Baseball roundup: Rachiele's catch saves the day for Taconic
Austin Rachiele's seventh-inning diving grab with two outs and the tying run on first base preserved the Braves' 6-4 win over visiting Ludlow on Monday afternoon.
Ludlow loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh when Justin Debarge hit a two-run single off of Taconic starter Christian Womble. Taconic coach Kevin Stannard made the move to bring Anton Lazits in, and the reliever gave up an RBI single to Lucas Soares, making it 6-4 with runners on the corners.
The next batter was Mike Young, who hit a liner to left-center field. The ball was tailing away from Rachiele, but the senior center fielder made the diving grab to end the game.
"He got a great jump. If it gets by him, it's a tie game," Stannard said. "That's a senior with a real good instinct. It's do-or-die, and he made a great play."
Womble was cruising into the seventh. He had given up only one run before that. He ended up giving up three earned runs on five hits, five walks and he struck out 10. He also went 2 for 3.
Cedric Rose was 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Braves (8-3), who play Mount Greylock Tuesday.
Ludlow 001 000 3 — 4 6 1
Taconic 002 112 x — 6 11 2
Jake Pariseau (3 2/3), Jason Webb (0+), Nick Devine (2 1/3) and Chris Webster. Christian Womble (6 2/3), Anton Lazits (1/3) and Cedric Rose. W — Womble. L — Pariseau. Sv — Lazits. 2B — L (Webster). T (Rose).
Mount Greylock 18, Lenox 5
LENOX — At War Memorial Field, visiting Greylock broke open a one-run game by outscoring the host Millionaires 14-2 over the final four innings.
The Mounties pounded out 13 hits against four Lenox pitchers. Cole Wojtkowski had a pair of doubles, while Phil Guest had a three-run double in Greylock's eight-run sixth, and drove in four.
The Mounties' Bennett Zimmerman went 5 1/3 for the win, and was the beneficiary of much of the offensive attack.
Josh Hunter drove in two runs for Lenox.
Mount Greylock 310 228 2 — 18 13 2
Lenox 030 002 0 — 5 7 2
Bennett Zimmerman (5 1/3), Eli Ostheimer (1 2/3) and Cam Winters. Trevor Sweener (5 1/3), Nick Nicotra (2/3), James Martangno (1/3) George Fiscu (1/3), Ricky Armstrong (1/3) and Josh Hunter. W — Zimmerman. L — Sweener. 2B — MG (Cole Wojtkowski 2, Cal Messina, Phil Guest, Zimmerman, Ostheimer).
Drury 3, St. Mary's 1
NORTH ADAMS — Reece Racette and Connor Clark drove in back-to-back runs in the third inning, then Max Daugherty scored an insurance run in the fourth as the Blue Devils beat St. Mary's.
Ryan Dubie got the win on the mound and scored the game's first run when Racette brought him around on a double. Dubie gave up four hits with six strike outs and no walks.
In an email, Drury coach Pat Boulger said simply: "Big one!!!!"
The win gets Drury back to .500 at 6-6 on the year. The win was also the fourth straight victory for the Blue Devils.
St. Mary's 000 010 0 — 1 4 2
Drury 002 100 x — 3 5 2
Butler and Authier. Ryan Dubie and Jack Toomey. W — Dubie. L — Butler. 2B — D: Reece Racette.
Pittsfield 14, Hoosac Valley 3
CHESHIRE — The Generals had a one-run lead after five innings. After six innings, they had a nine-run lead.
PHS broke open the game with a big sixth inning to record their fourth straight win. PHS is now 8-6 on the year.
Matt DiNicola drove in three runs in a 3 for 4 day at the plate. Ian Benoit, Joe Traversa, Carter Matthews and Ryan LaPierre each drove in a pair of runs. Traversa went 4 for 5 with a triple.
For Hoosac, Henry Sneizek, Luc Trombley and Zack Boulger each drove in a run.
LaPierre got the win on the mound, going six innings and striking out six on six hits and a walk.
Pittsfield 120 108 2 — 14 18 1
Hoosac 030 000 0 — 3 6 5
LaPierre (6), Bernardo (1) and Santos. Kogut (5), Audet (1), Keyes (1) and Swistak. W — LaPierre. L — Kogut. 2B — P (Bernardo). 3B — P (Traversa).
Wahconah 4, Mohawk 3
BUCKLAND — Mohawk mounted a seventh-inning comeback, but Wahconah (5-5) sophomore Caden Frazier took the mound in a clutch situation and closed the door.
Mohawk scored all three of its runs in the seventh inning, cutting its deficit to one. Frazier entered in relief of Kyle Lee with the bases loaded and two out. Frazier stayed calm and struck out the lone batter he faced, stranding the tying and winning runs for the save. Bob Archambault's sacrifice fly plated Gabe Verdi for the eventual winning run in the top half of the seventh.
"It's a good feeling definitely with how young he is," Wahconah coach Rob Cowdrey said of Frazier. "With the poise he had to get us out of there, it's nice to be able to rely on somebody like him in tight situations."
Wahconah 000 010 3 — 4 2 2
Mohawk 000 000 3 — 3 4 7
Gabe Verdi (6), Kyle Lee (2/3), Caden Frazier and Joe Woronick. Diens (5), Brady-Page (2) and Allen. WP — Verdi. LP — Diens. S — Frazier. 2B — W (Jake Gai).
McCann Tech 15, Lee 7
LEE — McCann Tech used a nine-run sixth inning to regain the lead and defeat Lee on the road.
The Wildcats took a 7-6 lead after a three-run fifth. It didn't last long, however, as James Hamilton's two-run single put the Hornets up for good.
Logan Tower led McCann with three hits and four RBI. Caleb Rondeau, Jake Field and Robert Matte III had two hits each. Cole Redstone, Michael Sommerville and Lucas Bombardier had two hits each for Lee (4-10).
McCann 200 319 0 — 15 15 1
Lee 000 430 0 — 7 9 2
Mike Ferrara (4 1/3), Matt Jette (2 2/3) and Robert Matte III. Lucas Bombardier (3 2/3), Declan Drozd (1 1/3), Evan Heath (2) and Hunter Roosa. WP — Matte Jette. LP — Heath. 2B — MT 4 (Caleb Rondeau, Logan Tower, Jake Field, Matte III). L 3 (Wyatt Nazor, Mike Sommerville).
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