Berkshire Eagle Staff
It's taking Pittsfield's Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars a long time to get through pool play at the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series in Van Buren, Ark.
A day after beating tournament host Van Buren 4-1 -- in a game that ended at approximately 1:35 a.m. EDT Monday because it started almost three hours late due to rain and an earlier extra-inning game -- Pittsfield and Niskayuna, N.Y., will have to finish their pool-play game Tuesday morning.
The teams were tied at 9 after eight innings on Monday when tournament organizers suspended the game due to a scheduled banquet for the players on all 10 teams in the World Series.
The game will resume at noon EDT on Tuesday with Pittsfield batting as the visiting team. Pittsfield (1-0) is also scheduled to play at 3:15 p.m. EDT against Southeast Regional champion Lumber River, N.C.
Pittsfield and Niskayuna, the Middle Atlantic Regional champion from the Capital Region, went back and forth Monday on the scoreboard. Kevin Donati homered in the third inning to give Pittsfield a 2-1 lead, but Niskayuna responded with a four-run fourth, on a pair of two-RBI doubles, to take a 5-2 lead.
Pittsfield tied the game in the fifth inning, as Donati doubled in Alex Carusotto and Mitch Clary singled in a pair of runs. Niskayuna took the lead back with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Pittsfield scored three times in the top of the sixth to take an 8-6 lead.
They left the bases loaded in the sixth, however, and Niskayuna took advantage against Pittsfield reliever Bobby New, using walks to tie the score at 8 before starting pitcher Joey Dewey came back in. He surrendered an RBI groundout before getting out of the inning, and Niskayuna was up 9-8 with only three outs to record.
Pittsfield forced extra innings by loading the bases with one out. Chad Shade grounded to shortstop, but the throw to second pulled the second baseman off the bag. All runners were safe, and Dewey scored to tie the game at 9.