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June 06. 2013 9:34PM

NHIAA Baseball: Perkins leads Pittsfield into Div. IV final

Jed Eastman drove in two runs to lead third-ranked Pittsfield to a 6-2 Division IV semifinal baseball victory over second-ranked Colebrook Thursday at Plymouth State University. Pittsfield advanced to the state final to meet top-ranked Littleton on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

Pittsfield starting pitcher Kris Perkins set the tone by pitching four scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run for 40 straight innings. He was pulled from the game after the Panthers established a 5-0 lead.

Perkins scored the first two runs of the game. In the second inning, Jed Eastman plated Perkins with a sacrifice fly and in the fourth inning, Eastman drove Perkins in again with a base hit.

Later in the game for the Panthers, Max Tuttle, Brandon Smith and Wes Ward each collected an RBI.

Pittsfield ended up with 10 hits.

“We’ve been getting great pitching and it starts with Kris (Perkins),” said Pittsfield coach Rob Stockman. “We reached the semifinals last year and we came back with a battle-tested team. We respect Littleton. They’re 16-3 for a reason and they have a team that hits the ball well. We’re expecting a tough game and we have to play well to win.”

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