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Dalton-Hinsdale, Pittsfield 12-Year-Olds Open Tourney with Wins

By Leland BarnesiBerkshires.com Sports
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PITTSFIELD , Mass. — Cam Sievers’ 11 strikeouts and a strong third inning at the plate Saturday led Dalton-Hinsdale past Great Barrington, 8-1, in the first game of the Donald Gleason 12-year-old Little League District 1 Tournament.
 
Sievers, Nate Dearborn and Sully Duquette combined on a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts as DH started pool play with a 1-0 record. On Sunday at noon, Dalton-Hinsdale will be tested by Pittsfield, which took a 16-1 decision over Great Barrington in the other pool play matchup.
 
Parker Lussier went 2-for-2 with two RBIs as well as a stolen base to boost DH offense.
 
 C.J Wilds also led the DH offense, going 2-for-2 with 2 RBI’s as well as scoring twice.
 
“We had a great opening game, had some nerves going into it,” DH coach Dustin Sievers said. “As you could tell we were really early on a lot of pitches, once we settled in we were good.”
 
Great Barrington played tough all game, working six walks – three of which loaded the bases and led to GB’s run in the top of the sixth.
 
Matthew Peck drew a free pass to start the inning and ended up racing home on a pitch to the backstop.
 
Defensively Great Barrington was spot on, making multiple difficult plays look easy.
 
It was a 2-0 game for Dalton-Hinsdale until it exploded for five in the third inning.
 
Wilds and Lussier each drove in a pair of runs in the rally.
 
DH tacked on a run in the bottom of the fight. Lui Gardner hit a two-out single and eventually scored on Thomas Kuzdeba’s RBI single.
 
Sievers went 4 and one-third innings on the mound, striking out 11 and walking just two.
 
Great Barrington will look for its first win of the District 1 tourney on Sunday when it faces Adams-Cheshire at 2 p.m.

Pittsfield 27, Adams-Cheshire 0

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield 12-year-old All-Stars scored 19 times in the first inning and never looked back in a convincing win at Deming Park.
 
Weston Wigglesworth led off the game with a solo home run and added another homer later in a 4-for-4, four-RBI performance.
 
Wigglesworth also started on the mound and struck out the side, the first of three Pittsfield pitchers to do so on a day when they amassed 10 Ks in a three-inning ballgame.
 
Mike Ressler and Mateo Fox also took a turn on the hill for Pittsfield, playing its first post-season after combining the city’s two Little League divisions over the winter.
 
Sawyer Layne went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Spencer Kotski was 3-for-3 with a homer and six RBIs. And Kody Lesser was 3-for-3, doubling twice, with four runs batted in.
 
Patrick Wells-Vidal reached base a strikeout for Adams-Cheshire in the second inning. Cole Kalisz and Jasiah Brown split the pitching duties for AC, staying in the strike zone all afternoon.
 
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PIttsfield 16s Fall in Babe Ruth Regional Final

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- The Norwalk, Conn., Babe Ruth 16-year-old All-Stars Tuesday beat Pittsfield, 2-0, in the championship game of the New England Regional.
 
It marked the second shutout loss to the Connecticut State Champions in three days for Pittsfield. But it was a very different game this time around.
 
On Sunday, Norwalk beat Pittsfield, 10-0, in six innings to wrap up pool play.
 
That forced Pittsfield to win two straight games to get a rematch in the finals, and it did so, blanking Lyndon, Vt., on Monday and edging Eastern Mass Champion Lynn on Tuesday morning.
 
But in the title game, Norwalk pitcher Jaxon Ermo held Pittsfield to four hits and allowed two walks while striking out six in a complete-game shutout win.
 
For Pittsfield, Connor Paronto and Sam Glockner split time on the mound, striking out three.
 
But Norwalk generated 10 hits and scored a run in the second and a run in the sixth to give Ermo the offensive support he needed.
 
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