Adams-Cheshire 10-12s keep District 1 championship hopes alive with win over Great Barrington

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PITTSFIELD — In order to win a championship, it is usually a bit more complicated than having the best pitcher, or the best offense. The team that gets hot at the right time will almost always have the best chance at a title, and after Tuesday's 7-5 win over Great Barrington, there was smoke coming from the Adams-Cheshire 10-12s Little League squad.

"I said at the end of the game that the biggest difference today was our attitude," coach J.P. Levesque said. "To me, their approach is the most important thing. You drop two quick ones and to come out and beat a team that was 2-1 means a lot."

Great Barrington fought until the end and made things difficult for Adams-Cheshire's Jack Dolan.

Trailing by two, Dominic Calautti started the bottom of the seventh inning with a double and brought the tying run to the plate for Great Barrington.

"I was little a bit of nervous, I'm not going to lie," Dolan said. "The goal was to just throw strikes. Practicing and playing catch with my dad always helps."

The practice paid off for Dolan as he retired the next three he faced — with the help of two strikeouts — to lock up the first win of the District 1 10-12s squad at Deming Park.

Dolan pitched three-full innings of work in relief for Adams-Cheshire and allowed just one run while receiving plenty of run support from his offense.

"I told the kids before every at bat to go after it and be confident," Levesque said. "The goal is to have the kids come out and be intense."

The Adams-Cheshire crew got on the board in the first inning with the help of Noah White. The center fielder doubled and later scored on a passed pall for the game's first run.

Great Barrington had an answer in the bottom of the frame in the form of a single from Jack Bissallion that plated Keegan Dargie.

The Adams-Cheshire bats came alive in the top of the second with the help of four singles. By the time the damage was done, they put a three-spot on the scoreboard as Matt Witek, Logan Driscoll, and Will Hakes all had a RBI, pushing the lead to 4-1.

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Great Barrington cut into the lead in the bottom of the second with the help of a first-and-third double steal. Jacob Kries broke for second, allowing Shaun Frank to score and cut the deficit. They continued to chip away in the third, as Dargie scored his second run of the game to make it 4-3 after three.

Adams-Cheshire wasn't willing to give up the lead, however, as they answered with a three-run fourth inning to break the game open. Nate Kondel kick-started the inning with a triple to get things rolling and later scored on a walk by Dolan. White added an exclamation mark to the frame with a two-run single, pushing the lead to 7-3.

Calautti doubled to start the home half of the inning, which signaled the end of afternoon for Adams-Cheshire starter Chris Szabo. Dolan came on in relief and worked around a RBI single from Christian Blanchard, which made the score 7-5, but escaped the frame before Great Barrington could inch any closer. Dolan pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth inning to lock up the win for Adams-Cheshire.

With a record of 1-2, the Adams-Cheshire squad needs to defeat the Pittsfield National team on Wednesday in order to secure a spot in Friday's championship. Great Barrington fell to 2-2, however, their championship hopes are not dead. If Pittsfield National comes out victorious on Wednesday, Great Barrington will play the undefeated Pittsfield American (4-0) team in the championship.

"The kids are excited and I told them to keep the momentum going," Levesque said. "They have until midnight to soak it in, but tomorrow we have to come out with the same attitude."

First pitch between Adams-Cheshire and Pittsfield National is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Clapp Park.

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Adams-Cheshire     130     300     —     7     8     1

Great Barrington     111     200     —     5     6     3

Chris Szabo (3+), Jack Dolan (3) and Matt Witek. Jack Bissallion (2 2/3), Sean Warren (1), Keegan Dargie (2 1/3) and Jacob Kries. W — Szabo. L — Bissallion. 2B — A 1 (Noah White), GB 2 (Dominic Calautti 2). 3B — A 1 (Nate Kondel).

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

Great Barrington     111     200     —     5     6     3

Chris Szabo (3+), Jack Dolan (3) and Matt Witek. Jack Bissallion (2 2/3), Sean Warren (1), Keegan Dargie (2 1/3) and Jacob Kries. W — Szabo. L — Bissallion. 2B — A 1 (Noah White), GB 2 (Dominic Calautti 2). 3B — A 1 (Nate Kondel).

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

Chris Szabo (3+), Jack Dolan (3) and Matt Witek. Jack Bissallion (2 2/3), Sean Warren (1), Keegan Dargie (2 1/3) and Jacob Kries. W — Szabo. L — Bissallion. 2B — A 1 (Noah White), GB 2 (Dominic Calautti 2). 3B — A 1 (Nate Kondel).

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.


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