Tough day in tennis for Berkshire players; Monument wins North in baseball
The Berkshire County run in the Western Massachusetts individuals tennis tournament is over. No county athlete advanced to today's semifinals.
In the boys competition at Longmeadow, Pittsfield's Tom Cimini reached the quarterfinals before losing to top-seed Ross Kamin of Longmeadow. Cimini beat Belchertown's Ethan Smith 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) before losing to Kamin 6-0, 6-1.
"Kamin is just one level above. He deserves to be the No. 1 seed," Pittsfield coach John Clarno said. "[The first match] wasn't that easy to win. It was nice seeing Tom come back in the second set."
Kamin knocked off Mount Greylock's Nyein Soe 6-0, 6-0 in Saturday's first round.
In doubles, Greylock's team of Aaron and Matt Kleiner went 2-0 before losing. They advanced after a first-round scratch and beat Belchertown's Zach Kuhn and Jack Stinson 6-2, 7-6 (10-8). Longmeadow's Jacob Freedman and Jeff Thor then came back to beat the Mounties 6-2, 6-3, The other Greylock doubles team, Jake Foehl and Gray Kaegi, dropped a tough three-setter to Adam Pollack and Ben Schneider of Longmeadow 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 7-5.
The Pittsfield team of Derek Dempsey and Brian Desrosiers lost to Agawam's Nick Twohig and Mason Collender 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Lee's doubles team of Matty Kelley and Michael Eckert fell to Northampton's Francois Venne and Ian Fishman. The match was a grueling 21/2-hour affair. In the first set, Kelley and Eckert trailed 6-5 before winning the next two games, including a 7-4 tie breaker for the 7-6 (7-4) win. However, they lost the next two sets 6-4, 6-2.
Monument Mountain's Sam White beat Nya Saunders of Amherst 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16, but lost to Minnechaug's Eve Sullivan 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Sullivan reached the quarters by beating Monument's Cara Freadman 6-0, 6-1.
Caitlin Briggs of Lee beat Victoria Vittori of Lenox 6-1, 6-4 in the round of 16, but lost to Longmeadow's Suzanne Elfman 6-1, 6-0 in the quarter.
High school baseball: Monument Mountain 16, Lenox 3
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartans claimed the North Division title with a resounding win. The Spartans fell behind 3-0 after a half inning, but scored 16 unanswered runs on 19 hits.
"I'm just happy for the kids," said Monument coach Tom Hankey. "We just had to be patient today and it worked out."
Dominic DeFelice pitched 52/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the victory for the Spartans (13-2).
DeFelice and Nate Cormier each had three hits for the Spartans, while Bobby Kinne had two hits and three runs batted in.
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Monument 141 091 x -- 16 19 1
Conner Hanson (4+), Zach Levesque (2) and Mike Downer. Austin Pectal (1 1/3), Dominic DeFelice (5 2/3) and T.J. Shumsky. W--DeFelice. L--Hanson. 3B--MM 1 (Pectal).
Wahconah 6, Mount Greylock 4
WILLIAMSTOWN -- There were 10 runs scored, but seven of them were unearned. Greylock committed six errors and Wahconah two.
"The game was sloppy today on both sides," said Greylock coach Steve Messina. "We have a lot of things we have to fix. We're not sharp."
Ethan Wells went the distance for the win. The Wahconah pitcher was aided by catcher Matt Schneider's three hits. Nick Disanti had two hits and Brodie Altiere took the loss in relief,
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Greylock 001 300 0 -- 4 8 6
Ethan Wells and Matt Schneider. Eli Holland (3 2/3), Brodie Altiere (3 1/3) and Nick Disanti. W--Wells. L--Altiere. 2B--W 1 (Pat Jamross).
Hoosac Valley 10, Mount Everett 2
SHEFFIELD -- Justin Nichols and Joey Buonemani combined on a two-hitter to knock off host Mount Everett. Nichols no-hit the Eagles through five innings, losing the pefect game on a hit batter in the fifth.
"He pitched really well," Mount Everett coach Jesse Carpenter said. "We haven't seen that many left-handed pitchers. He was really effective and threw a ton of strikes."
Nichols struck out 12 consecutive Mount Everett hitters before giving up the baserunner.
Buonemani gave up two runs on two hits in the final two innings. A combined no-hit bid ended when Sage Angell singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh.
Matt Koperniak led the Hoosac offense with three hits and two runs batted in.
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Everett 000 000 2 -- 2 2 4
Justin Nichols (5), Joey Buonemani (2) and Jake Swistak. Zach Fyfe (6), Jon Ovitt (1) and Nick Tomich (4), Alec Blume (3). W--Nichols. L--Fyfe. 2B--HV 2 (Matt Koperniak, Buonemani).
High school softball: St. Joseph 4, Hoosac Valley 1
ADAMS -- Julia Murphy tossed a two-hitter as the visiting Crusaders held off Hoosac.
Murphy struck out 12 and walked only one in going the distance. She gave up an unearned run in the fourth inning. Murphy threw 83 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Caroline Tomkowicz was nearly as good. The Hoosac pitcher scattered four unearned runs on three hits.
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Julia Murphy and Kacey Sondrini. Caroline Tomkowicz and Erin Girard. W--Murphy. L--Tomkowicz. 2B--HV 1 (Kali Puppolo).
Turners Falls 14, Mount Greylock 1
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Turners Falls powered its way to a win, belting four home runs to get a mercy-rule victory. Leading 5-0 heading into the third, Turners Falls hit three of it's four homers in the six-run inning.
Kendal Frye and Markell Shea's doubles produced Greylock's only runs in the fifth.
Turners Falls' McKenzie Phillips struck out six Mounties (7-9) in five innings to earn the win.
Turners Falls 326 3 -- 14 12 0
Greylock 000 01-- 1 2 6
McKenzie Phillips and Morgan Ozdarski. Kendal Frye and Olivia DiNicola. W -- Phillips. L -- Frye. 2B -- Greylock 2 (Frye, Markell Shea); Turners Falls 2 (Emma Johnson, Ozdarski); HR -- Turners Falls 4 (Johnson, Amber Caouette 2, Phillips).