Pittsfield baseball wins at Longmeadow; Eph lacrosse teams earn victories
LONGMEADOW -- Joe Gratton struck out eight Longmeadow batters Wednesday, evening both his and Pittsfield baseball's win-loss records as the Generals won 7-1 on the road.
Gratton, in a 92-pitch outing, struck out eight batters and walked just one. PHS coach Bob Moynihan said his starter mixed a fastball, curveball and slider effectively all day.
"He was hitting the strike zone," Moynihan said. "All three pitches he was throwing, he was throwing for strikes.
"That's all you need. If you can get two over, you're in good shape. Something offspeed. That always helps."
Pittsfield got two hits each from Kevin Donati, Ryan Grande and Anthony Jones. Grande, Bobby New and Chad Shade drove in a run each for the victors, who were up 4-0 after one inning.
"We were kind of opportunistic in the first inning and scored a couple of runs off of errors," Moynihan said.
Pittsfield plays Taconic at Clapp Park on Saturday.
Pittsfield 400 012 0 -- 7 8 2
Longm. 000 001 0 -- 1 4 5
Joe Gratton and Dom Traversa. Kennedy (5), Walthouse (2) and Connor McCarthy (6), Erwin (1). W -- Gratton (1-1). L -- Kennedy.
College lacrosse: Williams men 14, Vassar 5
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams men's lacrosse team secured their first winning regular season in six seasons by rolling to a win over Vassar.
With the win, Wiliams improves to 8-5. Even if the Ephs lose their final two regular-season games, they would finish 8-7, giving them their first winning season since going 10-8 in 2008.
Andy Grabowski put the Ephs ahead for keeps, scoring all four of his team's goals in a 4-0 first quarter. The Ephs led 8-2 at halftime.
Grabowski finished with four goals and an assist, while Thomas Fowler scored three times for the Ephs.
Williams outshot Vassar 23-16. Vassar goalie Andrew Nicol had nine saves. Williams used three goalies. Dan Whittam had 10 saves, Miles McCarthy had one and Patrick Shayer didn't make any.
Williams women 13, RPI 6
TROY, N.Y. -- In the same week that Williams moved up in the national rankings, the Ephs improved to 12-1 with a win over RPI.
The Ephs are now ninth in the latest IWLCA national Division III poll.
None of that mattered early Wednesday night as the Engineers took a 3-2 lead on Marissa Page's goal with 15:49 left in the first half.
From there, the Ephs went on a 6-1 run and led 8-4 at halftime. The Ephs never trailed again.
Rebecca McGovern scored four goals, giving her 31 for the season. Bridget Malicki, Hilary Cook and Nancy Palmer all scored two goals for Williams.
Ali Piltch had seven saves for the Ephs. RPI goalie Erin Amarello had seven saves. Erin Riley and Marissa Page had two goals each for the Engineers.
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.