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Pittsfield 12-Year-Olds Open Little League State Tourney with Shutout Win
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12:29PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
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GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- Sebastian Herrara went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles at the plate and contributed to a shutout effort on the mound as the Pittsfield Little League American Division 12-year-old All-Stars started the state tournament with a 4-0 win over Peabody on Thursday night.   Herrara hit a two-out double in the first and scored on Keven Konefal's single to give Pittsfield all the offense it needed.   In the third, Christian Barry reached on an error, and Cam Blake singled ahead of doubles by Herrera and Konefal as Pittsfield extended its lead to 3-0 after a rain delay.   In the fifth, Cam Blake singled and scored to make it 4-0.   Herrera got the start on

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Longtime Wahconah Coach John Kovacs Hangs Up His Whistle
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Friday, July 30, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. — For more than three decades, John Kovacs has been doing right by the Wahconah boys soccer program.   That includes his decision this summer to step down as the varsity head coach.   "For me, it was timing," Kovacs said on Thursday. "The passion is still there, but the energy … I'm not able to give what the kids need. I said to myself, 'The program is a great program. It needs new blood and new energy.'"   "I'm no longer a good fit, and I'm OK with that. I've been there so long, and it's wonderful. It just needs new blood."   "Wonderful" could be an understatement, if the

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Fall One Short of World Series
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:46PM / Thursday, July 29, 2021
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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Norwalk, Conn.’s, Chase DePalma started Thursday’s Babe Ruth 13-year-old New England Regional championship game with a strikeout.   He ended it seven innings later with his second strikeout of the game.   In between, DePalma served up a steady diet of ground ball outs and held the Pittsfield 13s to just three hits in leading the Connecticut state champions to a 8-0 win and a berth in next month’s World Series in Jamestown, N.Y.   DePalma needed to throw just 76 pitches in the complete-game gem. In the fifth inning, he threw just seven, and in the sixth, he needed just four in a pair of 1-2-3 efforts.   “I think it’s a

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Inspect Boxwood Shrubs for Invasive Box Tree Moths
04:11PM / Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) urge anyone in Massachusetts who may have purchased boxwood shrubs this spring to check the plants for signs of box tree moths.   MDAR has received notification from APHIS that a number of nurseries within the Commonwealth received Canadian boxwood plants that were potentially infested with box tree moths.    Box tree moths are an invasive pest that feed on the leaves of boxwood shrubs and can cause complete defoliation, eventually killing the plant. While state and federal inspectors have not found any signs

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Berkshire County Communities Receive Trail Project Funding
04:00PM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $4 million in grant funding to support 52 trail projects across the Commonwealth as part of the MassTrails Grant Program.    The grants will assist the construction, maintenance, and improvements for a variety of public trails across the Commonwealth, including hiking trails, bikeways, and shared-use paths.    "Massachusetts has a vast network of public trails which connect communities and regions together, providing recreation, exercise, and tremendous access to the natural world, and this funding offers an excellent opportunity to continue building and expanding that network and support new

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Go Undefeated in Pool Play at Regional
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02:48PM / Monday, July 26, 2021
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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars went to the New England Regional as the best team in Western Massachusetts.   On Monday morning, they proved they can play with any team in the commonwealth.   Simon Mele struck out nine in a complete-game, 11-1 win over Eastern Massachusetts Champion Norfolk at Billy Bullens Field.   The win gives the Pittsfield 13s a 3-0 record in pool play and a bye in the first round of knockout play that gets underway on Tuesday. Pittsfield will play the winner of a Tuesday quarter-final on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a berth in Thursday's regional final.   Mele allowed three hits, three walks and one earned run

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Dominates in Greenfield
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11:19PM / Sunday, July 25, 2021
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GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team won the Mid-Summer Storm Tournament this weekend with a record of 5-1.   The Force beat the Webster Wrath, 13-0 in the semi-finals and the Western Mass Heat, 12-0, in the finals.   This week, the Force 12U squad goes to Windsor, Conn., for the Fast Pitch Nation Summer Nationals.   Team members include Madison Barber, Mariah Barnes, Mia Dejesus, Kylie Duhamel, Madeline Harrington, Evelyn Julieano, Grace Julieano, Gionnah Levardi, A.J. Pelkey, Jianna Kruger, Ella Stodden, and Bella Tart.    

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Pittsfield 15s Win to Stay Alive at Babe Ruth Regional
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08:41PM / Sunday, July 25, 2021
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TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Brayden Gutzmer drove in a pair of runs at the plate and threw four strong innings on the mound Sunday as the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars won a do-or-die game to advance out of pool play at the New England Regional.   Gutzmer's two-run infield single in the bottom of the second was all the offense Pittsfield needed in a 2-1 win over Vermont Champion Three Corners.   Pittsfield and Three Corners both started 0-2 in the four-team Pool A with three teams from each pool advancing to the knockout round that gets under way on Monday.   Antonio Scalise started the winning rally with a walk, and Tommy Mullin reached on a fielders choice. Both

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Pittsfield 10-Year-Olds Come Back, Walk Off with Little League State Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:55PM / Sunday, July 25, 2021
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ANDOVER, Mass. -- How big was Matthew Keegan for the Pittsfield Little League American Division 10-year-old All-Stars in Sunday’s 9-8, come-from-behind victory in the State Championship game?   Asked to comment on a big at-bat by Keegan in the second inning, Pittsfield Manager B.J. Jefferson misheard and jumped straight to a big at-bat by Keegan in the seventh.   The former was Pittsfield’s first hit of the game and sparked a five-run rally to tie the game. The latter produced the baserunner who scampered home on a wild pitch to give the Americans the extra-inning victory over Swansea and the ultimate prize for 10-year-old Little Leaguers in the commonwealth.   In

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Pittsfield Little League 10-Year-Olds Reach State Title Game
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10:41PM / Saturday, July 24, 2021
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ANDOVER, Mass. -- Cooper Reed struck out 12 in 5-1/3 innings of work and Jack Wendling drove in a pair of runs Saturday as the PIttsfield Little League American Division 10-year-old All-Stars defeated Andover, 4-2, in the state semi-finals.   The Pittsfield Americans moved on to the state title game, set for noon on Sunday against either Melrose or Swansea, who met later on Saturday.   Pittsfield scored all its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead.   Aiden Arseneau got things started with a leadoff walk. Reed then reached on an error.   With two out, Brennan Lyon was hit by a pitch, and Alec Houghtaling reached on a walk to drive in Arseneau with

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