PITTSFIELD - Another day, another offensive outburst from the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars.
Pittsfield scored in each inning of an 18-2 win over North End on Sunday at Deming Field, in the second day of pool play for the Western State tournament. Four players drove in two or more runs as Pittsfield - a day removed from a 16-3 win over Wachusett - led 10-1 after two innings. The game went just five innings.
Pittsfield coach Eric Stone said his players, most of whom played for the 13-year-old all-star team that fell in last year's state final, are determined to go further than they did a year ago.
"We just keep putting the ball in play and hitting the ball hard," Stone said. "These kids, [most] of the team are kids from last year, and they're hungry."
Jake McNeice (2 for 3) and Shawn Morgan (1 for 1, double) drove in three runs each for Pittsfield, which had 13 hits in all. Brandon Peaslee (1 for 2) and Tyler Cowdrey drove in two runs each, while Drew DeMartino was 2 for 2 with an RBI, three runs scored and two walks. Hunter Brasie was 1 for 1 with a double and a run scored.
They made Izaiya Mestre's job very easy on the pitcher's mound. Mestre went four-plus innings, scattering two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out seven.
"He had them down on his curveball, but he had good giddy-up on his fastball," Stone said. "His curveball was hit-and-miss, but it fooled the hitters."
Jake McNeice came on in relief with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth. He allowed just one run to score before ending the game. Offensively, Mestre was 1 for 3 with a run scored.
The tournament takes Monday off, but returns Tuesday. Pittsfield will head to Alcombright Field to play North Adams at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before finishing pool play at Deming against Worcester Joe Schwartz at 2 p.m. next Sunday.