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Pittsfield Americans Open Sectional Tourney with Road Win

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LEOMINSTER, Mass. -- David Wildgoose turned a double play with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth to preserve a 2-0 win for the Pittsfield Little League American Division 10-12 All-Stars on Thursday in the sectional tournament.
 
Second baseman Wildgoose snared a line drive up the middle with the bases loaded and stepped on the bag to leave runners at the corners.
 
"That changed the whole outlook of that inning," Pittsfield Americans coach Matt Stracuzzi said.
 
Reliver Cam Harrington got the final out on a groundball to Wildgoose to send his team home with a 1-0 record in pool play.
 
Jason Codey earned the win on the mound, going 4-1/3 innings and allowing just two hits before running up against a 50-pitch limit.
 
Simon Mele finished the fifth on the hill and started the sixth before Harrington came in to get the save.
 
Pittsfield jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
 
Jack Abel led off with a base hit and moved up on an error before scoring on a single by Jack Reed.
 
In the third, Mele hit a two-out double to the left-center gap and scored on Reed's second RBI single of the night.
 
The Americans, who got seven hits and committed no errors in the win, are home on Friday at 5:30 against Agawam at Deming Park.
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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Equestrian Center to Host Horse Show Benefiting Berkshire Humane Society

Benefit horse show

After 25 years of hosting the Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show, Overmeade Farm has passed the reins to the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman's Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise critical funds that support the programs and services of Berkshire Humane Society. BHS has provided care to thousands of homeless animals over the past 27 years, and the horse show is one event that makes this lifesaving work possible.

Divisions to be held include: Short/Long Stirrup, Baby Green Hunter, Low/Adult Hunter, Novice Hunter, Pre-Children’s/Adult Equitation, Junior/Amateur Hunter, Children’s Equitation, Pony Hunter, Children’s Hunter Horse, Modified Junior Equitation, Junior Equitation, Adult Equitation, among others.

"We are so excited that the horse show has returned," said John Perreault, executive director for BHS. "This event is a great way for people of all ages to combine their love of horses and their compassion for all companion animals. We cannot thank Overmeade Farm and Berkshire Equestrian Center enough for their support. The Hart Family has made this event what it is today, and we’re thankful that Sarah Hogue at Berkshire Equestrian Center wants to continue this summer tradition that celebrates horses and helps homeless pets."

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