Pittsfield Softball Reaches State Final Four

By Leland BarnesiBerkshires.com Sports
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PITTSFIELD , Mass. — Bella MacDonald and Amanda Pou led the way to the Division 4 Final Four for the Pittsfield Generals.
On Friday afternoon, the Generals faced off against the Uxbridge Spartans in an Elite 8 Contest.
Uxbridge came into this game with a 20-2 record while the Generals came in 20-3.
Uxbridge star pitcher Erin O’Day had a strong outing, striking out eight while walking four.
Pittsfield’s Pou struck out seven and walked three.
“I feel like I really need to mentally prepare,” Pou said when asked about taking the next step toward a potential state title.
“I have a defense where I know if I walk them they will make the plays for me, so I trust them a lot.”
Pou pitched 85% of the Generals games this season accounting for 12 of their wins.
With Pou and O’Day dealing on Friday, the teams combined for just five hits.
A key moment to this game occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Isabella MacDonald hit a bloop to first base with the bases loaded.
The first baseman from Uxbridge dropped the ball, sending MacDonald to second and allowing two runs to score to make it 3-2, Pittsfield and mark the beginning of the end for the Spartans.
In the next at-bat, a single wild pitch allowed Pou and MacDonald to score to make it a three-run PHS lead.
Pittsfield’s bunt ability from Mia Arpante and Amanda Pou gave the Generals hope.
Arpante bunted her way aboard in the fifth inning rally, and Pou followed with a bunt that resulted in an Uxbridge error to load the bases.
A leadoff double by Pou in the fourth inning helped lead to the Generals’ first run of the game. She eventually came home on a passed ball to make it 2-1.
Pittsfield coach Brian MacDonald was proud to say in his first two seasons coaching the Generals the team has made it to the semi-finals.
“We struggled to catch up to this pitcher, but once we got the timing down, we’re a hitting team, and we were going to come back and get her,” MacDonald said.
After an emotional ending to their Elite 8 game the Generals’ seniors will now celebrate their graduation on Sunday before their Final Four game next week. 
Pittsfield will have to face either South Hadley (13-7) or Tyngsborough (18-2), who meet on Sunday afternoon, in the Division 4 Semi-Finals.
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