Taconic softball rallies in seventh to stun, eliminate Greylock
PITTSFIELD -- The Mount Greylock softball team came within one elusive out of earning a berth in the Western Mass. tournament on Sunday, as Taconic rallied for four runs in the seventh to pull out the 6-5 victory that eliminated the Mounties.
Mount Greylock led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh. After Taconic's Anna Sarabia, who was 2 for 4, led off the inning with a single, the Mounties recorded two outs and were one away from victory.
But the Braves got a single from Carly Decker that was followed by an error that allowed Mallory Smith to reach base and load the bases. Lauren Aitken then knocked in two runs with a single to set the stage for team captain Amanda Ely's walk-off, two-run double, a blast over the left fielder's head.
"Earlier this year Greylock came back from a six-run deficit to beat us," said Taconic coach Kevin Harrington "Our team hasn't quit all year."
As painful as the loss was for the Mounties, the win served as a confidence boost for the Braves as they head into the postseason.
"I feel great for our seniors," Harrington said. "I have been with them for four years and we have gone from one win to two wins to four wins and this year to 11. All the hits in the seventh were from my seniors."
Greylock 002 030 0 -- 5 5 4
Taconic 100 010 4 -- 6 12 5
Kendal Frye and Olivia DiNicola; Carly Decker and Kailey Bell. W -- Decker. L -- Frye. 2B -- MG 1 (Miranda Voller), T 2 (Amanda Ely, Kirsten McNeice).
Baseball: Monument Mountain 13, Mount Greylock 10
WILLIAMSTOWN -- In a meeting of division champions Sunday, Monument Mountain's bats were the loudest.
Pete Oggiani had three hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer to left center in the seventh inning, for the North champion Spartans. Dominic DeFelice and Henri Morrison had three hits each for the victors, while Bobby Kinne hit a two-run single in Monument's five-run fifth inning.
"They're good hitters. They put the ball in play," Greylock coach Steve Messina said. "It was a little sloppy on both sides today, but they had some big hits when we needed them. Oggiani, DeFelice and Morrison really had good games for them."
Jake Benzinger drove in three runs for Greylock (13-6), with Dan Flynn doubling in two runs in the sixth. Nick DiSanti, Delaney Pudvar and Nick Bolognia had two hits each for the South champs, who face St. Mary's of Westfield to end the regular season today.
"I think, realistically, we're looking at a prelim game [in Western Mass.]," Messina said. "I think all but the top three are getting a bye; I can't see us being a top-three seed with that kind of record, but I'm hoping we'll get a home game."
Monument 102 152 2 -- 13 14 3
Greylock 001 202 5 -- 10 12 5
Pete Oggiani (5 2/3), Dom DeFelice (1), James Allentuck (1/3) and T.J. Shumsky. Robby Buffis (3), Eli Holland (2/3), Adam Hall (2 1/3) and Nick DiSanti. W -- Oggiani. L -- Buffis. 2B -- Monument 1 (Shumsky 1), Greylock 5 (Jack Thistle 1, Delaney Pudvar 1, Ryan Wadsworth 1, Dan Flynn 1, Jake Benzinger 1). HR -- Monument 1 (Oggiani).
Girls tennis: Mount Greylock 3, E. Longmeadow 2
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mounties (13-3) swept all three singles matches to clinch the win prior to their two losses in doubles.
While sisters Melina Sfakianaki and Mariza Sfakianaki cruised to easy victories, losing a total of three games between them, No. 1 Tara Shastri had to work a little harder in defeating Elena Tilli 6-3, 6-2.
"Tara's match was very competitive," said Mount Greylock John Jacobbe. "It was 4-3 in both sets, but she closed the sets out well."
Singles: 1. Tara Shastri (MG) def. Elena Tilli (EL) 6-3, 6-2. 2. Melina Sfakianaki (MG) def. Mahak Kanjolia (EL) 6-1, 6-1. 3. Mariza Sfakianaki (MG) def. Samantha Henderson (EL) 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles: 1. Alexandra Bowa/Riley Foley (EL) def. Tyra Nurmi/Rachel Swoap (MG) 7-2, 4-6, (7-3). 2. Madelyn Austin/Samanta Dinnie (EL) def. Amy Larabee/Sam Hamilton 7-5, 6-2.
Saturday's softball: Pittsfield 10, Wahconah 9
DALTON -- Aoife Nester hit a two-run triple with two outs in the seventh inning to lift Pittsfield to a come-from-behind 10-9 victory over Wahconah on Saturday.
Nester, who had three hits and three RBI, got the chance to drive home the winning runs after the Warriors made several critical errors.
"Pittsfield has threats in their lineup one through nine," said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher. "They had the big seventh inning, but we had chances to get out of it and made a couple of errors."
Wahconah jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning before Pittsfield scored five times aganst Allie Borowsky in the fourth to take a brief lead. Bridget Lussier responded in the bottom of the inning, driving in two runs in a three-run inning that made it 7-5.
The Warriors (13-7) scored twice more in the sixth before the potent Generals scored five times in the final two innings.
Lussier finished with three RBI for the Warriors while Lauren Carnevale had three hits for the Generals.
Pittsfield 000 502 3 -- 10 13 2
Wahconah 400 320 0 -- 9 9 2
Emily Koldys and Aoife Nester; Allie Borowsky and Bree Herforth. W -- Koldys. L -- Borowsky. 3B -- Pittsfield 2 (Nester, Allie Hunt).
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