PITTSFIELD -- The Tyler Aces advanced to face Post 68 today by knocking off South Berkshire in the Berkshire County American Legion playoffs, 10-1, on Thursday.
South Berkshire jumped out 1-0 in the first before Tanner Hanford's two-run homer helped Tyler take a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Caleb Roach and Eric Leitch kept South Berkshire in check the rest of the way.
"It was key, very key," Aces coach Bill Dassat said. "When the other team starts off scoring a run, you're playing catch up all the time. It's good to come back in the bottom half of the inning and get back on top."
Hanford scored four times and drove in two. Andrew Leitch and Eric Leitch each tripled for the Aces while Lane Grogan had a home run.
The Aces will meet Post 68 today at 5:30 p.m. at Clapp Park in an elimination game.
South 100 000 0 -- 1 5 2
Tyler 302 023 x -- 10 12 2
Colby Rueger (2), Nick Greenleaf (4) and Malcolm (2), Rueger (4); Caleb Roach (6), Eric Leitch (1) and Lane Grogan. W -- Roach. L -- Rueger. 3B -- Tyler 2 (E. Leitch, Andrew Leitch). HR -- Tyler 2 (Grogan, Tanner Hanford.
Suns 8, Seacoast 0
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Six innings of shutout ball by Suns pitcher Matt Timoney enabled the Pittsfield Suns to dominate the Seacoast Mavericks, 8-0 on Thursday night.
Timoney allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four in his six-inning stint.
The Suns picked up a pair
In the fourth, Chad Funkhouser ripped a two-run double that pushed the lead to 4-0. The Suns tacked on four more runs in the top of the eighth. The big hit in that inning was a solo home run by Rob Mclam.
Funkhouser had a pair of doubles on the evening, with four RBI. Deitrich had a double and two RBI.
KEENE, N.H. -- Trailing 6-0 after four innings and 9-5 going into the top of the ninth, the North Adams Steeplecats put up four runs in the inning to tie the contest, and then won in the 11th inning, 10-9, in a battle of the first- and second-place teams in the NECBL West.
In that 11th, Tyler Palmer doubled, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Esteban Tresgallo's sacrifice fly. Keene went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
Thomas Bammann picked up the win with three innings of no-hit relief.
In the ninth, North Adams plated four runs. The big hit of the inning was a two-out two-run homer by Charlie Law, his sixth of the season. Law had three RBI on the evening. Tresgallo had three hits in the night.
HOLDEN -- Pittsfield dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Holden on Thursday night.
Zack Zerbatto's two-run double broke a 1-1 deadlock and gave the visitors a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth.
But Holden bounced back with a three-run rally of their own.
Ian Benoit had three hits for Pittsfield. Benoit and John Halse split the pitching duties.
Pittsfield faces Westfield North today at Westfield at 5:30 in the double-elimination tournament.