|SteepleCats Bring Local Talent Back To The Berkshires|
|By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats|
11:31AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
|Matt Koperniak slides into third for Trinity College.|
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While the SteepleCats come into the 2018 season with a new look and all new players, the roster does feature some local talent looking to make their mark at Joe Wolfe Field.
One of these players, Matt Koperniak, has already seen plenty of Joe Wolfe Field, as the Hoosac Valley High School star formerly took to the diamond against rival Drury High School who called the field home. Matt comes to the SteepleCats after his sophomore season at Trinity College, where the infielder led Trinity with 47 hits, 75 total bases, a .620 slugging percentage, a .483 on-base percentage, five home runs, and a .388 batting average. Feeling great about his opportunity to play top-level baseball so close to home, Matt was also recently named to the 2018 D3Baseball.com All-New England Region Third Team.
Other local players bringing their talents back to Western Massachusetts include Hadley’s Evan Delaney of New England College, a former Northern Atlantic Conference Baseball Player of the Year who hit .328 with five home runs in his junior season, and Sacred Heart’s Stephen Thibault of Southwick, who compiled 40 hits and 26 RBIs for the Pioneers in his sophomore season. From nearby Troy, NY, pitcher Demitri Murray also represents local talent looking to gain experience this summer playing in the NECBL.
While not from the area, players Alex Rodriguez and Greg Cavaliere have garnered plenty of experience playing in the region. Rodriguez, a catcher for Trinity College, comes into this season as an NECBL veteran after winning the league championship with the Valley Blue Sox of Holyoke last year. Cavaliere, hailing from the University of Rhode Island, played last season with the nearby Pittsfield Suns of the Futures League, getting a feel for the baseball environment in the Berkshires.
Come see this local talent in action at the 22 home games this season at Joe Wolfe Field. First pitch for Monday through Saturday games is at 6:30 and for Sunday games it is at 4:30. Buy your tickets at www.steeplecats.org or at the Ticket Booth one hour before game time.