Roundup: Lanesboro Bulldogs 8U win Cal Ripken championship

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BOLTON — The Lanesboro Bulldogs All-Star team won the 8U Cal Ripken Western Massachusetts State Championship over the weekend.

The tournament was held in Hudson and Bolton, with the title game on Sunday in Bolton.

Lanesboro won both of its games on Saturday to advance to the first ever championship game against Hudson.

Hudson got out to an early lead, but in the fourth inning Lanesboro's Nolan Barnes hit a grand slam to tie the game 9-9.

Bulldogs Kieran Johnson, Max Mozian and Joe Hatakeyama earned key hits to put the Bulldogs ahead. Jackson Sheehy closed the game out on the hill, allowing no runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

The Bulldogs now move on to Regional State Championship in Dedham, beginning on July 21.

FCBL Baseball

Pittsfield 9, Brockton 3

BROCKTON — Sunday night, the Pittsfield Suns lost to Brockton in a home run derby. Monday night, in southeastern Massachusetts, the Suns made sure they didn't go through that again.

Drew DeMartino had four hits and scored three runs while Ivan Nunez had three hits and four runs batted in as the Suns rolled past the Rox 9-3.

DeMartino went 4 for 6, improving his batting average to .347. That would be good enough for third in the Futures League if the Taconic graduate had enough at-bats.

The game was tied at 3-3 when the Suns erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh. They sent 10 batters to the plate and pounded out four hits. One of those hits was Nunez's second home run of the season. He drove in DeMartino, who had hit a one-out single.

Joey Rogers got the win, his first of the year. The left-hander from UMass-Boston gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He walked four and struck out eight. Jonathon Marchia, Thomas Hughes and Mike Nocchi each pitched one scoreless inning of relief.

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Pittsfield     100     020     420     —     9     15     1

Brockton     200     010     000     —     3     10     2

Rogers (6), Marchia (1), Hughes (1), Nocchi (1) and Simeone, Meilleur. Mignone (5), McGrory (3), Kittila (1) and Kelly. W — Rogers (1-0). L — McGrory (2-2). 2B — P: Sullivan. B: Maxwell, Johnston, Ruth. HR — P: Nunez (2). T — 3:17. A — 885.

Mass. Amateur

BOSTON — Bob Linn and Matt Gilardi, the only members of Berkshire County courses who qualified for this year's Massachusetts Amateur Championship, got off to solid starts in the first round of medal-play qualifying on Monday before struggling  on their second nines to fall well off the pace at the William J. Devine Golf Course.

The 64-year-old Linn was 2-under par through the first eight holes before a double bogey on the par-4 ninth began a bad stretch that resulted in an 8-over 78, while the 27-year-old Gilardi, who started on the back nine, was only 2 over through 13 holes before playing Nos. 5-7 in 6 over.

Like Linn, the 27-year-old Skyline Country Club member finished at 8-over 78.

Linn, a member at Berkshire Hills Country Club, had predicted that the short Devine layout — it measures only 6,045 yards — would yield some low numbers and that was the case with 11 golfers finishing in the 60s, led by Tommy Parker, a member a Thorny Lea in Brockton, who shot a 6-under 64. Weston Golf Club's Ben Balter is second, one shot back.

Defending champion Matt Parziale, who is also the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and a member at Thorny Lea, is in a large group tied for 15th place at even-par 70 that includes two-time champion Mike Calef.

Amateur legend Frank Vana Jr., the nine-time Mass. Golf Association player of the year, is tied for sixth after firing a 68.

There are 40 golfers at 2 over or better, meaning the cut to the low 32 for match play is likely to be between 4 and 6 over par. Today's round will be played at George Wright Golf course, which is more than 400 yards longer than the Devine layout and considered the more difficult of the courses.

Junior Legion Baseball

Pittsfield 12, East Longmeadow 8

EAST LONGMEADOW — Pittsfield Post 68 Blue opened up a Sunday road doubleheader with a high-scoring win over East Longmeadow.

Jaden Coscia got the win and went 2 for 3 with a pair of runs scored. He struck out three, but was bit by the control bug and issued seven walks in 6 2/3 innings. East Longmeadow tagged him for three runs in the seventh, before Luke Whitehouse came on to slam the door in relief.

Post 68's bats were the story of the game, as both Nick Nicotra and Ricky Armstrong had three-hit days. Nicotra drove in two runs.

Pittsfield also turned a triple play in the fifth inning to get out of a jam while up 6-3. Luke Hescock made a sliding catch in right field, before firing to Dan Dimassimo at first base. Dimassimo transferred quickly and pegged the ball to Nicotra at second for the 9-3-6 triple play. East Longmeadow dropped to 5-7.

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Pittsfield     020     433     0     —     12     13     2

E. Longmeadow     020     120     3     —     8     8     1

Jaden Coscia (6 2/3), Luke Whitehouse (1/3) and Zach Zerbato. Stannek (3 1/3), Greco (1 2/3), Cuccovia (1), Giordono (1) and Birks. W — Coscia. L — Greco. 2B — P 2 (Nick Nicotra, Ricky Armstrong).

Westfield 4, Pittsfield 1

WESTFIELD — Pittsfield had less luck in the afternoon portion of Sunday's road trip, falling to first-place Westfield in a tight one.

Post 68 (8-6) had a chance in the sixth inning, when three straight infield singles loaded the bases. Ricky Armstrong was forced home on a hit batter, bringing Luke Hescock to the plate in the 3-1 game. After doubling in the fifth, Hescock got a hold of another one, but the Westfield (11-2) defense had adjusted and shifted back for his at bat. The outfielder made the play and Pittsfield's threat was eliminated.

Ryan Robbins went 5 2/3 for Pittsfield, striking out three and walking four, but his counterpart Josh Lis was overpowering. Lis went the distance, striking out 10 and walking just one.

Post 68 slides to fourth place in the Junior Legion standings, behind Westfield, Greenfield (10-4) and Agawam (10-5).

Pittsfield is back at Clapp Park today for a 5:45 p.m. game against Belchertown.

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Pittsfield     000     001     0     —     1     5     0

Westfield     102     001     x     —     4     5     0

Ryan Robbins (5 2/3), Nick Nicotra (1/3) and Zach Zerbato. Lis and n/a. W — Lis. L — Robbins. 2B — P (Luke Whitehouse).


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