Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s rout Worcester Joe Schwartz to finish Western State pool play
PITTSFIELD -- In their final game of pool play in the Babe Ruth 14-year-old Western State Tournament, the Pittsfield all-stars put together their most dominating performance yet.
Hunter Brasie's no-hitter led Pittsfield to a 29-0 victory over the Worcester Joe Schwartz 14s on Sunday.
Brasie pitched five innings, striking out nine and allowing only two walks. Pittsfield's solid defense helped secure the no-hitter. Third baseman Brandon Peaslee's diving stop in the third inning saved a possible run with two runners on base.
"My arm felt really good today and I just did what I needed to do," Brasie said. "Peaslee, Izaiya Mestre [shortstop] and Jake McNeice [second base] saved most of the hits [Worcester] got. I give a lot of props to them."
Run support wasn't an issue for Pittsfield, and Brasie pounded the strike zone with his fastball and mixing in enough curveballs to keep the Worcester hitters off balance.
Pittsfield scored 17 runs in the first two innings, making solid contact, taking advantage of several Worcester errors, and being patient enough to draw walks.
Jake McNeice led the offense, going 3 for 4 with a home run. He was a triple shy of the cycle. Devin Walker went 3 for 4 with three singles and three runs scored. Brett Murphy, Tyler Cowdrey, Mestre and Brasie each added two hits as well.
"The offense came out hot, but there were some miscues early by [Worcester] that allowed our offense to keep coming around," Pittsfield coach Eric Stone said. "We hit the ball hard. ... I was happy that we had no errors. Pitching and defense, that's where it starts. If you can't catch the ball, you're not going to win."
Pittsfield clinches the No. 1 seed in Pool A over Worcester East Side due to run differential. Pittsfield averaged more than 18 runs per game in pool play.
Westfield and North End played later Sunday. The winner will remain unbeaten, but the seeds for Pool B will not be final until Tuesday.
Pittsfield will play the lower seed of Pool B in the state semifinal on Saturday. The winner advances to the state final next Sunday.
With a return to the state semifinals, Stone said his team is ready to redeem a loss last year to Westfield.
"Our team -- they're focused. ... Our team is determined," he said. "Last year we left something in Westfield. ... The kids had to live with that for a whole year and they want to redeem themselves."
Worcester 000 00 -- 0 0 6
Pittsfield 897 5x -- 29 18 0
Nick Willbrenner (2/3), Tom Hayden (1/3), Kyle Monfredo (1), Mike Monfredo (1), Mike Sharon (1) and Mike Sharon (4), Brian Mercier (1). Hunter Brasie and Brett Murphy. W -- Brasie. L -- Willbrenner. 2B -- Pittsfield 1 (McNeice); 3B -- Pittsfield 1 (Jake Flynn); HR -- Pittsfield 1 (McNeice).
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