Nichols pitches Hoosac baseball past Lenox
CHESHIRE -- Hoosac Valley pitcher Justin Nichols got a better grip on the ball as the game went on Friday, and so did his success against Lenox bats.
Nichols struck out eight Millionaires, walking just two, in a complete-game 5-2 win.
"He got better around the third or fourth inning," said Hoosac coach Bob Rivard of Nichols. "He got the ball down. As long as his stuff is down, he has tough [stuff]."
Four Hurricanes -- Nate Tomkiewicz, Sean Ryan-Kut, Joey Buonemani and John Lewis -- drove in a run each. Tomkiewicz and Ryan-Kut each went 2 for 2.
"Contact was better," Rivard said. "We haven't been striking out much. It's gonna come around."
Mike Downer and Trevor Hathaway each had two hits for Lenox, with Hathaway picking up a double.
Lenox 001 000 1 -- 2 6 1
Hoosac 022 010 x -- 5 9 1
Patrick Colvin and Mike Downer. Justin Nichols and Jake Swistak. W -- Nichols. L -- Colvin. 2B -- Lenox 1 (Trevor Hathaway 1), Hoosac 2 (Sean Ryan-Kut 1, Nichols 1).
Taconic 11, Lee 3
LEE -- The Braves scored in each of the first three innings, and Joey Dewey made that lead stand with his performance on the hill.
Dewey struck out 10 Wildcats, giving up three unearned runs in the sixth inning.
"He was on top of his game," said Taconic coach Kevin Stannard of Dewey's performance. "Obviously, his fastball was pretty solid. His curveball and his splitter were outstanding today."
Alex Carusotto drove in three runs for Taconic, with a two-run single in the third inning and an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth. Steve Witkowski, Jake McNeice and Andrew Winston each had two hits and at least one RBI for the Braves. Witkowski drove in two runs.
"Their approach to the plate has been fantastic," Stannard said.
Taconic was the home team for this game, as the Braves' field is still somewhat under water from this week's rain.
Lee 000 003 0 -- 3 5 3
Taconic 132 023 x -- 11 11 1
J.T. Brown (2 2/3), Eric Faring (2 1/3), Casey Blair (1) and Heamon Williams (2), Devyn Olds (4). Joey Dewey and Kevin Squires (5), Brett Murphy (2). W -- Dewey. L -- Brown. 2B -- Lee 1 (Jake Simon 1), Taconic 2 (Dewey 1, Andrew Winston 1).
Mount Everett 9, New Lebanon 2
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Bradley Lupiani threw six strong innings for the Eagles, earning the win.
Lupiani struck out six and scattered only three hits. He also had a solid day at the plate with two hits. Nick Tomich led Everett (3-5) with two hits and two RBI. Malik Wilbon also had two RBI.
"Bradley spotted the ball well," Everett coach Jesse Carpenter said. "He was really effective in the early innings and we made plays behind him.
"We went 14 innings without scoring. ... We swung the bats a little better today."
Everett 012 114 0 -- 9 11 3
New Leb. 020 000 0 -- 2 3 6
Bradley Lupiani (6), Jon Ovitt (1) and Nick Tomich. Bryan Gale (5), Keith Barton (2) and Nick Esposito. 2B -- Everett 1 (Sage Angell 1).
Monument Mountain 6, Wahconah 2
DALTON -- Two big offensive innings were all the support Monument starter Peter Oggiani needed to beat Wahconah.
The Spartans tagged reliever Ethan Wells, who entered the seventh to a bases-loaded jam, for three runs to take control of the game. Oggiani helped his own cause with a two-RBI single in the inning. T.J. Shumsky drove in the final Monument run.
On the mound, Oggiani allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked two.
"[Oggiani] threw the ball well," Wahconah coach Jared Shannon said. "He was able to establish a first-pitch strike and change speeds."
Bobby Kinne led the Spartans with three RBI. Matt Schneider led Wahconah with two hits and two RBI.
Monument 003 000 3 -- 6 7 0
Wahconah 101 000 0 -- 2 4 2
Peter Oggiani and T.J. Shumsky. Kyle Kirchner (6 1/3), Ethan Wells (0+), Eli Pease (2/3) and Matt Schneider. 3B -- Wahconah 1 (Wells 1).
Pittsfield 8, Drury 2
NORTH ADAMS -- Pittsfield's six-run inning led the Generals to a win.
Anthony Jones and Chad Shade led the Pittsfield offense. Bobby New picked up the win, scattering seven hits and walking none.
Schuyler Robinson and Logan Rumbolt each had two hits for Drury.
Drury (6-3, 3-2) coach Pat Boulger said his team could not get the timely hit when it was needed.
"[New] battled," he said. "We had some situation we didn't take advantage of. They defended well and got him out of a lot of situations."
Pittsfield 200 006 0 -- 8 10 0
Drury 010 001 0 -- 2 7 5
Bobby New and Dom Traversa. Tyler Cote (6) Shane Garvey (1) and Cody Crosier. 2B -- Pittsfield 1 (Kevin Donati 1), Drury 2 (Logan Rumbolt 2).
Softball: Pittsfield 14, Drury 2
NORTH ADAMS -- The Generals scored in each of the game's six innings, pounding out 15 hits.
Allie Hunt got things started for Pittsfield in the first inning with a two-run homer to right center field at Alcombright Field.
Aoife Nester was 3 for 4 for the Generals with three runs scored, and Lauren Carnevale drove in two runs for the victors.
"They definitely had [Cat Record's] number," Drury coach Mary Ann Maroni said. "They were hitting to the outfield, or they were hitting bloopers over the infielders' heads. They did an amazing job at bat tonight."
Record had an RBI double in the first for Drury, and Ingrid Olsen followed that an inning later with an RBI single. Those were the only two runs -- and two of the three hits -- Emily Koldys allowed for Pittsfield.
Pittsfield 215 222 -- 14 15 0
Drury 110 000 -- 2 3 4
Emily Koldys and Aoife Nester. Cat Record (4), Maya Howland (2) and Ingrid Olsen. W -- Koldys. L -- Record. 2B -- Pittsfield 3 (Carnevale 1, Nester 1, DeCarlo 1), Drury 1 (Record 1). HR -- Pittsfield 1 (Allie Hunt 1).
Wahconah 10, Hoosac Valley 7
CHESHIRE -- Miscues in the field by Hoosac Valley led to a Wahconah victory.
Hoosac (3-3, 3-2) coach Morgan Shafer said several players were playing in new positions, leading to three errors and five passed balls for the Hurricanes.
Wahconah -- a day removed from a home loss to Taconic -- rallied from Hoosac's six-run first inning, cutting their deficit to one run after three. In the fourth, the Warriors took the lead with a five-run inning.
Bridget Lussier started the rally with a one-out RBI single. The Warriors strung together three more singles, scoring four runs.
Allie Borowsky earned the win for Wahconah, going the distance, striking out three and scattering 11 hits. Kayla Kowalczyk led Wahconah with three hits and two RBI.
Wahconah 311 500 0 -- 10 10 1
Hoosac 600 100 0 -- 7 11 3
Allie Borowsky and Chloe Warren. Kali Puppolo (4), Caroline Tomkowicz (3) and Erin Girard. 2B -- Hoosac Valley 1 (Carrington McGrath 1), Wahconah 1 (Kayla Kowalczyk 1). 3B -- Wahconah 1 (Emily Jordan 1).
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