Dukes Fall to Lowell 5-4, Eliminated from Playoff Contention

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The Pittsfield Dukes had a tough road to travel if they wanted to make it into the NECBL playoffs, and they fell short in a comeback effort against the Lowell All-Americans at Wahconah Park. www.necbl.com/nutshell.htm The Dukes fell behind early, as starter Bob Buskett (College of New Jersey) allowed five runs through five innings, one in the second, two in the third, and one in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Pittsfield mounted their comeback in the sixth inning as Paul Heidler (Longwood University) and Alex Hassan (Duke University) led the frame off with consecutive singles. After back to back outs were recorded, Scott Savastano (Franklin Pierce University) came to the plate with runners on second and third. Savastano grounded a ball to third that was misplayed and allowed both runners to score. Nelson Gomez (Keystone College) followed with a single that put runners at first and second. Sam Shaughnessy (Boston College) lined a single to leftfield that plated Savastano making the score 5-3. Chester Wilson (Souther Utah University) who was 2-for-4 on the night, grounded a ball to shortstop that ate up shortstop Kevin Nolan (Winthrop University) allowing Gomez to score the fourth unearned Dukes run of the night. Pittsfield would put a two-out baserunner on in the ninth in Tyler Stampone (The College of the Holy Cross), but he was left on base as Savastano popped out foul to first base. With the loss the Dukes are eliminated from playoff contention and still have three games against the Manchester Silkworms. They will play a doubleheader in Manchester Tuesday, game one at 4 and game two at 7, the first of which is the continuation of the July 9th game that began at Wahconah Park. The final game of the year for the Dukes will be Wednesday, with the location to still be determined. For tickets or information, visit our website www.pittsfielddukes.com or call (413) 447-DUKE.
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Baseball in the Berkshires Opens New Exhibit Friday in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "Take Me out to the Ballgame! The Road to October," presented by Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond, features baseball players with roots in Berkshire County who have experienced the Major League Baseball’s postseason.
 
There are 38 MLB players who were born or settled in Berkshire County. Come find out how many made it to the post season during the opening reception Friday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., during First Fridays Artswalk. There will also be a tools-of-the trade workshop beginning at 5, including the history of the baseball and the history of baseball gloves.
 
This exhibit is presented by Baseball in the Berkshires and will feature many of the artifacts in the organization’s collection. Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the residents and friends of Berkshire County together to assist in telling the story of Baseball in the Berkshires. The organization delivers programming that will highlight the cultural and historical part of Baseball in the Berkshires while also offering educational programming to all age groups.
 
Grampie’s Dog House will be selling hot dogs. Popcorn and other baseball-themed refreshments will also be served during the opening reception. The Road to October will be on display through Friday, Nov. 22. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 
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