Berkshire Force 16U Girls Win Babe Ruth Softball World Series Championship
The Berkshire Force (Massachusetts) 16U softball team started the Babe Ruth World Series with a pair of losses in pool play.
They finished with five straight wins, culminating in a 5-1 decision over WVAC-Debary (Florida) for the Babe Ruth World Series Championship.
After their winner’s bracket final game against Jensen Beach was postponed for one day, the Force won 6-4 to advance to the championship.
Then after waiting out the day and finally starting their championship game, the Force found themselves down 1-0 after a half inning.
In the bottom of the first, Toni Satrape hit a bunt single that plated Britney Perkett to tie the game. Then, in the third, the Force took the lead for good with a four-run inning.
In the frame, Perkett led off with a bunt single – the second of three on the day – and scored two batters later on a ground out from Hayley Tobin. Ashley Keegan came up next and hit a double that scored Elena Cerveira, Satrape followed that with a single and, after an error by Debary, Cerveira came around to make it 4-1.
That chased DeBary starter Kendall Walsh from the game. Marissa Adame came on in relief, but Erin Murphy welcomed her to the game with a hard-hit single through short that scored Satrape and made it 5-1.
From there, Keegan was nearly untouchable.
The Taconic pitcher faced just three batters in the fourth, four in the fifth, and three in the sixth. In the seventh, Debary got two runners on with one out, but Keegan slammed the door shut with two straight ground outs to end it.
Keegan had an efficient day, striking out three on five hits and one unearned run. She also went 1 for 3 at the plate with a run batted in.
Murphy went 1 for 3 with the run batted in. Perkett went 3 for 3 with two runs scored, and Satrape finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.