikeout record, couldn't keep the Lord Jeffs at bay. Amherst struck for three runs in each of the first two innings. It scored in each of the next three innings for the mercy win.