Pittsfield softball rallies in sixth for win over Greylock


WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Pittsfield softball team needed a rescue straight out of a TV script.

The Generals were down three runs to Mount Greylock and weren't showing any signs of offense on Tuesday.

"Coach [Greg Marchbanks] called it a soap opera," said Generals pitcher Sarah Rayner. "It was accurate. ... I was really mad. I was just like ‘C'mon, what are we waiting for? Let's do it.' "

Pittsfield found its white knight in Aoife Nester, who blasted a 3-run triple in the sixth before scoring on a Rayner groundout to rally the Generals past Mount Greylock, 4-3 on Monday. The drive to right broke Mountie hearts after pitcher Heather Tomkowicz had held Pittsfield to just a hit and three baserunners over the first five innings.

"I've kind of been slacking a couple games," Nester said. "For me to come out and be able to hit ... it just felt really good. And it helped us."

It was the spark the Generals (13-5, 11-2 county) needed after a sluggish start to a game delayed more than an hour by thunderstorms. Both Rayner and Nester said the delay threw off Pittsfield's routine.

Greylock (10-8, 6-5) pounced in the meantime, building a 3-0 lead on an RBI single from Miranda Voller and a pair of runs scored by Sam Joy on passed balls.

"I thought we did a great job manufacturing our three runs," said Mounties coach June Blake. "They didn't give us a whole lot, but when we had baserunners on we were able to move her over and get her across home plate."

Rayner finished with seven strikeouts. She faced just six batters in the last two innings, pitching around a leadoff single in the sixth when Kendal Frye got caught between second and third.

"Definitely frustrating when they come up behind you like that," Voller said. "We had three and she had a good hit. There's nothing you can really do about that."

Tomkowicz struck out five on the day but gave up six hits over the final two innings. Once Pittsfield found some momentum, the Generals were in control.

Even after Rayner's groundout drove in Nester, Pittsfield loaded the bases again in the sixth before Tomkowicz escaped another jam. Greylock couldn't respond.

"We just kept on hitting," Nester said. "Our coach would say it was contagious and it really was."


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Sarah Rayner and Aoife Nester; Heather Tomkowicz and Kendal Frye. W -- Rayner. L -- Frye. 2B -- Pittsfield 1 (Alissa Rosier). 3B -- Pittsfield 1 (Aoife Nester).


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