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Breault Blast Highlights Met Life Win in Torchia League

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com Sports
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Brittany Breault went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and a grand slam Tuesday to lead Met Life to a 15-4 win over Big Daddy’s in the Pat Torchia Women’s Softball League playoffs.
 
With the win in the final winner’s bracket game, Met Life moves on to the finals of the double-elimination tournament. Big Daddy’s, the league’s regular season champion, is scheduled to play Thursday at 6 against the winner of Wednesday’s loser’s bracket contest.
 
On Tuesday, Met Life jumped on top early with a seven-run second inning.
 
The first seven players to come to the plate singled and ended up scoring.
 
“Dino” DiNicola had a two-run single to center, and Breault capped the rally with a sac fly to center that scored Sarah Sweet.
 
In the circle, Sweet allowed just one run while stranding seven runners through the first six innings.
 
The run for Big Daddy’s came in the bottom of the second.
 
Kate Haring led off with a double to left center, moved up on Mary Scanlon’s groundout and scored when Jamie Rogge singled to left to make it 7-1.
 
Met Life tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the fourth, when Sweet doubled and scored.
 
But the final blow came in the top of the fifth.
 
Ashlee Lee got things started with a single to left. Then, with two out, Sweet and Melissa Girard each singled to load the bases for Breault.
 
She then crushed a pitch over the left field fence to make it 13-1.
 
Jayda Westcott and Sweet (3-for-5) each drove in a run in the sixth to push the lead to 14 runs.
 
Down to its final at-bat, Big Daddy’s showed the fight that earned it the regular season title.
 
Haring (2-for-3) led off with a single up the middle, and Scanlon and Rogge each followed with singles. Haring came home on a groundout by Marian Rennell, and with two out, Ammie Beauchamp doubled to right center to score a pair and provide the final margin.
 
Jen Choquette went the distance in the circle for Big Daddy’s.
 
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Mohawk Trail Woodlands, Forest Service Team Up on Conservation

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

BRPC's Tom Matuszko asks advisory board members to raise their hands as FRCOG's Executive Director Linda Dunlavy waits to speak.
CHARLEMONT, Mass. — A shared stewardship agreement signed Thursday will bring U.S. Forest Service expertise to the state while keeping hundreds of thousands of acres of forestland in state and private hands. 
 
The Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership encompasses 361,941 acres of state and private land across 21 communities in the northwestern corner of the state. About 28 percent of that land is permanently protected. The partnership will enhance conservation and forest research and provide technical support for businesses that depend on the region's natural resources such as tourism and forestry products.
 
"I am from this region, it is a part of the state that is near and dear to my heart," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides at signing held at Berkshire East Mountain Resort. "Something that is a priority to the governor is making sure that this region can continue to have economic security and opportunity for people, but also that connectedness to the landscape and that rootedness in the special places that make up Western Massachusetts."
 
Theoharides said the state is losing about 65 acres of forestland a day to development — housing, parking lots, and commercial establishments — and it's not coming back.  
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