Wednesday's baseball: Mount Everett beaten by Pioneer Valley
SHEFFIELD -- Eli Cook and Zach Fife combined to throw a five-hitter for Mount Everett on a brisk, Wednesday afternoon.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, their bats were colder than the temperatures. Everett had only four hits and dropped a 6-3 decision to Pioneer Valley.
"This has been rough," said Everett coach Jesse Carpenter. "We're just going to keep working at it and see if we improve."
In two games, both losses, the Eagles have played 14 innings and Carpenter's hitters have struck out 26 times.
On Wednesday, it was Panthers starter Brian Wagner who shut Everett down. Wagner scattered four hits and a walk, while striking out 14 Everett hitters.
One hitter who had a pretty good day for the Eagles was catcher Aaron Martin, who had two hits, including a double.
The game was tied at 3 going into the top of the seventh inning when the Panthers scored three runs on four hits. The first two singles didn't get out of the infield, but Wagner followed with a two-run single as part of the three-run inning.
Cook went 51 3 innings for the Eagles, giving up three runs on one hit. He struck out five and walked six.
Pioneer 6, Everett 3
Pioneer 200 001 0--6 5 3
Everett 110 010 0--3 4 4
Brian Wagner and A.J. Briggs. Eli Cook (5 1/3), Zach Fife (1 2/3) and Aaron Martin. WP--Wagner. LP--Fife. 2B--Martin.
Southwick 15, Wahconah 7
SOUTHWICK -- The conditions did the Warriors no favors Wednesday, as four errors hurt the team in its season opener.
Wahconah coach Jared Shannon said the wind gusts wreaked havoc on his lineup in the loss.
"It was almost like a Little League field," he said. "Right field, in particular, played in quite a bit. It was pretty brutal. And unfortunately for us, two of our better hitters [Joe DiMassimo and Eli Pease] are left-handed."
Pease still managed to drive in three runs for Wahconah, but Southwick put the game away with a seven-run fifth inning. Nick Dargi (41 3 innings, 5 earned runs) took the loss.
"First time on a field this year," Shannon said. "Our field's unplayable [due to wet field conditions and an incomplete renovation]. That's the first time we haven't been in a parking lot or in a gym."
Southwick 15, Wahconah 7
Wahconah 200 010 4--7 6 4
S'wick 202 371 x--15 13 0
Nick Dargi (4 1/3), Jake Bradley (1 2/3) and Matt Schneider. B. Hamel (5), Shields (2) and Goodreau. WP--Hamel. LP--Dargi (0-1). 2B--Southwick 2 (Manley 1, Lebo 1).