Local roundup: Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13's finish pool play undefeated
ROCHESTER, N.H. >> The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13's finished off New England Regional pool play with another win, topping host Rochester 2-0. The win gave Pittsfield a perfect 3-0 record in pool play.
Anton Lazits and Haywood Eurquhart combined to throw a no-hitter for Pittsfield. Pittsfield had seven hits at the plate.
Pittsfield scored its first run in the first, with Eurquhart plating on a Jake Risley single. Pittsfield added an insurance run in the fifth when Lazits was plated by Eurquhart in the fifth.
Pittsfield now advances to the semifinals Wednesday with a 2 p.m. contest against New Hampshire. The winner of that game advances to Thursday's championship game at 11 a.m.
MONTPELIER, VT. >> The red-hot North Adams SteepleCats rolled to their fourth-straight win on Tuesday night.
The SteepleCats pounded Vermont pitchers for 15 hits in a 10-0 win. The victory pulled North Adams into a tie with Valley for second place in the NECBL's Northern Division, 2 1/2 games behind division leader Sanford. But the Blue Sox were playing New Bedford and that game was not completed at press time.
Ben Olson and three relievers combined to throw a two-hit shutout. Olson threw five innings of no-hit baseball. He walked one, struck out three and threw 55 pitches — 35 for strikes. The left-hander from Bradley University (4-1) has won his last three starts.
The no-hit bid ended in the seventh inning when Vermont pinch hitter Davis Feldman singled off of reliever Josh Simpson.
North Adams gave Olson and his bullpen tag team all the runs they'd need in the second inning. Kyle Brennan hit a sacrifice fly and Nick Riotto had a run-scoring single to make it 2-0.
The SteepleCats broke open the game with four runs in the fifth inning. C.J. Price, who went 4 for 5 with two singles and two doubles, drove in two runs with a single. Price also had three runs batted in and three runs scored. John Mazza and Brennan followed with RBI singles.
Riotto, Noah Vaughan and Daniel Holst all had two hits each.
North Adams is off until Friday, when the SteepleCats travel Maine to play division-leading Sanford.
CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL
PITTSFIELD >> For the first time ever, the Cal Ripken program was represented at the John Codey Jimmy Fund Classic.
One of the four teams to appear in the championship round was the Berkshire All-Stars, a Cal Ripken team.
Cal Ripken helped in raising the significant amount for the Jimmy Fund along with Little League.