Pittsfield Little League teams lose to Holden squads
HOLDEN -- Pittsfield South's run to a possible berth in the Massachusetts Little League championships ended Saturday as Holden beat South 8-5.
Pittsfield held 4-0 and 5-4 leads but couldn't hold on.
Cedric Rose had two homers and three RBI for Pittsfield South, which was eliminated. Joe Cracolici also homered.
John Halse started the game on the pound, pitching into the fifth when Paul Wales relieved him.
Pittsfield did bring the tying run to the plate in the final inning, but couldn't produce any runs.
11-year old tournament
Holden 15, Pitts. North 10
HOLDEN -- The home team rallied twice against the Don Gleason Pittsfield North All-Stars, pulling away with a seven-run fifth inning.
North led 10-8 after 41 2 innings, but Holden scored those seven runs on four hits and held on for the win.
Peter Field, the third Holden pitcher, got the win.
For Pittsfield North, Jake Harrington pitched four innings and was charged with the loss. Offensively, he had a single, a double and 2 RBI. Caden Frazier was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI while Jayden Cross had a pair of singles.
On Friday, Pittsfield advanced with an 8-5 win over Westfield.
Ryan LaPierre was the winning pitcher and Luke Hescock went 3 for 4, scored a run and drove in a run.
Jimmy Fund Tournament
Dalton-Hinsdale 11, Pittsfield North 1
PITTSFIELD -- Xavier Wellington earned the win on Friday night, finishing with two hits and a RBI. Teammate Quinn Gallagher had a triple and two RBI while Zach Bondini homered and drove in three. Trey Massaro had two hits and drove in one.
Pittsfield North had two hits from Steve Zuccalo and a hit from Jacob Taylor.
Today's championship game, slated for noon at Belanger Field, will feature Pittsfield South CD against Pittsfield West.
This is the fifth time the two teams have played in various local tournaments, and they are 2-2 against each other.
The tournament, officially the John Codey Memorial Jimmy Fund Tournament, will be a bit of a family affair today. One of the coaches for South is Kevin Codey, John's son. One of Kevin Codey's sons, Kaden, is playing for South.
Force goes 2-1
DRACUT -- The Berkshire Force U18 went 2-1 at the NSA New England Summer Sizzler, earning the fourth seed in today's 11-team bracket.
Makayla White earned the win with two innings of no-hit ball in a 5-4 victory over the New England Storm Barry. Alexis Bushika pitched four innings, allowing three hits. Amanda Ely won the game with one of her three hits in the seventh, driving in Dominique Satrape.
Ely also scored a run while Kirsten McNeice and Alice Thomasson each had a hit and a run.
The Force beat the Showstoppers Navy 7-1 in the second game. Cat Record earned the win while Ely had two more hits and scored twice. Aoife Nester had four RBI.
Record suffered the loss in a 9-0 defeat against the Hudson Heat. White had the Force's only hit.
The Force returns today with a game against the New England Storm Dejoie at 9:15 a.m.
NORTH ADAMS -- Brad Anderson's walk-off grand slam gave the SteepleCats a 6-2 win over Danbury in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. Michael Murphy tossed a complete-game four hitter in North Adams' 3-1 win in the nightcap.
In the nightcap, Murphy threw only 89 pitches in seven innings, 59 of them for strikes. He struck out eight and walked two.
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