Local roundup: Defending champion Congdon leads Berkshire Hills Singles Championship

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PITTSFIELD >> Andy Congdon of Wyantenuck Country Club shot a second-round 73 to take the lead after the second day of the Berkshire Hills Singles Championship at Berkshire Hills Country Club.

Congdon, the defending champion, sits at 1-over-par 145 through 36 holes.

Congdon bounced back from a front nine 40 to shoot a 4-under 33 on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 10th hole and the par-4 11th to start building momentum. Congdon added birdies on the par-3 13th and a two-putt birdie on the 15th hole.

Fellow Wyantenuck member Joe Grochmal sits one stroke behind Congdon after carding a second round 74. Grochmal used three birdies to stay close to Congdon.

Three players are tied at 149 and stand four shots out of the lead. They include Mike Arter, Berkshire Hills' Randy Driscoll and Donnie Troy. James Welsh is in sixth at 150, while Berkshire Hills duo Jeff Puleri and Adam Brickle are at 151.

The final round is today. The leaders will tee off at 2 p.m.

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STEEPLECATS FALL IN EXTRA INNINGS

SANFORD, MAINE >> The North Adams SteepleCats fell to the Sanford Mainers 9-8 in 13 innings on Friday night, blowing an 8-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth before losing on a walk-off single by Sam Stauble.

The loss squandered a solid start from Ryan Tapp, who went six innings and struck out four on four hits. He gave up four runs, but only two were earned.

The Mainers started the rally off of Logan Austin, who came in to start the ninth. He was shelled for four runs and got just one out. Brian Stepniak relieved Austin, but gave up two quick runs before being yanked for Tanner Bird, who finally got the SteepleCats out of the inning. Bird went 2 2/3 innings and struck out three before giving way to Jared Habershaw, who was stuck with the loss.

Dustin Shirley went 3 for 6 in the loss with a home run. Nick Riotto went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and a RBI.


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