Wednesday's baseball/softball: Hoosac beats St. Joseph, 6-3


PITTSFIELD -- St. Joseph had the tying run at the plate twice but couldn't bring home any runs in a 6-3 loss to Hoosac Valley on Wednesday.

Devon Johnston's two-run homer tied the game in the third for St. Joe before Hoosac responded with three runs in the fourth. Crusaders coach Dennis Murphy said Hoosac pitcher Joey Bounemani did a good job of shutting St. Joe down from there.

"Gutsy performance by Bounemani," Murphy said. "We hit it hard but right to people. Hats off to their pitcher. They played good defense."


Hoosac 201 300 0--6 6 0

St. Joe 012 000 0--3 5 0

Pat Latini (3 2/3), Devon Johnston and Nate Stump; Joey Bounemani (6), Matt Braman and Jake Hall. 2B -- SJ 1 (Latini); HV 1 (Braman); HR -- SJ 1 (Devon Johnston).

Wahconah 1, Drury 0

NORTH ADAMS -- Tyler Briggs and his Drury baseball teammates were nearly perfect against Wahconah on Wednesday afternoon.

The problem was Lane Grogan and the Warriors were just as good. It was Wahconah that found a way to push a run across in the sixth and held on for the win, 1-0.

"We had no hitting today," said Briggs, who went 0 for 2 at the plate. "We're just in a slump. We've had contact, it's not getting into the holes. We've seen pitchers like that all year, we just couldn't hit the ball into the holes."

Briggs didn't allow a hit until Eli Pease pushed a single into left field to start the fifth. Pease stole second, but Briggs made sure he stayed there, retiring the next three batters he faced.

Ethan Wells singled in the sixth and barely beat a throw to the plate on Patrick Jamross' single to score the only run of the game. Grogan followed that with a single of his own.

"We haven't hit well this year and we haven't really strung anything together," Wahconah coach Jared Shannon said. "I think that's the first time we've got three hits in a row almost all season."

Tyler Cote took over for Briggs in the sixth and left Jamross and Grogan in scoring position. Cote struck out three in his 1 2/3 innings.

"My fastball and curveball were pretty much working," Briggs said. "Other than that, they were hitting the ball late. I couldn't do much about it."

Grogan, Wahconah's usual starting catcher, allowed just three hits on the day, and struck out three to earn the complete-game shutout.

"I was just trying to hit the zone and working my fastball and my curveball a little bit," Grogan said. "I was keeping them off balance and that resulted in a lot of ground balls."

Mount Everett 11, Lenox 3

SHEFFIELD -- The Eagles' seven-run fourth inning allowed them to coast to the win.

It wasn't without tight moments, though. Lenox loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth inning, trailing 8-3. John Ormsbee came on in relief of Sage Angell and retired the top two hitters in Lenox's order before quieting the heart of the order in the seventh.

"We tried to hold John out today, because we've got to play again on Friday. He was slated to start Friday," Everett coach Jesse Carpenter said. "We had no choice. Eli got tired and walked two batters. We brought Sage in, and he walked two batters and walked in a run. They're real close to breaking it open.

"For [Ormsbee] to come in and get those two quick outs, it was just a great job on his part."


Lenox 101 001 0--3 3 8

Everett 010 703 x--11 5 1

Dillon Benham (5 1/3), Trevor Hathaway (2/3) and Tom Duffin. Eli Cook (5 1/3), Sage Angell (0+), John Ormsbee (1 2/3) and Aaron Martin. W--Cook. L--Benham. 2B--Lenox 1 (Jake Jourdain 1), Everett 1 (Nick Tomich). 3B--Lenox 1 (Benham 1).

Lee 19, Berlin 3

LEE -- Jake Simon picked up his first win of the year for the Wildcats (5-4), the beneficiary of a 13-hit attack in a game stopped after five innings by the mercy rule.

"He's been a hard-luck pitcher for us," said Lee coach Chip Cummings. "He was keeping them off-balance. He was pounding the zone and we made plays behind him."

The junior left-hander scattered six hits and two walks, while striking out three.

The Wildcats actually fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but scored six times in home first. They closed out the game with a 10-run fourth inning.

J.T. Brown and John Graziano each had three hits, while Simon helped his cause with two hits and three RBI.


