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The Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Swat 10-and-under softball team Wednesday celebrates its walkoff win in the final of the Berkshire County Softball League tournament.

ACS Swat 10U Team Wins County Title in Walkoff

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ADAMS, Mass. -- Victoria Blanchard singled in the bottom of the fourth Wednesday to give the Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Swat 10-and-under softball team a 21-20 win over the Greylock Thunder in the Championship Game of the Berkshire County Softball League.
After ACS jumped out to a 17-3 lead, the Thunder roared back to tie the game.
The Swat tallied 11 hits in the gamewith multiple hits from Blanchard, Liana Steiner and Olivia Archembault, who also had a home run in the second inning.
Genna Greene stole five bases to lead the ACS attack on the basepaths.
Tenley Biros struck out nine for ACS to earn the win in the circle.
The Thunder scored 17 runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 20-17 lead.
"Getting to go through the batting order twice in the fourth inning, we scored on lots of walks and speedy bas-running, and all 10 players scored at least once that inning," Thunder coach Morgan Shafer said.
Lilliana Arnold, Brixton Moran, Baleigh Tatro and Lennon Kirby each had big hits for Greylock in its comeback bid.
But after watching that big lead evaporate in the top of the fourth inning (the last due to the game's time constraints), the Swat stayed positive and rallied for the win.
"Our final power word for the year was 'smile,' " ACS coach William Greene said. "Because smiling makes the world a better place. These girls did exactly that after finishing the Berkshire county season off undefeated champions. They weren’t all easy games -- a few last inning wins including [Wednesday’s]. But they stayed positive and never gave up till it was over."
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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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