Western Mass. baseball roundup: Pittsfield upsets No. 1 Holyoke in Division I quarterfinal
HOLYOKE — The Pittsfield High School baseball team is one win away from playing for its first Western Massachusetts Division I championship in more than a decade.
Jordan Nassif's RBI single in the top of the eighth inning was the first of three runs and the 10th-seeded Generals (14-7) shut down top-seed Holyoke in the bottom of the eighth for a 9-6 win Monday at McKenzie Field.
"Nobody really believed in us," Pittsfield coach Seamus Morrison said. "We've won two [tournament] games. We're riding some good momentum."
Sam Fick, who got the win in the first-round victory over defending champion Central, threw 2 2/3 innings of relief for the win. He gave up one hit and struck out one.
In the Pittsfield eighth, Shane Tierney made up for a sixth-inning error that led to the tying run with a leadoff single. He went to second on Quinn Matthews' sacrifice bunt and scored on Jordan Nassif's RBI single to left. Nassif took second on a throw home and then scored on Austin Houghtaling's single. Houghtaling later scored on an error, making it 9-6.
Holyoke got a runner on base in the home eighth, but Fick shut the Purple Knights down to get the win.
Pittsfield last won a Western Mass. title in 2004.
Chris Tracy (4 2/3), Shane McMahon (2/3), Sam Fick (2 2/3) and Austin Houghtaling. Anthony Diaz (7), Carlos Lopez (2) and Eric Robert. W—Fick. L—Lopez. 2B—P (Jordan Nassif), H (Nick Delude).
HOOSAC VALLEY 2, SOUTHWICK 1
SOUTHWICK >> The Hurricanes are in the Western Mass. semifinals for the first time since 2010, as the No. 10 seeds knocked off second-seeded Southwick.
The Rams' Tyler Orban recorded a second-inning single off of Hoosac starter Noah Matrigali. It was the only hit Matrigali gave up in the game. He struck out eight and walked seven.
"He's just a battler," Hoosac coach Mike Larabee said. "He gives you everything he has. He got his slider working today and kept them off balance."
The Rams scored a run in the first inning off of Matrigali on Jake Goodreau's sacrifice fly. Jake Swistak tied the game with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning. One inning later, the Hurricanes took the lead for keeps.
Matt Koperniak reached on an error to lead off the game and back-to-back singles by Dahndray Sistrunk and Matrigali plated Koperniak with the winning run.
Hoosac used a 3-6-3 double play to end the game.
Hoosac will play top-seeded South Hadley, a 2-1 winner in 12 innings over No. 9 Belchertown on Wednesday at UMass.
Noah Matrigali and Jake Swistak. Andrew Mitchell and Jake Goodreau. W—Matrigali. L—Mitchell.
LENOX 4, PATHFINDER 3
LENOX >> Last year, the Millionaires reached the quarterfinal round of the Division IV tournament. This year, they got past that milestone.
Jack Ellrodt's walk-off RBI single helped the third-seeded Millionaires (15-6) advance to the semifinals by knocking off 11th-seeded Pathfinder.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Luke Murphy, who stole home for a run in the third inning, hit a one-out single and stole second. He moved to third on Patrick Colvin's ground out. Noah Hunter walked, and attempted a steal of second. As the Pathfinder second baseman went to cover the bag, Ellrodt hit the ball into the vacated hole for the game-winning run.
"They kept their heads up and battled back" all game, said Lenox coach Kevin Downer, whose team went down 3-0 in the second inning.
Colvin gave up five hits in going the distance, striking out six and walking three. Andrew Roman, who struck out 111 hitters for Pathfinder, gave up seven hits and struck out six.
"He was throwing his curveball a lot," Downer said of Colvin. "He kept their batters off balance."
Two outs when winning run scored.
Andrew Roman and A.J. Oliviera. Patrick Colvin and Noah Hunter. W—Colvin. L—Roman. 2B—P (Monroe), L (John Fontaine, Mike Downer(.
In Friday's newspaper, in the Hoosac Valley-Mount Greylock baseball game. Hoosac's John Krol was incorrectly credited with committing an error.