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West Roars to Final at Bay State Games

This story was updated on July 20.

MELROSE, Mass. -- Some of Berkshire County's best high school girls basketball players have proven to be some of the best in the state.

And on Sunday, they will look to end the debate.
 
The West team at the Bay State Games will play in the Gold Medal game Sunday afternoon at Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center after posting a 4-0 record on the first two days of the tournament.
 
Mount Greylock's Lucy Barrett and Pittsfield's Peyton Steinman have been among the leaders of the squad, made up of six girls from public high schools and six prep school athletes.
 
"I'm so proud of this group of kids," West coach Matthew Ward said. "We have 12, everyone is playing and contributing regardless of the number of minutes. We've been underestimated, challenged, tested, and here we are at 4-0 and in the final.
 
"This is a cohesive, tough group of kids that can play with anyone in this state. Berkshire County basketball is legit and these kids are proving it in front of everyone in Massachusetts."
 
On Friday, the tournament started with a 76-56 win over Central. Pittsfield's Lauren Carnevale scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Steinman scored 16 and Drury High's Emily Moulton added eight points and eight boards.
 
In West's second game, Barrett scored 15 to help the team to a 93-56 win over Coastal.
 
On Saturday, Steinman scored 20 and Barrett added 19 in a 78-67 win over Metro. Lee's Cam Biasin (Berkshire school)  scored 13.
 
Steinman had the team's best offensive performance of the tourney so far with 28 in Saturday's 88-77 win over Northeast. Pittsfield's Grace Guachione (Miss Hall's) had a double-double with 25 points and 10 boards.
 
Carnevale pulled down 16 rebounds, and West got big defensive performances from Barrett and Sarah Kinney in the win over Northeast.
 
"We got two huge wins over most people's favorite in Metro [Saturday] and a tough win over Northeast after a sluggish start in the first half," Ward said. "We outscored them 26-13 in the final 10 minutes to win."
 
The win over Northeast clinched the berth in the Gold Medal game.
 
West has one more round-robin game on Sunday afternoon against Southeast before playing for the title at 4 p.m.
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Pittsfield Post 68 Faces Must-Win Game

By Stephen Dravis
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Two days after beating Westfield Post 124 by seven runs, Post 68 looked like a different baseball team on Saturday.
 
And, in a way, it was.
 
The Pittsfield squad, already down two starters going into Saturday's district playoff game, was minus two more by the end of a 10-3 loss at Clapp Park.
 
It was Post 68's first loss of double-elimination play in Bracket B of the District 1-2-3 tournament. Now, the two teams will meet for a third time in five days on Monday evening in Westfield.
 
On Saturday, Westfield jumped out to a 6-0 lead against a depleted Post 68 roster and hung on behind a strong pitching performance by Matthew Plasse of Westfield State University.
 
Plasse struck out five, walked one and pitched around five errors in not allowing an earned run for Post 124.
 
"Our boys were ahead of the ball all day," Post 68 coach Pat Bassi said. "They were hitting the ball off their front foot. They were hitting a lot of ground balls, which is an indication you're ahead of the ball.
 
"But that kid pitched a good game. He hit his spots. ... I'm a pitching coach, so even if it's opponent, I gotta give him credit. He beat us fair and square."
 
Post 68 picked up a couple of bad breaks along the way.
 
The home team was without two players it counted on all summer because of family commitments. Then in the top of the third inning, with Westfield ahead, 2-0, pitcher Steve Witkowski was drilled in the leg by a hot shot up the middle that went for a run-scoring RBI single.
 
Witkowski stayed in the game but had to leave the mound in the fourth after giving up four more hits, including a double, and three more runs.
 
Another Post 68 starter, first baseman Josh Bertheaume, had to leave the game when he aggravated an ankle injury during that fourth-inning Westfield rally.
 
Post 68 got three of its own in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead in half.
 
Andrew Winston got things started with a leadoff walk, and pair of errors got him home with Post 68's first run of the game and left Mitchell Clary and brian Bonacquisti at second and third, respectively.
 
