Wednesday's baseball: Monument still unbeaten
PITTSFIELD -- Monument Mountain survived two home runs by catcher Chris Robitaille and a solid pitching performance by John Martin and Joe Groton to defeat the Generals, 5-4, and remain unbeaten.
"Our pitchers did a great job," said Pittsfield coach Bob Moynihan. "But we made six errors today, and Monument took advantage of that."
With the score tied at 4, the Spartans' Bob Kinne walked, advanced to second base, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an infield error.
"They scored one earned run today," said Moynihan. "We will not win games by making six errors in a game."
Pittsfield (3-4) held the lead briefly, when Robitaille hit the first of his second homers in the opening inning. Scott Blanchette scored ahead of him to make the score 2-1, Generals.
"Both homers, as soon as he hit them, you could tell they were gone," said Moynihan.
The second homer, said Moynihan, "was a line shot that, unfortunately, hit Chris' car, which was parked behind the fence."
Wilson Flower scattered eight hits to improve to 4-0 for the 7-0 Spartans.
Monument 102 010 1--5 4 2
Pittsfield 200 020 0--4 8 6
Wilson Flower and Nick Greenleaf. John Martin (6), Joe Groton (1) and Chris Robitaille. W -- Flower. L --Groton. 2B -- Monument 2 (Pete Oggiani, Dan Meandro). HR -- Pittsfield 2 (Chris Robitaille 2)
Mount Everett 16, Lenox 1
SHEFFIELD -- The Millionaires took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but that was short-lived, as was the game, which was stopped after five innings because of the 15-run mercy rule. Mount Everett scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame and never trailed after that.
"Yeah, we fell behind 1-0, but we came back with two in the bottom of the first and after that we got rolling," said Eagle coach Jesse Carpenter.
Dylan Wheeler's RBI double and Garrett Torrico's RBI fielder's choice ground ball put the home side ahead in the bottom of the inning.
The Eagles loaded the bases in the second inning. Colby Rueger's walk pushed another run across and Scott Wheeler stepped up and belted a two-run double. The Eagles got a final run on Erik Derwitsch's RBI on another fielder's choice.
Wheeler was 2 for 4 on the day with four RBI, while John Ormsbee and Rueger had two hits each.
Lenox 100 00--1 4 7
Everett 244 33--16 9 2
Dylan Wheeler and Alex Crane. Jake Jourdain (2), Dillon Benham (1), Trever Hathaway (1), Zack Huber (1) and Tom Duffin. Dylan Wheeler and Alex Crane. W -- Wheeler. L -- Jourdain. 2B -- Everett (Wheeler, Crane).
Taconic 14, Drury 7
PITTSFIELD -- Taconic wasn't bothered by two Drury runs in the first.
The Braves simply posted six of their own en route to the victory. Luke Toomey had three hits, including a double and a triple, while Liam Nolan had two doubles for Taconic. Joe Dewey had two hits and three RBI in his first varsity start while Myles Candelet had two hits and three RBI.
"It was nice to see after we gave up the two quick runs early, it was nice to see our bats jump on top," said Braves coach Kevin Stannard.
Drury 200 003 2--7 8 6
Taconic 610 070 x--14 13 3
Max Quinn (4 1/3), Ty Briggs (1 2/3) and Cody Primmer; Liam Nolan (6), Jordan Barbarotta (1) and Brian Bonacquisti. W -- Nolan. L -- Quinn. 2B -- Drury 2 (Ryan Ouimet, Quinn); Taconic 3 (Luke Toomey, Nolan 2). 3B -- Taconic 1 (Toomey).
St. Joe's 12, Lee 4
LEE -- The Wildcats ran into trouble and the fifth and sixth innings when St. Joe's took the lead with nine runs over those two frames.
Jeremy Wich finished with three RBI while Zach Neary was 3 for 4 and Mike Carpenter had a solo shot and two RBI for the Crusaders.
"They took advantage of some miscues and walks and put the ball in play when they needed to," said Lee coach Chip Cummings.
Heamon Williams had two hits including a double while Paul Boutiette was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
St. Joe's 101 036 1--12 12 3
Lee 111 001 0--4 8 4
Devon Johnston and Trevor Johnston; Heamon Williams (5), Matt Consolati (2/3), Aaron Biasin (1 1/3) and Armani Ingegni. W -- Johnston. L -- Williams. 2B -- SJ 2 (Jeremy Wich, Zach Neary); Lee 3 (Biasin, Williams, Ingegni). HR -- SJ 1 (Mike Carpenter).
Hoosac 10, Wahconah 6
DALTON -- Five errors proved to be the Warriors' downfall Wednesday. One opened the door for Hoosac's three-run fourth inning; another started a two-run sixth.
"We had two dropped fly balls, three missed ground balls, a missed pickoff at first ... It was a little disappointing, given how we played at Drury [on Tuesday] night," Wahconah coach Jared Shannon said. "Chuckie [Dooley] is our No. 3 pitcher, but we can't seem to hit or play defense when he pitches."
Hoosac Valley scored four times in the second inning to take control -- one run walked in, two on passed balls and another on an RBI groundout.
Mike Koperniak pitched six innings for the win for the Hurricanes. Joe DiMassimo and Justin Schnopp drove in two runs each for Wahconah.
Hoosac 040 302 1--10 6 3
Wahconah 000 321 0--6 8 5
Koperniak (6), Bird (1) and Tworig. Chuckie Dooley (1 1/3), Shaun Fox (3), Anthony Delmolino (2 2/3) and Lane Grogan. W--Koperniak. L--Dooley. 2B--Wahconah 4 (Shawn Folan, Trevor Jamross, Joe DiMassimo, Stephen Shea).