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The North Adams SteepleCats summer college baseball team pose with the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series trophy on Tuesday.
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Rick and Amanda Moon of North Adams pose with the trophy.
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Those who attended got a close up look at the historic World Series trophy.

World Series Trophy Draws Curious, 'Cats

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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Anthony Pettingill and Shirley Vallieres, both of North Adams, check out a big piece of baseball history on Tuesday afternoon. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The players on this year's North Adams SteepleCats are too young to really remember the frustration that preceded the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series Championship.
But that did not stop them from being a little awestruck in the presence of history.
On Tuesday, the team stopped by the "One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball" exhibit on Main Street to see the 2004 World Series trophy, which was on loan by the team for the day. Originally, the team had announced it would be sending the '07 trophy but made a late change of plans, allowing local fans to see the trophy Boston got for breaking a historic 86-year "curse."
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. visitors were welcome to stop by the exhibit, free of charge, to check out the "hardware" and pose for a selfie with the trophy.
The SteepleCats were among those taking advantage of the opportunity.
"It's pretty cool," third baseman and Hoosac Valley High School graduate Matt Koperniak said. "Not even just seeing that, but seeing the museum itself is great. It's kind of inspiring to see what's out there.
"And it's a great accomplishment by the Red Sox."
While Koperniak remembered seeing one of the Sox' World Series trophies in elementary school "back in the day," Tuesday marked his first visit to the first-year gallery at the corner of Main Street and American Legion Drive.
In addition to posing for their own pictures, the 'Cats prowled through the gallery, which celebrates not only Berkshire County's baseball legends but also the role that the Negro Leagues played in the fabric of the game.
"This is the first time I'm really looking at everything," Koperniak said. "I'm pretty excited about that.
"There's a lot of cool stuff in here, and they did a good job with it."
Koperniak has been doing a solid job for the SteepleCats this summer, hitting .358 with a team-high eight doubles and 20 RBIs in the wood bat league.
The rising junior at Trinity College said the NECBL has been a positive experience for him.
"It's been fun," he said. "It's been a good ride. Traveling every day or playing home, I'm just trying to stay within myself, play ball and have fun with the guys.
"The league itself is great. You get tons of opportunity, you get reps, and you get to see great pitching. ... You get guys from DI, you get DII guys from all around, so you see different arms, different arm slots. It's tough. But you've got to adapt to it.
"If you want to play at the next level, you've got to learn to hit it."

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North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange

By Rick Sports
NORTH ADAMS, Mass - North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual La Festa Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.
The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning due to a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in Boston.
Things may have ended in a draw had North Adams not struck for its final scoring burst in the bottom of the fifth inning, as it scored four runs to break open a 5-5 score with the deciding margin of victory. Landon Champney got it going after he led off by slicing the ball past third base for a double, and he then scored the winning run on a throwing error after Tristan Garner walked and attempted to steal second to draw a throw.
The home team kept piling on in the fifth to increase its lead. Garner came in on a passed ball, Chase Vanderwoude walked and later stole home and Owen Gagne smacked a single past third, advanced on a balk and then crossed the plate following a wild pitch.
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