Western Mass. baseball roundup: Pittsfield tops Springfield Central
SPRINGFIELD — Pittsfield starting pitcher Sam Fick led the ninth-seeded Generals to a 4-3 win over defending Division I champion Springfield Central on Thursday in the first round of the MIAA Western Massachusetts Division I tournament. Pittsfield (13-7) advances to face top-seeded Holyoke on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Fick went the distance, striking out six, walking none. He hit one batter. With one out in the seventh, Central's James Rocca reached on a Pittsfield error. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt, Fick regrouped, getting the next two batters out to end the game.
Matt Newton scored from third on a wild pitch in the fourth inning for the eventual winning run.
"Any time you win a game in the tournament it feels good," Pittsfield coach Seamus Morrison said, "especially on the road, against the defending Western Mass champs. We knew they were going to fight."
Sam Fick and Austin Houghtaling. Mike Acevado and James Rocca. 2B — C 1 (Jack Magnani).
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 7, HAMPSHIRE 3
GREAT BARRINGTON >> Monument Mountain scored five times in the first inning, while relying on its strong defense to earn a win over Hampshire in the first round of the Western Mass. Division III tournament. The No. 5 seeded Spartans (11-10) will travel to face No. 4 seeded Wahconah on Monday at 4 p.m.
The five runs were more than enough support for Monument's pitching staff, although the winning pitcher helped his cause with a nice play in the field.
After leaving the game in the fifth inning, starter Ben Wyatt took over in center field where he made a running grab with the bases loaded, ending the inning and saving at least two runs. Wyatt pitched four and two-third innings, striking out four and allowing two earned runs.
Joe Aberdale led the offense with three hits. Branden Perry and Tyler Wade had two hits each.
Brandon Weyant and Warner. Ben Wyatt (4 2/3), Jared Henry (0+), Josh Zinberg (1 1/3) and Branden Perry. W — Wyatt. L — Weyant. 2B — H 1 (Weyant). MM 1 (Joe Aberdale).
WAHCONAH 7, SCI-TECH 0
DALTON >> Wahconah rolled to a shutout victory behind pitcher Gage Frazier, who pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out seven while walking one.
No. 4 Wahconah (13-8) will host No. 5 Monument Mountain in the quarterfinal round on Monday.
The Warriors received two hits apiece from Matt Schneider and Ty Cowdrey in the win.
"Our goal was to play the game inning by inning, that's exactly what we did for the first four innings," Wahconah coach Rob Cowdrey said. "At that point we built a little cushion, and we had some runs to play with. That's what we're trying to focus on, building a lead early."
Richard Lopez (5 2/3), Rob Courchesne (1/3) and Martin Viera. Gage Frazier and Matt Schneider. W — Frazier. L — Lopez. 2B — S: Ron Vargas. W: Andrew Beaudoin.
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