WESTFIELD -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars’ season came to a frustrating end Tuesday when it was eliminated from the New England tournament, despite having the lead at the end of the game.
Pittsfield was forced to forfeit its game against Trumbull, Conn., with a 4-1 lead because Pittsfield pitcher Izaiya Mestre entered the seventh inning as an ineligible player.
Mestre pitched one inning Monday against Windham, Maine. Babe Ruth rules allow a pitcher to pitch seven innings every two days. When Mestre took the mound in the seventh and threw six pitches (one pitch equals an inning pitched), it became his eighth inning in the last two days, making him ineligible.
"I knew the rule and I made a mistake," Pittsfield coach Eric Stone said. "They played their hearts out. It’s sad to end like this."
Mestre allowed only one hit through six innings. He walked six.
Pittsfield scored in the first on a RBI single from Jake McNeice, scoring Anthony Whiteley. Whiteley’s double in the third inning led to another RBI single from McNeice.
Mestre and Drew DeMartino added RBI singles in the sixth, giving the team a 4-1 lead. Whiteley and McNeice both finished 2 for 2.
"I love these kids like they’re my own kids," Stone said. "They played hard and with heart. They’ll move on, but they’ll only be 14 once and this was taken away from them."
Trumbull 001 000 -- 1 1 0
Pittsfield 101 002 -- 4 7 1
Izaiya Mestre and Brett Murphy.