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Dalton CRA Softball Tournament Draws Dozens of Teams to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:43PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton CRA Invitational Softball Tournament has grown four-fold in nine years, and there is one reason why.   "The biggest thing is just the volunteers," CRA Director of Recreation Dustin Belcher said. "I have an incredible committee of people who really give so much time and effort -- most of them do not have kids playing this weekend, but they've been here since their kids started, and they've kind of stuck it out.   "They've focused on all the other stuff so I can focus on recruiting and getting teams here."   It is a 15-person committee that helps Belcher stage the event, which got under way on Friday night and

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SteepleCats Drop Another Close One At Home
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
09:28PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —What started off as a pitching duel turned quickly into a classic Friday night offensive matchup at Joe Wolfe Field.

In their second of three meetings over the next five games, the Upper Valley Nighthawks drove down from Vermont on Friday to face off against the SteepleCats in North Adams. After the Nighthawks held a 1-0 lead for five innings, both squad’s offense broke out, eventually leading to the Nighthawks holding on for a 6-4 win on the road.

Amherst College’s Davis Brown started the night on the mound for the SteepleCats for his fourth appearance in the NECBL. However, The Nighthawks took advantage of Brown in the top of the 1st as the

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Berkshire Community College Breaks Ground for Turf Field Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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The project is already underway and is expected to be completed in six weeks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Friday night lights will shine a bit brighter in the county.   Berkshire Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new turf field sports complex on its campus. In just six weeks, the county will have a top-notch sports facilities for youth football, soccer, lacrosse, and more for both day and night play.    "This is a community asset, not a Berkshire Community College asset. This field is about bringing together families, athletes, future athletes, and kids just trying out sports to come up here and play on this field and feel this is their field.

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SteepleCats Welcome Pedro Sierra To Joe Wolfe Field On Sunday
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
08:43AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As the New England Collegiate Baseball League season nears its end, the North Adams SteepleCats will welcome former Negro League and Major League Baseball player Pedro Sierra as a special guest at their last Sunday home game of the season on July 22nd.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1938, Sierra joined the Negro Leagues at age 16 as a member of the Indianapolis Clowns in 1954. The following three years Sierra spent time on the Detroit Stars, one of the four remaining Negro League teams at the time. As the Stars didn’t have a stadium of their own, they played in Briggs Stadium, the home of the Detroit Tigers, when that team was on the road.

While records of

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100th Game Saturday in LaFesta Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of the many supporters of the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, none comes up in conversation with co-founder George Canales more than former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.   So it was particularly concerning to Canales when the five-term mayor was AWOL in the moments leading up to the 2003 game in the North End.   "I said to [Boston's] John Romano, who started the exchange with me, 'Where's Mayor Menino?' " Canales recalled this week. "And he said, 'Don't worry. He'll be here.'   "All of a sudden, an ambulance came onto the field. They opened the back, and Mayor Menino came out on a

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SteepleCats Come Up Short In Winnipesaukee
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:48PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
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LACONIA, NH. —It seems as if it’s come to the point in the season where the SteepleCats have thrown everything but the kitchen sink from the mound.

For their last meeting of the season, the Winnipesaukee Muskrats hosted the North Adams SteepleCats on Thursday night in a battle of northern division squads. The SteepleCats, low on arms, had three position players take the hill in what turned out to be a high scoring contest where the Muskrats held off a 9th inning rally by North Adams for a 9-8 victory.

Unlike the SteepleCats game prior against the Upper Valley Nighthawks, the offensive production began right away for both teams. After outfielder Greg Cavaliere reached on a walk,

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Vidal Leads McCann Tech Boys to OT Win in Giorgi League
09:24PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keeghan Vidal scored 24 points Thursday to lead the McCann Tech boys basketball team to a 54-53, overtime win over Hoosac Valley in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League at Noel Field.   Vidal grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a shot, and Lucas Jamros scored 14. Bruce Davis had a double-double for the Hornets with 11 points and 10 rebounds.   Hoosac Valley was led by Casey Meczywor with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Izaha Stubbs with 10 points.   In Thursday's other high school boys division game, Scott McGuire and Reece Racette each scored 21 points to lead Drury to a 73-63 win over Mount Greylock.   McGuire pulled down 10 rebounds, and

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Big Weekend Ahead At Joe Wolfe Field
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
10:45AM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —As the summer edges closer to its final month, Joe Wolfe Field is jammed full of great summer baseball action this weekend for the whole family to enjoy.

Starting on Friday, the North Adams SteepleCats return home to take on the Upper Valley Nighthawks at 6:30 PM. The SteepleCats look to get back on track as they hope to make a final playoff push in the last few weeks of the season.

Then beginning on Saturday, a North Adams staple in the 28th annual LaFesta Baseball Exchange holds its first game at 6 PM pitting local youth against those from the North End of Boston. As many from around the area have fond memories from playing in the exchange, Saturday’s game

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LaFesta Legacy: North Adams Boy to Follow Father in Annual Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Peter Greenbush cannot tell you the scores of his games in the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, and that's not just because the games were played a quarter-century ago.   "I honestly remember it like it was yesterday," Greenbush said this week. "The field in Boston sits right on the bay there. It's an unmistakable right field fence that's 50 feet high. I remember the food they cooked for us, the parade they did for us.   "When they came up here, I remember eating tons of food here and developing friendships and bonds with kids who had never seen grass before, let alone the mountains.   "It's something that at 13

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Tony's, Teddy's Earn Giorgi League Wins
11:13PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Morgan Dauk scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds Wednesday to lead Tony's Electric/The Print Shop/Flynn & Dagnoli to a 46-34 win over Williamstown Physical Therapy in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Emily Peckham added eight points and collected 13 rebounds in the win.   Jenna Benzinger had a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards for WPT.   In Wednesday's other game, Peyton Steinman scored 18 points, and Hollie Steinman had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards as Teddy's Pizza picked up a 48-31 win over the Hoosac wWomen.   McKenzie Robinson scored 11, and Madi Ryan had nine for Hoosac.   On

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