WESTFIELD – Westfield was outhit 11-1, committed six errors, and ultimately lost to Pittsfield by a score of 13-1 in the championship game of the Babe Ruth 14-year-old State Tournament at Bullens Field on Saturday.
Not much went right for Westfield, which didn’t get its first baserunner until the fifth inning and its first hit until the sixth – a single by Carlos Rodriguez.
“It’s one of those things where it’s just not your day,” Westfield Manager Jim Cloutier said. “When you have more errors than hits, you’re gonna lose that baseball game…today
was just not our day.”
Pittsfield only had a 1-0 lead after three innings but rose up for three runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth to take a commanding 5-0 lead. It added a run in the sixth to make the score 6-1, but things fell apart for Westfield in the seventh, as Pittsfield batted through its order and scored seven runs on five hits and three costly Westfield errors to put the game out of reach.
While Pittsfield’s bats were hot, starting pitcher Patrick Rindfuss was equally as impressive. The right-hander sat down the first 13 batters he faced before issuing a walk to Alex LaCourse, who would score Westfield’s only run on a sac fly by Dylan Arooth following a pair of wild pitches.
“We actually ran into (Rindfuss) last year, and he was good then too,” Cloutier said. “He’s got great velocity, he’s got a great curveball, and he just kept us off balance. They played some great defense too, so that made it even tougher.”
Left fielder Nick Hall led the hit parade for Pittsfield, reaching base four times while going 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Right fielder Jonathan Monahan had a triple, two RBIs, three runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases – while Shane Bernardo (double, RBI, run); Steve Zuccalo (hit, two RBIs, run); Owen Kroboth (hit, RBI, run, stolen base); Michael Britten (hit, run); Luke Mele (hit, RBI, run); Mike Zwingelstein (hit, run); and even Rindfuss (two hits, run, walk) all contributed at the dish as well.
While it wasn’t the outcome Westfield had hoped for, Cloutier said he told his players to keep their heads up high despite the loss.
“I just tried to tell them how proud I am of them for getting to where they are from where they were,” Cloutier said. “They’re just great kids, they really are, and I’m gonna miss them. They battled, and I’m proud of them.”