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Pittsfield Advances in Western Mass Babe Ruth Tournament

By Leland BarnesiBerkshires.com Sports
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PITTSFIELD , Mass. — After a monster first inning for the Pittsfield Babe Ruth All-Stars 16-and-under team scoring 11 runs, it secured its spot in the next round of the Western Mass State Tournament with a 16-0 win over Southern Berkshire on Tuesday.
 
The four-inning, mercy rule win at Deming Park sends Pittsfield into a best-of-three championship series against Westfield that gets under way at Bullens Field on Wednesday.
 
Pittsfield had the Knights' number from the very first batter, gathering four walks in a row including a run scoring walk on a bases loaded opportunity for John Mullen.
 
Pitching was an undeniable struggle for the Knights, who used three pitchers to get through three innings and were not able to post a clean inning against Pittsfield.
 
One positive for the Knights was its plate discipline.
 
Cam Simmons and Caeden Thayer each had a hit for Southern Berkshire, which also picked up a walk from Tyler Giardina.
 
In a somewhat closer game than on paper the walks severely hurt the Knights.
 
Luke Ferguson went 2-for-2, and Mike Devylder was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs in a five-hit attack for Pittsfield.
 
On the mound Pittsfield (2-0), Ferguson and Mullen each threw two innings, combining to allow one walk while striking out three.
 
A one-out error and a walk in the top of the fourth gave Southern Berkshire a late threat to get on the scoreboard, but a strikeout from Mullen and a hard groundout ended the game.
 
Now Pittsfield turns its attention to perennial rival Westfield for a shot at the New England Regional.
 
"Going out there and winning 2 out of 3 games in a few days is going to drain you," Pittsfield coach Ben Stohr said.
 
Pittsfield beat Westfield, 4-0, in the first game of the tournament's round-robin phase on Saturday.
 
“We stayed in the game and hit a few too many pop ups in the first game that we fixed," Stohr said.
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Pittsfield's Paronto Perfect in Opener

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AUGUSTA, Maine -- Pittsfield's Connor Paronto Friday fired a complete-game no-hitter to lead his Babe Ruth 16-year-old All-Star team to a 10-0 win over North Providence in the first game of the New England Regional.
 
Paronto sruck out six and did not allow a walk or a hit. Pittsfield also did not allow an error behind him to secure the perfect game.
 
“Connor was incredibly impressive today,” Pittsfield coach Ben Stohr said. “We had stellar defense, especially at shortstop where Luke Ferguson took away a couple potential infield hits.
 
“Connor finished with 71 pitches. Couldn’t have been any more efficient. Very proud of all of these guys with how they played defense behind him today.”
 
Paronto helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs at the plate.
 
Jackson Almeida and John Mullen also had two hits apiece in an 11-hit attack for Pittsfield.
 
Pittsfield starts pool play at the regional with a 1-0 record. It continues the tournament on Saturday against the hosts, Capital Area of Maine.
 
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