NORTH ADAMS — With one game left to go in the regular season, the North Adams SteepleCats still have a shot at home field for the beginning of the NECBL playoffs.
The SteepleCats fell to Winnipesaukee 4-3 on Sunday in their regular-season home finale, dropping the SteepleCats into a tie with the Valley Blue Sox for the No. 2 seed in the Northern Division. The Sanford Mainers are in first and are three games up over both sides in the division.
The SteepleCats travel to Sanford, Maine Monday to face the Mainers, while the Blue Sox host Winnipesaukee.
In the loss Sunday, the Muskrats scored all four of their runs before the SteepleCats recorded one. Winnipesaukee scored two in the first, then added runs in the third and fourth to get just enough of a cushion. The SteepleCats rallied for a run in the seventh and two in the eighth, but with the tying run on third Noah Vaughan struck out to end the eighth, and the SteepleCats went 1-2-3 in the ninth to end it.
Jack Rupe started and took the loss, going five innings and striking out three on six hits. Only two of the four runs were earned.
At the plate, Vaughan went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Easton Johnson finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI.
CONGDON WINS BERKSHIRE HILLS SINGLES TITLE
PITTSFIELD >> Rain wiped out the third day of the Berkshire Hills Singles Championship at Berkshire Hills Country Club, making Andy Congdon this year's champion after Congdon finished the second round in first place.
Congdon, of Wyantenuck Country Club, repeats as the champion after shooting a 1-over-par 145. The win is Congdon's fifth Berkshire Hills Singles title overall.
Joe Grochmal, another Wyantenuck member, finished at 2-over 146 for second place, and the trio of Mike Arter, Berkshire Hills' Randy Driscoll and Donnie Troy finished in a three-way tie with 149.
Congdon ended up with the win after an excellent back nine on Saturday. After shooting a 3-over 40 on the front nine, Congdon hit four birdies on the back side to card a 4-under 33.
Grochmal finished in second after a second-round 74 that featured matching 37s on the front and back nine. Grochmal stayed close to Congdon with three birdies on Saturday.
Berkshire Hills Singles Championship
1. Andy Congdon, 145. 2. Joe Grochmal, 146. T3. Mike Arter, 149. T3. Randy Driscoll, 149. T3. Donnie Troy, 149. 6. James Welsh, 150. T7. Jeff Puleri, 151. T7. Adam Brickle, 151. T9. Steve Quillinan Jr., 152. T9. Jim Mueller, 152. T9. Mark Chylinski, 152.