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Moser, ACS Swat Win Big at Greylock

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com Sports
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- McCann Tech sophomore Nora Moser struck out 14 in a three-hit performance Wednesday as the Adams-Cheshire-Savoy travel softball 16-and-under squad beat the Greylock Thunder, 13-1, in the Berkshire County Fastpitch Softball League.
 
Moser allowed just an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to spoil a shutout bid at Francis Millard Field in the season opener for both teams.
 
Offensively, the ACS Swat got all the runs it needed in the top of the first, when it batted around and scored six runs on a pair of hits.
 
Ari Rivard got things starte with a leadoff single, and Haley McNeice had an RBI single to center in the rally.
 
ACS did most of its damage with walks and aggressive play on the base paths. It scored four runs on a combination of balls to the backstop and a delayed double steal that sent McNeice home and Courtney Kandos to second.
 
The Swat stole nine bases in the game -- two by Maryn Cappiello.
 
ACS tacked on runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings and capped off the game with a two-run seventh that featured a double to right-center from Trinity Brackett.
 
All three hits for the Thunder were infield singles.
 
Two of them came back-to-back from Hannah Lord and Emmy Lane with one out in the top of the fourth.
 
Moser got the next batter swinging on the third out on a fly ball back to the circle to end the threat.
 
Greylock's Alayna Shears bunted her way aboard with one out in the fifth and made it all the way to third on a groundout and an error before Moser got a called third strike with runners on second and third to end the inning.
 
The Thunder's Mila Marsic led off the seventh with a walk and moved up on an error. She stole third and then scored on a pitch that got to the backstop. But Moser finished the game on a strikeout looking moments later.
 
Greylock starter Liv Perry settled down after a rough first inning and finished with eight strikeouts in four innings of work before giving the ball to Shears. Perry made a couple of good plays on line drives at shortstop to deny sure base hits after moving out of the circle.
 
ACS is off until Tuesday when it hosts the South County-based Berkshire Liberty. The Thunder hosts the Liberty on 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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