The Pittsfield Suns starting lineup stand for the National Anthem at the season home opener. Thursday, May 27, 2021.

Mike Walsh and Jake Mendel of The Berkshire Eagle's sports department host a podcast about sports throughout Berkshire County.

Sports columnist Howard Herman joins Jake to discuss the return to baseball at Wahconah Park and Joe Wolfe Field.

The Pittsfield Suns began their season on May 26 and played their first home game on May 27. Not only did the game include local athletes, but some late-inning drama in the form of a Home Run Derby.

Jake and Howard highlight the return of the North Adams SteepleCats, which is scheduled for May 3. Howard points out players to watch and expectations for the 2021 season.

Stay up to date with all summer baseball news by following him on Twitter at @HowardHerman. All of his summer baseball features and stories can be found under the "Summer Baseball" tab on the Berkshire Eagle's sports page.

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Jake Mendel can be reached at or 413-464-3655. On Twitter: @JMendel94 .

Sports Reporter

As a lifelong Pittsfield resident, Jake gravitates to the nearest field or park. He joined The Eagle as a paperboy in 2005 and worked his way up, becoming a full-time reporter in 2018. He's currently a sports reporter.