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Hillard Throws One-Hitter for Babe Ruth Team

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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Cam Hillard struck out six and allowed just one hit Saturday to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 16-year-old All-Stars to a 4-0 win over Westfield in the opener of the Western Massachusetts State Tournament at Bullens Field.
 
Hillard walked no one in the complete-game win.
 
He got all the run support he needed in a three-run third inning.
 
Brendan Socie started the rally with a leadoff single to left.
 
With two out and two on, Jackson Almeida singled to right to drive in the game's first run.
 
Luke Ferguson then singled ahead of Connor Paronto, who doubled to left to drive in a pair and make it 3-0.
 
Socie went 2-for-3 with a double, and Almeida was 2-for-3 in the win.
 
Pittsfield continues the tournament on Tuesday at home against the Southern Berkshire Knights at Deming Park.
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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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