Great Barrington beats Dalton-Hinsdale in 9-11 District 1 Little League tournament
PITTSFIELD — The Dalton-Hinsdale and Great Barrington Little League teams entered Belanger Field in Pittsfield on Wednesday looking to bounce back from losses the night before. The 9-11 Great Barrington squad came out swinging and earned their first win of the District 1 tournament with an 18-5 victory over Dalton-Hinsdale.
"They ignored what happened last night," coach Eric Kreis said. "More importantly, they were focused on today and what we do moving forward."
Jaiden Ellerbee got the nod on the mound for Great Barrington and provided them with a quality performance that included six strikeouts over three innings of work.
"During the first two innings I had to adjust to the batters a little bit," Ellerbee explained. "I just kept reminding myself to shake [any hits by Dalton-Hinsdale] off."
The Barrington bats gave Ellerbee all the support he needed and it started in the first inning as Liam Smith knocked a two-run double up the middle that plated Cole Kennedy and Griffin Touponce. The Great Barrington lead ballooned to seven by the second inning as Ellerbee, along with Kennedy, knocked in runs during the frame.
"Last game I was frustrated when I struck out," Ellerbee said. "Today I just told myself I'd get the next one which really helped me. I feel like if you have a good attitude, you'll play well."
Ellerbee reached base in three of his four at bats and finished the afternoon with two runs batted in.
Great Barrington followed the four-run second inning with another four spot in the third with the help of RBI from Ellerbee and Everett Pacheco.
"The biggest thing is that they got the bats going early and they didn't watch strikes go by them," Kreis said. "It was a good team effort where everyone hit the ball well."
Jason McNulty, who reached on a single, plated the first run for Dalton-Hinsdale in the second inning on a passed ball. They continued to chip away during a three-run third inning in which Noah Charter scored Logan Aitken on a single. Later in the frame, Josh McComish cracked a double that plated Jake Wasuk. By the time the damage was done, the deficit was cut to 11-4.
However, Great Barrington answered with a seven-run fourth inning. The frame was highlighted by a two-run double by Jacoby Vincelette, a RBI single from Brody Kinna that plated Kamren Boino, along with a single by Dakota Soules, which also plated Boino the next time through the order. Boino, the Great Barrington catcher, scored three times on the afternoon.
Aitken scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth for Dalton-Hinsdale, but Kinna, who came on in relief of Ellerbee, shut the door on the comeback with a strikeout to end the game via the mercy rule.
Great Barrington improved to 1-1 in the District 1 tournament and Ellerbee's plan to build off of the big win is pretty simple.
"It comes down to good teamwork," he said.
"The goal is to keep seeing the ball and hitting the ball," Kreis added. "If you don't hit the ball, you can't score runs."
The Pittsfield Americans (2-0) host Great Barrington (1-1) on Saturday at Clapp Park, with first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m. Shortly after, the Dalton-Hinsdale (0-2) squad will host the Pittsfield Nationals (1-1), also at Clapp Park, with first pitch scheduled for noon.
Great Barrington 344 7 — 18 9 2
Dalton-Hinsdale 013 1 — 5 7 7
Jaiden Ellerbee (3), Brody Kinna (1) and Kamren Boino. Jake Wasuk (1 1/3), Brodie Kelly-Smith (2), Rylan Melle (2/3) and Logan Goyette. W — Ellerbee. L — Wasuk. 2B — GB 2 (Liam Smith, Jacoby Vincelette).
Jake Mendel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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