Pittsfield South Little League 11s reach Section 1 final
WESTFIELD -- Pittsfield South has advanced to the Massachusetts Little League 10-11 year-old Section 1 final on Saturday.
South got a three-hit shutout from pitcher Bo Bramer to beat Westfield American 3-0 on Thursday night to go 2-0 in pool play. By doing that, Pittsfield South will host the winner of tonight's game between Westfield and Holden. That game will be at Deming Park at 2 p.m.
Pittsfield South acting manager Joe Skutnik said Bramer baffled the Westfield hitters right from the start of the game.
"He moved the ball around, up and down, in and out," said Skutnik. "It was one of the better 11-year old performances I've seen."
Pittsfield South scored all of its runs in the first inning. Bramer started it off with a single and later scored on Brendan Stannard's base hit. London Steinman doubled home Stannard and later scored on a wild pitch.
Stannard had two hits to lead Pittsfield South.
Little League 12s: Leominster 6, Great Barrington 1
LEOMINSTER -- Four Leominster pitchers combined to hold District 1 champion Great Barrington to one hit, as the South County squad was eliminated from the 11-12 Little League Section 1 tournament.
"We're usually a good hitting team, but our bats kind of went quiet," Great Barrington manager Sam Herrick told the Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise. "They threw a lot of different guys at us and we just didn't get it started today."
But things started off fairly well for Great Barrington as Graham Herrick hit a home run in the top of the first inning to give his team a 1-0 lead. It turned out to be the team's only hit of the game.
Jonathan Santucci answered that home run with one of his own, a first-pitch blast in the bottom of the first inning. By the time the first inning was over, Leominster led 3-1, and never trailed again.
Leominster's Ryan Harris, who went 3 for 3 with three runs batted in, closed out the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
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