Roundup: Pittsfield American tops Northampton in 9-11 Section I Little League tournament

NORTHAMPTON — Pittsfield American is one win away from playing for the state 9-11 Little League championship.

Pittsfield American scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and kept Northampton at arm's length the rest of the way in a 14-6 win Saturday afternoon. Pittsfield American had won the pregame coin flip and was the designated home team.

With the win, American advances to Monday's championship game at Deming Park against the winner of Sunday's game between Northampton and Holden. The game will be played at 5:30 p.m.

Northampton held a 3-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings. But in the home fourth, Pittsfield American scored 10 runs on five hits to pull away. Cam Zerbato, who had two hits in the inning, hit a three-run single in the fourth.

Zerbato was one of three Pittsfield American batters with two hits each. Roshan Warriar had two hits and four RBI, while Cam Harrington had two hits and two RBI.

"Their kid was throwing good. We were putting it in play," Pittsfield manager Ty Perrault said. "The second time around, everybody hit the ball a little harder. We put a little pressure on them with our base running and speed."

Zerbato went four innings to get the win. Warriar and Harrington each pitched one inning in relief.

American Legion baseball

Post 68 splits pair

PITTSFIELD — Post 68 was involved in a pair of 2-1 decisions Saturday in the Western Massachusetts American Legion Baseball Playoffs. The good news for the local team is it went 1-1 to stay alive.

After dropping a 2-1 decision to East Springfield Post 420 in the first game, Sam Fick came back to toss a four-hitter in a 2-1 win over Aldenville Post 337. The loss eliminates Aldenville.

Pittsfield stayed alive with the win, after losing 2-1 to East Springfield Post 420 in the early game.

Aldenville came to Clapp Park off a 2-0 win over Easthampton as Jon Marchic struck out 14. The visitors brought a second straight pitchers' duel with them.

Fick and Brendan Fournier matched each other virtually pitch for pitch. Fick gave up one earned run on four hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out six. Fournier held Post 68's bats to only five hits.

Manager Pat Bassi's team had to manufacture its first run. In the home second, Izaiya Mestre singled, took second on a wild pitch and went to third on a sacrifice bunt. Pat Colvin then dropped a squeeze bunt down the third-base line, plating Mestre. In the fifth, Ryan Abel doubled and scored on Brett Murphy's single.

Singles by Jacob LaRochelle and Anthony Diaz in the top of the seventh with one out put runners on the corners for Aldenville. LaRochelle scored on a ground out, but Fick got a game-ending strikeout and Post 68 moves on.

Post 68 will play Sunday against an opponent, site and time to be determined.

Mestre went seven innings and struck out nine batters, but Post 68 fell to East Springfield Post 420 in the first game.

Pittsfield took the lead in the fourth on a one-run home run by Matt Koperniak, but a two-run sixth gave East Springfield the win. Mike Cruz had an RBI double in the inning.

Mestre gave up just four hits on two walks. Of the two runs, only one was earned.

Banon Rosado, meanwhile, went the distance for East Springfield, striking out five on three walks and just the one hit.


First game

E. Springfield     000     002     0          2     4     1

Pittsfield     000     100     0          1     1     2

Banon Rosado and Joe Solvin. Izaiya Mestre and Matt Schneider. W — Rosado. L — Mestre. 2B — ES: Mike Cruz. HR — P: Matt Koperniak.

Second game

Aldenville     000     000     1          1     4     0

Pittsfield     010     010     x          2     5     0

Brendan Fournier and Jacob LaRochelle. Sam Fick and Matt Schneider. W — Fick. L — Fournier. 2B — P: Abel.

Post 68 Juniors 16, Ludlow 4

PITTSFIELD — At Clapp Park, Post 68 Juniors erupted for nine runs on eight hits in the bottom of the fourth inning, breaking open a close game.

Ludlow had scored three runs in the first inning and led 3-2 after three. But the big fourth inning turned the game around. Hunter Potash, one of 13 batters to come up in the fourth had an RBI double and an RBI single in his two at-bats in the fourth.

Post 68 had 16 hits in the game, led by Potash, who went 4 for 4 with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBI.

"You have to play seven full innings," manager Eric Stone said. "Nothing is given to you."

This game went only six because of the mercy rule.

Connor Matthews got the win, going four innings. He gave up two hits and four walks, striking out two. Joe Cracolici finished up with two shutout innings.

Offensively, Joe Traversa went 3 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored, Cracolici had two hits, scored twice and drove in three, while Zach Hall and Matthews had two hits and one RBI each.


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