Western Mass. baseball roundup: Pittsfield keeps upsets coming with 11-run seventh against East Longmeadow

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EAST LONGMEADOW — When reliever Ryan Lapierre allowed the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the sixth inning, Pittsfield didn't wait too long to pick up its sophomore pitcher.

The Generals mashed their way to 11 seventh-inning runs, leaving no doubt in a 14-4 upset over No. 2 East Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division I tournament.

Seeded 10th, PHS was already coming off a road upset of Chicopee in the opening round. Now, Seamus Morrison's crew will try their hand against No. 3 Longmeadow in the semifinals, tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

The Spartans managed only a single run in four different innings, as starting pitcher Hunter Potash worked around six hits before exiting a 3-3 tie after four. LaPierre surrendered one more in the sixth, but managed to keep things in striking distance.

"[East Longmeadow] did a good job hitting Hunter hard, but he did what we asked and got us to the fifth, where we had some options," said Morrison. "We went with the sophomore because he earned it this year. He came in throwing strikes and his curve had them off-balance. He worked hard."

Catcher Noah Santos opened the top of the seventh with a hit. With runners on first and second, Carter Matthews dropped down a bunt that went for a single and brought Santos in on an overthrow to tie the game. Next it was Ian Benoit's turn, and he smacked a two-run liner to give PHS a lead. The floodgates opened from there.

Santos was 3 for 4, with two RBI and two hits in the seventh alone. Matthews had a pair of doubles as part of his three-hit day.

LaPierre, who finished with three strikeouts and no walks over three innings, set the Spartans down in order in the bottom of the seventh to refuel Pittsfield's wild postseason run.

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Pittsfield     003     000     [11]     —     14     14     1

E L'meadow     101     101     0     —     4     9     1

Hunter Potash (4), Ryan LaPierre (3) and Noah Santos. Tim Krol (6+), Joe Baxter (1/3), Vince Manicalchi (2/3) and Andrew Kingston. W — LaPierre. L — Baxter. 2B — P (Potash, Santos, Carter Matthews 2); EL (Martin Ryan 2), HR — EL (Kingston).

Monument Mountain 6, Southwick 1


GREAT BARRINGTON — After earning a bye in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament, Monument Mountain took advantage of visiting Southwick in the quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Rams needed extra innings to get by No. 11 Athol, and then ran into a buzzsaw in the third-seeded Spartans.

Jared Henry struck out 10 batters over just five innings of work, walking one and scattering five hits. He was tagged with the one earned run, but Monument's offense provided more than enough support in the opening frame.

Tyler Wade and Jackson Blanchard set the table in the bottom of the first with base hits, allowing the meat of Tom Hankey's order to take its shots. Graham Herrick was first with a two-run triple, which was followed up by a Kade Grover RBI single, and Mike Goretti matching. Henry was gifted a 4-0 lead after one, and that increased to 6-1 after two.

Blanchard, who had four hits on the day, doubled in Wade, before Henry got in on the action himself with a RBI as part of his two-hit day.

Monument's offense all came against Southwick's Bart Shea, who was knocked around for six earned runs on 10 hits and three walks. Dan Burnett had a double and two hits for the Rams.

The Spartans advance to take on No. 2 Frontier in the D-III semifinals. That game is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday at Greenfield's Veteran's Memorial Field. The other semifinal pits No. 1 Taconic against No. 12 Easthampton.

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Southwick     001     000     0     —     1     4     1

Monument     420     000     x     —     6     10     0

Bart Shea and Dalton Bessette. Jared Henry (5), Graham Herrick (1), Tyler Wade (1) and Max Joyner. W — Henry. L — Shea. 2B — S (Dan Burnett, Shea); MM (Jackson Blanchard), 3B — MM (Herrick).

Hopkins Academy 7, Mount Everett 0

HADLEY — No. 8 Mount Everett managed just three hits as starter Joe Morrison spun a gem, leading No. 1 Hopkins to the win in the Western Mass. Division IV quarterfinals.

Morrison struck out 11. Everett starter Jimi Gulotta got the start and gave up six runs in one-third of an inning. Cavan Brady entered in relief, keeping Hopkins at bay while striking out 11.

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Everett     000     000     0     —     0     3     1

Hopkins     600     001     x     —     7     10     1

Jimi Gulotta (1/3), Cavan Brady (5 2/3) and Patrick Silk. Joe Morrison (6), Justin Ciaglo (1) and n/a.


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