Ferocious finish to wild Babe Ruth Softball 16-U World Series week
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PITTSFIELD -- After more than 100 games were played over six days, Madison County, N.C., finally claimed the championship of the Babe Ruth Softball 16-U World Series on Monday night at the Doyle Softball Complex.
The championship was won over two games Monday, with previously-unbeaten Madison County falling to Lodi, Calif., in the first game. That forced an ‘if' game immediately after, which Madison County won 5-2. It's the fifth year in a row that a team from North Carolina has won the 16-U title; Wilson County won the last two Series championships.
The Series was held in Pittsfield for the first time since 2008, and featured 15 teams -- including the host Berkshire Force, who went 9-5 during the tournament, reaching the finals of the Commissioner's Cup consolation tournament. There, the Force fell 9-3 to Rochester, N.H. No other team in the tournament played as many games as the Force, who played 10 of their games in the last 72 hours of the World Series.
Force shortstop Allie Hunt, a Pittsfield High School student, was the only local player named to the All-World Series team. Hunt hit .476 in 42 at-bats in the tournament, and hit three inside-the-park home runs.