High schools: Mount Greylock holds off Smith Vocational in Class C baseball semis

For the Gazette
Published: 5/25/2022 9:48:32 PM

WILLIAMSTOWN — It was uncharted territory for the Smith Vocational baseball team.

The Vikings, which beat McCann Tech in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Class C tournament on Monday, had just won their first tournament game in 25 years. The rough news for the Vikings was they had a date with top-seeded Mount Greylock. The top seeds demonstrated why they earned that mark.

Left hander Jack Cangelosi scattered five hits and two walks while striking out 11 as the Mounties beat the Vikings 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

“It disappoints me personally because I know how good of a team we are this year,” Smith Vocational shortstop Cole Boisvert said. “For us to even come up here and compete with these guys, nobody expected it. We weren't supposed to be here.”

Cangelosi, who is committed to play baseball at UMass-Boston, did pitch out of several jams, but none with less than two outs. He was helped by some stellar defense from catcher Derek Paris, who threw out two runners trying to steal.

It was the second shutout in as many games for Greylock pitching, as Derek Paris tossed a perfect game on Monday. It was also the 14th time that the Mounties had given up three or fewer runs. They won 13 of those.

With the win, the Mounties advance to the championship game of the WMass tournament. Greylock will play No. 2 seed Frontier, a 4-0 winner over third-seeded Greenfield in the other semifinal game. It will be the rematch of a regular-season game played back on April 23. In that game, Cangelosi outpitched Frontier's Sam Schreiber in a 4-0 victory. Cangelosi scattered eight hits and struck out 10. On that day, Cangelosi pitched out of jams in five different innings.

On Wednesday, Cangelosi looked unhittable in the first inning, striking out the top three hitters in the Vikings' order on 15 pitches.

The two times Smith Voc came closest to scoring were in the second and fourth innings. 

In the second, Caden Payne singled with one out and Race Drobiak walked with two outs. Cangelosi came back and struck Carter Blanchette out to end the threat.

Then in the fourth, Caelan Finnie reached on an error by Greylock shortstop Jackson Shelsy. Two outs later, Drobiak walked, but again, Blanchette struck out on a seven-pitch at-bat.

In the fifth, losing pitcher Marshall Ingram hit a one out single. He was caught stealing when Paris threw a strike to second baseman Zander Axt.

One inning later, the Vikings' Boisvert bunted for a single and Finnie was hit by a pitch. After Payne struck out, Boisvert tried to steal third. Paris' throw was right to the base where third baseman Thomas Martin applied the tag to end the threat.

Greylock parlayed four hits into two runs in the third inning. Dylen Harrison had an RBI double and Shelsy drove Harrison in with a single.

A double-steal in the fifth put the Mounties up 3-0, and they made it 5-0 on Landen Jamula's two-run base hit.

“I'm super-proud of these guys,” Smith Vocational coach Luis Bonilla said. “Five-nothing against a team we weren't supposed to touch. We were right there with them for a while.”

Non-playoff games

Belchertown 10, Hampshire 8 – The Raiders rocketed out to an 8-1 lead after three innings, but the Orioles pulled off an improbable comeback, scoring nine unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to get the win. 

Belchertown’s Josh Misiaszek and Tyler McDonald split time on the mound, with McDonald earning the win. McDonald allowed eight hits and struck out three batters and Misiaszek struck out two, allowed two hits and five runs. 

Luke Gaida led Hampshire with three hits, three runs, and four RBIs. Teammates Nick Quenneville and Edward Przybyla each had two hits in the loss. Tyler Galpin tossed 2.1 innings.

Amherst 14, Holyoke 0 — Nate Mills and Evan Dooley each knocked a double and a single to lead the Hurricanes to a five-inning win over the Purple Knights in Amherst on Wednesday. 

Spencer Waite had two hits while Thatcher Rudnik, Aryeh Rubinstein, Elijah Rubinstein and Ian Waite hit safely for Amherst. Raul Lopez had a double for Holyoke. 

Boys lacrosse

Hoosac Valley 17, Smith Vocational 1 – Alex Martinez got the Viking’s lone goal in their loss against Hoosac Valley on Wednesday. 

Smith Vocational fired seven shots on goal in the defeat.

Westfield 10, South Hadley 3 – Bennet Allen made 12 saves for the Tigers, but South Hadley’s offense couldn’t keep up with Westfield on Wednesday. 

Owen Dawson, KadynLaramee, and Chase Mathers each netted a goal apiece in the loss. Laramee, Charlie Anischik and Averey Haber each dished out an assist. 

Girls lacrosse

Hampshire 10, Hoosac Valley 9 (OT) – With the game on the line, one of Hampshire’s youngest players had the chance to play hero for the Raiders. 

Senior Emma Archambault was fouled with a check to the head going to the net in overtime and was awarded a free position shot that she couldn’t take because of it. In her place, Hampshire head coach Grace Ahrensdorf put in eighth-grader Reagan Mott to take the shot, and she capitalized on her opportunity, winning the game 10-9.

Archambault and Summer Duda finished with a hat trick apiece, while Sam Moran (2G), Mary Tibault (1G) and Mott (1G, 1A) also put up points in the win. Hampshire keeper Abby Hennessy made eight saves in net.


Frontier 14, Athol 2 — The Redhawks scored four in the third inning and tacked six on in the fourth to take control of the game. Delaney Fifield led the way with four hits — one a triple — to propel Frontier to a 14-2 victory in Athol. 

Gabrielle Adams had a pair of hits, Skyler Steele had a double and three RBIs, Ashley Taylor hit an RBI triple and Makayla Santos had an RBI double for the Redhawks. Hailey Hutkoski had an RBI single and Chloe Cutting hit safely in the win. Taylor got the win in the circle, striking out three.

Youth softball

Northampton Devils 10, Northampton Demons 9 - Greta Lepore struck out eight for the Devils and Ella Dunphy, Gina Van Steele and Ary LaBarge all plated twice and added a hit in the win. 

For the Demons, Katie Munson led the offense with two hits and two runs. Ro Coates and June Fishman added two runs apiece in the loss.

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