Perkins paces Pittsfield
Littleton's Freddie Vasquez, is unable to make a catch as Pittsfield's Wesley Ward gets a base hit, during the NHIAA Division IV Baseball Finals, held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Saturday. (THOMAS ROY / UNION LEADER)
Perkins came up just short with 14, which turned out to be plenty as the junior lefty pitched a two-hitter in a 5-1 win over the Crusaders for Pittsfield's first state title since 2001.
Perkins struck out the side in the first, third and fifth innings and didn't allow a hit until Mike Miller's single with one out in the sixth.
The Panthers added three runs in the sixth after loading the bases with nobody out. Wesley Ward led off with a single, Chris Farr singled and then Perkins laid down a perfect bunt that slowly rolled on the grass toward third base. Branden Smith drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and the Panthers added two more on singles by Jed Eastman and Colby Clark.
"He battled all day. We play a little bit better defense behind him today, maybe something works out a little bit better for us. We just had a couple plays that we normally make that we didn't make," Littleton coach A.J. Bray said. "Normally we score first. They scored first, put us on heels and with that pitcher throwing, it was going to be an uphill battle even to score two runs."