Berkshire County sports notes, July 17

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New England Baseball Hall of Fame

Two years in the planning, the New England Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its inaugural ceremony during the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9, as part of "Baseball Weekend in Pittsfield."

The first group to be inducted into the New England Baseball Hall of Fame will hail from Berkshire County. Over the next four years, the New England Baseball Hall of Fame will induct other greats, amateur and minor league, on a region-by-region basis, with Central Massachusetts being next.

The regional induction ceremonies will culminate in 2021 with the induction of New England baseball greats who went on to success in the major leagues. The 2021 event will include a reunion of all basketball and baseball inductees, as well as football inductees. Football will be introduced in 2019 and will follow the regional induction approach.

Eventually, the project will evolve into a New England Sports Hall of Fame with divisions covering virtually every sport. An important element of the Hall's mission will be to administer Scholar-Athlete programs for youth, encouraging educational excellence.

The Schedule — All events to be held at the Colonial Theatre. Organizers are planning a series of compelling activities on Sept. 8 and 9 at the Colonial Theatre. Activities will include a special gold medal induction ceremony for Berkshire County inductees and the world premiere of the play Shoeless Joe, based on the life of baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. The play will feature a renowned cast, with full play details announced in a forthcoming press release.

Selection of Pittsfield — The New England Baseball Hall of Fame Executive Committee selected Pittsfield as sight of the inaugural induction ceremony due to the region's historical link to baseball. The following Berkshire County baseball legends, all of whom have made a significant contribution to America's National Pastime, will be inducted. The categories are Player (P), Player Coach (PC), Contributor (C), Scout (S), Renaissance (R), and Cultural Icon (CI) in recognition of Normal Rockwell: Pasquale Arace (P), John Barbarotta (P), Larry Bossidy (P), Carl Boteze (P), Chris Barbarotta (P), Gary Barcher (P), Glenn Boyer (P), Pat Bassi (C), Al Belanger (PC), Tom Bowler (P), Terry Bishop (P), Joe Bonacquisti (C), Jack Brennan (P), Gene Curletti (P), Tim Carroll (P), Joe Costanzo (P), Dan Cariety (PC), Kevin Connolly (P), Don Cormier (P). Rocky Daley (P), Joe DiCicco (P), Dan DeSantis (P), Dick DiOrio (PC), Randy Driscoll (P), Bob Drury (P), David Eisenberg (P), Rick Flynn (P), David Fields (P), Chuck Garavaltis (P), Matt Gladu (PC), Paul Hermanski (P), Tom Hankey (PC), Kristen Huss (C), Mike Koperniak (P), Tim Kearns (P), Kevin Kinne (P), Dick Lenfest (PC), Keith Lovellette (P), Mike LaRochelle (P), William "Duke" Lahart (P), Billy Lahart (P), Sean McGrath (PC), Ed "Itch" McMahon (P), Charles Massaconi (P), Stephen Messina (PC), Rick Murphy (P), Jim Mazzer (PC), Tom McGrath (PC), Sean McMahon (P), Bob Moynihan (PC), Fran Majchrowski (PC), Bill Madden (P), Tom Mooney (S), Mickey Mahoney (P), Larry Moore (Renaissance Category.)

Brian O'Keefe (P), Lou Orazio (C), Peter Pellegrinelli (P), George "Buddy" Pellerin Jr. (PC), Paul Procopio (PC), Paul Pierce (P), Jeff Puleri (PC), Alex Pires (P), Tony Procopio (P), Tom Pia (P), Russ Quetti (P), Mike Quadrozzi (P), Geno Quirk (P).

Mark Ringie (P), Fran Reardon (PC), Tom Rizzo (PC), Paul Ricciarini (S), Norman Rockwell (CI), Shaun Sottile (P), Tony Simonelli (PC), Bill Stumpek (P), Paul Stockley (P), Jerry Sprague (P), Joe Sondrini (P). Dan Sullivan Category (P).

Glenn Tatro (P), Matt Torra (P), Brian Traversa (P), Ray Woitkowski (P), Mitch Wood (P), Armand Walger (P), Johnny Walker (P). Joe Zavattaro (PC).

Special Honorees — Renaissance Category: Fulbright Scholar Dr. Eileen M. Angelini, for her outstanding analysis of Jackie Robinson's impact on society. Buster Sheary Mentor Category: Paul Procopio, for his extraordinary mentorship of countless individuals, both youth and adult. Distinguished Achievement Category: UNICO of Pittsfield for its noteworthy support of innumerable worthy programs, including baseball.

Procopio Named Special Liaison — Inductee Paul Procopio will serve as Special Liaison to the inductees. Any inductee requiring information may contact Procopio at procopio1968@gmail.com.

Berkshire County Masters Soccer

Scores — July 13: Pittsfield 3, Williamstown 2. South County 3, North Adams 2. Green 3, Lenox 3.

Standings — Pittsfield Sideline 7-0-3, South County 7-2-1, Williamstown 4-5-1, Lenox 2-4-4, North Adams 1-5-4, Pittsfield Green 1-6-3.

Schedule — July 20, 6 p.m.: Williamstown vs. Green at Pine Cobble, Lenox vs. North Adams at Lenox High.

Holes in One

At Donnybrook Country Club in Lanesborough, Ashburnham's David Cormier registered a hole in one on No. 4. Cormier used an 8-iron and it was witnessed by someone named Ed on July 2.

Meanwhile, Nancy Crocker had a hole in one at Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington on No. 14. Crocker used a 5-iron on the par-3, 120-yard hole on July 10. It was witnessed by Liz Flynn, Sue Haddad and Kim Murdock.

Finally, at Bas Ridge Golf Course in Hinsdale, Nick Messana recorded a hole in one on No. 4 on July 15. Messana used a 4-iron from 280 yards away. It was witnessed by George Bolotin, Todd Bolotin and Chris Bolotin.

Varsity golf coach needed

McCann Tech is in need of a varsity golf coach for the coming fall season.

Send resume to Principal Justin Kratz at jkratz@mccanntech.org. For questions, call Athletic Director Robert Guettler at 413-663-5383 x172.

Deadline is July 28.

Canoe/Kayak/SUP Race

The 28th Annual Chocolate Bowl Canoe/Kayak/SUP Race will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Stockbridge Bowl. Registration is at the Boat Ramp at 5 p.m. The race will start at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $10 per paddler. Proceeds will be donated to the Stockbridge Bowl Association.

Racers should be sure that their boats are zebra mussel free. For further information, contact Gary Miller at 298-3411 (home) or 637-9760 (work).

Josh Billings Clinics

Paddle Clinic for canoes, kayaks and SUPs is on Wednesday, July 26 and on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Meet at the Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp at 6 p.m. and come prepared to paddle.

The Run Clinics are on Sunday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 9. Meet Shiobbean and Kent from the Berkshire Running Center at 8 a.m. at the main gate of Tanglewood and you will be running the Josh course.

Ironperson Clinic is with Kent Lemme on Saturday, Sept. 9. Meet Kent at 9:30 a.m. at the Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp and bring your boat and bike.

Crossfit in Great Barrington is offering free Josh fitness workouts on Monday, Aug. 7 and Monday, Sept. 4 at their regularly scheduled classes at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon or 6 p.m.

Bike Clinics will be on Sunday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 3. Meet Brian and Andrew at the Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp at 9 a.m. and you will be riding down to Great Barrington and then back on the Josh course finishing at the lake. The ride to GB is mostly downhill and will be your warm-up. All Josh Clinics are free of charge.

For more information, please contact Patty at patty@joshbillings.com.


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