Pittsfield baseball holds on in seventh, deals Monument 3-2 loss
PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield High School baseball team handed Monument Mountain its first loss of the season Monday, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to preserve a 3-2 win at Clapp Park.
Monument (7-1, 6-1) plated a run in the seventh, with Austin Pectal scoring on a passed ball. A walk loaded the bases with two outs, but Joe Gratton induced a T.J. Shumsky groundout to end the game.
"He did it the other day with Westfield. He shut the door," said PHS coach Bob Moynihan of Gratton's performance. "He's a determined kid, and he did a great job today doing the same thing he did on Saturday in a pressure situation."
Pittsfield took the lead in the fourth inning when two runs scored on the same play. A wild pitch scored Ryan Nassif from third base, and on a throw to the plate to try and catch Nassif, the ball rolled up the third-base line and allowed Anthony Jones to score.
Dom Traversa added an RBI single in the fifth to make it 3-1.
For his part, Gratton scattered 12 hits and allowed two runs (one earned), striking out six Spartans. The PHS win avenged an early-April loss in Great Barrington.
"They were in first place and undefeated," Moynihan said. "For us, that's a big win, for sure."
Monument 000 100 1 -- 2 12 1
Pittsfield 000 210 x -- 3 9 0
James Allentuck (5), Christian Callahan (1) and T.J. Shumsky. Joe Gratton and Dom Traversa. W -- Gratton. L -- Allentuck. 2B -- Monument 1 (Peter Oggiani 1), Pittsfield 1 (Traversa 1).
Hoosac 4, Mount Everett 2
CHESHIRE -- Matt Braman's eight-strikeout performance kept Mount Everett's lineup off-balance, and Matt Koperniak helped the Hurricanes to a win with a two-run single in the fourth inning to put Hoosac ahead for good.
Braman allowed just two hits and two runs, one earned. He walked two batters.
"He had a good fastball and he had a good curve," Hoosac coach Bob Rivard said. "From time to time, he'll lose his location. He let that ball get up in the fourth inning.
"The breaking ball had them off balance, though. He had good stuff. He hadn't pitched in about a week, so he was strong."
Zach Albareda added an RBI single in the second inning for Hoosac (5-3, 5-3).
Everett 000 200 0 -- 2 2 2
Hoosac 011 200 x -- 4 9 1
Angell and Tomich. Matt Braman and Jake Swistak. W -- Braman. L -- Angell. 2B -- Hoosac 2 (Braman 1, Swistak 1).
Holyoke Catholic 5, Lenox 4
HOLYOKE -- Holyoke Catholic scored twice in the sixth inning to take the lead for good Monday.
Dillon Benham tripled twice for Lenox, driving in a run. Ben Ramondetta and Trey McNinch also had an RBI each for Lenox (4-6).
"We walked a couple of batters and they got some key hits," Lenox coach Kevin Downer said. "They manufactured more runs. We kept ourselves in the ballgame, but as a team, we've got to start hitting better to get more Ws."
Lenox 001 102 0 -- 4 3 2
Holyoke 000 302 x -- 5 9 3
Connor Hanson (3 1/3), Trevor Hathaway (1 1/3), Mike Downer (1 1/3) and Cam Sibley. Nick Limoges (4), Tim Orzechenki (3) and Susari. W -- Orzechenki. L -- Downer. 2B -- Holyoke 1 (Heavier 1). 3B -- Lenox 2 (Dillon Benham 2). HR -- Holyoke 1 (Limoges 1).
Wahconah 18, McCann 3
DALTON -- McCann Tech's offense started quickly, but Wahconah's was more consistent, scoring in every inning en route to a mercy-rule victory.
Ethan Wells led Wahconah (5-5, 2-4) with four hits, four runs scored and five RBI. Wells gave the Warriors the lead with a three-run home run in the first.
Kyle Kirchner's three-run homer in the third put Wahconah up nine.
Marco Anastasio earned the win, striking out three over five innings.
