It was a sixth inning to be forgotten for the Pioneer baseball team on Friday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division IV baseball tournament.
Against # 10 Mount Everett, the Panthers were trailing 3-1, going into sixth when the eagle bats came alive.
Eight hits later and Mount Everett had increased its lead to 9-1, ultimately leading to a 9-3 win over No. 7 Pioneer led at Northfield.
Pioneer (7-5) took nine hits from Eagles ace Alek Zdziarski, although four of those hits came after Mount Everett (6-7) took control of the game.
Jacob TenBroeck (twice), Matthew Seward, Benjamin Shannon, Nathaniel VonRuden, Jack Carpenter, Zdziarski and Jack Seward-Dailey all had hits in the sixth inning when the Eagles took command.
“We didn’t feel well, then the bats started walking,” said Mount Everett coach Dan Lanoue. “We got aggressive on the base paths and got a lot of additional runs on the bases.”
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but the Panthers equalized in the lower part of the second inning after Troy Emond tripled and Sam Glazier finished him off with a single.
Mount Everett regained the lead in third place, Carpenter drove in VonRuden with a triple and Zdziarski brought Carpenter home with a sacrificial fly and took a 3-1 lead.
Pioneer put two runs in seventh place, with Jason Quinn hitting an RBI double and Braeden hitting Tsipenyuk Quinn with a single.
Quinn kicked off the Panthers by pitching four innings and recording a strikeout. Jared Hubbard came in and walked 1 2/3 before Emond came in to finish the game on the hill.