After lofty season, Pittsfield American team honored with proclamation

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PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield American boys rode high on the heels of a victorious summer Tuesday, traffic lights in reach and treetops scraping the tops of their baseball caps.

"Look this way!" parents yelled, clamoring to capture the moment.

Members of the team of 12-year-olds gripped a large ladder lining the top of the fire engine, sitting inside its ample rungs. The boys beamed and waved at passersby, their yells joining a chorus of beeping horns and screaming sirens.

The city honored the Pittsfield American Little League All-Star team Tuesday, in the wake of its state championship win. To boot, the boys were two runs from winning the New England Regional.

The boys might have finished second in the end, but they said the winning moments, namely the state championship, were the ones that they remember.

Jake Duquette said the team's walk-off win was "really nerve-wracking."

"I liked winning it the way we did," he said.

Mayor Linda Tyer honored the team with a proclamation, but before she did, she brought the boys in for a huddle.

"The city is so proud of you," she told them, leaning in.

Retired Police Capt. John Mullin said he retired in July — "just in time" to catch his son's season heating up.

"That was a thrilling ride," he said, smiling.

Donna Ruel, whose grandson, Antonio Scalise, hit the winning double in the state championship, said the season was a nail-biter.

"My whole summer was baseball," she said. "Wouldn't trade it for the world."

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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