NORTH ADAMS -- Pittsfield Post 68 seems to be developing a pattern when it plays North Adams Post 125. Post 68 has taken the last two meetings between the top teams in the league.
Post 68 dropped North Adams 6-1 on Wednesday, marking the second time in as many games it has come out on top. Both times it was propelled by excellent starting pitching. Liam Nolan silenced the Post 125 bats. He allowed just one run and three hits, while walking just one. He retired seven North Adams batters by way of the strikeout.
"You could see the way our batters were swinging, he had us dancing around all game," North Adams coach Bob Rumbolt said. "Just great control by Nolan all game long. He kept us off balance."
Including the walk he issued to Tanner Bird, Nolan went to a three-ball count only three times in the game.
"He established his curveball and changeup early, which made his fastball much better," Post 68 coach Jim Mazzer said. "He and Ringo [Andrew Ringie], behind the plate, seemed to be on the same page all night."
Post 68 got off to a quick start, scoring a run in the first and two in the second. Pittsfield could have put more runs on the board, as it got the lead runner on base in five of the seven innings, scoring him just twice.
"We got the key hits early," Mazzer said. "But we should have scored more runs. We gave up a lot out there."
Post 68 gathered 11 hits on the day. They also took five free passes
Chase Preite had two of the three North Adams hits. With just three hits, though, it's hard to put more than two runners in scoring position.
"We were flat all game long," Rumbolt said. "You could see it from the first inning, there was just no enthusiasm."
The loss marks the third straight loss for Post 125, after it had won it first four games.
"I think we're in a little bit of a slump here," Rumbolt said. "Maybe they lost some confidence. We just need to get one win under our belts and start rebuilding from there."
After a difficult start to the game, Post 125 starter Max Quinn settled in and got through the next two innings without harm. He departed after allowing back-to-back base hits in the fifth. Robert Jutras came in and worked out of the jam.
He got into trouble in the seventh inning and allowed two runs before giving way to Preite.
Preite worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam, keeping his team down by five runs.
Peter Gregory picked up two RBI in the game. Rory Slattery went went 3 for 3, and walked. Zach Neary was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple.
Pittsfield Post 68 6,
North Adams Post 125 1
Post 68 120 001 2 -- 6 11 1
Post 125 001 000 0 -- 1 3 4
Liam Nolan and Andrew Ringie. Max Quinn (4 1/3), Robert Jutras (1 2/3), Chase Preite (1) and Conner Tworig (4), Slayter Aubin (3). 2B-- Post 68 1 (Zach Neary). 3B- Post 68 1 (Neary).