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Scientific Evidence Unclear on Risk of Artificial Turf Fields
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From excessive heat to scrapes to cancer, the latest generation of artificial turf has been accused of being a safety risk that is unacceptable for use on athletic fields like the one being contemplated at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Even proponents of the turf will concede the first two points, admitting that "turf burn" abrasions are a real and that synthetic surfaces do get hotter than natural grass.   But reports of higher cancer incidences among athletes with long-term exposure to synthetic surfaces are highly anecdotal and do not stand up to scientific scrutiny, proponents say. And the health benefits of a

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Berkshire Force Teams Stay Alive in World Series Consolation Brackets
10:37PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under team Wednesday earned a convincing win to stay alive in the consolation bracket at the Babe Ruth World Series.   The Force dropped into the "Diamond Bracket" earlier in the day when it lost, 19-0, against Jefferson Parish (La.) West.   The Berkshire squad bounced back with a 10-0 win over Auburn, Maine, in an elimination game.   That sent the Force 12U squad to Thursday morning's rematch against the Maderia Beach (Fla.) Riptide; on Tuesday, the Force beat Mederia Beach in their pool play opener.   The Berkshire Force 10U team started its Wednesday with a win, beating the Arma (Kan.) Bulldogs, 11-1, but

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins Bracket Play Opener at World Series
11:33PM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
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JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under and 10U softball teams each opened pool play with a win on Tuesday at the Babe Ruth World Series.   The 12U squad, which went 2-2 in pool play, opened bracket play with an 8-7 win over the Mederia Beach (Fla.).   On Wednesday morning, the Force will have a rematch against Jefferson Parish (La.) West, which on Tuesday morning handed the Force a 2-0 loss in pool play.   The Berkshire 10 squad played two bracket play games on Tuesday.   It opened with a 5-4 win over Summit Point, W.Va., but fell to Duplin County, N.C., 9-0.   The Force 10U team will be back in action on Wednesday in the double-elimination

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Berkshire Force 10U, 12U Teams Earn Wins at World Series
10:35PM / Monday, July 29, 2019
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JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under softball team Monday earned its first win in the Babe Ruth World Series.   The Force beat Sikeston, Mo., 11-0, to improve to 1-1 in pool play.   The Force 10U squad finishes pool play on Tuesday against Summit Point, W.Va., before the tournament shifts to bracket play.   In the 12U division, the Berkshire Force squad Tuesday rallied to a 6-5 win over Kingston, N.Y., to improve to 2-1 in pool play.   The Force 12s started their World Series run on Sunday with a 10-5 win over Litchfield, N.H.   The 12U squad started play Monday with a 4-1 loss to Clermont, Fla., before rallying in the evening to finish the day

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-Year-Olds Win New England Regional
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10:10PM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
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STAMFORD, Conn. -- Christian Salzarulo threw a complete-game three-hitter Thursday to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year-old All-Stars to a 7-1 win over Keene, N.H., in the championship game of the New England Regional Tournament.   The win sends Pittsfield to the Babe Ruth World Series, scheduled for Aug. 8-15 in Westfield.   Nick Brindle had two hits, drew a walk and scored twice in an eight-hit Pittsfield attack on Thursday.   It drew first blood in the second inning when Damon Pause walked, stole second, went to third on Tommy Mullin's single and stole home.   In the third inning, Brindle and Antonio Scalise single ahead of a bunt single by Owen

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Reach Regional Title Game; 15s Bow in Quarter-Finals
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08:35PM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Greater Portand, Maine, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, Wednesday to hand the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars a 7-6 defeat that ended Pittsfield's run in the New England Regional Championship.   Pittsfield had gone ahead, 6-4, with two runs in the top of the eighth when Matt Lee hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Guanchione, and Chase Racine doubled to right to score Tyler Gaudette.   It was a back-and-forth game all night in the first round of the six-team bracket play at the regional.   Pittsfield battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the sixth thanks to a Racine sac fly and a passed ball that allowed Lee

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Bayliss' No-Hitter Highlights BABL Week
11:15AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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Tight races abound in the Berkshire Adult Baseball league, where just one game in the loss column separates the top three teams in the over-35 division and the top two teams in the 20-year-old division.   A key game in the 35s comes on Sunday in Lenox, where the first-place Berkshire Thunder (9-2) takes on the third-place Berkshire Bandits (7-3).   The division's second-place team, the Adams Aces (7-2) has two games in the next five days, playing Tunnel City at Alcombright Field on Wednesday and the Greenridge Gremlins at the Dalton Legion field on Sunday.   Last week in the 35-year-old division, Jarrett Bayliss threw a no-hitter to lead the Dalton Moneymakers past the

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Post 68 Ousted by Greenfield in American Legion Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
12:25AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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WILBRAHAM, Mass. -- Things went wrong in a hurry for the Pittsfield Post 68 American Legion Baseball team in the late innings on Tuesday night.   But as his team slowly made its way into the gloaming at Spec Pond Recreation Area, coach Pat Bassi pivoted to thoughts of everything that went right in the program over the better part of a decade.   “A lot of these kids have played for me since they were 13, when I was still coaching Babe Ruth, so there’s a lot of history with us,” Bassi said after a 7-3 loss to Greenfield in the Western Massachusetts Senior Legion tournament.   “We just didn’t have it tonight.”   And Bassi knows what it is

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Pou's No-Hitter Lifts Force 12U to Dalton CRA Title
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:34PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
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DALTON, Mass - Sunday’s performance was exactly the sort of thing that Berkshire Force 12U coach Jess Glebus hoped for, at exactly the right time. Just days ahead of a big trip to Florida to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series, the Force earned the Dalton CRA Softball Tournament title with a 10-0 win over the Saratoga Thunder, at Pine Grove Park.   Amanda Pou threw a no-hitter and every batter in the lineup reached base to contribute in the victory. Only one Thunder player reached base, and she was quickly thrown out by catcher Issabelle Macdonald and she attempted to steal second.   “We played Chatham yesterday and we didn’t play well, but we came out today

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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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