Blue Sox Hold Off SteepleCats in Ninth

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the Valley Blue Sox held on for a 7-5 win at Joe Wolfe Field in New England Collegiate Baseball League action on Friday.
 
Andrew Estrella went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double in an 11-hit attack for the visitors.
 
Darin Kuskie struck out four and allowed one run in five innings of work to earn the win on the mound.
 
For the SteepleCats, Monument Mountain graduate Jayder Raifstanger and Mount Greylock grad Derek Paris each doubled and drove in a run.
 
Taconic alum Sam Sherman went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs for North Adams.
 
And Pittsfield High grad Cam Sime was one of five pitchers for the SteepleCats.
 
North Adams (5-7) Sunday goes to Holyoke to play the Blue Sox.
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Thunderstorms Leave Downed Trees, Wires and Debris Across North County

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

A tree limb smashed in the cab on Mark Moulton's truck. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A severe thunderstorm hammered parts of North and Central County on Tuesday night, downing trees and limbs and leaving more than 8,000 customers without power. 
 
The Berkshires, Eastern New York and parts of Southern Vermont were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The storm came through shortly after 6 p.m. with thunder and lightning and torrential rain. 
 
Alerts and calls began streaming into dispatch and fire and police departments began calling in extra help. 
 
When the rain let, the full extent of the damage could be seen — from uprooted century-old trees to scatterings of debris across streets and lawns. 
 
As of 8:30, Brooklyn, Hoosac, Meadow, North Eagle just above Hospital Avenue were closed and the lower section of North Eagle was limited to one-way traffic. Trees were also down on Holbrook, Chestnut and Hall. 
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey had been getting a close-up look at the damage and speaking with residents. 
 
"I've been trying to hit as many streets as I can so I have couple more streets to hit before I call it a night," the mayor said just before 9 p.m.
 
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