Taconic softball beats Drury, qualifies for Western Mass. tourney
NORTH ADAMS -- Taconic is going to the Western Massachusetts Div ision I softball tournament.
The Braves rallied from a two-run deficit with four runs in the top of the seventh and reliever Ashley Keegan set host Drury down in order to complete a 12-10 comeback victory.
"They never quit and they kept fighting," said Taconic coach Kevin Harrington. "I'm really proud of them, especially the seniors."
The Braves scored four runs on three hits in the top of the seventh and the Blue Devils committed five of their 11 errors in that inning.
"It becomes very contagious," Drury coach Mary Ann Maroni said of that error binge. "I wanted them to settle down. I really believe the adrenaline was flowing too high."
"I told the girls we were going to stay aggressive and we forced them to make plays," said Harrington.
Carly Decker started for the Braves but was relieved by Keegan to start the sixth.
Taconic 033 011 4 -- 12 13 3
Drury 010 504 0 -- 10 12 11
Carly Decker (5), Ashley Keegan (2) and Kailey Bell. Cat Record and Ingrid Olsen. W--Keegan. L--Record. 2B--T 1 (Jillian Campbell).
Hoosac Valley 4, Monument Mountain 3
ADAMS -- At Russell Field, Caroline Tomkowicz had three hits, an RBI and a run scored as Hoosac broke a tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
That made a winner out of Kali Puppolo, who was in the circle as Tomkowicz got the day off from pitching. Puppolo, a freshman, scattered four hits and two walks while striking out nine. Three of Monument's four runs were unearned.
The Spartans' Aspen Sawyer gave up nine hits and three walks, but she struck out 10, and all five of the Hoosac runs were unearned. The Spartan defense committed seven errors.
Monument 100 030 0 -- 4 4 7
Hoosac 103 001 x -- 5 9 2
Aspen Sawyer and Alexa Nejaime. Kali Puppolo and Jasmyne Forrest. W--Puppolo. L--Sawyer. 2B--MM 1 (B Davis). 3B--MM 1 (Nejaime).
Wahconah 14, Mount Greylock 3
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The seedings for the Western Mass. tournaments won't be determined until next week, but the Mounties are already in tourney mode.
If Greylock (8-10) drops one more game, they will be on the outside looking in. The Mounties need to win at Taconic on Thursday and at St. Joseph on Saturday to qualify.
The Warriors broke open a one-run game with a 10-run, six-hit fifth inning. Kayla Kowalczyk had two hits in the inning.
"They had some timely hits in that inning," said Greylock coach June Blake. "They made the plays defensively."
Wahconah 400 0(10)0 0 --14 13 2
Greylock 100 200 0 -- 3 8 6
Allie Borowsky and Bree Herforth. Kendal Frye and Olivia DiNicola. W--Borowsky. L--Frye. 2B W 4 (Chloe Warren, Jamie Downer, Kayla Kowalczyk, Bridget Lussier). MG 2 (Rachel Boller, Sam Joy). 3B--W 1 (Emily Jordan).
Easthampton 7, McCann 2
EASTHAMPTON -- The Hornets head to Ware today in another chance to pick up their 10th win and qualify for Western Mass.
The Hornets led 2-1 after four innings before the Eagles erupted for five runs in the fifth and never trailed again.
"We need to really clamp down defensively as errors seem to become contagious," Hornets coach Kate Galli wrote in an email. "If we stop that one inning, we are in the ballgame."
McCann 000 020 0 -- 2 3 5
Easthamp. 010 051 x -- 7 6 3
Haley Malloy and Alanza Quinones. Caelin Mottor and Haley McFarland. W--Mottor. L--Malloy.
St. Joseph 5, Lenox 0
LENOX -- Julia Murphy struck out 14 batters, one-hitting the Millionaires.
St. Joe plated single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings before adding two in the top of the seventh.
Makayla White struck out 13 Crusaders and "pitched her best game of the season for Lenox," coach Peggy Steuerwald wrote in an email. "Lenox just couldn't get the bats going to make it more of a game."
Baseball: Lee 8, Gateway 5
HUNTINGTON -- It took 10 days, but the Wildcats finally got the win.
Jake Simon's two-run single in the top of the sixth gave Lee a cushion and J.T. Brown pitched two scoreless innings to win it.
The game was started on May 10, but was suspended with Lee leading 6-4. The Gators scored a run on Tuesday to make it 6-5, but Brown shut the door.
"To go down there and give up the run and then score a couple in the top of the sixth was huge," said Wildcat coach Chip Cummings.
Devyn Olds had to wait 10 days to get credit for the victory. Simon was 2 for 4 with three RBI, while Paul Boutiette had three hits.
Lee 014 102 0 -- 8 11 0
Gateway 011 030 0 -- 5 10 1
Devyn Olds (4+), J.T. Brown (3) and Heamon Williams. Brett Turban (3 1/3), James DeGray (1 2/3), Geoff Sobotka (2) and Justin Eddinger. W--Olds. L--Turban. S--Brown. 2B--L 1 (Paul Boutiette).
Housatonic Valley 5, Mount Everett 2
SHEFFIELD -- The Eag les had their share of runners on base Tuesday afternoon, but couldn't get the clutch hit that might have opened the run-scoring spigot.
"That's been the M.O. the whole year," said Everett coach Jesse Carpenter. "We've struggled to score runs."
Everett outhit Housatonic Valley 7-6 in the game, but the Eagles stranded 10 runners and eight in scoring position. They had the bases loaded twice and had runners on second and third twice, but couldn't take the lead.
Housatonic 130 000 1 -- 5 6 3
Everett 000 100 1 -- 2 7 3
Tom Larson and Chris Vernali. Bradley Lupiani and Alec Blume. W--Larson. L--Lupiani. 2B--HV 2 (Vernali, Willie Yahn). ME 1 (Sage Angell).
Commerce 2, McCann Tech 1
SPRINGFIELD -- Alex Archibald hit a grounder with a runner on third base in the bottom of the seventh for host Commerce. Unfortunately for the Hornets (10-9), they couldn't make the play and the game-winning run scampered home from third base.
"Six hits were all we had," said McCann coach Pat Ryan. "Today, the errors were low [three], but the hits were low. We needed low errors and high hits."
James Pierce's RBI single in the second inning produced the Hornets' only run.
McCann 010 000 0 -- 1 6 3
Comm. 001 000 1 -- 2 3 2
Joe Gwozdz (4 1/3), Sean Davis (2 2/3), and Charlie Bohl. Virgil Hoheb and Kareem Lindo. W--Hoheb. L--Davis. 2B--C 1 (Carlos Marrero).
Pittsfield 9, Wahconah 3
PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning, scoring each of those runs with two out in the inning.
Anthony Jones' RBI single to score Simon Nassif plated the first run of the inning, which PHS coach Bob Moynihan said was key.
"That got it going for us," he said. "That was a big hit."
Ryan Grande added a two-run single in the inning.
Dom Traversa came up a home run short of the cycle for PHS, driving in a run. Jones drove in two on the day; Kevin Donati had an RBI triple in the first; and Shane Tierney had two hits. This all made a winner of pitcher Joe Gratton, who struck out seven in five innings.
Wahconah 000 201 0 -- 3 10 1
Pittsfield 210 105 x -- 9 13 2
Eli Pease (2), Forfa (4) and Matt Schneider. Joe Gratton (5), Ryan Grande (2) and Dom Traversa. W -- Gratton. L -- Pease. 2B -- Pittsfield 1 (Traversa). 3B -- Pittsfield 2 (Kevin Donati, Traversa).
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