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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Go Undefeated in Pool Play at Regional SportsPrint Story | Email Story
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars went to the New England Regional as the best team in Western Massachusetts.
On Monday morning, they proved they can play with any team in the commonwealth.
Simon Mele struck out nine in a complete-game, 11-1 win over Eastern Massachusetts Champion Norfolk at Billy Bullens Field.
The win gives the Pittsfield 13s a 3-0 record in pool play and a bye in the first round of knockout play that gets underway on Tuesday. Pittsfield will play the winner of a Tuesday quarter-final on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a berth in Thursday's regional final.
Mele allowed three hits, three walks and one earned run while using 94 pitches to get through the game, shortened to six innings by the 10-run rule.
He helped his clause with a double and scored a pair of runs.
Ethan O'Donnell went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs batted in. Jackson Almeida was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Gavin O'Donnell came off the bench to go 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, including a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the mercy rule.
15-Year-Old Regional
TRUMBULL, Conn. -- New Hampshire Champion Lamprey River ended the Pittsfield 15s' run in the regional tournament with a 7-1 decision on Monday.
Lamprey moves on to the semi-finals on Tuesday against host Trumbull, which earned a bye into the semis by winning its pool.
14-Year-Old Regional
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- The Pittsfield 14s lost on Monday but advanced to Tuesday's start of the knockout phase of the New England Regional.
Fall River edged Pittsfield, 10-9, to hand it its first loss in pool play.
Pittsfield finished 2-1 in the round robin. Based on run differential, it earned took the third seed from the pool and on Tuesday will play Franklin County, Maine, for a berth in the semi-finals.


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Pittsfield Man Charged in Second Fire at White Terrace Building

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man is being charged with arson after firefighters responded Thursday to a second blaze at the large apartment building on White Terrace and North Street.
Police say Joseph Stone, 43 was taken into custody on Thursday and will be arraigned on Friday in District Court on a single charge of arson.
The fire was called in at about 2:17 p.m. on Thursday at 8 White Terrace. Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the fire, though the building did suffer damage. No injuries were reported and the investigation led to Stone, said police.
The vacant building was the site of a major structure fire on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6 White Terrace, the neighboring building. The multi-apartment structures have been vacant since another major fire in 2017 that was deemed accidental.
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