Greylock Thunder 12U Softball Opens Season with Win

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com Sports
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ADAMS, Mass. – Avery Lane went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles on Tuesday to lead the Greylock Thunder to a 20-11 win over Dalton in the teams’ opening games in the Berkshire County Fastpitch Softball 12-and-under division.
 
Greylock jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first inning, but Dalton battled back with four-run rallies in the third and fourth innings to get back in the game.
 
Lane hit her first double of the game to drive in a run in the first-inning rally, which started with a leadoff single from Sadie Stuebner.
 
Elin Reinhard delivered a big blow in the middle of the rally with a two run single.
 
Greylock tacked on five more runs in the second to go ahead, 17-2. Stuebner drove in a pair in that inning on her way to a four-RBI night.
 
Gianna Witek struck out six over the first three innings and held Dalton to two runs in the first two innings to allow the Thunder to build its big lead.
 
But the visitors struck for four in the third, when Abby Munday ripped a two-run single to left.
 
In the fourth inning, Dalton continued to hit the ball well, getting an RBI double from Layla Soules and an RBI triple from Mallory Radwich to cut the deficit to 10.
 
But Lane allowed just one run in the fifth, and Witek returned to the circle to deliver 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh.
 
Maddie Lampiasi and Kaylee Drew handled the pitching for Dalton.
 
Each team turned in a double play defensively.
 
In the fourth, Dalton’s Drew snagged a liner back to the circle and threw to first to double off a runner. In the sixth, Greylock shortstop K.J. Livingstone caught a line drive and threw to first.
 
Dalton will get plenty of chances to get some revenge in the next few weeks. The two teams are part of a three-team age group that includes the Berkshire Force out of Pittsfield; each team will play two games against the other two teams in the division before the three-team playoff at the end of July.
 
Dalton Tuesday goes to the Doyle Complex to play the Force. The Thunder visits the force next Wednesday.
 
 
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Adams' Valley Street Shed Still Needs Funding

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — Construction of the new shed at Valley Street Field may be delayed due to a lack of funding. 

 

Mike Benson of the Adams/Cheshire Little League attended Monday's Parks Commission meeting and said the league is still working on obtaining funds for the shed. The town appropriated $3,000 for the shed as part of the fiscal 2023 budget and asked the league to match. 

 

"I've done a ton of fundraising this year to try to keep the costs low for the kids," Benson said, noting he could probably contribute about half of the $3,000 needed right now.

 

The league, Benson said, is in the process of ordering a new scoreboard for the field, one similar to the one recently installed at Russell Field. He said financing the scoreboard came first, as it was in the works before planning for the new shed began. 

 

"We had started the scoreboard thing before we heard anything about the shed," he said. "... We haven't asked the town for anything to do to help with the scoreboard. We're doing it all on our own, it's $3,500." 

 

Mark Pizani, an equipment operator at DPW, said they would likely be able to get more time out of the old shed if the league needs more time for funding. Benson said he would happily work with the town to clean the shed. 

 

"We can work it out with what we have. If we need another year out of it, it's really not a big deal," Pizani said. "That's my personal feeling. It would have been nice to have." 

 

Commission Chair James Fassell agreed the current shed can keep being used and said the group will revisit the issue in the future. 

 

"I just want to make sure it's for the good of the league and for the good of Adams," he said. 

 

In other business, Pizani updated the board on a berm near Russell Field, which the group was concerned could overflow onto the field. He said a significant amount of brush and debris was removed from the water since the last meeting, making an overflow less likely. 

 

"We cleaned that whole river out," he said. "We cleaned it out; it's in good shape. We took truckloads of debris and stuff out of the river." 

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