Roundup: Pittsfield softball moves to 3-0, all on the road
The Generals (3-0) broke open a close game with two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh. They are now 3-0, with all wins coming away from home.
That helped make a winner of Giuliana Pierce, who scattered four runs on seven hits. She walked six and struck out two. Two of the four Westfield runs were unearned.
Tobin reached safely in her first three at-bats. She singled in the first, drove in a run with a double in the third, and singled home a run in the fifth.
Pierce helped her cause with a two-run home run in the sixth inning.
Brianna Clary also had three hits for PHS, while Britney Perkett had two. In all, PHS had 11 hits.
Mount Anthony 15, Taconic 0
BENNINGTON, VT — The Braves (1-1) were outplayed north of the border Saturday, getting tuned up by the Patriots in a six-inning loss. Mount Anthony's bats were relentless as Kiki Carrigan was tagged for 17 hits. She struck out one and also had one of five Taconic base hits. The Braves also got hits from Taylar Ostrander, Stephanie Schwartz and Gabby Puia.
Monument Mountain 10, Hoosac Valley 3
GREAT BARRINGTON — Monument Mountain's bats unleashed some built-up weather-related frustrations in their much-delayed season-opener Saturday.
The Spartans (1-0) plated seven runs in the first inning against Hoosac Valley (0-1), giving ace Jared Henry more than enough to work with. Henry struck out seven over four innings, before giving way to relief to finish off the Hurricanes. Sam Cormier had the big stick of the day, with three hits and three RBI. Tyler Wade and Jackson Blanchard had two hits a piece, while Kyle Gochey drove in a pair. For Hoosac, Henry Sniezek picked up two hits and an RBI.
"Kids came out swinging today against a kid who throws the ball pretty well," said Monument coach Tom Hankey. "Our guys were up to the challenge."
Hoosac 002 001 0 — 3 4 4
Monument 710 020 0 — 10 10 2
Devin Kogut 1, John Krol 2, Ryan Audet 2, Henry Sniezek 2 and Zac Swistak. Jared Henry 4, Dylan Tinker 2, Tyler Wade 1 and Max Joyner. W — Henrey. L — Kogut.
Wellesley 13, Taconic 2
PLYMOUTH — It was a rematch of last year's MIAA state Division I championship game. The only thing similar were the uniform colors.
Taconic (2-1) had pretty much a whole new team while Wellesley brought back the nucleus of the team that lost to the Braves last June in Worcester.
The Raiders rocked freshman Anton Lazits for five runs in the first inning. But Lazits settled in a little bit before running out of steam in the fourth inning.
"He found his control and he spotted his fastball better," Taconic coach Kevin Stannard said.
After scoring double figures in the first two wins, the Braves were held to two runs on three hits by Wellesley starter Max Zajec and two relievers.
"That's a pretty solid team, state runners up and they didn't lose much," said Stannard. "We want to win every game, but we're going to have our ups and downs."
Wellesley 500 62 — 13 12 1
Taconic 000 02 — 2 3 5
Max Zajec (3 1/3), Brady Cook (2/3), Justin Lindquist (1) and Holt Fletcher. Anton Lazits (3 2/3), Mitch DeCelles (1/3), Michael Kays (1) and Cedric Rose. W — Zajec. L — Lazits. 2B — W (Ty Grocki, Tommy Liebeman, Zajec). T (Jake Harrington). HR — W (Michael Kenney).
Lenox 6, Lee 2
LEE — Lenox applied consistent pressure on Lee in its season-opener Friday. The Millionaires (1-0) plated at least one run in five separate innings. The Wildcats (1-3) struck first with one in the first inning, and got three hits from catcher Hunter Roosa, but Lenox quickly responded. Kevin Downer's crew climbed in front 4-2 before calling in Jett Steinman to relieve on the hill. Steinman was nearly untouchable over the final three innings, striking out eight and not allowing a run. Starting pitcher Trevor Sweener chipped in two hits for Lenox, which benefit from nine walks and two hit batsmen.
Lenox 012 101 1 — 6 5 1
Lee 101 000 0 — 2 6 3
Trevor Sweener 2, Nick Nicotra 2, Jett Steinman 3 and Noah Hunter, Cooper Shepardson. Garrett Hopkins 2, Declan Drozd 2, Andrew Ruef 2 and Hunter Roosa. W — Nicotra. L — Drozd.
