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Pittsfield Nationals Edged in 8/10 Little League State Semis

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SALEM, Mass. -- Despite the scorching 90-plus degree temperatures, the Pittsfield National and Mansfield 8-10 Year Old All-Star teams played their hearts out on Saturday at O’Grady Field.
 
Mansfield came out on top with a 3-1 win, advancing to Sunday's state championship game.
 
"It’s sad that our adventure has come to an end, but I couldn’t be more proud of the teamwork and heart these 12 boys showed in the month and a half we had them together," Pittsfield Nats coach Mark Socie said.
 
Mansfield struck early scoring a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning.
 
Gio Scarpellini of Mansfield and Connor Paronto of Pittsfield battled from the mound pitch for pitch.
 
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Mansfield struck again scoring one run following a walk when Logan Theroux eventually came in to score on a wild pitch.
 
Pittsfield got on the board in the fifth when Chase O’Donnell scored following Cade Demary reaching on an error.
 
Mansfield completed the 3-1 victory by stranding a pair of Pittsfield runners in scoring position as the game ended.
 
Cade Demary, Evan Roccabruna, and Jason Fields each had hits for the Nationals.
 
Paronto and Roccabruna combined to give up only one hit in the state semifinal battle.
 
I want to thank my wife because I know I am not easy to deal with especially when we are practicing everyday and the planning and ideas that I would bounce off her,” Socie said. “My coaching staff Chad Paronto and Bryan Maloy, The fans who showed so much support.  The parents, who had their kids to practice every day for the last month,  decorated cars and signs and made trip for their kids and the team.
 
“The calls and advice I received both from the National Division and and American Division showed that at the end of the day city rivals are just true fans of Pittsfield baseball and want the best for the kids and the League.”
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Miss Hall's School Graduates 60 Students

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixty students, including sixteen from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, May 31, during Miss Hall’s School's 2020 graduation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program this year was held online, with students and their families from around the globe joining via Zoom. The event, which was also live-streamed, included remarks from Board of Trustees President Nancy Gustafson Ault, MHS Class of 1973; Head of School Julia Heaton; Senior Class President Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; and School President Ayla Wallace of York, Pa. Actress Jayne Atkinson, selected by the class as its speaker, sent special words of wisdom to the seniors.

Among the Class of 2020 graduates are the following local students: Ella Biancolo of Pittsfield; Emily Carmel of Pittsfield; Hannah Chrzanowski of Dalton; Maya Creamer, of Pittsfield; Angela Guachione of Pittsfield; Meredith Hall of Adams; Olivia Irion of Washington; Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; Lanna Knoll of Great Barrington; Emma Kotelnicki of Dalton; Isabelle Lapierre of Dalton; Soleil Laurin of Pittsfield; Jenna Maces of Pittsfield; Téa Mazzeo of Pittsfield; Kathryn Sirois of Stockbridge; and Charlotte Smith of New Marlborough.

The following awards were also bestowed on members of the Class of 2020:

• Joseph F. Buerger Memorial School Spirit Cup: Emily Carmel of Pittsfield

• Margaret Witherspoon Award: Ayla Wallace of York, Pa.

• Christine Fuller Holland ’33 Service Prize: Bingqi Wang of Jinan, Shandong, China

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