10U Berkshire All-Stars win Cal Ripken district title

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On Saturday the 10U Berkshire All-Stars won the Cal Ripken 10U All-Star Districts for the second straight year.

Led by manager Mike Massery and coaches Shari Butler and Jeff Dingman, the Berkshire All-Stars had two straight wins over Pownal, Vt. in a best-of-three series.

In Game 1 on Friday, the Berkshire All-Stars took the lead in the series with a 9-1 win. Max Shepardson and Tyler Carlson pitched well to help the defense. Berkshire took the lead early on with solid hitting. In the last inning Pownal advanced runners to first and second with no outs. The next batter hit a line drive to third baseman Tyler Carlson, who caught the ball and threw to second for a double play. On the mound, Griffin McElroy struck out the final batter to get the last out of the game.

Game 2 was much tighter, and ended up going two extra innings. In the eighth inning, the Berkshire All-Stars held off Pownal and brought in the final run to win the game 8-7. The Berkshire All-Stars had excellent pitching again, and key hits by Shepardson and Emile Miller. Miller went 3 for 3 with a sac fly to help the Berkshire offense. Kyle Kelly pitched in relief and Damenacoe Conway pitched the final inning to slam the door on Pownal.

Michael Butler, who was the starting pitcher, also helped with key hits. Tyler Bartini might have made the play of the game, snagging a fly ball in center field in the eighth to keep Pownal from pushing a run across.

In the bottom of the eighth, Griffin McElroy drove in Bartini for the win.

Massery was full of praise for Pownal after the game.

"Pownal is a very talented team," he said. "They played well. Game 2 could have gone either way."

Of his team, Massery said: "I am very proud of our Berkshire All-Stars. They have been working hard and are all incredibly focused. This is a great group of boys that I am honored to coach."

The team will advance to the Western Mass. state tournament in Westminster beginning July 1.


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