LANESBOROUGH >> The Lanesboro 12U Cal Ripken team advanced to the championship game of the Western Mass. State Tournament with a come-from-behind 10-9 win over Turners Falls.
Lanesboro trailed 9-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, but rallied for five runs to walk off as winners.
In the decisive inning, Jack Gitterman led off with a solo shot, then Tristan Gardner followed up with a pinch-hit home run to make it 9-7. After Caleb Greene reached, Oscar Low smacked a line drive down the third-base line for an inside-the-park home run to tie the game.
Derek Paris then reached on a single and advanced to second and third on wild pitches. With Landen Jamula up to plate, a ball-four pitch got away from the catcher and allowed Paris to score.
"It was an awesome finish for such a great group of kids," Lanesboro coach Rick Paris said. "All our kids had huge parts in our win and I was very impressed with their never-give-up attitude."
Derek Paris earned the win in relief, tossing three innings while giving up four hits and four unearned runs on four strike outs. Jack Cangelosi started, pitching three innings and giving up four hits, five runs — three earned— and six strike outs.
Low had a double, a solo home run and the two-run inside-the-park homer. Gitterman also had a pair of homers for Lanesboro.
Lanesboro will play in the championship game on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Bill Laston Memorial Field against Narragansett.
Narragansett advanced to the championship game with two wins on Sunday. First, Narragansett knocked off Southern Berkshire 6-5, then in the nightcap Narragansett beat Turners Falls 5-3.
NORTH ADAMS 7, SANFORD 4
NORTH ADAMS >> The North Adams SteepleCats scored at least one run in five of the eight innings they batted in en route to a win over Sanford on Sunday night.
The Mainers (9-11) actually scored first, pushing two runs across in the first inning to take an early advantage. North Adams, though, came back with runs in the first, second and third innings, then put up three in the fifth to put up enough insurance to see out the win.
The SteepleCats (11-9) got six innings out of Braxton Wilks. Wilks struck out four, walked two and gave up four hits and two earned runs to get the win. Tanner Bird earned the save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to record his fifth save of the year.
At the plate, Nick Riotto went 3 for 5 with a run scored, and Dan Holst went 2 for 4 with a walk. Kyle Brennan went 1 for 2 with a home run and a pair of RBI. He hit his homer in the bottom of the eighth, and drove in another run with a sac fly in the bottom of the second. CJ Price also hit a home run, and Noah Vaughan had a two-run triple and drew three walks in four trips to the plate.
Ako Thomas went 3 for 4 for Sanford with a pair of ribbies and a run scored. William Tribucher took the loss, going four innings and giving up five hits, three earned runs and four walks on three strike outs.
The SteepleCats are back in action today with a home game against Upper Valley.
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WACHUSETT 17, PITTSFIELD 3
WACHUSETT >> The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs used three offensive explosions to put away Pittsfield on Sunday night.
The Dirt Dawgs scored four in the first, four in the second and nine in the ninth to record the win. Overall, the team belted out 18 hits in the decision.
Pittsfield (12-14) took a 2-0 lead after half an inning on a two-run home run by Eric Hamilton, but it was all downhill from there for the Suns.
Rupert House answered back in the bottom of the first with a three-run shot, and Wachusett was off an running.
In the fourth, relief pitcher Nick Arre was taken for a three-run ride by Don Walsh, then Kevin Alexy went back-to-back with a solo shot to make it 12-3. Later in the inning, Scott Manea hit a three-run homer of his own to cap the scoring for the Dirt Dawgs.
Brandon Shileikis took the loss with the start. He went three innings and gave up 12 hits, 10 earned runs and struck out just two batters.
Corey Hart took the win, going five innings and striking out seven on five hits and three earned runs.
Walsh finished 3 for 5 with five RBI and three runs scored, while Kyle Bonicki went 4 for 5 with four runs scored and a pair of RBI.
Hamilton and Al Zachary each went 2 for 4 in the loss.
Pittsfield returns to action today against Nashua at Wahconah Park.