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Koperniak Homers, Doubles in SteepleCats' Road Win

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MYSTIC, Conn. -- Hoosac Valley High School graduate Matt Koperniak went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and five RBIs Monday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 6-2 win over Mystic on Monday in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.
 
Koperniak raised his batting average to .434 this season and hit his second homer and 21st double in 22 games.
 
Andrew Pedone went 2-for-5 at the plate with the Cats' other RBI.
 
Joseph Kemlage earned the win with four innings of scoreless relief of starter Alex Gomes. The pair combined to strike out 10 Schooners.
 
North Adams (18-10) takes a two-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at New Bedford.
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CBS News Inviting Nationwide Participation of Taps

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Trumpeters and musicians of all ages across the nation are being invited to play taps at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.
 
The idea comes from CBS News "On the Road" correspondent Steve Hartman and retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva to keep the spirit of the holiday alive. Parades and observances have been canceled or limited because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 
 
Instead of gatherings that might spread the deadly and highly contagious COVID-19, buglers and trumpeters are asked to stand alone to play taps to mark the holiday dedicated to the nation's military personnel who have lost their lives. 
 
iBerkshires was alerted to the event by Clarksburg resident James Stakenas, the big band conductor for the Eagles Community Band. 
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