Roundup: Pittsfield 13U, 14U Babe Ruth teams win openers
WORCESTER — The Pittsfield 13U Babe Ruth team won its opener in the state Babe Ruth tournament with an 8-4 decision over Worcester.
Coach Michael Taylor pointed to the fourth inning as a crucial one for Pittsfield. With the team up 3-1 but momentum going into Worcester's favor, Pittsfield put on Luca Traversa as a pinch-runner. With two outs and runners on the corners, Taylor called a "leave early" play for Traversa, and Traversa forced Worcester into trying to get him out in a rundown. While that was going on, the run from third base scored.
"At that point, it was 3-1, that kind of turned the game around for us," Taylor said. "They had all the momentum at that point."
Tyler Gaudette pitched five innings as the starter and struck out two on four hits and one earned run. Adam Lazits came on in relief and struck out two on two hits and no earned runs.
Will Kinne, Cal Lewis, Collin Merwin, Adam Lazits and Gaudette all had RBI hits in the game, with Gaudette hitting a RBI double.
Pittsfield plays next on Friday at Deming Park against Westfield.
14U Babe Ruth
Pittsfield 13, Blackstone Valley 2
WESTFIELD — The Pittsfield 14U Babe Ruth team made Bullens Field its own home in its state tournament opener.
Pittsfield scored in each of the five innings it needed to mercy Blackstone Valley. The hits were bountiful, with Shane Bernardo racking up three with a pair of RBI. Jonathan Monaghan drove in three runs with two hits. Mike Britten and Owen Kroboth had two hits each as well.
Patrick Rindfuss got the start and went three shutout innings, before giving way to Bernardo to finish off. Rindfuss struck out five and allowed a single hit in his outing.
Pittsfield plays against host Westfield on Friday night at 7 p.m.
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Blackstone 000 02 — 2 4 4
Patrick Rindfuss (3), Shane Bernardo (2) and Owen Kroboth.
Worcester 8, Pittsfield 7
WORCESTER — Playing in a rare morning game, the Suns scored six runs in the seventh to take the lead over the Bravehearts, but Worcester came back with three in the eighth before Dustin Harris scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win.
Harris hit a triple in the first at bat of the ninth, then Mack Cheli put the ball in play, only for Brian McHale to make an error at short stop to allow Harris to touch home.
The error wiped away a solid day for McHale, who went 3 for 4 at the plate with a RBI. Ivan Nunez went 1 for 4 with two runs scored for Pittsfield.
Thomas Hughes went 1 for 4 with three runs batted in for Pittsfield, including a two-run single in the seventh that capped Pittsfield's scoring.
Harris finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored for Worcester, and Michael Dellicarri hit a triple that cleared the bases in the fifth inning.
Kendall Pomeroy took the win in relief, going 2 2/3 innings and striking out two on one walk.
Bradley Hughes was tagged with the loss after pitching the ninth.
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Worcester 100 030 031 — 8 9 1
Johnson (5), Mestre (2 2/3), Hughes (1/3) and Meilleur. Ennen (6 1/3), Angel (0+), Pomeroy (2 2/3) and Gozzo. W — Pomeroy. L — Hughes. 2B — P (White, McHale, Meilleur), W (Sidwell). 3B — W (Dellicarri, Harris). T: 2:39. A: 2,859.
Valley 6, North Adams 2
HOLYOKE — The SteepleCats couldn't find much offense on the road Wednesday.
North Adams got the hits, but they weren't timely. Matt Koperniak had a bright day for the visitors, going 2 for 4 with a RBI. Jeffery Brown had an identical night for the SteepleCats. Andrew DiPiazza went five strong innings, but relievers surrendered four more over the final three frames.
North Adams has a day off before reconvening at home against Plymouth Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
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DiPiazza (5), Kovachick (1), Hayner (2) and Rodriguez. Morales (6), Nappi (1), Lamb (1), Reynoso (1) and Cardy. W — Morales. L — DiPiazza. HR — V (Cardy). T: 3:06. A: n/a
Team West boys lacrosse goes 4-0 at Bay State Games
Team West will get a chance to play for a fourth straight gold medal at the Bay State Games Friday.
West went 4-0 in opening-round play, and will face off against Metro Southeast for the gold medal at 3:30 p.m.
Games 1 and 2 were on Tuesday. Game 1 was a 24-4 win over Central. Wahconah's Dart Jaggi had three goals in the game, while high school teammate Dayton Kozlowski and Hoosac Valley's Casey Meczywor had two goals and an assist each. Jackson Whitman, a rising senior at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, led the team with seven goals and an assist.
In the second game, West pulled out an 8-6 victory over Northeast. Cam Smith had three goals for West in the win, while Nicholas Mee and Johhny Hartin had seven saves each in goal.
Games 3 and 4 were played on Wednesday. The first was a 10-8 win over the team West will play in the final, Metro Southeast. Meczywor had two goals in the win and Jaggi had one, while Mee made seven saves and Hartin had five.
The fourth and final game was a 14-3 win over Coastal. Jaggi had three goals and an assist, while Meczywor had a goal.
Coach Bill Scott, in his fourth and final year as the West coach, praised the play of his defense throughout the games — which includes Monument Mountain's Walter Boyko — and noted that Kozlowski did an excellent job at faceoffs.
Friday's gold medal game will be played at the Veterans Memorial Complex in Waltham.
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