MARLBOROUGH -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs are one win away from claiming the state Cal Ripken U-12 baseball championship.
Three Bulldogs combined to toss a two-hitter as Lanesborough beat Westminster 5-1 on Sunday aftrnoon at Langelier Field.
The Bulldogs now advance to Tuesday's championship game at 5:30 p.m. Lanesborough will play the winner of tonight's game between Westminster and Townsend.
Russ Gates, Matt Tibbets and Phil Guest combined on the two-hitter. Gates threw three innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. Tibbetts gave up the only run on one hit in his two innings while Guest pitched a scoreless sixth.
Cal Messina, who was 2 for 3, got things started in the top of the first when he hit the 11th pitch of his leadoff at-bat over the fence in left field for a solo home run. Lanesborough never trailed.
Thomas Fraser, who had two hits for Lanesborough, had an RBI double in the second inning. Gates, who also had two hits, added an RBI double in the third.
Little League 12s
Great Barrington 16, Pittsfield West 1 (5)
PITTSFIELD -- Mike Goretti and Jared Henry combined to no-hit Pittsfield West in this five-inning contest.
Goretti pitched four innings and struck out six. He also scored four runs. Teammate Graham Herrick had a home run, drove in four and scored three times.
Great Barrington advances to play Dalton/Hinsdale today at Deming Park at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday's second game between Adams and North Adams was rained out, and will be played today at Clapp Park at 5:30.
Little League 11s
North Adams 14,
Great Barrington 4
PITTSFIELD -- Caleb Rondeau earned the win and was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with two doubles, two singles and five RBI.
Austin Davine had two hits for North Adams and drove in a run. The winners broke the game open with a seven-run second.
Damon Twing took the loss for Great Barrington while Curt Wilton and Pat Young each singled and scored a run.
Myron Grey West 7, Pittsfield South 2
PITTSFIELD -- A three-run third inning powered West to the victory.
Aiden Kotski earned the win while Nick Taylor singled twice, scored a run and drove one in. Christian Marchbanks took the loss for South. Teammate Zack Zerbato had a single and two RBI in the loss.