Pittsfield 15s Win Again in Babe Ruth Tourney
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Abdiel Cotto went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored, and the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars roared to their third straight dominating win in pool play of the state tournament.
Pittsield scored nine runs in the first inning and beat Northbridge, 14-3, at Deming Park.
Pittsfield won its Pool A games by scores of 18-1, 19-1 and 14-3, a combined margin of 51-5.
Jack Scarafoni tripled, and Matt Stracuzzi and Jordan Nassif each doubled for Pittsfield, which advanced to the six-team, single-elimination tournament composed of the top two teams from each pool.
North Adams Babe Ruth Wins Convincingly
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Eight was more than enough for North Adams' Hayden Bird on Thursday night.
The Drury High School rising sophomore pitched a complete-game four-hitter in leading the North Adams 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars to an 8-0 win over Joe Schwartz in state tournament play at Alcombright Field.
North Adams improved to 1-1 in pool play with one game left -- Saturday afternoon on the road against Worcester's West Side.
On Thursday, North Adams was in a must-win situation after losing, 3-0, in its tournament opener two nights earlier.
Coach Dan Harrison said there was no doubt in his mind who would take the hill against Joe Schwartz.
"Pretty much after that loss Tuesday night, as soon as that game ended, I had in my mind that he was my guy," Harrison said of Bird. "He's been solid for me all year.
"He has a way of finding ways to get outs. he's done that all year. He's our go-to guy."
Bird struck out three, walked three and left at least one runner on base in each inning.
He was spotted a big lead after North Adams' offense, which had just one infield hit in Tuesday's loss, scored four runs in the bottom of the first on Thursday.
McCann Tech's Collin Racette hit an RBI double to drive in Brandon Condon with the game's first run, and Connor Guyette drove in two runs with a single up the middle in the rally.
"These guys bounced back after Tuesday, which was nice to see," Harrison said. "The middle of the lineup was pretty solid tonight."
It stayed 4-0 until the fifth, when Racette drilled his second double of the game and scored his second run on Thaylen Harrison's double to right. Harrison moved up on a ground ball and scored on a passed ball to make it 6-0.
In the sixth, North Adams scored two more without the use of a hit. Three walks, a couple of wild pitches and a delayed double steal with men on first and third did the damage.
The most serious trouble for Bird came in the fourth, when the visitors loaded the bases with two out thanks to a couple of hit batters and North Adams' only error of the game.
But catcher Charlie Bohl fielded a swinging bunt and threw to first to end the threat.
Bohl also caught a runner stealing second -- one of many solid defensive plays for North Adams on the night.
"We played great defense Tuesday night, too," Dan Harrison said. "That's kind of been our strength over the years.
"This team has been together a good seven years now, and they've definitely always been solid. If we keep the mistakes to a minimum, we should do well in this tournament."
North Adams, Pittsfield Compete in State Babe Ruth Tourneys
The Babe Ruth Baseball 15-year-old state tournament gets under way on Tuesday with pool play at five locations across the commonwealth.
North Adams will hit the road to face Worcester County's Holden at the Holden Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday before coming home to face Joe Schwartz at Alcombright Field on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
North Adams wraps up play in Pool C of the tournament on Saturday at Worcester's West Side at noon.
In Pool A, Pittsfield opens its tournament play on Tuesday at Worcester's East Side. Pittsfield is then home for two games: Thursday against South Side at 5 and Saturday against Northbridge at 2 p.m. at Deming Park.
The top two teams from each pool will advance to a single-elimination tournament.
In the 14-year-old Babe Ruth division, the state semifinals are set for Saturday in Worcester's North End. Pittsfield is scheduled to play at 5 p.m. against an opponent to be determined. Westfield faces Worcester's East Side at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The 13-year-old Western Mass Babe Ruth tournament will be contested Thursday-through-Sunday with four teams in a double-elimination format. Pittsfield opens play at 5 p.m. against Holden. All games will be played at Westfield's Bullens Field.
Berkshire County Babe Ruth All-Star Event Coming This Weekend
The 14-year-old division is being held in Pittsfield, with three teams, North Adams, Adams and Pittsfield. Adams will face North Adams at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Deming Field .
The 13-year-old division has two teams entered: North Adams and Pittsfield.They also will start on Thursday night,at 5 p.m. at Mt. Greylock High School.
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► 6/28/12 - North Adams vs. Adams, 5 p.m., @ Joe Wolfe Field
► 6/28/12 - Pittsfield vs. Southern Berkshire, 8 p.m., @ Joe Wolfe Field
► 6/29/12 - Pittsfield vs. Adams, 5 p.m., @ Joe Wolfe Field
► 6/29/12 - North Adams vs. South Berkshires, 8 p.m., @ Joe Wolfe Field
► 6/30/12 - Adams vs. Southern Berkshire, 10 p.m., @ Joe Wolfe Field
► 6/30/12 - Pittsfield vs. North Adams, 1 p.m., @ Joe Wolfe Field
► 7/2/12 - Championship Game, 7 p.m., @ Alcombright Field
► 6/28/12 - North Adams vs. Adams, 5 p.m., @ Deming Field
► 6/29/12 - Pittsfield vs. Adams, 5 p.m., @ Deming Field
► 6/30/12 - North Adams vs. Pittsfield, Noon., @ Deming Field
► 7/1/12 - Championship Game, Noon, @ TBA
► 6/28/12 - Pittsfield vs. North Adams, 5 p.m., @ Mt Greylock HS
► 6/29/12 - North Adams vs. Pittsfield, 5 p.m., @ Mt. Greylock HS
► 6/30/12 - If Needed @ Alcombright Field 6 p.m.