Berkshire Eagle Staff
The Berkshire Force suffered its first loss in pool play in the Babe Ruth Softball World Series on Saturday afternoon in North Carolina, dropping a 6-2 decision to host team Wilson County.
However, on Saturday morning, the Force is in pretty good position to advance to the next round with a 7-2 win over Willingboro, N.J.
The split leaves the Force at 2-1 in pool play. A victory over winless Cashie, N.C., today would move the Force to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
Cat Record was again overpowering in the win over Willingboro.
"She pitched out of a few jams, but she was never in any real trouble," said assistant coach Jim Stimpson. "Cat had a good game."
Cleanup hitter Aoife Nester led the Force at the plate, belting a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
"Yeah, she hit a shot," said Stimpson. "We were up 5-2 at that point, so that was pretty much the icing on the cake."
Record, Miranda Voller, Amanda Ely and Libby White also collected RBI for Pittsfield.
The second contest was played about 90 minutes after the first one, and Stimpson said the heat and humidity had taken their toll.
"It was about 92 degrees with really high humidity, and it really affects you out there," he said. "I think in that second game, we were suffering a little from heat exhaustion."
Wilson County jumped out quickly, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning on Force starter Carly Decker.
"We came out and it just wasn't there," said Nester of that first inning. "We didn't feel it, and the other team kind of takes advantage of you. Then we just kind of buckled down."
After the first, however, Decker settled down and allowed only one more run.
"I thought Carly pitched very well," said Stimpson. "I thought we made a couple of early errors behind her. But after the first inning, we played better."
Dominique Satrape and Ely each had RBI for Pittsfield.
Nester said she and her teammates will be ready today.
"[We're] going home and taking a cold shower and flushing [the game]," she said. "Then come out tomorrow and pretend it never happened."
Stimpson said he believes his team will be ready.
"We've been playing good defense,and our bats have been pretty good," he said. "The girls are ready to play. I think we're pretty confident about our chances on Sunday."