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MARLBOROUGH -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs are one win away from claiming the state Cal Ripken U-12 baseball championship.
Three Bulldogs combined to toss a two-hitter as Lanesborough beat Westminster 5-1 on Sunday aftrnoon at Langelier Field.
The Bulldogs now advance to Tuesday’s championship game at 5:30 p.m. Lanesborough will play the winner of tonight’s game between Westminster and Townsend.
Russ Gates, Matt Tibbets and Phil Guest combined on the two-hitter. Gates threw three innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. Tibbetts gave up the only run on one hit in his two innings while Guest pitched a scoreless sixth.
Cal Messina, who was 2 for 3, got things started in the top of the first when he hit the 11th pitch of his leadoff at-bat over the fence in left field for a solo home run. Lanesborough never trailed.
Thomas Fraser, who had two hits for Lanesborough, had an RBI double in the second inning. Gates, who also had two hits, added an RBI double in the third.
On Saturday, The Lanesborough Bulldogs scored seven runs in the third inning and rolled to a 11-1 win over Marlborough in the Cal Ripken 12-under state tournament.
Phil Guest got the win by holding Marlborough hitless over three innings. He gave up one earned run, walked three and struck out eight.
Guest helped his cause with a two-run homer in the fourth inning that brought the curtain down on the game.
Little League 11s
PITTSFIELD -- Caleb Rondeau earned the win and was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with two doubles, two singles and five RBI helping North Adams to a 14-4 win over Great Barrington.
Austin Davine had two hits for North Adams and drove in a run. The winners broke the game open with a seven-run second.
Damon Twing took the loss for Great Barrington while Curt Wilton and Pat Young each singled and scored a run.
PITTSFIELD -- North Adams Post 125 took advantage of a short-handed Post 68 team and cruised to a 12-0 win Saturday.
Robert Jutras dominated on the mound for Post 125, pitching a complete game shutout. He struck out seven Post 68 batters and allowed just four hits.
North Adams’ offense was led by walks. Coach Bob Rumbolt said the team took advantage of a hefty amount of free passes and scored with runners on base.
It was the final regular season game, the postseason will get underway later in the week.
KEENE, N.H. -- North Adams clipped a five-run deficit in half thanks to a two-run homer off the bat of Cody Doyle, but that would be the closest the visitors would come, as host Keene held on late to complete a Saturday sweep with a 6-3 win over the SteepleCats in an NECBL Western Division doubleheader.
Falling two games back under .500 on the year, the SteepleCats (10-12) enjoy back-to-back off days before retuning to the diamond on Tuesday at first-place Vermont.
Keene pounded SteepleCat starter Mark Reece for five earned runs over four innings to set the tone early, as Brian O’Grady led the home side with three hits in the late game. Daniel Nichols pounded a two-run homer, while Dylan Moore also finished with two hits.
That was more than enough to back starter Nick Neumann, who went five innings and surrendered just two runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking none during that span.
Owning a 10-9 edge in hits in the late game, North Adams saw Doyle lead the side with two RBI, while junior Joe Landi and sophomore Vinny Zarrillo led the way with two hits apiece.
Down by five runs, Landi led off the sixth with a single to left took second on an error. But Doyle did not wait long against new reliever Jordan Simons, blasting his first homer of the season, cutting Keene’s lead in half to 6-3.
That was the closest the SteepleCats would pull to within, as Connell worked around a hit and a stolen base to shut the door in the seventh.
In Game 1, Keene got out to a quick lead and then put the game out of reach with a five-run fourth inning.
Daniel Bick and Jacob Huckabay led the offensive charge for North Adams, each getting two hits a piece in the 8-2 loss.
The double header was the last time Bryan Adamski will manage the SteepleCats. He resigned after the contest to take on the head coaching job at Trinity College.
After a pair of off days, the SteepleCats return to action at Vermont on Tuesday. First pitch from Montpelier Recreation Field is set for 6:30 p.m.