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Southside Knocks Out Racing Mart in Torchia League Playoffs

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com Sports
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jocelyn Duhamel went 3-for-4 with a double Monday to lead Southside to a 12-6 win over Racing Mart in an elimination game in the Pat Torchia Women’s Softball League tournament.
 
Southside survived to play again on Wednesday in the double-elimination tournament at Disanti Field.
 
On Monday, it erased an early 2-0 deficit with a five-run bottom of the first inning.
 
Emily Rosse led off the first with a double to straightaway center, and Ashley Ciepala and Caroline Tomkowicz each had an RBI single in the rally.
 
Duhamel’s leadoff double to left kicked off a three-run rally in the bottom of the second. Kayla Malloy and Heather Boucher each singled in the inning as Southside stretched its lead to 8-2.
 
It got to a seven-run margin before Racing Mart battled back.
 
In the top of the fourth, Tenelle Ciempa doubled and scored in a two-run rally to cut the deficit to 9-4.
 
In the fifth, Heather Morris (2-for-4) hit a leadoff single, and Julie Lech (2-for-4) hit her second double of the game to put a pair of runners in scoring position.
 
Teri Iacuessa drove in a run with a groundout, and Renee Royal singled to left to score Lech, making it 9-6.
 
Southside pulled away again with a four-run, three-hit bottom of the fifth.
 
Duhamel and Malloy each singled and scored. Kris Vanuni had an RBI single, and Ciepala (2-for-3, five RBIs) hit a two-run single to left.
 
Vanuni also earned the win in the circle for Southside, striking out four.
 
Cindy Cottrell struck out one in a complete-game effort for Racing Mart.
 
The tournament continues Tuesday at Disanti Field at 6 p.m.
 
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MCLA Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight

LEICESTER, Mass. -- MCLA freshman Kelly Moczulski finished with a career-high 13 kills, helping the Trailblazers to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-20) straight-sets win over the Becker Hawks on Saturday afternoon.
 
In the opening set, MCLA ran out quickly to a 10-3 lead. Moczulski contributed four points in the run with three kills and a service ace. MCLA stretched out their lead and won the last four points of the set en route to a 25-12 first set win.
 
In the second set, the Trailblazers battled to an 8-5 edge but applied full pressure from there on out, finishing the set on a 17-4 run, taking the second set, 25-9.
 
In the final set, Becker put up a strong fight, leading by as many as four halfway through the set. But an MCLA 7-0 scoring run erased the four-point Hawks advantage, as the Trailblazers took a 21-18 lead. MCLA sophomore Reagan Scattergood finished off the match with a kill, as the third set went to MCLA 25-20.
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