Pittsfield, Wahconah softball teams qualify for Western Mass.
PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield High School softball team qualified for the postseason in dominant fashion Thursday.
The Generals scored six times in the first inning against Monument, adding four more runs in the next two innings en route to a 13-1 win in six innings.
Allie Hunt and Lauren Carnevale drove in two runs each for PHS, with Sam DeCarlo adding another RBI. Madison Backer and Alice Thomason each scored two runs for Pittsfield. All this offense backed up Emily Koldys, who earned the win on the mound. She struck out five, scattering a run on four hits.
"We're looking to finish [strong in] Berkshire County," PHS coach Greg Marchbanks said. "We have Wahconah and Taconic. We have three more out-of-league games; if we can win two of those three, and win our next two league games, that's going to send us in the playoffs on a good note."
Monument 000 001 -- 1 4 5
Pittsfield 613 001 -- 13 14 1
Aspen Sawyer and Alexa Nejaime. Emily Koldys and Aoife Nester. W -- Koldys. L -- Sawyer. 2B -- Monument 1 (Stalker 1), Pittsfield 3 (Lauren Carnevale 1, Allie Hunt 1, Madison Backer 1) . 3B -- Monument 1 (Nejaime 1), Pittsfield 1 (Hunt 1).
Wahconah 10, St. Joseph 2
DALTON -- The Warriors joined Pittsfield in qualifying for Western Mass. on Thursday. Wahconah scored five times in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to break open their win.
"For being such a young team, for us to qualify was one of our major goals," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "Certainly, we have bigger goals, too. The next four games, we're going to work hard to improve our seed the best we can and potentially play for a home game in the tournament."
Despite taking the loss, St. Joe pitcher Julia Murphy struck out 10 Warriors. However, Kayla Kowalczyk had a big day offensively for Wahconah, and helped get both the fifth- and sixth-inning rallies going. She had three hits -- including a double and a triple -- and drove in two runs.
"We started putting the ball in play and cutting down on strikeouts in those two innings," Belcher said.
Allie Borowsky and Emily Jordan had two hits and two RBI each. Borowsky also had four strikeouts on the mound to earn the win.
St. Joe 000 020 0 -- 2 6 4
Wahconah 001 054 x -- 10 12 2
Julia Murphy and Kacey Sondrini. Allie Borowsky and Bree Herforth. W -- Borowsky. L -- Murphy. 2B -- Wahconah 2 (Chloe Warren 1, Kayla Kowalczyk 1). 3B -- Wahconah 1 (Kowalczyk 1)
Hoosac 6, Taconic 5 (9)
PITTSFIELD -- The Hurricanes got two runs in the top of the ninth, which helped them hold off a charging Braves team Thursday.
Caroline Tomkowicz helped her own cause on the mound, driving in Kali Puppolo with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
Taconic's Kirsten McNeice drove in a run with a single in the ninth, but was stranded at second base to end the game.
"They don't quit. There's a lot of things you can learn from a loss, and we just have a lot of heart," Taconic coach Kevin Harrington said. "We've got to minimize some mistakes. We [gave up] three unearned runs early in the game."
Amanda Ely and Jillian Campbell also drove in runs for Taconic. For Hoosac, Tomkowicz struck out eight, walked none and allowed five runs (three earned). Sienna Witherell drove in a run and scored twice for the Hurricanes.
Hoosac 020 100 102 -- 6 7 2
Taconic 000 210 101 -- 5 13 5
Caroline Tomkowicz and Erin Girard; Carly Decker and Kailey Bell. W -- Tomkowicz. L -- Decker. 2B -- Hoosac 2 (Tomkowicz 1, Sienna Witherell 1), Taconic 1 (Bell 1). 3B -- Taconic 1 (Jillian Campbell 1).
Mount Everett 2, Mount Greylock 1
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Kendal Frye did more than enough in the circle to win for Mount Greylock on Thursday afternoon. Mount Everett's Alicia Bazonski trumped her.
Bazonski held the Mounties (7-8) to three hits and one run in the win. She struck out nine. Frye gave up two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three.
"We had our opportunities. We couldn't plate them," said Greylock coach June Blake.
The Mounties stranded runners in two of the last five innings, but couldn't get a big hit. Hailey Guest had two of the Mounties' three hits.
Bazonski, who had two hits, belted a solo home run in the Everett second inning to tie the game and Brooke Morehouse's base hit put the Eagles ahead for keeps.
Mount Everett 020 000 0 -- 2 6 2
Mount Greylock 100 000 0 -- 1 3 2
Alicia Bazonski and Morgan DeGrenier. Kendal Frye and Olivia DiNicola. W--Bazonski. L--Frye. HR--ME 1 (Bazonski).
Drury 15, Lee 5
NORTH ADAMS -- The Blue Devils (6-10) are, for all intents and purposes, in tournament mode. That's because coach Mary Ann Maroni's team can't afford to lose another game if it wants to play into June.
"It's one and done," said Maroni. "Anything is doable. If our A team comes to play, they're very hard to beat. We played good ball today."
Winning pitcher Cat Record helped her cause by hitting a two-run single in Drury's five-run fifth inning. That big inning broke a 5-5 tie. The Blue Devils got to Lee starter Kendra Williams for five runs on four hits in the fourth.
Emily Moulton had three of Drury's 10 hits, and she scored three runs. Nikki Laudon belted a two-run home run for the Wildcats in the first inning.
Lee 230 000 0 -- 5 10 8
Drury 050 550 x -- 15 10 3
Kendra Williams and Nikki Laudon. Cat Record and Ingrid Olsen. W--Record. L--Williams. 2B--L 1 (Amy Goss). D 2 (Amber Iacuessa, Heather Morris).
Baseball: Berlin (N.Y.) 7, Lee 4
BERLIN, N.Y. -- Wildcat pitcher Nick Pow held host Berlin to four hits and three walks, but the Lee defense committed five errors in the loss.
Lee outhit Berlin seven to five, but the Wildcats left 11 runners stranded. They left runners in scoring position six times and left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings -- without scoring a run.
"We had our opportunities," said Lee coach Chip Cummings. "We didn't capitalize today."
Devyn Olds had a double and a triple for Lee, driving in two runs.
Lee 000 020 2 -- 4 7 5
Berlin 004 003 x -- 7 4 0
Nick Pow and Devyn Olds. Jeff Curtis (2), Matt Rokjer (1 1/3), Ryan Shumway (2), Nick Despart (1 2/3) and John Schatz. W--Rokjer. L--Pow. 2B--L 1 (Olds). B 1 (Ryan Gosse). 3B--L 1 (Olds). B 1 (Jeff Curtis).
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