WORCESTER -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year old All-Stars are a win away from a Western State title and a berth in the New England Tournament.
Shane McMahon was backed up by an offensive explosion as Pittsfield reached the tournament final with a 14-1, mercy-rule victory over Worcester South Side on Saturday afternoon.
"We expect a big challenge in the final against two teams we haven’t played," Pittsfield manager Pat Tierney said. "They earned high seeds like we did."
Pittsfield will play the winner of Saturday’s late game between Holden (4-0) and Westfield (3-0) at 2 p.m. at Vernon Hill Park in Worcester. The winner advances to the New England Regional in Manchester, N.H., Aug. 2-7.
Pittsfield scored in every inning it played, getting four runs in the first, a run in the second, seven runs on four hits in the third and two runs in the fourth. The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings.
McMahon, who scattered five hits in five innings, helped his cause by going 3 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Shane Tierney had three singles and two RBI.
Cal Ripken 9U state tournament
WESTMINSTER -- The Lee 9U All-Stars, coming off a win in its state tournament opener on Friday night, lost 14-3 to Hudson on Saturday.
Lee got off to a good start, taking a 1-0 lead when Brendan Armstrong led off with a single, stole second, went to third on Michael Ward’s single and scored on a groundout by Cliff Flynn.
The lead was didn’t last long, however, as Hudson scored five runs in the second. Lee made it 5-3 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Michael Ward that scored Tyler Bartini, who had singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Ward eventually scored on a groundout by Dylan Ely.
Hudson took charge for good in the third, scoring nine runs on four hits, five walks and five Lee errors.
Lee will take on host Westminster at 9 a.m. today.