Roundup: Pittsfield American 10-12s shutout Great Barrington in District 1 play
PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield American's Simon Mele was light's out on the mound Monday evening, as his squad silenced a high-powered Great Barrington team.
American knocked off Great Barrington 13-0 in Little League action for the District 1 10-12s at Clapp Park.
Mele struck out the side in the first inning and finished with 10 Ks in just four innings of work.
American put six runs on the board in the second inning, getting back-to-back singles from Jack Reed and Aiden Carlino to start things up, and then three straight base-hits from Connor Devine, David Wildgoose and Jack Abel to keep the rally rolling. In his second at bat of the ballgame, Jason Codey caught a groove and smacked an RBI triple to put some real distance between the two sides.
Mele went back to work from there. Great Barrington worked the bases loaded on a Cian Bose single and pair of walks by Jacob Kries and Jack Bissallion, but with two outs, Mele got the threat-ending strikeout. The only other hit Great Barrington managed against the Pittsfield ace was a two-out single in the fourth by Grayson Beacco.
Anthony Hill and Mitch Hall singled for American in the third, before an Aiden Alibozek double brought them home. Mele, Abel and Reed all had singles in the fourth inning as well.
Great Barrington takes on Adams/Cheshire today at 5:30 p.m. at Deming Park. Pittsfield American meets Dalton/Hinsdale at 5:30 p.m. back at Clapp.
Pittsfield National 14, Dalton/Hinsdale 4
PITTSFIELD — In a continuation from a rain-out over the weekend, Pittsfield National finished the job against Dalton/Hinsdale.
National's Ethan O'Donnell was the winning pitcher, and added a single offensively, while Kyle McGrath had the hot bat with four singles. Chase Wendling added a base hit as well.
Dalton got a pair of hits from James Rabuse and a double out of Sam McLaughlin.
Sheffield 10, Agawam 8
AGAWAM — In the opener of a Sunday doubleheader at Agawam, Sheffield Post 340 had to recover from a 7-4 deficit to pull out the win.
Agawam attacked Sheffield in the early innings, building up that three-run lead after just two innings. Luke Patella came on in relief to settle things down, and his work on the hill kept Sheffield in the game.
Patella shut down Agawam for the next four innings, while his offense managed to scrape a run across in the fifth when Jackson Blanchard got Patella home after a bunt single and stolen base.
When Patella got in trouble, Blanchard came on to get the final out of the sixth with runners on the corners.
Down to their last out in the seventh, the Post 340 offense started churning. Josh Hunter and Blanchard both walked, before Cooper Shepardson landed a RBI single to cut the deficit to one.
An Agawam reliever came on, but proceeded to hit Marco Buffoni with a pitch, and walk Jack Carpenter to force home the tying run. Peyton Doyle was then hit by a pitch, and Alek Zdziarski came up with the clutch two-run single to make it 10-7. Carpenter finished off Agawam in the bottom of the seventh.
Carpenter also had a two-run double in the first inning, finishing with two hits, two runs and two RBI. Blanchard scored three times, while Shepardson, Zdziarski and Patella all had two hits. John Fielding had a RBI single in the second.
Sheffield 11, Agawam 1
AGAWAM — Sheffield pulled out a two-game sweep of Agawam on Sunday, winning in five innings by mercy rule.
Zdziarski threw four innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Meanwhile, the Post 340 offense staked him a five-run lead after one.
Blanchard tripled and Hunter doubled in the frame, while Blanchard, Nate Armstrong and Patella had hits in a three-run third inning. Buffoni drove in two with a base hit in the fourth, before Shepardson singled and worked his way around the bases to score the mercy-rule run in the fifth.
Blanchard and Shepardson each had two hits and two RBI, while Hunter also drove in two.
With the two wins, Sheffield moves into first place in the Junior Division with an 8-1 record.
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