Roundup: Berkshire All-Stars 11U team captures state Cal Ripken crown


The Berkshire All-Stars team captured the Cal Ripken U11 state championship on Monday night, defeating host Marlborough 12-6 in the championship game.

The Berkshire team blew open a tied game in the sixth inning. With the score at 5-5, the team used a variety of singles and walks to push seven runs across.

Max Shepardson started the game pitching, while the win went to reliever Dominic Velasco.

Thomas Art drove in the first run for Berkshire in the second inning, driving in Andrew Petropulos. In the third, Petropulos came up big again, driving in Ben Kelly and Velasco.

Marlborough got two runs back in the bottom of the third, but in the fourth Kelly brought in Caleb Petruzella on a single to make it 4-2.

In the fifth, Petropulos drove in Shepardson to make it 5-2, but in the bottom of the inning Velasco was greeted by a Marlborough team trying to claw back. Marlborough scored three runs to tie it, but with a mad on third and two outs, Petruzella took a liner into right field on the bounce and threw the ball directly to first for the final out.

"When Caleb threw out the guy to end the fifth and keep that kid on third, it was a game-changer," manager Brian Shepardson said. "Everybody just kind of relaxed, we mobbed him coming off the field."

With the momentum back, Berkshire piled on the runs to take the lead back, starting with Petruzella leading off the inning with a hit. In the bottom of the sixth, Velasco settled in and gave up just one run to end the game and help his team to the championship win.

The All-Stars now advance to the New England Regional tournament, which will be in Dover, N.H. beginning on July 20.


Winnipesaukee 7, North Adams 6

LACONIA, N.H. — It might not be the last loss of the season for the North Adams SteepleCats, but it was definitely one of the most painful.

The SteepleCats were two outs away from picking up their third straight win. The Winnipesaukee Muskrats, however, had other ideas. Cacy Harper's two-run, walk-off home run capped a four-run inning as the Muskrats rallied to beat the SteepleCats 7-6 Tuesday night.

Having won a doubleheader on Sunday and having a day off Monday, the SteepleCats were looking for their third straight win, and nearly got it.

The game was tied 3-3 going into the top of the eighth when North Adams erupted for three runs. Greg Cavaliere's first home run of the season brought in three runs with two outs. Cavaliere was 4 for 5 on the night.

Reliever Erry Baldayac, who gave up the dinger, then hit Dillon Mendel and Joe Porricelli before exiting. T.J. Stuart came on and got Jackson Coutts on a ground out to end the threat.

In the home ninth, Danny Taggert gave up a single, a walk and an RBI double to Po-Hao Huang before being lifted for Stanley Vargas. Vargas got Steven Passatempo on a fly out, that did plate a run, making it 6-5. Harper hit a 2-0 pitch into the night, giving the Muskrats the win.


North Adams     000     012     030     —     6     11     0

Winnipesaukee     110     000     104     —     7     13     1

One out when winning run scored

Cepeda (6), Taggert (2), Vargas (1/3) and Ruiz, Rodriguez. Anthony (4 2/3), Donovan (1/3), Wallach (1), Levesque (1), Baldayac (2/3), Stuart (1 1/3) and Harper. W — Stuart (1-2). L — Vargas (2-3). 2B — NA: Ciliento. W: Huang. HR — NA: Cavaliere (1), Brown (1), Harper (5). T — 2:46.

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Pittsfield 10, Belchertown 7

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Post 68 Blue came from 3-1 down, only to hold on through a late Belchertown charge and win at home.

Post 68 (9-6) went ahead for good on a RBI single by Zach Swistak in the third inning. Pittsfield tacked on a big five-run fourth to put Belchertown behind 9-3. Nic Nicotra (2 for 3, 2 RBI singled in a run after Zach Zerbato and Ricky Armstrong (2 for 4, 2 runs) reached on bunt singles, before Dan DiMassimo (2 for 2, 3 RBI) drove in two more with a single.

Josh Bean got the win, going four innings and surrendering just one hit. Belchertown (3-11) put together a comeback late. Leading 10-7 with runners on the corners, coach Eric Stone went to Nicotra with two out. Nicotra got a grounder to short to earn the save.

Pittsfield's regular season finale is Friday at Longmeadow, before the postseason begins on Monday.


Belchertown     003     002     2     —     7     2     3

Pittsfield     103     510     x     —     10     11     0

Ayers (3), Delaney (2), Zawantowski (1) and n/a. Bean (4), Whitehouse (1 2/3), Zerbato (1), Nicotra (1/3) and Swistak. W — Bean. L — Ayers. Sv — Nicotra.              

Summer baseball honors

North Adams SteepleCats infielder Matt Koperniak has been named to the NECBL's Honor Roll for week 5.

Koperniak, an Adams resident who plays at Trinity, extended his hitting streak to 10 games getting at least one hit in all six games the SteepleCats played last week. He hit 8 for 17 (.471) with six runs scored and a league-best four doubles.

Two Pittsfield Suns players, meanwhile were the Futures League's On Deck Sports players of the night.

Reliever Mike Nocchi threw an inning of shutout relief, striking out two in the Suns' 9-3 win over Brockton on Monday.

Ivan Nunez was 3 for 4 with a home run, four runs batted in and one run scored.

Massachusetts Amateur Championship

BOSTON — Defending champion Matt Parziale secured a spot in the 32-player match-play field at the Massachusetts Amateur Championship on Tuesday by putting together his second consecutive even-par 70, this time at George Wright Golf Course, to finish in a tie for sixth place in the medal-play qualifying portion of the tournament.

Parziale, a Brockton firefighter who followed up last year's victory by capturing the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, is looking to become the 11th player to win at least two straight titles in the Mass. Am's 110-event history. The 30-year-old earned plenty of national television attention during his appearances in The Masters and U.S. Open earlier this year. He made the cut in the Open.

Earning co-medalist honors on Tuesday were Nashawtuc Country Club's Jackson Lang and Pawtucket Country Club's Andrew O'Leary, who both opened with a 1-over 71 in Monday's first round at William J. Devine Golf Course and followed that up with a pair of impressive 5-under 65s at George Wright.

It took a score of 4-over 144 or better to advance to match play.

Meanwhile, the two members of Allied Association clubs in the field — Berkshire Hills Country Club's Bob Linn and Skyline Country Club's Matt Gilardi — finished well down the leaderboard although Linn put together a solid final round of 4-over 74.

Linn, one of the oldest players in the field at 64, had two birdies and six bogeys on the Donald Ross-designed George Wright layout to finish in the middle of the pack with a 36-hole total of 12-over 152. Gilardi, who started well in the opening round before a three-hole stretch on his final nine doomed him, had a difficult final day from the start Tuesday on his way to an 85 that left him at 23-over 163.

The match play portion of the tournament begins this morning with the round of 32. The winners will move onto the round of 16 in the afternoon. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Thursday and the 36-hole championship match will tee off Friday morning at George Wright.


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