Wednesday's baseball: Taconic beats Westfield 8-7 in extras
PITTSFIELD -- The Taconic baseball team swept its home-and-home with perennial Division I power Westfield on Wednesday, as the Braves beat the Bombers 8-7 in nine innings.
Kevi Squires' RBI double in the ninth plated Mitch Clary with the winning run.
"We had to come back a few times" on Wednesday, said Taconic catcher Brian Bonacquisti, who homered in the fifth inning. "We had to battle all day."
Bonacquisti's sixth-inning ground ball was booted, allowing the tying run to score.
Tghen in the home ninth, Clary hit a one-out single and took second on an error. It was Clary's third hit of the game. Then Squires ripped a pitch from losing pitcher Kenny McLean for the game-winning double.
Alex Carusotto pitched 32 3 innings of relief for the win.
Westfield 102 301 000--7 11 3
Taconic 030 031 001--8 11 2
One out when winning run scored.
Connor Sass (4), Brett Houle (3), Kenny McLean (1 2/3) and Cam Robitaille. Kyle Card (5 1/3), Alex Carusotto (3 2/3) and Brian Bonacquisti. WP--Carusotto. LP--McLean. 2B--W 3 (Nate Barnes, Tom Donahue, Howard Blake). T (Kevin Squires). 3B--W 2 (Rob Sullivan, Robitaille). T (Carusotto). HR--T (Bonacquisti).
Mount Anthony 2
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The Spartans (7-3) broke out the bats, pounding two Mount Anthony pitchers for 14 hits.
That, coupled with Christian Callahan's five-hitter, gave the Spartans their fourth straight win.
"Christian threw really well," said Monument coach Tom Hankey. We were a lot more aggressive at the plate. After the first time through the order, we attacked early in the count."
Dan Meandro had four hits, including a pair of doubles, and five RBI to lead Monument while Trevor McFarland had two singles, a triple and two RBI.
Monument 004 214 0--11 14 3
Mt. A. 010 100 0--2 5 1
Christian Callahan and T.J. Shumsky. O'Neil (4), Mone (3) and Row. WP--Callahan. LP--O'Neil. 2B--MM 4 (Danny Meandro 2, Peter Oggiani, Bobby Kinne). 3B--MM (Trevor McFarland).
Lee 13, Lenox 8
LENOX -- The Millionaires (1-10) have their collective backs against the wall if they want to make the Western Mass. Division III tournament.
"We have four D-III games left," Lenox coach Kevin Downer said. "We have to win all four to qualify for the tournament."
The Wildcats outscored the Millionaires 8-2 over the first four innings and held the home team at arm's length the rest of the way.
Kenny Retzel had a pair of doubles for Lee and Preston Webb had a single and a double. Austin Salnitis had three doubles and three RBI for Lenox.
Lee 022 404 1--13 9 0
Lenox 002 021 3--8 12 3
J.T. Brown (6), Jake Simon (1) and Heamon Williams. Dillon Benham (5), Tom Duffin (1), Casey Potts (1), and Duffin (5), Trevor Hathaway (2). WP--Brown. LP--Benham. S--Simon. 2B--Lee 3 (Kenny Retzel 2, Preston Webb). Lenox 5 (Austin Salnitis 3, Benham, Cam Sibley).
McCann Tech 6,
Franklin Tech 5
NORTH ADAMS -- The Hornets nearly gave away a pivotal win, but rallied with two runs in the last of the seventh.
A throwing error placed Justin Racine on second with one out, and Dylan Gigliotti brought him around to tie the game with an RBI single to left field. He took second on the relay to the plate, which turned out to be a pivotal heads-up play.
In the next at-bat, he read a ball in the dirt and took third. The catcher's throw sailed into left field, and he raced home for the game-winning run.
"Very good baseball mentality. I look up and he's at second," coach Pat Ryan said of the sophomore taking second on his hit. "That's just good baseball. That was big on his part."
Franklin 010 001 3--5 6 2
McCann 130 000 2--6 9 4
J. Barcomb and C. Grace; T.J. Therrien and Sean Davis. 2B -- FT 1 (Booska); MT 2 (Justin Racine, Davis).
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