Amherst knocks off undefeated Wilbraham in Metro A Division tourney, finishes 3rd
Amherst earned a third-place finish and scored the biggest upset of the Metro League softball tournament Saturday at Greenleaf Park in Springfield.
After finishing its regular season 7-8-1, No. 4 seeded Amherst opened the postseason with a 9-8 win over No. 5 Chicopee and then knocked off previously unbeaten Wilbraham & Monson in the second round 3-2.
Amherst then fell to Westside 12-3 and Rockettes-A 6-3 to end its season.
“The best part of the tournament was the game against Wilbraham,” Amherst coach Steve Fuller said. “While we were down a couple girls, we rose to the occasion and beat the number one team in the division.”
Having to play shorthanded Saturday caught up with Amherst in the final two games.
“We were forced to play with only eight players in the tournament because of injury, but we still came up with wins and played competitive the whole time,” Fuller said.
Cassie Jeschke led the team with five hits, four RBIs and three runs scored overall for Amherst in the tournament.
Cassie Long finished with four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Nadia Squitiero had three hits, knocked in one and scored a pair.
Allie LaClair struck out nine and walked two overall in the tournament. She also had five hits, four RBIs and three runs scored.
Amherst finished tournament play with a 9-10-1 record.
The Springfield Rockettes ‘B team had Northampton’s number in the Metro B Division tournament Saturday.
Northampton suffered both of its losses in the double elimination tournament to the Rockettes.
Hamp opened play with a 7-3 loss and then defeated Chicopee Comp 5-4 in its second game. Northampton then faced the Rockettes agin and lost 12-6 to end its season.
“After a season of tough, close games this year, the girls played hard in the tournament and learned a lot,” Northampton coach Nelson Lacey said. “The girls never got down, and the fact that we made it to the third round made it a great way to finish the season.”
Madeline Spencer-Orrell threw three complete games with a total of 10 strikeouts.
Elizabeth Calderone had four hits with two doubles and two singles and three runs scored, while Emily Hannigan-Page had three hits and one run. Rachel Sheehan scored two runs and had two hits with a double and a single.
Natasha Cintron and Kelly Lampron each scored two runs, while Genesis Santana scored one.
Amherst 9, Chicopee 8
Chicopee 201 040 1—8 5 1
Amherst 410 013 x—9 8 3
WP - LaClair
Records: Amherst (8-8-1)
Amherst 3, Wilbraham & Monson 2
Amherst 100 001 1—3 4 4
W&M 002 000 0—2 7 0
WP - LaClair
Records: Amherst (9-8-1)
Westside 12, Amherst 3
Amherst 100 200 0—3 4 4
Westside 324 020 x—12 14 0
LP - Laclair
Records: Amherst (9-9-1)
Rockettes-A 6, Amherst 3
Amherst 000 300 0—3 2 0
Rockettes-A 040 200 x—6 3 0
LP - Bartmon
Records: Amherst (9-10-1)
Rockettes-B 7, Northampton 3
Northampton 200 010 0—3 5 3
Rockettes 100 330 x—7 6 0
LP - Spencer-Orrell
Records: Northampton (1-14-1)
Northampton 5, Chicopee Comp 4
Northampton 400 010 0—5 10 2
Chicopee 000 022 0—4 5 1
WP - Spencer-Orrell; LP - Clark
Records: Northampton (2-14-1)
Rockettes-B 12, Northampton 6
Northampton 221 100 0—6 8 6
Rockettes-B 241 320 x—12 5 2
LP - Spencer-Orrell
Records: Northampton (2-15-1)