NORTH ADAMS -- On Friday, the North Adams Babe Ruth 15-under team was essentially an at-large bid team. It snuck into the tournament because it's the host team.
With pool play complete, North Adams is no longer trying to make a name for itself. It's the No. 1 seed heading into the elimination round, which starts Tuesday.
"We knew what we could do, and we knew we would be tough in this," manager Joe Altiere said. "We just had to play like we've been playing, and right now, that's what it's about. It's just being out there and not giving up."
With its 11-5 win over Leominster on Saturday afternoon at the Alcombright Complex, North Adams won its second game in as many days. It also assured itself to be the only team with a 2-0 mark in pool play.
North Adams earned its second win in a much different fashion than Friday's 19-2 blowout over Westfield.
After watching Leominster tie the game at 5 in the fifth inning, North Adams' offense played the waiting game. Over the next two innings, North Adams earned seven walks and continuously moved up on the base paths when Leominster pitchers found the backstop and not the catcher's glove. All told, North Adams pushed six runs across in those two innings, four of which crossed as a direct result of a passed ball or wild pitch. Brodie Altiere and Schuyler Robinson had North Adams' only two hits -- both singles -- in that span.
"When you're up runs like that, we just want to not get too antsy, get your pitch," said Kareen Beckett, who earned a walk in each the fifth and sixth. "Let things happen, and be patient."
Robinson's two-out, RBI single in the sixth helped break open a three-run game. It turned out Robinson, who through a complete game, didn't need the extra run support when he made his final trip to the mound in the seventh. He faced the minimum for the first time since the first inning. He finished in style, striking out the first and third batters, finishing with nine for the game.
Despite giving up four of his five runs in the fourth and fifth innings, he recorded four of his strikeouts and seemed to find a groove.
"They were on my fastball, So I started throwing first pitch offspeed pitches," he said. "They were off-balance after that."
Aside from securing the No. 1 seed, North Adams is in sound position with regard to its pitching staff. Altiere pitched four innings Friday and Shane Garvey closed out the fifth. Robinson's complete-game performance means North Adams has used only three pitchers. It seems Altiere and Garvey will be ready to go Tuesday and Robinson on Wednesday, if North Adams wins Tuesday. That's to say nothing of the rest of the pitching staff that's yet to toe the rubber.
"We have other pitchers, also. We have like three or four other pitchers," Altiere said. "We haven't even gotten into a lot of our other pitchers yet."
North Adams 11, Leominster 5
Leominster 001 130 0 -- 5 8 1
North Adams 003 215 x -- 11 9 0
Matt Palleschi (4), jared Richards (2) and David Barry and KJ Dowling and Eddie Cuddahy. Schuyler Robinson and Cody Crosier. W -- Robinson. L -- Richards.
2B -- Leo 1 (Mike Lovewell); NA 1 (Logan Rumbolt).