Berkshire County baseball teams at all levels get set for playoff runs
Editors Note: This story has been updated with the schedule for the Pittsfield National 8-10s.
PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield American 10-12s were scheduled to start the Section 1 tournament on Wednesday afternoon and the same was true for Pittsfield Post 68 and their playoff run, but the weather had other plans. With both teams now scheduled to begin tournament play on Thursday, Mother Nature offered an opportunity to map-out the postseason journeys for all of Berkshire County's baseball teams.
There are a couple nuggets we can uncover about the Pittsfield 8-10 National squad. After a dramatic win over Holden in the Section 1 championship, manger Mark Socie's squad has been preparing for a trip to Salem on Saturday for the start of the state tournament.
The National 8-10s received an extra practice, in a sense, on Tuesday night. They took to the outfield at Wahconah Park to shag balls during the Futures League home run derby, where Worcester's Paul Coumoulos came away as the derby champion.
They begin their journey against Mansfield at 1 p.m. on Saturday at O'Grady Field. If the National 8-10s come out on top in Saturday's action, they will play again on Sunday for a shot in the state championship.
The 8-10s state championship will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday between the two winners from the semifinal matches on Saturday.
For the American 10-12s, the Section 1 tournament was slated to begin on Wednesday with a home game at Deming Park against Holden, but that game will now be played on Saturday at Deming Park with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
That means Pittsfield will kick-start the sectional run on Thursday at District 3's North Leominster. The 10-12s return home on Friday to host Agawam, from District 2, at Deming Park with first pitch at 5:30.
After pool-play comes to a close on Saturday afternoon, the top two seeds will play the final game of the weekend on Sunday for a shot in the state tournament. The higher seed will host the championship contest.
All the local Babe Ruth teams begin pool play in the New England Regional tournament on Friday.
For the Pittsfield 13s, they play bright and early on Friday Morning against the Eastern Mass. champs with a 10 a.m. start at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford, Conn. On Saturday, the 13s play host to Keene, N.H., and Pittsfield's final match in pool play is against Barre, Vt. at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
The 14s begin at 12 p.m. on Friday against Eastern Mass. at Monsignore Gilles Simard Babe Ruth Field in Rochester, N.H. Saturday's start is also at noon, as Pittsfield will host Nashua N.H. and the same is true for Sunday, when they end pool play against Barre, Vt. at 12 p.m.
The 15s start their run against the Eastern Mass. champions, with first pitch at 11:30 a.m. at Bullens Field in Westfield. Rhode Island will be the home team on Saturday against Pittsfield with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m., before Pittsfield wraps up pool play against New Hampshire on Sunday.
Once the dust settles from pool play, the top three teams will be seeded in the first round of the single elimination playoffs before Wednesday's championship.
Both of Berkshire County's Legion teams finished the regular season as the top teams in their division, and will start the postseason as the No. 1 seed in their respective brackets. Sheffield Post 340 starts tournament play against eighth-seeded Longmeadow on Thursday at War Memorial Field, with first pitch slated for 5:30 p.m. The Legion tournament is double elimination and no matter what happens to Sheffield on Thursday, they will suit up and play again on Friday with a team and place yet to be determined. Saturday and Tuesday are days off, with the Junior Legion championship scheduled for sometime late next week.
In the Senior Legion playoffs, top-seeded Pittsfield Post 68 was scheduled to begin its tournament run on Wednesday, but the rain out pushed the round-one match up against eighth-seeded Monson to Thursday night at Spec Pond with first pitch at 7:45 p.m. In order to compete in next week's championship game, it is likely that Post 68 will need to play just about every day from Thursday until Wednesday.
These seven teams have the opportunity to build on Berkshire County's rich baseball history with a chance to claim several different championships and state titles.
Jake Mendel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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