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Koperniak Hits for Cycle for Double A Cardinals

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AMARILLO, Texas -- Hoosac Valley High School graduate Matt Koperniak Tuesday hit for the cycle and drove in four runs in leading the Springfield Cardinals to an 11-9 win over the Amarillo Sod Poodles in the Double A Texas League.
 
Hitting in the cleanup spot, Koperniak started his night with an RBI single in the top of the first inning.
 
In the third, he doubled with two out and scored one batter later to give Springfield a 5-0 lead.
 
In the fifth, Koperniak hit a two-run home run to left center field with two out to make it a 7-4 game.
 
After Amarillo rallied with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, 9-9, Koperniak helped Springfield pull ahead for good in the top of the ninth.
 
After his teammate Nick Dunn hit a two-out homer to center and Jordan Walker singled his way aboard, Koperniak tripled to center field to drive in Walker and give the Cardinals a two-run cushion.
 
"That was my first triple, so I definitely wasn't expecting to have a night like that," Koperniak told Tyler Maun of the website MiLB.com. "I was just trying to get the barrel on the ball, help the teammates out, help get the 'W.' "
 
Koperniak's home run in the fifth was his ninth of the season.
 
Koperniak, a 2016 Hoosac Valley graduate, is hitting .274 with 41 RBIs this season in 81 games with the Cardinals.
 
His summer also included a brief callup to the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds, where he played two games, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.
 
Springfield is 49-54 this summer and in fourth place in the Texas League North. In the second half of the season, Koperniak's club is 18-16 and in second place in the division.
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Adams Parks Commission Considering Options for Renfrew Bleachers

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — The Parks Commission is looking for solutions for the bleachers at Renfrew Field, after debate over their arrangement on the field in recent months. 

 

Currently, three sets of bleachers are on the south side of the field, when in previous years, two were on the south side, with two on the north. The bleachers had been arranged that way over the summer, something the board voiced support for in July

 

The commission's previous meeting had a larger-than-normal audience to give input on the issue, after the board received a letter from the Adams Cheshire Youth Football League expressing confusion from parents, coaches and others over the change. Commission co-Chair Jacob Schutz said he and others have since looked into portable bleachers, which can move without the need for heavy machinery. 

 

"We looked out there, and the first thing we found is they are very expensive," he said. "Twenty-five thousand dollars on average, and we'd probably need at least two for one side to match something like what we had." 

 

Town staff has explained that constantly moving the heavy bleachers and equipment around the field can cause wear on the field. Equipment operator Mark Pizani said they have installed tires on the current bleachers to move them, which requires a loader to lift the bleachers and pull them to where they need to go on the field. 

 

"If something like this was permanent and didn't have to be taken apart, and you could just do it, we could push them or pull them with something smaller," he said. 

 

Commission Co-Chair James Fassell was not present for the meeting but had previously suggested moving one set of bleachers from the southeast side of the field to the southwest side. He had expressed concerns at the previous meeting about emergency vehicles and accessibility with the current placement. 

 

Pizani explained that this is not a viable option because of banking on the west side of the field, which would prevent the bleachers from being level. 

 

"You would have to actually dig into the ground, and there's underground wires there," he said. "It's really just not feasible." 

 

Selectman Joseph Nowak suggested that the commission reach out to the Adams Agricultural Fair to use their bleachers, which he said are lightweight and made of aluminum. He said it would benefit elderly spectators, so they don't have to walk as far, and would get them through the rest of the season. 

 

Schutz said he does not feel the board has the authority to tell the leagues which side of the field they use as the home side. He said the high school and the leagues that use the field should decide for themselves which side they want to use. 

 

In other business, the group was updated on the new shed at Valley Street Field. Pizani said the shed looks fantastic the students from McCann Technical School who put it together did a good job. 

 

"They sent me a text thanking us for considering them [to build the shed] and letting the kids do it. That's a great thing," he said. 

 

Schutz suggested that the board write a letter thanking the students for building the shed.

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