Having a blast

PITTSFIELD – Home plate was awash in a wave of blue jerseys when Westfield American swarmed home plate in the fourth inning to mob Kyle Scherpa, who had just launched a game-tying, two-run homer.
It was one of several feel good moments in Wednesday’s Little League Baseball 10-Year-Olds sectional opener at Clapp Park in Pittsfield. Pittsfield National won 8-2.

Teammates swarm at home plate to congratulate Kyle Scherpa on his game-tying, two-run homer against Pittsfield National in the fourth inning Wednesday at Clapp Park in Pittsfield. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Pittsfield jumped out to the game’s first lead when Nate Murphy drilled a two-run single to right field in the top of the first inning. Scherpa’s fourth-inning blast tied it 2-all.
Pittsfield National loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning, but reliever Jay Scherpa came back to strike out three consecutive batters to keep the game tied.
In the sixth inning, Pittsfield surged ahead.
Nate Murphy led off the sixth with a single, and sub Johnny Crawford walked to force the third of four pitching changes for Westfield American. Cal Lewis came off the bench to knock in the go-ahead run. An infield error loaded the bases. Another infield error and a wild pitch gave Pittsfield National a 5-2 lead. Adam Lazits followed with a three-run homer.
Westfield persevered as Caden Matuszczak singled, and Kyle Scherpa walked with one out. Pittsfield National matched the intensity, shutting down the attack for good.

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