Thursday's roundup: Big victories for Wahconah, PHS softball
AGAWAM -- Led by Shannon Lussier's second consecutive 4-for-4 game, Wahconah's softball team pounded out 15 hits and dominated defending Western Mass. Division I champ Agawam, 10-1 on the Brownies' home field.
"We swung the bats today," said Warrior coach Dustin Belcher. "But more than that, we played outstanding defense. We got in a few jams, but we played our way out of them."
Wahconah had a 1-0 lead going into the top of the fourth. An RBI single by Bayleigh MacHaffie got one run in, and a few batters later, Lussier ripped a triple to score two more runs.
"She is on a roll," said Belcher of Lussier. "She's 8 for 8 in her last two."
Becca Grunow scattered eight hits for the win. She struck out two and walked one.
Wahconah 010 330 3--10 15 1
Agawam 000 001 0--1 8 2
Becca Grunow and Bree Hereforth. Alison Wheeler and Riley Wieners. WP -- Grunow. LP -- Wheeler. 2B Wahconah (Lavinio 1) 3B Wahconah 2 (S. Lussier 1, Lavinio 1)
Pittsfield 1, Hoosac 0
PITTSFIELD -- Sarah Rayner and Caroline Tomkowicz locked up in a pitchers' duel hat wasn't settled until the end of the gamne. The Generals got an RBI single from Alissa Rosier to score Tiffany Robinson with the only run of the afternoon.
Rayner tossed a five-hitter, striking out eight. Tomkowicz also allowed only five hits, with eight Ks and a walk.
"As a fan, it was a great game to watch," said Pittsfield coach Greg Marchbanks. "As a coach, it was tough. It was a great battle."
Rosier had two hits for PHS.
Hoosac 000 000 0--0 5 2
Pittsfield 000 001 x--1 5 1
WP--Sarah Rayner. LP--Tomkowicz.
Mount Everett 5, Drury 1
NORTH ADAMS -- Alicia Bazonski struck out 14 batters and hit two triples as the Eagles handed the Blue Devils their first loss. Bazonski threw a three-hitter and walked one.
After the Blue Devils scored an unearned run in the first, Everett came back with two scores in the fourth.
Eighth-grader Chandler DeGrenier had a pair of RBI bunts for the Eagles.
Drury's Cat Record allowed five hits, struck out two and walked four.
Everett 000 201 2--5 5 0
Drury 010 000 0--1 3 0
Alicia Bazonski and Morgan DeGrenier. Cat Record and Ingrid Olsen. 3B--Mount Everett 2 (Bazonski 2).
Mount Greylock 12, Lee 0
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Heather Tomkowicz tossed a no-hitter to lead the Mounties over Lee in a game shortened by the mercy rule.
Greylock's big inning was the second, when the home side pushed across seven runs.
"I knew she had a no-hitter going in the fourth, but I didn't want to say anything," said Greylock coach June Blake. "The more important thing was that we got the ‘W.' But I was happy with the way she's been pitching."
Tomkowicz struck out 12 and didn't walk a batter. Miranda Voller had two hits for Greylock.
Lee 000 00--0 0 4
Greylock 273 00--12 7 1
Agawam 9, Pittsfield 7
AGAWAM -- The Brownies used a big sixth inning to push across four runs to take a come-from-behind win.
"We gave up eight walks in the game, and six of those baserunners scored," said Pittsfield coach Bob Moynihan. "You can't win games that way."
Pittsfield actually led 6-0 after three innings. Anthony Jones had three RBI in the first two innings for Pittsfield
But in addition to taking advantage of a lot of free passes, Agawam got some timely hitting. Zach Sabadosa's two-run triple in the fourth was the big hit.
Jones had two hits for PHS.
Pittsfield 240 010 9--7 6 0
Agawam 004 104 x--9 6 1
Denis Cooney (2 2/3), Ryan Grande (3 1/3) and Justin Hopkins. Tyler Lyne (1 1/3), Carda Rapoli and Joe Cardaropoli. 2B--Agawam 1 (Zach Gendrysik 1). 3B--Agawam 1 (Zach Sabadosa 1).
Lee 10, Wahconah 5
DALTON -- The Wildcats took control of what had been a close game with a seven-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted by Jake Simon's three-run triple.
"We were cruising along pretty well until that," Wahconah coach Jared Shannon said. "We had runners in scoring position every inning and hitting well. We just can't get a big inning. I think it's only once this season that we've scored more than two runs in an inning."
The big inning made a winner out of relief pitcher Heamon Williams, who went two innings for Lee.
For Wahconah, Ethan Wells was 2 for 4 with two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Matt Schneider doubled in a run in the second inning.
Lee 020 007 1--10 8 1
Wahconah 210 000 2--5 7 4
Kenny Retzel (5), Heamon Williams (2) and P. Webb. Nick Dargi (5+), Joe DiMassimo (2) and Matt Schneider. WP--Williams. LP--Dargi. 2B--Wahconah 1 (Schneider 1). 3B--Lee 1 (Jake Simon 1).
Wahconah 8, Monument 4
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Nate St. Pierre and Quinn Caesar each had a pair of goals for the visitors. Jack Vickery led Monument with two goals and an assist.
Wahconah 3 4 1 0 -- 8
Monument 0 0 2 2 -- 4
Wahconah goals: Nate St. Pierre 2, Quinn Caesar 2, Curran Pularo, Aaron Parker, Matt Clayton, Dan Marpans
Wahconah assists: Pularo, Chris Girard
Monument goals: Jack Vickery 2, Nick Rozkowski, John Bianco
Monument assist (Vickery).
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