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Berkshire Force 16s Beat Greylock Thunder for CRA Tourney Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:09PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
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DALTON, Mass. -- Sunday was graduation day at Pine Grove Park.   Not the cap-and-gown and valedictory address variety. But it was a day for goodbyes for some members of the Berkshire Force travel softball program, which played its last 16-and-under tournament of the season.   And went out in style.   Mia Alfonso went 3-for-3 with a home run, a triple and four RBIs, and Kiki Carrigan struck out six while allowing just three hits and pitching the Force to a 10-1 win over the Greylock Thunder in the championship game of the 10th annual Dalton CRA Softball Tournament.   Alfonso, a rising sophomore at Pittsfield High, is one of the younger players on the team with a couple of

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15s Bow Out, 13s and 14s Advance at Regionals
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09:02PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball 15-year-old All-Stars Sunday saw their season come to an end with a 15-2 loss to Keene, N.H., in the New England Regional at Bullens Field.   The New Hampshire state champions pounded out 12 hits and put the game away with an eight-run sixth inning, handing Pittsfield its third loss in three games of pool play.   "Although the results not what we wanted or expected, we played three very solid teams and very good baseball," Pittsfield manager Bryon Sherman said. "We had a tough draw, but we gave away some outs and at bats.   "That said, we played until the last out each game."   Keene scored

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Berkshire Force 10U Squad Uses Big First Inning to Claim Title
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08:20PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
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DALTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under team Sunday scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first en route to a forfeit win in the title game of the 10th annual Dalton CRA Softball Tournament.   Mia DeJesus earned a perfect game of sorts, striking out the side in the top of the first.   After the Force rolled to its big inning in the bottom of the frame, its opponents from Latham, N.Y., threw in the towel and went home.   A.J. Pelkey and Madison Barber each had a pair of hits in the tournament-winning rally.   Earlier in the day, Pelkey hit a two-run homer in the Force' 8-0 win over Chatham, N.Y., to get to the title game.   Sunday's tournament win was

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Holden Tops Pittsfield Americans in State Sectional Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:45PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- It is a sign of how good this Pittsfield Little League American Division All-Stars team is that it took a three-run sixth inning to extinguish all hope in an eventual 8-0 season-ending loss on Sunday afternoon.   But Holden got that three-spot, in part because of a two-run single by Sam Perry, to wrap up a convincing win in the championship game of the Section 1 10- to 12-year-old Massachusetts tournament.   Until he singled to right to cap that three-run rally, a dangerous Americans team was still very much alive -- even with just three outs remaining.   “Because this team -- they always fight, they don’t give up,” Pittsfield coach Matt

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Pittsfield Nationals Edged in 8/10 Little League State Semis
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09:38AM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
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SALEM, Mass. -- Despite the scorching 90-plus degree temperatures, the Pittsfield National and Mansfield 8-10 Year Old All-Star teams played their hearts out on Saturday at O’Grady Field.   Mansfield came out on top with a 3-1 win, advancing to Sunday's state championship game.   "It’s sad that our adventure has come to an end, but I couldn’t be more proud of the teamwork and heart these 12 boys showed in the month and a half we had them together," Pittsfield Nats coach Mark Socie said.   Mansfield struck early scoring a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning.   Gio Scarpellini of Mansfield and Connor Paronto of Pittsfield

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Softball Stars Beat the Heat at Dalton CRA Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
05:59PM / Saturday, July 20, 2019
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DALTON, Mass. -- Overheard on Saturday morning in the Berkshire Thunder dubout at Pine Grove Park: "Oh my God, it's hot."   And it was.   Maybe not quite as hot as the weatherman had predicted, but it was sticky. And everyone had their own approach to beating the heat at the 10th annual Dalton CRA Softball Tournament.   Some brought pop-up tents. Most enjoyed time at the cooling stations set up by the CRA staff. One program -- from the Pioneer Valley -- decided to skip the event altogether. The Thunder stormed to a three-inning win to get off the field as fast as possible.   The Berkshire Force and ACS Swat 16-and-under teams? They decided to play a game

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Pittsfield 14s Rally Past N.H. Champs at Babe Ruth Regional Tourney
05:56PM / Saturday, July 20, 2019
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ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Will Kinne scored on a two-out error in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie and send the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars on to a 7-6 win over Nashua, N.H., on Saturday at the New England Regional Championships.   The winning rally started when Jake Hall drew a leadoff walk. He was eventually erased trying to score from third on a ground ball, but Kinne already had reached on the second Nashua error of the inning.   Kinne went to third on Nick Guachione's two-out single and scored when Collin Merwin reached on an error.   Tyler Gaudette retired the side in the order in the top of the seventh to earn the win after going to the hill in

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Pittsfield 12-Year-Olds Earn Walkoff Win in Little League Sectional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:27PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Dave Wildgoose ripped a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth to score Anthony Hill Friday and give the Pittsfield Little League American Division All-Stars a 5-4, come-from-behind win over Agawam in the 12-year-old sectional tournament.   Cam Harrington and Mitch Hall each singled in the seventh-inning rally, which started with the visitors clinging to a 4-3 lead at Deming Park.   "I just tell them to stay confident," Pittsfield manager Matt Stracuzzi said. "We're a confident team, and I just keep preaching to those guys: Just be confident. Don't get down on yourselves.   "Just because we're down a run or two, it

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Braintree Blanks Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15s at Regional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:04PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The best thing that could be said about the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars' New England Regional opener is that it was just the first game of pool play.   But that was not the only positive to take away from a 4-0 loss to Braintree at Bullens Field.   The biggest other positive may be that despite 10 walks and four Pittsfield errors, the team only gave up four runs, all in the top of the second.   Pittsfield pitchers Sam Sherman, Stevie Zuccalo and Mike Zwinglestein stranded 13 runners to help keep the team in the ballgame.   Another plus to take going into Saturday's 2 p.m. matchup with the Rhode Island State

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Rally to Beat Plymouth at New England Regional
08:32PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
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ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Tyler Gaudette tripled in two runs in a six-run top of the seventh as the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars came from behind to earn a 9-5 win over Plymouth on Friday to open the New England Regional.   Pittsfield went to its last at-bat trailing 5-3.   Chase Doyle and Matt Lee got the rally started with back-to-back doubles that got Pittsfield within one run.   Lee then tied the score when Will Kinne reached on an error attempting to bunt him to third.   Nick Guachione singled, and Chase Racine walked ahead of Collin Merwin's sacrifice fly to score Racine and give Pittsfield a 6-5 lead.   Gaudette tripled to center to score a couple

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