Local roundup: Berkshire Force 14U softball starts 2-0 at Babe Ruth World Series
JENSEN BEACH, FLA. >> A 2-0 day is a nice way for the Berkshire Force to start the Babe Ruth Softball Under-14 World Series.
The Force rolled to an 8-2 win over Oviedo to start the day. In the afternoon, the Force beat USA Glory 3-2, behind the three-hit pitching of Mary Lee.
With the wins, the U-14 Force is one of four 2-0 teams, joining JPRD West, Vineland and Sorrento as undefeated teams. The Force will play one game today, facing Longwood at noon.
In the win over USA Glory, Lee gave up two runs on a two-run single by Mahala Battiest. But Lee got out of the jam when Ada Brown grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Force scored single runs in the second and third innings and broke the tie in the fifth. Brianna Clary reached on an error, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Santos and went to third on Taea Bramer's single. Jordyn Lummus' squeeze bunt plated Clary with the go-ahead run.
Lee faced the minimum over the last three innings and struck out Ashayla Williams to end the game.
In the other game against Oviedo, the Force parlayed three walks and an error into three first-inning runs, and Lee made that stand up. She threw the first of her two seven-inning complete games, giving up two runs on three hits. She struck out five. Lee lost her shutout giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Bramer had two of the Force's four hits, scoring a pair of runs and driving in three.
BABE RUTH SOFTBALL 16-U
JENSEN BEACH, FLA. >> The Berkshire Force's 16-U team had one game on opening day, and came up a run short in a 3-2 loss to WVAC-Debary.
It was 3-1 when the Force came up with a run in the sixth. Elena Cerveira's RBI single plated Kailey Bell to make it 3-2.
Marissa Adams, who pitched the final three innings for Debary, retired the side 1-2-3 in the seventh, striking out two.
Kayla Cerveira gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits in three innings, striking out four. Ashley Keegan finished up, giving up an unearned run on one hit. She struck out three.
Bell had two of the Force's five hits.
Things kick into high gear for the Force today with two games. They'll play Barren County at 10 a.m., and then play Charlestown at 2 p.m.
11-12 Little League
WELLESLEY SOUTH 12, PITTSFIELD AMERICAN 1
WESTWOOD >> Pittsfield American dropped game two of the Massachusetts Little League Age 11-12 Championship Series.
Wellesley had 13 hits against six Pittsfield pitchers in a 12-1 win Friday night at Morrison Park. The game was ended after five innings. Wellesley hitters pounded out seven home runs, including a grand slam.
With the loss, Pittsfield falls to 1-1 in the state Final Four. Beverly, 12-10 losers to Pittsfield American on Thursday, beat Fairhaven Acushnet 19-8 in the first game, which leaves all four teams with identical 1-1 records.
Michael Britten's RBI single in the fourth inning provided Pittsfield its only run. Brendan Stannard, the first Pittsfield pitcher, took the loss.
Pittsfield American plays Fairhaven Acushnet today at noon in what would be an elimination game.
Futures League Baseball
SUNS, BRAVEHEARTS SUSPENDED
WORCESTER >> Friday's game between the Pittsfield Suns and the West Division-leading Worcester Bravehearts was suspended because of rain Friday night.
The Bravehearts were leading 2-0 after four innings when the umpires ordered the tarp on the field at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.
The two teams are not scheduled to meet again in the regular season, but both have an off-day Monday.