Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-olds drop doubleheader of World Series pool play
Photo Gallery | Pittsfield drops its second game of the Babe Ruth World Series
WESTFIELD — Playing a doubleheader in baseball is physically and mentally draining. Add in the heightened pressure of the Babe Ruth World Series stage, games delayed by thunderstorms and 90-degree temperatures, and the 14-year-old All-Stars showed their true grit, competing at a high level in Westfield on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Pittsfield, the adverse conditions forced starter Christian Womble to leave the game during a no-hitter, allowing Atlantic Shores, N.J., to take the lead and hold on for a 8-1 win in Pittsfield's second game of the double dip. Tri-Valley, Calif., defeated Pittsfield 13-1 in the first game. Pittsfield fails to 0-3 in pool play. They return to action today at 4:30 at Bullens Field.
"It's hard to deal with, but [the opposition] played too," Pittsfield manager Steve White said of how his team handled the tough weather conditions. "They were in the same boat we were. ... We were on the same field."
Against Atlantic Shores, Pittsfield took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Dylan Burke's RBI double. In the third, Womble led off with a single and stole second base. He appeared shaken up after sliding into second, but he finished the inning. He returned to the mound in the third, but left after throwing his warm-up pitches due to dehydration.
The Mid-Atlantic champions capitalized on Womble's absence, scoring three times in the third. Trailing 5-1, Womble returned in the fifth, but Atlantic Shores remained locked in at the plate, adding three more runs.
White said seeing Womble leave the game affected the whole team.
"[The players] were more concerned about Christian at the time, as some of us coaches were, than the game itself," he said. "He's our leader and when he's like that, it is what it is."
Womble went four innings, struck out four and allowed two earned runs. Lucien Lamoureaux earned MVP honors, going 2 for 3 with two singles. Womble went 2 for 2 with a double. Jake Harrington had a double and one run scored.
Defending World Series champion Tri-Valley's offense was too much for Pittsfield to handle in Game 1. The team hit three home runs, including back-to-back blasts in the fourth inning.
Womble scored from third on Jett Steinman's sacrifice fly in the first inning for Pittsfield's lone run.
Tri-Valley 026 50 — 13 12 0
Pittsfield 100 00 — 1 3 0
Pittsfield 100 000 0 — 1 7 1
Atlantic Shores 003 230 x — 8 10 0
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