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Mount Greylock's Derek Paris' perfect game on the mound Monday is something he'll never forget.

There might not be any more important positions in baseball and softball — make that sports — than the pitcher.

Who controls the game more than a pitcher? If he or she is on point, the team will usually win.

Which is why today is a good time to look back at the perfect game of Mount Greylock’s Derek Paris, and to look ahead toward next week’s debut of pitcher Kumar Rocker with the Tri-City ValleyCats.


Howard Herman can be reached at or 413-496-6253.


Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.