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SteepleCats Lose Fourth Straight
09:08AM / Sunday, June 18, 2017
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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The North Adams SteepleCats could not overcome five errors on Saturday night, falling 3-1 to the Ocean State Waves at Old Mountain Field.   It was the fourth consecutive defeat for the SteepleCats, including the second straight away from home.   Ocean State took the initial lead in the bottom of the first inning. North Adams starter Ryan Tapp (UNC-Asheville) retired the first two Waves, but Randell Kanemaru (Columbia) hit his second home run of the season over the right field fence to give Ocean State a 1-0 advantage.   A home run for the SteepleCats tied the game in the top of the fourth. The leadoff hitter in the frame, Dillon Paulson (USC) clubbed

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National Advocacy Group Weighs in on Mascot Ban Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, June 17, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even as the Turners Falls Indians softball team, Grafton Memorial Indians boys lacrosse team and Taconic Braves baseball team vie for state championships on Saturday, there is a move afoot in Boston to make sure that those teams never take the field again … at least, not with those nicknames.   A longtime national discussion about the appropriateness of Native American-themed nicknames and mascots has reverberated this spring in the Bay State, where a bill on Beacon Hill would prohibit "the use of any Native American mascot by a public school in the Commonwealth."   The Pittsfield School Committee is considering taking action at the local

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SteepleCats Rally But Fall By One at Keene
09:46PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
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The North Adams SteepleCats rallied from a 5-1 deficit, but eventually fell 7-6 to the Keene Swamp Bats at Alumni Field in New Hampshire on Thursday night   The loss dropped North Adams to .500 on the season at 4-4.   Keene took the initial lead in the bottom of the first inning, thanks to four Swamp Bat hits. Tucker Bradley (Georgia) led off with a double, and was brought home by Dean Lockery (Central Connecticut State). North Adams starter Braxton Wilks (Abilene Christian) worked out of further damage, stranding the bases loaded.   One swing of the bat got the SteepleCats on the board in the top of the third, tying the ballgame. After flying out to deep center in the first,

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Current, Former SteepleCats Chosen in Major League Baseball Draft
11:04AM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
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Five former and one current North Adams SteepleCats were selected by Major League Baseball franchises in the 2017 entry draft.   These six players add to an already lenghty list of drafted SteepleCats, including nine who have advanced to the Big Leagues.   The first former SteepleCat to come off the board was 2015 catcher Rob Calabrese, who was drafted in the tenth round by the San Francisco Giants out of Illinois-Chicago. Calabrese, who hit .353 with eight home runs for UIC this season, played 35 games for the SteepleCats during the 2015 NECBL season. He scored 15 runs, clubbed eight doubles, and drove in nine runs. He was the highest drafted SteepleCat since JC Cardenas, who was

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Monroe Double-Double Helps Lift Team to Giorgi League Win
08:00AM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keshaun Monroe scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Wednesday to help Timeless Training to a 57-42 win over Lifting Standards in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Dahndray Sistrunk scored a game-high 17 points, and Travis rice scored 13 to go with eight boards in the win.   Robert Jutras scored 10 point, and Brett Denning had nine for Lifting Standards.   Central Radio defeated the North Adams Celtics, 54-26, in Wednesday's other game.   Jeff Braim led Central radio with 16 points while Todd Hunt added eight points and grabbed five rebounds.   Sam Jelmolino scored six, and Jake Ostrobinski added five for the

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'Cat Bats Shut Down by Muskrats
10:19PM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats were stymied by the pitching of the Winnipesaukee Muskrats on Wednesday night, losing 9-0 to the division rivals at Joe Wolfe Field.   The SteepleCats managed just four singles in the losing effort- one each from JJ Shimko (South Carolina Upstate), Eddie Haus (St. Mary's), Bryce Peterson (UCF) and Tyler Walters (Slippery Rock).   Winnipesaukee took the lead initially in the top of the second inning, thanks to a three-run home run from JD Andreessen (Monmouth). Tyler Bielamowicz (Houston) and Greg Ludwig reached on a single and a walk before the Muskrat catcher cleared the left field fence.   Sean Mazzio (Wagner) scored the

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Anastasio, Hall Lead Team to Giorgi League Win
08:28AM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Marco Anastasio scored 15 points and Avery Hall added 14 to lead Timeless Training to a 52-44 win over Moonlight Diner on Tuesday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   For Moonlight, Kahlil Paul scored 14, and Anthony Sims had 11 points and nine rebounds.   In Tuesday's other game, Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli defeated Frank Field Contracting, 80-50, behind 16 points from Dave Wellington.   Lawrence Carrier and Sedale Jones each scored 14, and Carrier had 12 rebounds.   For Frank Field, Nick Aitken scored a game-high 22 points, and Paul Oparowski had 14 points and nine boards.   Play continues Wednesday at Noel

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Errors Doom SteepleCats in Loss to Blue Sox
07:14AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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The North Adams SteepleCats suffered a home defeat for the first time in 2017 on Monday night, coming up two runs short in an 8-6 loss to the Valley Blue Sox at Joe Wolfe Field.   Three errors doomed the 'Cats, who also were outhit 14-7 by the visiting Blue Sox.   North Adams got off to a promising start, posting two runs in the bottom of the first. Eddie Haus (St. Mary's) started the SteepleCat offense with a walk and a stolen base, and JJ Shimko (South Carolina Upstate) followed with a single and a stolen base of his own. Tyler Walters (Slippery Rock) ripped his fourth double of the season to give North Adams the initial 2-0 lead.   Valley got a run back in the top

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North Adams' Giorgi League Tips Off 36th Year
09:03AM / Monday, June 12, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Steve Bopp scored 17 points, and Clayton Palmer added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Bopp's Home Improvement defeated the Celtics, 58-43, on Sunday's opening night in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Palmer also blocked four shots for Bopp's, which got 10 points and four rebounds from Mel Robinson.   Moe Mays scored seven for the Celtics.   Moresi & Associates opened the season with a 54-40 win over Maselli & Tanzman behind 15 points from Justin Girard and 14 points and 11 rebounds from Jamal Warren.   Brandon Mauer scored 11 and grabbed eight rebounds in the win.   Greg Vreeland led Pete's with 13

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First Place 'Cats Stymie Previously Undefeated Mountaineers
09:34PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats moved into first place in the NECBL Southern Division with a 4-1 victory over the Vermont Mountaineers at Joe Wolfe Field on Sunday afternoon.   The SteepleCats have now won back-to-back games since suffering their only defeat of the season.   A pair of home runs powered the biggest inning of the game for the 'Cats, a three-run fourth. JJ Shimko (South Carolina-Upstate) powered his first home run of the season over the right field wall to lead off the inning. The next batter, Dillon Paulson (USC), followed suit by belting his first home run of the season to right-center.   The offense didn't stop there, as Bryce

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