Western Mass. softball roundup: Mount Greylock, Hoosac Valley and Mount Everett all book spots in semifinals

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Mount Greylock starting pitcher Lilly Lesieur returned from a five-game absence and showed little signs of rust, striking out 10 and walking none in the No. 4 Mounties' 6-5 win over No. 5 Smith Academy in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament. Greylock advances to face No. 1 Turners Falls, Wednesday, 5 p.m. at UMass-Amherst.

The Mounties built a 5-0 lead after two innings. Emma Hayward started a four-run second with a RBI single. Kate Bernardy plated Marley Buffis with a RBI ground out. Elena Cerviera added a RBI single before coming home on an error. Cerviera reached base on a walk in the fourth. She stole second and came home on Lesieur's single for the eventual winning run.

Smith mounted a late rally in the seventh. A RBI single led to a three-run home run from Emma Hobert, cutting Greylock's lead to one. Lesieur recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Cerviera led Greylock, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI.

"Good to have your starting pitcher back," Greylock coach June Blake said. "I thought she did well being her first time on the mound after a long layoff. She did a great job overall. Smith put together a few hits in the later part of the game, but it feels good to advance to the Western Mass. semis at UMass."

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Smith     000     001     4     —     5     9     2

Greylock     140     100     x     —     6     5     4

Amanda Novak and Karlie Guimond. Lilly Lesieur and Jordyn Codding. WP —Lesieur. LP — Novak. HR —SA (Emma Hobert). MG — (Elena Cerviera).

Hoosac Valley 6, Southwick 5

ADAMS — The No. 2 Hoosac Valley softball team found itself in a hole early, but the Hurricanes used two big innings to earn the come-from-behind victory over No. 7 Southwick in this Western Mass. Division II quarterfinal game. Hoosac advances to face No. 3 Wahconah, Thursday, 3 p.m. at UMass.

Southwick scored a run in each of the first three innings, building a 4-0 lead. Madi Puppolo put the Hurricanes on the board with a home run to start the bottom half of the inning.

Rylinn Witek followed with a single. Kelsey Wohrle reached base with an infield single and Syrah Bradley plated two with a double. Katie Braman added a two-out RBI single, tying the game at 4-4.

Witek reached on a single to start the fourth. Wohrle followed with a RBI double, moved to third and came home on a passed ball for the eventual winning run.

Witek and Wohrle powered the comeback with three hits each. Logan Stansfield and Bradley had two hits each. Puppolo got the win in the circle, allowing 11 hits and striking out four.

"As a coach it was great," Hoosac coach Mike Ameen said. "How you respond to adversity makes the difference when you play good teams. Teams that respond to challenges and stay focused are the ones that succeed. To be down by four and not give up... Everybody contributed. Five hits in one inning, it was a great thing to see."

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Southwick     121     010     0     —     5     11     2

Hoosac     004     200     x     —     6     13     1

Nikki Willey and Tori DellaGiustina. Madi Puppolo and Rylie Bishop. WP — Puppolo. LP — Willey. 2B — S 2 (Willey, McKenna Leary). HV — 2 (Kesley Wohrle, Syrah Bradley). HR — (Puppolo).

Mount Everett 12, Gateway 0

SHEFFIELD — Mount Everett pitcher Faith Angell dominated in the circle, sending the Eagles back to the Western Mass. Division III semifinals. Everett will face No. 3 McCann Tech, Wednesday, 3 p.m. at UMass.

Angell allowed just one hit and struck out 15. Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier said Angell did a good job of hitting her spots. Gateway's lone hit came in the fourth inning.

Everett collected 11 total hits. Madison Ullrich led the Eagles going 2 for 4 with two RBI. Gwen Carpenter went 3 for 4 with a RBI. Jaclyn Derwitch went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

"We got some solid line drives," DeGrenier said. "They look like they came ready to play. Excited for the tournament, so happy with the way the offense and defense showed up."

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Gateway     000     000      0     —     0     1     5

Everett      300     414     x     —     12     11     0

Audrey Gambel and N/A. Faith Angell and Madison Ullrich. WP — Angell. LP — Gambel. 3B — ME (Devan Galli).


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