Clary came home on a ground ball to the right side of the infield, and Bonacquisti scored on the third Westfield error of the inning to make it 6-3.
 
Reliever Kyle Card worked around a hit batter to keep Westfield off the board in the fifth, but the floodgates opened in the sixth. Post 124 tacked on four runs against Card and reliever Nick Rufo to put the game out of reach.
 
That means Monday's game in Westfield is for a berth in the eight-team, double-elimination  Department Championship Tournament, scheduled for July 26-30 in Sudbury.
 
Bassi likes his team's chances in Monday's rematch -- tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bullens Field.
 
"At the end of the game, we had a first baseman who got got cut from Taconic High School baseman, a second baseman who got cut from Taconic High School and a kid pitching who played very little," he said. "But that's OK. We'll be fine.
 
"With Alex Carusotto on the mound, it's a much different story."
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Drury Boys Top McCann in Giorgi League

Cam Lesure scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Drury High School boys basketball team to a 61-41 win over McCann Tech on Wednesday night in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.
 
Justice Marable scored 12 and pulled down seven boards for the Blue Devils.
 
For McCann Tech, Shane Fuller and Rahmer Vincent had 15 and 13 points, respectively.
 
Bennington, Vt.'s, Mount Anthony Union defeated Hoosac Valley on Wednesday, 66-46.
 
Ty Champagne scored 15, and Damon Burgess and Hunter Davis each scored 12 for the Patriots.
 
Hoosac's Nate Tomkiewicz scored eight points, and Jameson Coughlan and Matt Koperniak scored seven apiece.
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Teddy's, WPT Win in Giorgi League

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Hollie Steinman scored 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Teddy's Pizza to a 54-50 win over Mount Anthony Union of Bennington, Vt., on Tuesday evening in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.
 
Steinman also added to her league-leading total of blocks with two more to bring her to eight this summer. She leads the league in rebounds with 55.
 
In Tuesday's win, Meredith Sullivan backed up Steinman with 16 points, and Kim Conant scored 14.
 
For the Patriots, Madison Little and Abby Iannotti each scored 10, and Jordyn Burke added seven.
 
Williamstown Physical Therapy rolled to another win on Tuesday, this time over Tony's Electrict/Flynn & Dagnoli, 78-38.
Taylor DeSanty hit six 3-pointers on her way to a 28-point night for WPT. Emily Rosse scored 16 to go with nine rebounds. Megan Vaughn and Alia Curry each hit double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
 
For Tony's, Michelle Boudreau scored 10, and Courtney McLaughlin had eight.
 
On Monday night in the Open Division, Central Radio and Moonlight Diner each picked up wins.
 
Travis Severs scored 39 points, and Pat Kennedy had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Central Radio to a  65-50 win over Pete's Gun Shop/Maselli and Field.
 
For Pete's, Tom Bornt scored 16, and Joe Vareschi had 12 points and nine boards.
 
Moonlight Diner beat Mingo's/Greylock Bowl & Golf, 71-50, behind 16 points from Brendon Kordana and 11 from Adam Garner.
 
Josh Racette had a game-high 20 points for Mingo's.
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Flynn & Dagnoli Wins in John Giorgi League

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The John Giorgi Summer Basketball League managed to get one game in on Sunday evening before dampness on the floor at the Armory forced the second two scheduled games to be rescheduled.
 
Lawrence Carrier scored 21 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked a shot to lead Flynn & Dagnoli to a 70-52 win over Mingo's/Greylock Bowl and Golf.
 
Four Flynn & Dagnoli players finished in double figures. Mike McMahon scored 17 to go with seven boards, and Dean Steinman and Brandon Eastman scored 12 and 11, respectively.
 
For Mingo's, Kollin Allard scored 18, and Seth Shepard had 12 points and six rebounds.
 
A good game between Berkshires Finest and Key West was called at half-time when the playing conditions became unsafe. Berkshires Finest led, 28-27.
 
That game and a contest between Moresi and BFAIR will be made up at a later date.
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