PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Rylee Paronto struck out eight and helped her cause with a triple Monday as the Taconic softball team defeated Athol, 9-4, in the Western Massachusetts Class C quarter-finals.
Amelia Leasure, Anna Bongini and Chloe Wendling each had a pair of hits in a nine-hit Taconic attack.
The Thunder broke open a close game with a four-run fifth to take an 8-3 lead. Leena Schettini and Leasure each doubled in the rally.
Fourth-seeded Taconic (6-12) Monday goes to No. 1 seed Greenfield in the regional semi-finals.