Berkshire Eagle Staff

WINCHENDON -- One long car ride down and one to go for the Pittsfield South 10-11 year old Little League All-Stars.

South advanced to the Massachusetts state championship game on Sunday after beating Braintree American 8-2 on Wednesday night.

South manager Pat Bramer said his team was sharp from the start and considering they drove more than 90 miles to play the game, that surprised him a little.

"We got out to hit at 4. We hit real well before the game. We weren’t flat," he said. "Our pitching and defense played fantastic."

Shane Bernardo pitched 423 innings to get the win. He gave up both of Braintree’s runs in the fourth inning.

"He struggled actually. He was working behind in the count," said Bramer. "He was getting by with his fastball."

Brendan Stannard, who got the win in Saturday’s Section 1 championship game, pitched the final 113 innings for Pittsfield South.

Pittsfield South never trailed, and when Stannard hit a solo home run in the third, South led 3-0.

Braintree got to Bernardo for two runs in the fourth inning, but South answered in the fifth on an RBI single by Josh Lennon.

South added three runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. London Steinman had an RBI single and Andrew Watkins hit a two-run double.

Watkins and Mia Potash each had two hits for Pittsfield South.

Pittsfield South will advance to Sunday’s championship game at Harry Ball Field at noon.


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South will play the winner between Wednesday night’s game be tween Andover National and Newton SouthEast.