Wahconah softball wins North; Greylock reaches W. Mass.
NORTH ADAMS -- Gabby Lavinio cracked her 11th home run of the season in the fifth inning and Becca Grunow scattered eight hits as Wahconah's softball team clinched the Northern Division championship with a 7-4 win over Drury.
The Warriors are now 16-2 and 12-1 in the North. Wahconah started 0-2 and have won 16 in a row.
"We have eight seniors and for us to start out 0-2 and then come back and win the North, is something I'm very proud of," said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher. "It feels as though we're getting better every game. Tonight, we went ahead, Drury came back and tied it and we finally stayed ahead for good in the sixth. It was really a great game."
Bridget Lussier had a double for the Warriors. Amber Iacuessa led Drury with a triple. Grunow allowed six hts, struck out four and walked none. Drury's Cat Record allowed nine hits, had five strikeouts and three walks.
Wahconah 200 022 1--7 8 0
Drury 010 030 x--4 8 1
Becca Grunow and Bree Herforth. Cat Record and Ingrid Olsen. W -- Grunow. L -- Record 2B -- Wahconah 1 (Bridget Lussier 1) Drury 2 (Catie Hancock, Amanda Ramsdell). 3B -- Drury 1 (Amber Iacuessa). HR -- Wahconah 1 (Gabby Lavinio).
Greylock 14, St. Joseph 2
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Believe it or not, Heather Tomkowicz likes it when she sees her name penciled into the No. 9 slot in the Mount Greylock softball team's batting order.
The Greylock pitcher started the season near the top of the order, but has since been pushed back. It's a move that is helping her in the batter's box. She contributed four RBI on Monday, leading the Mounties past St. Joseph's in a 14-2 mercy-rule win. The victory clinches a Western Massachusetts tournament berth for the Mounties.
"It happened a few games back, and I asked Coach after the first game I was there, ‘Can you keep [me] at the nine spot?' " Tomkowicz said. "It kind of makes me feel a little bit more relaxed. I guess it's working pretty well.
"Personally, I just felt good today. It was a good hitting day for all of us."
Tomkowicz was also solid in the pitcher's circle. She struck out seven Crusaders and allowed two runs on five hits to earn the five-inning win.
St. Joe 000 02 -- 2 5 5
Greylock 104 9x -- 14 11 0
Chanler Hospot (2 2/3), Julia Murphy (1 1/3) and Hannah Kibbe; Heather Tomkowicz and Kendal Frye. W -- Tomkowicz. L -- Hospot.
Mount Everett 7,
Housatonic Valley (Conn.) 2
SHEFFIELD -- Sam Hoover hit two home runs and drove in five runs as Mount Everett scored early and often in a 7-2 win over Housatonic Valley (Conn.) on Monday.
Hoover hit a three-run homer in the Eagles' four-run first inning and then drove in both runs in the third with her second homer.
Alicia Bazonski gave up one run on two hits and struck out 11 in five innings. Eighth grader Chandler DeGrenier gave up a run on one hit and struck out two in two innings of work.
"The end of the season is set up just the way we want it," said Eagles coach Kurt DeGrenier, who has quality games remaining against Hoosac Valley today and Mount Greylock on Friday. "Win or lose, it sets you up for the [Western Massachusetts Division III] tournament."
Hous. 000 101 0--2 3 2
Everett 402 001 x--7 7 2
Martin and Robarge. Alicia Bazonski (5), Chandler DeGrenier (2) and Morgan DeGrenier. W -- Bazonski. L -- Martin. HR -- Everett 2 (Sam Hoover 2).
Southwick 6, McCann 5
SOUTHWICK -- The Hornets were in a position where they could trade outs for runs and come away with a victory, but three costly errors in the bottom of the seventh sent McCann to a 6-5 loss.
"It was a great top of the seventh," coach Kate Galli said. "Unfortunately, we got back out there on defense and we couldn't take care of the ball as we should have."
The Hornets had struck for four runs in the top of the inning, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage. Sam Horn's two RBI double was the big hit of the inning. The Hornets scored two of the four runs with two outs.
Haley Malloy was solid in the circle, giving up just six runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four. She battled back from a 3-0 hole with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh with three straight strikes to get the batter to ground to third, but a throwing error to the plate helped the rally.
