NORTH ADAMS — The North Adams SteepleCats put on a show for their home fans on the Fourth of July, blowing out Upper Valley 12-1 at Joe Wolfe Field. The announced attendance for the holiday game was 5,162.
The SteepleCats (12-9) got steady production throughout the game, scoring multiple runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before exploding for five runs in the eighth.
John Mazza produced the most pop at the plate, going 2 for 4 with four RBI and a walk. Mazza had a two-run double in the fifth and a two-run single in the eighth. Edward Haus went 1 for 2 with two runs batted in and three walks in the win, including a third-inning, two-run double that started the scoring.
Noah Vaughan also had a pair of hits, going 2 for 5 and driving in a run with an eighth-inning double.
Ryan Tapp took the win, going six innings and striking out six on four hits. Patrick Ryan, Kyle Mora and Tim Fallon all pitched an inning each in relief.
Upper Valley's Ryan Takacs took the loss, going four innings and giving up four hits and four runs — three earned — on four walks and four strike outs. Walker Grisanti drove in Upper Valley's lone run in the ninth, hitting an RBI single with two outs.
Cal Ripken Baseball
BERKSHIRE ALL-STARS FALL IN 10U TOURNAMENT
The Berkshire All-Stars run through the Cal Ripken 10U Western Mass. State Tournament ended with a loss to Hudson.
Berkshire kept itself alive in Game 3 with an 8-6 win over Ayer-Shirley in extra innings, but in Game 4 Berkshire succumbed to a 19-10 defeat.
In the Game 4 loss, Berkshire came out hot and went up 9-2 after three innings. Ultimately, though, Hudson got back in the game and took control behind three home runs, one of which was a grand slam.
"We battled until the last out," Berkshire manager Mike Massery said in an email. "I am very proud of each one of these kids."
Kyle Kelly paced the offense with a 3 for 3 effort at the plate, including a double and two runs batted in. Dameneco Conway, Michael Butler, Emile Miller and Tyler Carlson each had two hits.
In the Game 3 win, Berkshire gout out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh when catcher Butler made a diving catch in foul territory. In the top of the eighth, Conway drove in Griffin McElroy and Mason Abdalla to score the winning runs. Max Shepardson closed the game out on the mound. Shepardson, McElroy and Abdalla all had two hits.
Hudson will play Northampton in the championship game Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.