Saturday's high school roundup: A Wahconah softball winner
PALMER -- When you're playing on a field without a fence, a game-winning home run isn't called a walk-off shot.
Bizzy King's two-run, run-off home run in the top of the ninth inning helped give Wahconah a 7-5 win over Palmer on Saturday afternoon. It's the Warriors' fifth straight win.
"We really responded," said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher, whose team was down 5-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning. "We showed a lot of character to bounce back."
Freshman second baseman Chloe Warren's two-run triple in the top of the seventh tied the game. Wahconah didn't threaten in the eighth, but made quick work of things in the ninth.
Gabby Lavinio, who had four of Wahconah's 11 hits, led off with a single. Then King hit the third pitch from Nicole Handzel into the left-center field gap. When she stopped running, Wahconah had a 7-5 lead.
Wahconah pitcher Becca Grunow, who got out of big jams in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, wasn't tested in the ninth and the Warriors had their win.
Wahconah 200 010 202--7 11 2
Palmer 210 020 000--5 12 1
Becca Grunow and Bree Herforth. Nicole Handzel and Ashley Walsh. WP--Grunow. LP--Handzel. 2B--P 2 (Emily Czaja, Summer Cavanaugh). 3B--W (Chloe Warren); P (Czaja). HR--W (Bizzy King).
Pittsfield 2, Rutland 1
RUTLAND, Vt. -- A two-hour bus ride led to only 30 minutes of warm-up time for the Pittsfield softball team. Sarah Rayner and her PHS teammates turned it into a win.
Rayner tossed a five-hitter and Dominique Satrape's RBI double in the fourth inning broke a tie to give the Generals (3-1) a win over Rutland.
"You're always happy when you come home with a win," said PHS coach Greg Marchbanks. "I told them before the game that you have to fight through the adversity and do what you have to do."
With the score tied, Pittsfield's Mollie DiNicola led off the fourth with a double and Satrape followed with the run-scoring double. DiNicola had two of Pittsfield's seven hits.
Rachel Arsenault drove in Pittsfield's first run with an RBI double in the second inning.
Rayner didn't give up an earned run. She struck out six.
Pittsfield 010 100 0--2 7 1
Rutland 100 000 0--1 5 0
Sarah Rayner and Allie Hunt. Rachel Hauck and Emma O'Rourke. WP--Rayner. LP--Hauck. 2B--PHS 3 (Rachel Arsenault, Dominique Satrape, Mollie DiNicola).
Greylock 6, Monument 0
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Heather Tomkowicz tosed a seven-hit shutout as the Mounties (4-2) won their second straight.
With her team leading 1-0, Tomkowicz put runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the fourth, but she didn't allow either to score. The Mounties responded with two runs in the fourth and rolled on.
"She did a great job," Greylock coach June Blake. "We were able to get out of some situations. We had some good deense behind her."
Tomkowicz's battery-mate, Kendall Frye, had a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.
Monument 000 000 0--0 7 0
Greylock 010 203 x--6 9 0
Aspen Sawyer and Alexa Nejaime. Heather Tomkowicz and Kendall Frye. WP--Tomkowicz. LP--Sawyer. 2B--MM (Morgan Hammer); MG (Miranda Voller). HR--MG (Frye).
LEE -- Monument Mountain went 1-1 in a Friday tournament at Lee.
Putnam beat Monument 14-2 before the Spartans beat Commerce 19-6. Aspen Sawyer took the loss to Putnam.
The Spartans got hits from the entire lineup in the win over Commerce. Morgan Hammer had four hits, Alexa Nejaime had a double and a triple and Anissa Taylor had three hits.
Westfield 16, Taconic 1
PITTSFIELD -- The Braves fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and never caught up. Lauren Aitken had two hits for Taconic.
Taconic 11, Westfield 5
WESTFIELD -- The Taconic baseball team needed to bounce back after what coach Kevin Stannard said was a disappointing loss on Friday.
The Braves (4-2) outscored the host Bombers 11-2 over the final three innings to get the win.
Joey Dewey tossed a complete game for Taconic. He gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.
"Joey came out and gave us the boost we needed," said Stannard.
The Braves took the lead for keeps with four runs on two hits, three walks and an error in the top of the sixth. Jordan Barbarotta and Alex Carusotto had RBI hits in the inning.
Taconic 000 024 5--11 7 3
Westfield 201 010 1--5 6 5
Joey Dewey and Brian Bonacquisti. Connor Sas (5), Matt Irzyk (1/3), Ken McLean (1), Brent Houle (2/3) and Matt Robitalli. WP--Dewey. LP--Irzyk. 2B--Tac 2 (Bonacquisti, Dewey). West (Nate Barnes).
Track and Field
Monument wins invitational
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Spartan boys got individual wins from Mike Kotleski (400-meter hurdles) and Weyessa McAlister (3,200), as well as a win in the 1,600 relay, to take the Albright Invitational.
Kotleski ran a season-best 59.6 seconds to win his hurdle event in the nine-team meet, which is normally a 15-team meet. McAlister ran a season-best 10:08 in the 3,200.
"I think it gives a lot of confidence," Monument coach Mickey McCartney said. "Mike Kotleski is a bit of a perfectionist, which is good. I think he beat or is close to his PR. We've already talked about what he needs to do, which is hurdle with his left leg. We're going to be working a lot on that."