Streak goes on for Wahconah softball, which reaches W. Mass.

Tuesday May 8, 2012

DALTON -- Wahconah got offensive to earn its Western Mass. tournament-qualifying 10th win of the season.

Very offensive.

The Warriors (10-4) followed a six-run second inning with a 12-run fourth to beat Lee 18-0. The win is Wahconah's eighth in a row.

"We found the gap a couple of times, we were patient getting our pitch ... and there was a discipline at the plate," WRHS coach Dustin Belcher said.

Gabby Lavinio drove in seven runs for the victors, four on her second-inning grand slam. Freshman Emily Jordan had the big hit in the fourth, a pinch-hit three-run homer -- her first as a Warrior.

Becca Grunow kept Lee off the scoreboard, pitching five shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out one while walking just one batter.

Wahconah's focus will now turn to the race for the North Division title, as well as games this week at Lenox and unbeaten Frontier.

"We're really looking to show we can play at [the regional] level," Belcher said. "First and foremost, we're still in the hunt for the North."


Lee 000 00-- 0 5 1

Wahconah 060 (12)x--18 13 0

Ashley Sommerville (3 1/3), Sam Furina (2/3) and Nickie Laudon. Becca Grunow and Bree Herforth. W--Grunow (10-3). L--Sommerville. 2B--Wahconah 2 (Grunow 2). 3B--Wahconah 1 (Bizzy King). HR--Wahconah 3 (King, Gabby Lavinio, Emily Jordan).

Hoosac 1, Taconic 0

PITTSFIELD -- Sabrina Sommer scored on an error in the first inning and that's all Hoosac Valley pitcher Caroline Tomkowicz needed.

Tomkowicz struck out eight and held the Braves to four hits in the win. Carly Decker had four strikeouts for Taconic, holding the Hurricanes to just three hits, including just one after the first inning.

"[Decker] pitched great," said Braves coach Kevin Harrington. "We just had a few mistakes. We did some good things and we've got to keep working. We'll get there."


Hoosac 100 000 0--1 3 2

Taconic 000 000 0--0 4 3

Caroline Tomkowicz and Tanelle Ciempa; Carly Decker and Kristen Nadeau.

St. Joseph's 12, Drury 9

NORTH ADAMS -- Each team made six errors, but the difference was the walks. Cat Record issued eight walks in 51 3 innings.

The Crusaders took advantage of the free passes and a couple of hit batters to the tune of five runs, which prevented Drury from holding its slim lead midway through the game.

The Blue Devils used a five-run fourth inning to take a 7-6 lead, but St. Joe's scored a pair in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull away for good.

"[St. Joe's coach] Buddy Pellerin worked the small game very effectively against us," Drury coach Mary Ann Maroni said. "[My girls] just couldn't hold on to [the lead]. It was nice to see them [get it]."

Marissa Avanzato picked up the win in relief for St. Joe's.


St. Joe's 202 223 1--12 9 6

Drury 011 511 0--9 11 6

Chanler Hospot, Marissa Avanzato and Erica Quallen; Cat Record (5 1/3), Sarah Royal (1 2/3) and Amber Iacuessa. W -- Avanzato. L -- Record. 2B -- Drury 1 (Danielle Cardinal). 3B -- Drury 1 (Lyndsey DeGrenier).

Pittsfield 29, Lenox 0

PITTSFIELD -- The Generals pounded out 21 hits in this game shortened to three innings due to injury. The Millionaires lost pitcher Makayla White and catcher Autumn Ciepiela to injury, and were down to seven players.

Paige Lovellette, Jamie McKeever and Acacia Alston each had four hits for the Generals. Sarah Rayner struck out nine batters for the win.


Lenox 000 -- 0 1 3

PHS 1(16)(12) -- 29 21 0

Sarah Rayner and Aoife Nester. Makayla White (2), Nicole Belaire (1) and Autumn Ciepiela. W--Rayner. L--White. 2B--Pittsfield 1 (Acacia Alston).

St. Joe's 11, Hoosac 8

PITTSFIELD -- The Crusaders broke away for good with a four-run fourth inning at Wahconah Park, making a winner of Jeremy Wich.

Wich gave up four runs in three innings on the mound, but also had two hits, including a two-run triple in the second inning. Matt Begrowicz had two hits and drove in two runs for the Crusaders (5-8), while Alex Weber added two more hits.

"We were pretty patient and we were hitting good pitches," St. Joe's coach Dan Caritey said. "That's what I liked about it."


Hoosac 121 004 0--8 7 3

St. Joe's 231 401 x--11 12 0

Justin Nichols (2), Zach Brassard (2), Sean Ryan-Kut (2) and Connor Tworig. Zach Neary (2), Jeremy Wich (3), Mike Carpenter (2) and Trevor Johnston. W--Wich (1-1). L--Nichols. S--Carpenter (2). 2B--Hoosac 1 (MIke Koperniak). St. Joe's 1 (Jon Bianchi). 3B--St. Joe's 1 (Wich).

Lenox 3, Everett 2

LENOX -- Austin Salnitis struck out 15 and scored the winning run to lead the Millionaires past the Eagles and into the Western Mass. Division III tournament.

Lenox qualified for the postseason with the victory, earned when Salnitis scored on an error in the sixth inning. The junior has four of Lenox's five victories and has struck out 74 on the year.

"He throws harder as the game goes on," said Millionaires coach Kevin Downer. "He was in complete control of his stuff. He won it with his arm and with his bat."

Alex Crane had a double and two RBI for Mount Everett. Salnitis was 2 for 2 with a double.


Everett 000 200 0--2 3 1

Lenox 100 011 x--3 7 1

Erik Derwitsch (5 1/3), Garrett Torrico (2/3), and Alex Crane; Austin Salnitis and Tom Duffin. 2B -- ME 2 (Alex Crane, John Ormsbee). Lenox 1 (Salnitis).

McCann 7, St. Mary's 3

NORTH ADAMS -- Mike Chappell struck out 11 batters in a complete game, and his offense staked him to a 6-1 lead after two innings.

"Mike's strength is his fastball," McCann coach Pat Ryan said. "He throws strikes, and it gets him another double-digit strikeout game."

Steve Barbeau had the big hit for the Hornets (5-6) in the first inning, a two-run triple. Nate Gutmann was 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Dylan Carr added an RBI for the victors.


St. Mary's 100 000 2--3 2 1

McCann 420 001 x--7 9 0

Plasse (5), Mickley (1) and LuBanski. Mike Chappell and T.J. Therrien. W--Chappell (1-4). L--Plasse. 3B--McCann 1 (Steve Barbeau).

Drury 2, Wahconah 1 (9)

DALTON -- Robert Jutras singled home Ryan Ouimet in the ninth inning to give Drury the tough road win.

Drury tied the game in the fifth off back-to-back errors from the Warriors. Both Wahconah starter Ryan Kasala and the Drury combination of Alex Bush and Robert Jutras kept both teams' offenses in check. Jutras and Bush combined for nine strikeouts while Kasala struck out two.

The Warriors stranded 10 men, including leaving runners on second and third in both the sixth and seventh innings.

"We're not able to score men in when the game is close," said Wahconah coach Jared Shannon. "The one situation where we did was the Pittsfield game. We just can't seem to get the hit with less than two outs."


Drury 000 010 001--2 5 1

WRHS 001 000 000--1 8 2

Alex Bush (5), Robert Jutras (4) and Slayter Aubin; Ryan Kasala and Lane Grogan.


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