Great Barrington Takes 12-Year-Old Little League District Title
ADAMS, Mass. -- Great Barrington's Jack Carpenter led off the game with a walk and ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly, and that was all the offense the Great Barrington 12-year-old Little League All-Stars got.
And it was all Great Barrington needed in a 1-0 win over Pittsfield South needed on Saturday afternoon in the District 1 championship game.
Great Barrington pitchers Kenny Zucco and Grant Herrick were lights out in pitching their team to a tournament title out of the winner's bracket.
Max Joyner, who hit the sac fly to score Carpenter, also had a single and a double, and Nikos Casivant and Zucco each singled for Great Barrington.
For Pittsfield South, Zach Cerdato had two doubles, and Leo Arace and Christian Marchbank each singled.
South also turned in a defensive gem to keep the game close in top of the sixth.
Great Barrington had the bases loaded and nobody out when Pittsfield shortstop Zach Bernardo fielded a hot shot and fired home to Marchbank to get the lead runner. Marchbank relayed on to first to get the force and end the inning.
Jett Steinman was the hard-luck loser on the mound for Pittsfield South.
Berkshire Americans Battle, Fall Short
ADAMS, Mass. -- After falling behind by five runs early, the Berkshire Americans high school all-star baseball team almost battled all the way back before suffering a 6-5 loss to the Adirondack Hawks on Wednesday night.
The Americans, who have players from five different Berkshire County high schools, fell to 8-4-2 in the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League.
But despite the loss, the Americans showed the kind of spirit that got them where they are.
"Overall, I'm happy with the attitude we had tonight," Berkshire coach Mike Gladu said. "Any time you spot a team a bunch of runs, you're going to battle from behind. And that's never an easy thing to do in a seven-inning game.
"I think the hitting was there. I think we threw the ball around a little bit."
Five Berkshire errors led to three unearned runs for the Hawks.
Another factor was early control issues for starting pitcher Isaiah Clark, who walked five in an inning and two thirds.
His Drury teammate Tyler Briggs came in from third base and went the rest of the way, allowing just one unearned run on four hits over 5.1 innings.
"He did great," Gladu said. "To come in in a situation on three days rest and throw 60-something pitches.
"I tell the pitchers, you've got to pitch to contact. When you have a good defense, you've got to make them work. When you don't pitch to contact, there's no defense for a base on balls."
It was 5-0 midway through the second when McCann Tech's Sean Davis singled to left for Berkshire's first base runner.
He moved up on a ground ball and an error and came home on an errant pickoff throw to make it a 5-1 game.
That same errant pickoff try got Briggs to second, and Hoosac Valley's Joey Buonemani reached when he was hit by a pitch. A ground ball moved both men into scoring position, Pittsfield High's Evan Bossio doubled to left to score two and get Berkshire within two runs.
Adirondack stretched its lead with an unearned run in the top of the third, but Briggs shut them down from there.
Meanwhile, Berkshire scratched out a run in the third and a run in the fourth.
In the third, Jake Tatro reached on an error and came home on a base hit by Kevin Donati.
In the fourth, Kyle Shade reached on an error, moved up on Bossio's sac bunt, went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch.
Berkshire will be home again on Saturday at Renfrew in a double-header at 11 a.m. The Americans will play more than 30 games by the end of July before heading to Myrtle Beach for a tournament next month.
Girls Tied at PGA Junior Series Event in Williamstown
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Things have tightened up a little bit after Day 2 at the PGA Junior Series event at Taconic Golf Club.
In the girls division, Lois Kaye Go, a resident of South Orange, N.J., carded a 2-over round of 73 to pull into a first-place tie with Texas' Maya Walton at 9-over with one round left in the three-day event.
Virginian Alex Wright is just one stroke off the lead at 10-over after a plus-5 on Wednesday.
Walton, who was just 2-over after Day 1, struggled on the front nine with six bogeys.
Kaye Go, who already has a berth in the Junior PGA National Championship by virtue of winning the NJPGA Junior PGA Championship Qualifier last month, was steady on Wednesday, bogeying four holes and getting a birdie on the par-4 eighth.
Winners of the girls division and the boys 15-18 year divisions this week at Taconic will earn an exemption into the national championship, scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1 in Bryan/College Station, Texas.
In that boys 15-18 group on Wednesday, Austin, Texas, rising high school sophomore Daniel Martinez remains in the lead but came back the pack a little bit.
Martinez carded a 6-over 77 on Wednesday and stands at plus-4 with 18 holes to play.
Lake Placid, N.Y.'s, Arthur Griffin, who graduated high school this spring, is second at 9-over after a 3-over day on Wednesday. Belmont, Mass., sophomore Michael Pergamo is third at 10-over, six strokes off the lead, after a second straight 5-over outing.
Williamstown's Matthew Wiseman and Kyle Alvarez are in 47th and 52nd place, respectively.
Delmar, N.Y.'s, Austin Fox continues to lead the boys 12-14 age division. His six-over second round puts him at 10-over for the tournament and gives him a seven-stroke lead over second place Phin Choukas of Hanover, N.H.
The tournament concludes on Thursday. The girls threesome of Walton, Kaye Go and Wright tees off at 8:27 on the first hole. Martinez, Griffin and Pergamo head out at 9:48 off the first tee.
Texans Lead at Taconic
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Austin, Texas, high school sophomore Daniel Martinez carded a 2-under round of 69 on Tuesday to take the lead at the PGA Junior series event at Taconic Golf Club.
Martinez recorded five birdies -- on the par-5 first and 10th holes and on the par-4 second, 13th and 15th -- on his way to a five-stroke lead after the first day of the three-day event.
The winner of the 15-18 age group this week will earn an exemption to the Junior PGA Championship.
Christopher Gay of Bronxville, N.Y., is second going into Wednesday's action at 3-over.
In third is rising senior Christopher Thompson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who is tied with Illinois' Samuel Reategui at 4-over.
The top Bay State competitor going into the second round is Belmont's Michael Pergamo, who is tied for fifth at 5-over, seven strokes behind Martinez.
A pair of Williamstown residents in the field, Matthew Wiseman and Kyle Alvarez, are 46th and 51st, respectively.
In the girls competition, another Austin, Texas, resident, Maya Walton, leads the way at 2-over 73. Virginia's Alex Wright is second at 5-over.
Two girls from New York's Capital District are fourth and sixth: Loudonville's Jenny Buchanan at 9-over and Madison Braman at 12-over.
The top girl this week at Taconic also will earn a berth in the national tournament.
No Austin residents in the boys 12-14 division, but a New Yorker named Austin Fox leads after the first round with a 4-over 75. The Delmar resident is being chased by a pair of golfers tied at 10-over: Binghamton, N.Y.'s, Thomas Davis and Manlius, N.Y.'s, Kyle Gilroy.
PGA Junior Golf Series Comes to Williamstown
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Junior golfers from throughout the Northeast will be at Taconic Golf Club this week to compete for a berth in the 39th Junior PGA Championship.
Taconic is one of eight sites nationwide in the PGA Junior series. The local tournament -- the sixth of the series -- will be played July 8-10.
The boy who wins in the 15-18 division and the girls overall winner this week will earn an exemption into the national championship, scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 1 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
This week's 80-player field includes golfers from 11 states and four countries. The boys 15-18 division includes Williamstown's Kyle Alvarez and Matthew Wiseman.
The nearest location to Williamstown for the series this year was State College, Pa., where the event was held June 24-26. That event drew competitors from Florida, Texas, Canada and China.