Berlin 100 02--3 6 4

Lee 621 (10)x--19 13 1

Colin Love (3), Ryan Shumway (1) and Matt Rokjer. Jake Simon and Preston Webb. WP--Simon. LP--Love. 2B--L (J.T. Brown). 3B--L (Webb).

McCann 6, Pathfinder 5

NORTH ADAMS -- The Hornets didn't let a two-run Pathfinder seventh derail them. They rallied with three of their own in the home half for a dramatic 6-5 win.

T.J. Therrien ripped an RBI triple to bring in the first run in the seventh for McCann. Justin Racine followed with a single to bring Therrien in to tie the game. A hit batsman and a walk to Dillon Carr later, and the Hornets had the bases loaded with one out. The suspense quickly changed to joy on the McCann sideline when the first offering to Dalton Nicholas found the backstop, allowing Racine to come across with the game-winning run.

"Today, we came out and played a great solid game," coach Pat Ryan said. "We held them scoreless for the first three.

"Gwozdz pitched a real gem today."

Therrien and Carr combined for a triple and double, respectively, to account for McCann's extra-base hits.


Pathfinder 000 210 2--5 3 1

McCann 000 120 3--6 6 1

Joe Gwozdz and T.J. Therrien; T. Moore and A. Kozlik. WP--Gwozdz. LP--Therrien. 2B -- MT 1 (Dillon Carr); P 1 (A. Cole).; 3B -- MT 1 (T.J. Therrien).

St. Joe 18, Berlin 8

BERLIN, N.Y. -- Julia Murphy struck out nine in her high school debut to lead the Crusaders to the win.

Chanler Hospot had three hits -- including a double -- and four RBI for St. Joe. Keegan McCauley had two hits and three RBI while Kendall Smith and Anita Curtin had two hits each.

"Julia did really well," said St. Joe coach Jim Stimpson. "We knew she was a pitcher. She came out of the Pittsfield youth softball program as a pitcher."


St. Joe 327 330 0--18 12 4

Berlin 034 001 0--8 6 5

Julia Murphy and Hannah Kibbe; Gilbert and Spaniw. W -- Murphy. L -- Gilbert. 2B -- SJ 1 (Chanler Hospot). HR 1 -- (Reagan Smith).

Granby 10, McCann Tech 4

GRANBY -- It couldn't have been going better for the Hornets through 4 1/2 innings. They had a nice four-run lead and seemed to have everything under control. That's where the good news started.

The Hornets made five of their nine errors in the bottom of the fifth to aid Granby's six-run inning and send the Rams to a 10-4 win.

"We were cruising right along until the fifth inning, playing great defensively and capitalizing on everything we could offensively," coach Kate Galli said. "Then we couldn't get out of the fifth inning."

McCann had seven hits on the day and four went for extra bases. Olivia Esoldi, Jordan Prevey and Eileen Zajac all hit a double, while Kayla McNeice had the bigger hit, a triple. Prevey finished the day a perfect 3 for 3; Esoldi was 2 for 4 and scored.

Malloy took the loss for McCann. She pitched six innings, gave up 10 runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three.


McCann 020 020 0--4 7 9

Granby 000 064 x--10 7 0

Haley Malloy and Danielle Gibeau; Tessa Cote and Noelle Menard. 2B -- MT 3 (Olivia Esoldi, Jordan Prevey, Eileen Zajac); G 1 (Brie Mercier); 3B -- MT 1 (Kayla McNeice); HR -- G 1 (Alex White).

Miss Hall's 17,
Stoneleigh Burnham 1

PITTSFIELD -- Clarksburg's Jordan Owensby struck out eight and allowed just two hits to lead Miss Hall's to the victory in five innings.

The hosts had a nine-run second to blow open a 4-1 game. Catcher Meagan Fraser of Lee was 2 for 2 at the plate, scoring three runs and stealing three bases. She drew two walks.

Miss Hall's (5-1) is back in action on Saturday against Loomis Chaffee. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. on the school's Pittsfield campus.


SL 010 00 -- 1 2 3

MH 494 0x -- 17 9 3

Atkins and Fowler; Jordan Owensby and Meagan Fraser. W -- Owensby. L -- Atkins. 2B -- MH 1 (Callie Atwell). HR -- MH 1 (Astrid Montagano).


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