Wahconah softball finds its timing, rallies to beat Greylock 6-4
DALTON -- Allie Borowsky found her rhythm on the pitching mound after four innings Thursday, and an otherwise-harmless walk may have allowed Wahconah's softball lineup to get Heather Tomkowicz out of her rhythm.
The Warriors fought back from a 4-0 deficit to Mount Greylock, scoring all their runs in the fourth through sixth innings for a 6-4 victory at Pine Grove Park.
The rally started with Borowsky scoring Wahconah's first run on a passed ball during Bree Herforth's at-bat in the bottom of the fourth. Herforth, though, was far from done at the plate. She worked a two-out walk after fouling off 10 pitches from Tomkowicz.
Greylock's pitcher rebounded by striking out Chloe Warren to end the inning, but Wahconah (4-0, 3-0 North) seemed to have Tomkowicz's timing down after that. The Warriors scored three times in the fifth to tie the score, starting the inning with Bridget Lussier's inside-the-park home run, and got RBI singles from both Sara Trova and Borowsky in the sixth to take the lead for good.
"I said after the inning was over that Bree's at-bat was the key," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "I think Tomkowicz was in a groove there for a while, and we were having a hard time solving her. Bree fouling those pitches off certainly got us to believe that we could put the ball in play.
"As captains, Bree, Bridget and Trova came up with hits. It's good for our team going forward. Certainly, Bridget ... her hit was huge."
Greylock (2-3, 1-2 North) pushed across the first run in the top of the third, with Hailey Guest advancing to third on a passed ball and sent home when umpires ruled that Herforth fielded the passed ball and then slid out of play with it. Markell Shea's fielder's choice drove in a run in the fourth, and Olivia DiNicola and Celeste Gravel followed that with RBI groundouts.
After the three-run fourth, though, Borowsky didn't allow another hit, and Greylock didn't get a runner past second base. In seven innings, the freshman pitcher struck out five, three of those in the seventh to end the game.
"We knew they would bunt and they had some good hitters, so we knew we had to move the ball around," Borowsky said.
She tried to work the outside corner, and said she didn't bother with off-speed pitches, sticking with the fastball.
"For a freshman, she's very poised in the circle," Belcher said. "She's pretty even-keel. I think she just weathered the storm more than anything."
Tomkowicz struck out six in the loss, walking three batters and getting out of bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth innings. Guest had two hits for the Mounties in the leadoff spot, and reached on an error in the seventh.
Greylock coach June Blake saw positive points in the loss -- for one, scoring four runs on a defending Western Mass. champion.
"Early on in the game, we played some really good defense and got ourselves out of innings," she said. "They had the bases loaded twice and didn't score. They were able to put some things together in the later innings and score runs on us.
"Games like this make you stronger as a team. It's going to prepare us for games down the road."
Wahconah 6, Mount Greylock 4
Greylock 001 300 0 -- 4 5 1
Wahconah 000 132 x -- 6 12 4
Heather Tomkowicz and Kendal Frye. Allie Borowsky and Bree Herforth. W -- Borowsky. L -- Tomkowicz. 2B -- Wahconah 2 (Juli McBain 1, Chloe Warren 1). HR -- Wahconah 1 (Bridget Lussier).
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