ADAMS -- It's a safe bet runs are going to be at a minimum when two of Berkshire County's better teams and pitchers get together on the softball field.
It was no different Tuesday afternoon. Behind pitcher Alicia Bazonski and her 18 strikeouts, Mount Everett topped Hoosac Valley 3-1 in nine innings, extending its win streak to 15 games.
"She was throwing heat," said Hoosac's Ashley Ciepiela, who accounted for three of Bazonski's strikeouts. "She would mix it up with the rise and going inside and outside. [The umpire] was calling everything on the outside tonight."
The Hurricanes managed just two hits off Bazonski and walked twice. She retired the last 10 Hurricanes she faced and struck out the side three times.
"Alicia's bad day is everyone else's great day and I think Alicia struggled today," Mount Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier said. "Still, she keeps us in the game and gives us a chance to win the game in the end."
Hoosac's Caroline Tomkowicz was nearly as good. She recorded seven strikeouts and allowed nine hits, five of those coming in the final inning.
"I know that in order to win I can't let up many runs because it's tough to get runs off her, she is such a good pitcher," Tomkowicz said. "I guess it makes me bear down a little bit more, but I try to just pitch."
Natasha MacLeay worked a leadoff walk to start the ninth and came around to score the winning run. Bazonski doubled and then Sam Hoover's bunt single scored MacLeay. Bazonski came around to score on Emily Coon's base hit two batters latter.
"I think we were really just pumped up and wanted to get the win," Bazonski said. "We just don't give up.
"I think [Tomkowicz] and I throw a lot a like, so it was just a battle between us most of the way."
The Hurricanes were unable to get anything started in their half of the ninth inning and went down in order to end the game.
"We just played really clean and they played really clean," Ciepiela said. "That's the only way to win against this team. That little thing in the beginning was the only thing that killed us today."
That "little thing" was a play where the Hurricanes committed three errors and allowed Morgan DeGrenier to score after striking out in the first inning. She struck out on a pitch that found its way to the backstop, allowing her to run to first. Hoosac's Alexis Bushika overthrew first base and then the ball rolled through the legs of Sienna Witherall and DeGrenier made it all the way around.
"It's the little errors here and there that end up counting," Hoosac coach Morgan Shafer said. "If the first inning didn't happen the way it happened, we probably wouldn't be here in extra innings. There isn't much you can do about it except hang tight and keep trying."
The Hurricanes also took advantage of defensive miscues to earn that run back. Ciepiela walked in the second inning and advanced to third on Kassy Kazimierczak's single. She scored on a wild pitch.
The Hurricanes don't have much time to rebound from the tough loss as they play Wahconah tonight.
"These games are definitely prep for the tournament," Shafer said. "If we can keep playing like this and we go into the tournament with this enthusiasm and this roll we are on ... good things will happen."
Mount Everett 3, Hoosac Valley 1
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Alicia Bazonski and Morgan DeGrenier; Caroline Tomkowicz and Alexis Bushika. 2B -- Everett 1 (Bazonski).