McCann 000 100 4--5 9 4
Southwick 010 020 3--6 6 0
Haley Malloy and Danielle Gibeau. Jordan Willey and Emily Petit. 2B -- MT 1 (Sam Horn); Southwick 1 (Simone Thibeaut).
Pittsfield 3, Wahconah 1
PITTSFIELD -- Clem Ferris cracked a two-run double in the fourth and Tanner Hanford scattered six hits to lead Pittsfield to its 10th win of the year. The win clinched a Western Mass. tournament berth for the Generals, who were 5-7 at one point.
"We're in," said PHS coach Bob Moynihan. "We got through a five-game losing streak. Our pitching and defense have been pretty good for the most part. We need to hit better."
Lane Grogan had two hits for the Warriors.
Wahconah 000 010 0--1 6 1
Pittsfield 000 300 x--3 4 1
Nick Dargi and Lane Grogan. Tanner Hanford and Dom Traversa. W -- Hanford. L -- Dargi. 2B -- Pittsfield 1 (Clem Ferris).
St. Joseph 8, Everett 1
PITTSFIELD -- Devon Johnston tossed a complete-game, four-hitter and the Crusaders erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull away from Mount Everett.
Jon Bianchi had three hits and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Zach Neary and Kyle Gregory also had three hits each for the Crusaders, who await Monument Mountain in the Berkshire Classic and then the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament.
"I think they've gotten to a level where they are ready," said St. Joe coach Dennis Murphy. "We need to continue to make progress and be focused."
Everett 100 000 0--1 4 0
St. Joe 000 629 x--8 11 0
Eli Cook (4), Bradley Lupiani (2) and Aaron Martin. Devon Johnston and Nate Stump. W -- Johnston. L -- Cook. 2B -- St. Joe (Jon Bianchi, Zach Neary). HR -- St. Joe (Bianchi).
Lee 8, Gateway 4
LEE -- Ken Retzel drove in four runs to lead the Wildcats.
"It was back-and-forth for a while, but we scored two in the fourth on Kenny's double and that gave us the lead for good," said Lee coach Chip Cummings.
Retzel also picked up the win with a five-inning outing.
Gateway 022 000 0--4 7 4
Lee 120 230 x--8 6 1
Curtis Dowers (4 2/3), James DeGray (1/3) Brett Turban (1) and Justin Edlinger. Ken Retzel (5) J.T. Brown (2) and Heamon Williams. W -- Retzel. L -- Dowers. 2B -- Lee 1 (Retzel) Gateway 1 (Geoff Sobotka).
Lenox 7, Holyoke Catholic 5
LENOX -- The Millionaires erupted for five runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth inning and Dylan Benham pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to earn the save.
Starter Trevor Hathaway faced two batters in the seventh before giving way to Benham. He loaded the bases with two singles, walked in a run then struck Nate Leiprede out on a 3-2 pitch to preserve the victory.
Eighth graders Mike Downer and Joe Bouvier had big days for Lenox. Downer was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and Bouvier was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.
Holyoke 220 000 1--5 4 1
Lenox 100 510 x--7 11 1
Tom Heavren and Nick Murray. Trevor Hathaway (6+), Dillon Benham (1) and Tom Duffin. W -- Hathaway. L -- Heavren. S -- Benham. 2B -- Lenox (Hathaway).
Monument 8, Drury 7
NORTH ADAMS -- Monument Mountain pushed three runs across the plate in the seventh inning.
The Blue Devils had 11 hits in the contest, compared to Monument's six, but couldn't put the game out of reach.
"We didn't make plays when we needed to," Drury coach Al Marceau said. "That really hurt us."
The Spartans rallied on back-to-back hits in the seventh from T.J. Shumsky and Dan Meandro to score three runs in the inning. The Blue Devils were unable to respond in the bottom of the seventh.
Jake Tatro had a three-run triple for the Blue Devils.
Monument 021 020 3--8 6 1
Drury 041 002 0--7 11 2
Callahan and T.J. Shumsky; Tyler Briggs (6), Kodey Bryce (1) and Cody Primmer. W -- Callahan L -- Bryce. 2B -- Monument 1 (Oggiani); Drury 1 (Briggs). 3B -- Drury 1 (Jake Tatro).