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PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the West End 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star team pose together for a photo in Virginia in their Mid-Atlantic All-Star uniforms. West End lost its opener to New England, 6-5, on Friday.

GLEN ALLEN, W.Va. – West End’s 13-year-old All-Star team dropped its Babe Ruth World Series opener Friday afternoon to New England Regional champion Pittsfield, 6-5, in Glen Allen, West Virginia.

The Babe Ruth World Series is a home-and-away tournament that runs through Saturday, August 20. West End takes on the state champions from Virginia today at 4pm in their second game.

West End jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead after the first inning, but Pittsfield slowly went to work again. Pittsfield scored twice in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-3 and then went ahead with three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. West End scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-5, but Pittsfield kept West End from tying the game in the sixth or seventh innings to secure the win.

“We were telling the kids to let them hang on to the ballgame. We’ve had opportunities before to have extended the lead and I think this team could have blown us away, but we let them.” Marc Hess, director of the West End, said. “We could not achieve the great success. We had guys on base at second and third, then we’d get a run. Things happen, it’s baseball.”

Both teams had six hits each.

LJ Miller, Zack Neill, Noah Kirby, Briar Persing, Trey Domschroder and Deshaun White collected hits for the West End. White had the team’s only extra-base hit when he hit a double.

But the key blow eluded West End in defeat.

“They also walked a lot of guys, we just couldn’t get the key hit with guys in scoring position the whole game. Even in that first inning, I think we had three or four runs and then with the bases loaded and one out, we just added one run.” Hess said. “We haven’t had that much success.”

Persing pitched 3 1/3 innings on the mound, recording seven strikeouts. Walks hurt the West End though as the Mid-Atlantic champions issued seven balls and one batter.

“At the end of the day, when they’re only hitting 50 percent of the time. We had too many pitches and we went too deep in the count.” Hess said, noting that Persing threw 73 pitches over 3 1/3 innings but allowed just one hit.”

However, Hess and West End are not stressing about losing their first game. He knows it’s a round robin and they’re still in good shape to advance after pool play.

“We’re still good, hopefully it wakes the kids up a bit,” Hess said. “It’s a round robin, we have to win two out of three of our last games, if not all three, but it’s not an elimination tournament.”

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