Taconic 13, Maple Hill 5
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY — The Braves (1-1) headed west and came back across the border with a decisive victory. The stick of senior Sal Amaral had some life in it, as he amassed 10 points, including seven goals at Maple Hill. Seamus Hayes tacked on a hat trick of his own, as the rout was on. Maple Hill wasn't a quiet offensive team, but it was no match for veteran keeper Troy Schweitzer, who turned away 15 shots in the victory.
Taconic 3 5 0 5 — 13
Maple 0 3 2 0 — 5
Goals — T: Sal Amaral 7, Seamus Hayes 3, Sean Soper 2, Tim Carroll. MH: Tyler Walker 2, Joe Merhige, Chase Cioffi, Nolan Wilson.
Assists — T: Soper 4, Amaral 3, Hayes 2, Carroll. MH: Jack Sherwood 2, Cioffi.
Saves — T: Troy Schweitzer 15. MH: Payton Maurides 2, Karsen Randall 2.
Pittsfield 10, Chicopee 8
PITTSFIELD — The Generals were stuck in a back-and-forth affair with visiting Chicopee all day until finally pulling ahead in the fourth quarter. Jacob Brazeau, Mitch Stechmann and Brandon Murray all scored in the fourth quarter to push PHS in front 10-7, and allow their squad to hang on. Brazeau finished with seven of the Generals' (2-2) 10 goals. Zach Brazeau added four assists, while Ethan Beach held the line in net all throughout the final frame.
Chicopee 3 2 2 1 — 8
Pittsfield 3 2 2 3 — 10
Goals — C: Trent Lahair 2, Sam Quinn 2, Jason Gonzalez 2, Scott Williams, Hunter Terlik. P: Jacob Brazeau 7, Mitch Stechmann 2, Brandon Murray.
Assists — P: Zach Brazeau 4.
Saves — P: Ethan Beach 14.
Amherst sweeps Williams
AMHERST — In a battle of nationally-ranked teams 15th-ranked Amherst beat No. 13 Williams 7-1 and 7-4. That came on the heels of a 4-4 tie Friday.
With the sweep, the Mammoths (21-3, 7-1 NESCAC) take command in the West Division, and have a leg up on hosting the NESCAC postseason tournament. For Williams to claim the division and home field, the Ephs would have to sweep Middlebury this weekend, while Amherst loses its final four West Division games.
Williams was done in by three errors in the opener, accounting for six unearned runs. Williams fell behind 4-0 before Kristin Mapes hit a solo home run in the fifth. But the Mammoths' Audrey Hansen hit a three-run homer to lock up the win.
In the nightcap, the Ephs rallied from a 4-1 deficit, tying the score on Lexi Curt's solo home run in the top of the seventh. Amherst answered when RonnieMarie Falasco blasted a three-run, walk-off home run.
MCLA sweeps on road
BUZZARDS BAY — Alanza Quinones finished 4 for 7 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored to help the Trailblazers sweep Mass. Maritime Saturday. MCLA won the opener 9-3 and followed it up with a 10-5 victory to improve to 6-12 and 2-4 in the MASCAC. That makes four straight wins for MCLA, which got a five-strikeout complete game from Samantha Feinstein in the second game. Kara Adams had four hits in the first game and drove in three runs in the second.
Williams, Bates split doubleheader
LEWISTON, ME — The Ephs salvaged a doubleheader split at Bates Saturday, winning the second game 4-1 after falling 6-2 in the morning. Williams (5-14) got a double and three RBI from Adam Dulsky, as well as a dominant outing by Jack Bohen to seal the victory. Bohen went a complete seven innings, striking out nine and allowing no earned runs. Dulsky and ERik Mini had two hits each. Kellen Hathaway scored twice. In the prequel, Williams committed three errors, leading to four unearned runs against starter George Carroll and reliever Bryan Woolley. Alex Panstares hit a triple, while Mini had two hits and an RBI.
MCLA duels Mass. Maritime
NORTH ADAMS — It took 12 innings for Mass. Maritime to get the better of the Trailblazers (9-9-1, 2-3-1 MASCAC) in the first portion of a Saturday doubleheader. While MCLA eventually fell 4-3 in that one, it did battle back in a similarly grueling game to win 2-1 in the afternoon contest.
Williams wins home finale
WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams got six goals from James McFarland as the Ephs held off Colby 16-12.
Williams (6-6, 5-3) is now in fourth place in the NESCAC standings.
The visiting Mules (4-6, 2-6) trailed 3-2 after one quarter and tied it early in the second on a goal by Tucker Dietrick. The Ephs answered with four of the next five goals and held the Mules off the rest of the way.
Kevin Stump and Cory Lund both had hat tricks for the Ephs. Dietrick had four goals for Colby.
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