Pittsfield, Greylock baseball reach W. Mass. tourney
DALTON -- Pittsfield clinched a Western Mass. playoff berth in dominant fashion, beating Wahconah 19-3 on Wednesday. Kevin Donati hit for the cycle, going 5 for 6 with six RBI and four runs scored.
"One of our goals this year was to get to the tournament and it happened pretty quickly," Pittsfield coach Bob Moynihan said.
Dom Traversa sparked the Pittsfield (10-4, 6-3) offense with his two-run double in the first inning. The Generals scored in all but one inning.
Bobby New earned the win, going the distance and striking out nine Warriors (5-6, 2-5).
Moynihan said earning a trip to Western Mass. allows his team to relax a little, but he added that winning the North Division and a Western Mass. title are the next goals for his team.
"We only had one error all day," he said. "Pitching has been solid and hitting has been solid. If you put all those things together you can win a couple ball games."
Pittsfield 443 215 0 -- 19 17 2
Wahconah 010 200 0 -- 3 5 4
Bobby New and Dom Traversa. Kyle Kirchner (1 1/3) Andrew Kowalczyk (2/3) Eli Pease (5). W -- New. L -- Kirchner. 2B -- Pittsfield 5 (Kevin Donati 3, Traversa 1, Joe Gratton 1); Wahconah 1 (Ethan Wells 1). 3B -- Pittsfield 1 (Donati 1). HR -- Pittsfield 1 (Donati).
Mount Greylock 7, Hoosac Valley 3
CHESHIRE -- Jake Benzinger was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, and Greylock (10-2) earned its second win over the Hurricanes this season - and more importantly, qualified for Western Mass.
Delaney Pudvar and Dan Flynn were each 2 for 4 with an RBI for Greylock, as the Mounties scored all their runs in the fourth through seventh innings.
"Justin [Nichols] ran out of gas in the late innings," said Hoosac coach Bob Rivard of his pitcher. "They had four walks and a hit batsman [in the sixth]. That's all their runs right there. ... That's putting way too many people on base for a good team like Greylock."
Joey Buonemani had an RBI double in the fourth inning for Hoosac, and Matt Braman and Matt Koperniak had three hits each.
Greylock 000 113 2 -- 7 9
Hoosac 000 300 0 -- 3 6
Ian Brink and Nick DiSanti. Justin Nichols (5 1/3), Brandon Tworig (1 2/3) and Jake Swistak. W -- Brink. L -- Nichols. 2B -- Greylock 2 (Jake Benzinger 1, Dan Flynn 1), Hoosac 1 (Joey Buonemani 1).
Monument Mountain 8, Mount Anthony 0
GREAT BARRINGTON -- T.J. Shumsky drove in four runs, Christian Callahan tossed a five-hit shutout, and the Spartans drove in four of their runs with sacrifice flies on Wednesday.
"We had some nice situational hitting today," Monument coach Tom Hankey said.
Shumsky had two of the RBI sac flies, and also hit a two-run single in the sixth inning. Brandon Perry, Bobby Kinne and Henri Morrison had two hits each for Monument.
On the hill, Callahan struck out four and walked no one.
"He had great command today," Hankey said. "He had all his pitches going and kept them off balance. All the hard work he did in the offseason is starting to pay off for this young kid. It's nice to see."
Mt. A 000 000 0 -- 0 5 1
Monument 111 113 x -- 8 12 0
Babson and Coon. Christian Callahan and T.J. Shumsky. W -- Callahan. L -- Babson. 2B -- Monument 2 (Bobby Kinne 1, Brandon Perry 1). 3B -- Monument 1 (Kinne 1).
Lee 4, Lenox 1
LEE -- J.T. Brown pitched a complete-game three-hitter to give Lee the win.
Brown struck out four and did not allow an earned run.
"[Brown] had one bad inning when we lost his rhythm, but he bore down for most of the day," Lee coach Chip Cummings said. "They couldn't catch up with his fastball."
On offense, Heamon Williams provided clutch hitting for the Wildcats (3-7, 3-6). He came through with RBI singles in the first and fifth innings with two outs, securing Lee's lead.
Lenox 000 010 0 -- 1 3 4
Lee 100 111 x -- 4 10 1
Patrick Colvin (6) and Mike Downer. J.T. Brown and Heamon Williams. 2B -- Lee 2 (Jake Simon 1, Nick Pow 1).
Softball: Taconic 7, Pittsfield 2
PITTSFIELD -- On Saturday, Mount Everett's Alicia Bazonski no-hit Taconic. Since then, the Braves have done nothing but win.
Under the lights at the Doyle Complex, the Braves scored a run in the first inning and never trailed, for their third win in as many days.
The Generals cut Taconic's lead to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, but the Braves answered with three runs in the home sixth. The key hit was a two-run triple by freshman catcher Kailey Bell.
Taconic coach Kevin Harrington has watched his team go 3 for 3 this week with another game set for today. He said he doesn't want the train to stop rolling.
"No, no I don't," he said. "They're playing really good ball. We played excellent defense which was huge for us."
Pittsfield 000 002 0 -- 2 7 1
Taconic 102 013 x -- 7 7 2
Emily Koldys and Aoife Nester. Carly Decker and Kailey Bell. W--Decker. L--Koldys. 2B--P 1 (Sam DeCarlo 1). 3B--P 1 (Allie Hunt 1). T 3 (Bell 1, Kirsten McNeice 1, Anna Sarabia 1).
Monument 28, Commerce 0
SPRINGFIELD -- The Spartans got off the bus ready to hit, and hit they did.
The Spartans scored 10 runs on 10 hits in the first inning. Alexa Nejaime, who was a single away from hitting for the cycle, had a double and a triple in the first. Heather Bradbury had two singles in the first.
Nejaime finished 3 for 4 with four runs scored and five RBI.
Monument (10)54 72 -- 28 20 0
Commerce 000 00 -- 0 2 6
Aspen Sawyer (4), Aanisah Taylor (1) and Alexa Nejaime.
2B--MM 2 (Erica Broderick 1, Nejaime 1). 3B--MM 1 (Nejaime 1). HR--MM 1 (Nejaime 1).
Monson 10, Lee 5
LEE -- The host Wildcats outhit Monson 11-8, but only managed five runs.
Lee left seven runners on base, but left runners in scoring position in four different innings.
Nikki Laudon had a home run for Lee.
Monson 110 233 0 -- 10 8 0
Lee 101 120 0 -- 5 11 1
Carly Zielinski and Zoe Chevrette. Kendra Williams and Nikki Laudon. W--Zielinski. L--Williams. 2B--M 2 (Graycen Legere 1), L 2 (Courtney Picard 1, Hannah Miller 1). HR--L 1 (Nikki Laudon 1).
Southwick 21, McCann Tech 5
NORTH ADAMS -- Haley Malloy drove in two runs, and Cheyenne Alcombright tripled and drove in another run, but the Hornets were done in by nine errors and Southwick's 11-run fifth inning.
"I had to protect my team today as I had a player suffering and needed to get her off the field," McCann coach Kate Galli said in an email. "At that point in the game, it was more important to live to fight another day, as hard as it is to make that decision. We have been plagued by injuries in the last week alone, and couldn't risk further injury to two of my players out in that field today."
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