Saints lose … and still win?!?

Players and coaches for St. Mary stand for the national anthem Wednesday night. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Players and coaches for St. Mary stand for the national anthem Wednesday night. (Photo by Chris Putz)

WESTFIELD – Although the final score was not indicative of the St. Mary Saints’ true spirit, Wednesday night’s baseball game against Granby was a success for another reason.
St. Mary fell to Granby 17-0 in a charity baseball game at Bullens Field. The opposition jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead, and never looked back.
There was much more at stake than just a box score.
The Saints raised more than $4,000 from donations and T-shirt sales for the Wounded Warrior Project.
DSC08389The Saints, who donned camoflouged uniforms to show their support, have been strong supporters of the Boston Strong Foundation and breast cancer awareness.

Parsons, Tigers win thriller
Westfield Voc-Tech 5, McCann Tech 4

Westfield Voc-Tech made another step toward the postseason with a key win over a quality opponent Wednesday. The Tigers knocked off McCann, who entered the game with an 11-1 record and first place standing in the Tri-County League, at Bullens Field.
“I am very pleased with our play of late,” Voc-Tech coach Kyle Dulude said. “Hopefully we can keep coming together as a team and keep learning to trust each other.”
The Tigers must win two of their next four games to ensure a postseason victory.
Voc-Tech received seven solid innings on the mound from senior Jake Parsons Wednesday. Parsons helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.
The Tigers’ pitcher was not alone in his efforts.
Andrew Daniels made two great catches in left field, including two running grabs in the seventh to help preserve the victory. Mike Clegg made a sliding catch in right field for the first out in the top of inning.
Voc-Tech’s Nick Clegg made six putouts at shortstop. Chris Boyden (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Nate Boulay (RBI) contributed at the plate for the Tigers.
McCann Tech jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but after a Tyler French walk and Parsons double in the bottom half of the inning, Boulay and Boyden hit consecutive run-scoring singles – the latter driving in two runs – to put Voc-Tech in front 3-2.
The opposing pitchers settled down over the next three scoreless innings.
Voc-Tech manufactured two insurance runs in the fifth. Those runs proved to be very important as McCann scored a pair in the top of the sixth, and had runners at second and third. Those base runners were stranded though as Parsons struck out the number two batter to end the threat.
In the seventh, the Tigers defense held strong.
Voc-Tech improved to 7-6 overall, 7-4 Tri-County League.

Bombers ground Golden Eagles
Westfield 4, Central 2

Colin Dunn (2-for-3, RBI) and Chris Sullivan (2-4, run, RBI) led Westfield at the plate.
Bombers’ Ryan Towle scattered five hits over 4 2-3 innings. He struck out seven batters, and allowed just two runs. Ari Schwartz picked up the win in relief, striking out five, and allowing just one hit, one walk, and no runs over 2 1-3 innings.

Morgan Harriman (4) makes the stretch to retire the runner for Southwick Wednesday. (Photo by Liam Sheehan)

Morgan Harriman (4) makes the stretch to retire the runner for Southwick Wednesday. (Photo by Liam Sheehan)

Gaels stop Gators
Holyoke Catholic 11, Gateway 6

Jayden Marge (2-for-3, 2 runs scored, 2 stolen bases), and Joe Jones (2-2, 2 RBIs, 2 SBs) led Gateway at the plate.
Josh Baillargeon (triple, stolen base), Ethan Gamble (2 runs, stolen base), Brett Turban (stolen base), Tyler Heeter (RBI, stolen base), and Jake McKittrick (RBI) each had a hit for the Gators.
Gateway’s Joe Jones tossed three innings of one-hit ball. Jones struck out three batters.

WHS surges past Central
Westfield 4, Central 1

Tristin Viale (6-2, 6-2) and Shayne Holloway (6-4, 7-5) won at first and third singles, respectively, for Westfield. Bombers’ top doubles pair, Matt Roberts and Tim Hurley won 6-4, 6-0, and Jim Knapik and Jalen Bodendorf were victorious at second doubles as well.
Westfield improved to 10-2 overall, 5-1 league.

Rams survive
Southwick 4, Easthampton 3

Sam Burzynski went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Jenn Yelin was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Sydney Rogers (run, RBI) and Alyssa Kelleher (RBI) had one hit apiece for Southwick.
Rams’ pitcher Emily Lachtara scattered three hits, two walks, and struck out 10.

Britland homers for Gators
Smith Academy 15, Gateway 3 (6 inn.)

Dayna Britland homered for Gateway – a solo shot – in the sixth inning.

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