Softball roundup: Hoosac Valley takes down Taconic in extra innings
PITTSFIELD — Kali Puppolo scored on an error in the top of the eighth and Abby Jamros added a home run for insurance as Hoosac Valley topped Taconic, 4-2, in extra innings.
Puppolo led off the inning reaching on an error, then after Taconic (6-7) forced an out at first the following at-bat, Puppolo scored on a throwing error to third base. The next batter was Jamros, who took an Ashley Keegan pitch deep to send the Hurricanes (7-4) on their way.
"Jamros got a good charge on the ball," Taconic coach Kevin Harrington said. "We had five errors, two in that top of the eighth which was untimely.
"We had 10 runners left on base today. We have to do a better job at the plate, as well."
Taconic forced the game into extra innings with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Ashley Keegan took the loss despite striking out 11 on six hits. Only one of the four runs was earned. Puppolo got the win, striking out 11 on nine hits with a pair of walks.
Keegan went 4 for 4 at the plate with a run batted in, Puppolo was 2 for 4 at the dish, and Taconic's Janee Walker went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.
Kali Puppolo and Alyssa Pause. Ashley Keegan and Kailey Bell. W—Puppolo, L—Keegan. 3B — T 1 (Janee Walker). HR — HV 1 (Abby Jamros).
WAHCONAH 12, PIONEER 0 (6 INNINGS)
DALTON >> The first item on the "to-do" list for the Wahconah softball team is qualify for the Western Massachusetts tournament. Monday night, the Warriors got to cross that off the list.
Allie Borowsky tossed a four-hit shutout as Wahconah (10-4) earned a berth in the Division II tournament with a 12-0, six-inning win over Pioneer. The Warriors lost in last year's Western Mass. final. They were champions in 2013 and 2011.
"It's one of our goals," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "I'm excited to be back in the tourney. Now, we can concentrate on improving our seed."
The Warriors made an early statement when Kayla Kowalczyk hit a three-run home run in the first inning. There were two outs when she hit the homer.
Liz Fuller and Shelby Avery. Allie Borowsky and Jess Warren. W—Borowsky. L—Fuller. 2B—W 2 (Ashley Zink, Chloe Warren). 3B—W (Jess Warren). HR—W (Kayla Kowalczyk).
MCCANN TECH 19, GATEWAY 1
NORTH ADAMS >> Meghan Goyette tossed a 3-hitter for the Hornets, who scored in every inning of a five-inning game.
Cheyenne Alcombright went 3 for 3 with a solo home run in the third inning and four runs scored. Alanza Quinones went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Brittany Tassone drove in four runs but had only one hit. That was a grand slam in the fifth inning.
The Hornets pounded out 16 hits.
Grumide and Britland. Meghan Goyette and Alanza Quinones. W—Tassone. L—Grumide. 2B—MT (Haley Malloy, Michaela Malloy). HR—MT (Brittany Tassone, Cheyenne Alcombright).
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