Photo Gallery | Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s drop final World Series contest
WESTFIELD — Mathematically eliminated before its fifth and final pool play game at the 14-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball World Series, Pittsfield had one last opportunity to get into the win column before ending its summer campaign.
Unfortunately for Pittsfield, it ran into Tri-County, Maine pitcher Janek Luksza on Monday night. Luksza allowed one run on two hits in five innings in Tri-County's 11-1 victory over Pittsfield.
Trailing 11-0 heading into the top of the fifth, Pittsfield finally got on the board. Jett Steinman led off with a single and Ryan LaPierre reached on an error.
After a flyout, Jacob Harrington brought in the team's run with an RBI single.
"We just needed to come out with more intensity," Harrington said. "That last inning, we didn't want to have him throw a perfect game.
"In our games, at the beginning of the game, we're not having a good game. At the end, we start picking it up, but it's too late."
Four Pittsfield pitchers combined to get through the four innings. Nick Taylor pitched the first 2/3 of an inning, followed by one inning from Christian Womble. Daniel DiMassimo pitched an inning and a third before LaPierre closed it out with an inning.
"We played a lot of baseball this year," Pittsfield manager Steve White said. "I just think that these kids were flat. They tried, I'm proud of them all. We got here."
For Tri-County, Luksza retired the first 12 batters of the game. He also had a nice day at the dish, finishing 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored, two steals and an RBI.
Maine leadoff hitter Charlie Morton reached three times, including two hits and two runs scored. Cameron Godbois added two hits and two RBI for Tri-County.
Maine had a strong day at the plate, finishing with 10 hits in four innings, but a small controversy broke out in the bottom of the fourth. Leading 11-0, Tri-County seemingly extended its lead to a dozen on a sacrifice fly. But the runner who scored was forced to go back to third base after umpires determined the batter was using an illegal bat.
"It was unfortunate that we didn't catch their illegal bat until late in the game," White said. "They used it the whole game, knowing it was illegal. These are 14-year-old kids."
That wasn't the only thing Pittsfield was dealing with, as an incident the night before had an affect on the team, according to White.
"We had an incident with a parent last night that took these kids right out of this tournament," White said. "I really believe that.
"It was just an unfortunate incident. I've been coaching over 20 years and I've never seen anything like that."
For Pittsfield, it ends a season that lasted until mid-August.
"It was a good experience because we got to see a lot of good kids from around the United States," Harrington said.
Nick Taylor (2/3), Christian Womble (1), Daniel DiMassimo (1 1/3), Ryan LaPierre (1) and N/A. Janek Luksza and N/A. W — Luksza. L — Taylor. 2B — T 1 (Luksza).