McCann 210 00 -- 3 3 5
Wahconah 363 51 -- 18 13 3
Justin Schneider (3), DeBlois (1 2/3) and Bohl. Marco Anastasio and Matt Schneider (4), Evan Garvey (1). 2B -- Wahconah 1 (Andrew Beaudoin). HR -- Wahconah 2 (Ethan Wells, Kyle Kirchner).
Lee 8, Berlin (N.Y.) 1
LEE -- Three runs in the first was all the support Lee starter Jake Simon needed to get the victory.
Simon pitched seven innings, scattering five hits, striking out nine and allowing just an unearned run.
John Graziano led Lee with two hits and four RBI. Heamon Williams and Paul Boutiette added three hits each.
"[Simon] threw the ball well," Lee coach Chip Cummings said. "He was around the plate most of the day, [and] kept himself in a good rhythm."
Berlin 000 000 1 -- 1 5 3
Lee 301 202 -- 8 12 2
Ryan Shumway and John Schatz. Jake Simon (6 2/3) Devyn Olds (1/3) and Heamon Williams. 2B -- Berlin 1 (Matt Montero); Lee 2 (J.T. Brown, Heamon Williams). 3B -- Lee 1 (John Graziano).
Softball: Wahconah 12, Lee 0
DALTON -- In what Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher called one of her best outings on the mound, Warriors pitcher Allie Borowsky tossed a three-hit shutout Monday, striking out five and walking none. It's her first career shutout.
"I thought she did a really good job hitting her spots today," Belcher said. "She had really good control of her pitches. She didn't get deep into many counts; she was able to get ahead on hitters."
Wahconah took a 9-0 lead after two innings, and ended this one after six. Borowsky helped her own cause with three RBI; Bridget Lussier went 2 for 3, scoring four runs and tripling in a first-inning run; and Chloe Warren hit an inside-the-park, two-run homer to dead center field in the second inning.
"Today, I thought it was really important that we give [Allie] that support right off the bat, and she settled right in," Belcher said.
Lee 000 000 -- 0 3 2
Wahconah 450 102 -- 12 14 0
Jenny LePrevost and Nikki Laudon. Allie Borowsky and Bree Herforth. W -- Borowsky. L -- LePrevost. 3B -- Lee 1 (Laudon 1), Wahconah 1 (Bridget Lussier 1). HR -- Wahconah 1 (Chloe Warren 1).
St. Joe 19, Commerce 0
PITTSFIELD -- Julia Murphy didn't allow a hit in five innings at the Doyle Complex, striking out 11 batters in an easy win.
"She was pretty much throwing anything she wanted to," St. Joe coach Jim Stimpson said. "It seemed like everything was working for her. She threw a lot of fastballs, but she moves them around real good."
Murphy also had four hits and three RBI as St. Joe scored all its runs in the first three innings. Cate Bean and Marley Brown homered, with Bean driving in three runs. Olivia Mazzeo and Kacey Sondrini were each 3 for 4 for St. Joe.
Commerce 000 00 -- 0 0 5
St. Joe 667 0x -- 19 21 0
K. Lopez and A. Ruemmele. Julia Murphy and Kacey Sondrini. W -- Murphy. L -- Lopez. 2B -- St. Joe 1 (Kelsey Cook 1). HR -- St. Joe 2 (Cate Bean 1, Marley Brown 1).
Taconic 10, Drury 3
PITTSFIELD -- Taconic used two big innings to defeat Drury.
Leading 4-3 heading into the sixth, the Braves scored six times in the fifth to ice the game.
Mallory Smith started the scoring in the sixth with an RBI single. Kailey Bell kept the rally going with a two-run double, and Amanda Ely capped the inning with an RBI single.
Carly Decker earned the complete-game win, striking out five and scattering six hits.
"We were really aggressive at the plate and on the bases," Taconic coach Kevin Harrington said. "We put the ball in play and tried to make Drury make plays."
Drury 000 111 0 -- 3 6 1
Taconic 040 060 x 10 12 3
Cat Record and Ingrid Olsen. Carly Decker and Kailey Bell. 2B -- Drury 1 (Jordan Vanuni 1), Taconic 2 (Bell 2). 3B -- Taconic 1 (Lauren Aitken 1).