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LaFesta Baseball Exchange Marks 29 Years
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Mayor Thomas Bernard thanks Canales and Romano for their efforts with the youth baseball exchange. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The LaFesta Baseball Exchange has been connecting the two ends of the state in this annual celebration of baseball, brotherhood, and youth sportsmanship between the state's smallest and largest cities.    And before the North Adams LaFestas and the North End Dodgers faced off at Joe Wolfe Field on a hot muggy Saturday, the organizers took a moment to remember the idea first broached by John Lipa and Anthony Abuisi nearly three decades ago.    "A lot of times in any community you hear, 'hey you know,

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North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:17PM / Saturday, July 20, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual LaFesta Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.   The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning because of a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in

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Porricelli Homer Highlights SteepleCats' Win
05:54PM / Saturday, July 20, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joseph Porricelli homered, tripled and drove in four runs Saturday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 14-9 win over the Newport Gulls in New England Collegiate Baseball League action at Joe Wolfe Field.   Kyle Brennan had a triple and a double in an 18-hit North Adams attack.   Matt Koperniak went 2-for-6 with an RBI.   Daniel Corvo earned the win on the mound, allowing three hits and one run in four innings of relief work.   North Adams (20-12) is back on the road for three straight starting with Sunday afternoon's game at Winnipesauke in Laconia, N.H.

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Cats' Bats Go Silent at Ocean State
09:46PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- Ocean State built a six-run lead before the North Adams SteepleCats to get a run across the plate in a 6-1 Waves' win on Friday in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   Elijah Dunham went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs for Ocean State.   Matt Koperniak drove in the lone run for the SteepleCats in the top of the ninth.   The SteepleCats managed just one hit in the loss.   North Adams (19-12) returns home for the first time in five games on Saturday to play Newport in a rare 1 p.m. matinee at Joe Wolfe Field, site of the La Festa Baseball Exchange on Saturday evening.

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McGuire Scores 45 in Drury's Giorgi League Win
08:55PM / Thursday, July 18, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Scott McGuire Jr. scored 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Thursday to lead Drury to a 68-45 win over Hoosac Valley in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   McGuire also blocked a couple of shots for the Blue Devils in the win at the Armory.   Izaha Stubbs scored 25 points for Hoosac Valley.   Thursday's other scheduled game, between McCann Tech and Monument Mountain, resulted in a win by forfeit for the Hornets.   On Wednesday in the men's division, Waterman's Excavating beat Maselli/Bedard Bros., 61-55, and iBerkshires.com picked up a forfeit win against Rivers Lawn Care/Timeless Training.   Waterman's got 16 points from

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Dalton Softball Tourney to Highlight Busy Weekend in Youth Sports
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:03AM / Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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“Lazy days of summer”? Not for local youngsters on a variety of travel sports teams.   This weekend will be filled with tournament play on softball and baseball diamonds near and far.   One of the biggest local softball events of the year gets under way on Friday in Dalton, where 26 teams will compete in four age divisions at the 10th annual Dalton CRA Invitational.   Titles will be awarded in 10-and-under, 12U, 14U and 16U age groups.   Local teams in action include the hosts from Dalton, Great Barrington, the Berkshire Blaze, Berkshire Force and Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Swat.   The action gets underway on Friday. Pool play continues through Saturday in all

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Mount Greylock, Drury Earn Giorgi League Wins
10:55PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Liam Brady had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday to help the Mount Greylock boys earn a 55-33 win over Monument Mountain in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Toby Foehl scored a game-high 19, and Mitchell Jezouit just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine boards; Jezouit also blocked three shots.   Monument Mountain was led by Zach Goffin with 12 points and 12 rebounds.   In Tuesday's other high school division game, Scott McGuire Jr. scored 21 to lead Drury to a 53-33 win over McCann Tech.   Tim Brazeau backed up McGuire with 11 points and eight rebounds.   The Hornets were led by Bruce Davis with 12

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New Bedford Pulls Away Late to Top SteepleCats
10:39PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- New Bedford scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to pull away for a 9-4 win over the North Adams on Tuesday in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   Joseph Porricelli went 2-for-4 with a home run, and Shane Muntz was 3-for-4 with a double in the loss.   The SteepleCats used four pitchers in the loss. Starter Ben Shields went four innings, allowing one run on two hits against four strikeouts.   North Adams (18-11) is back on the road Wednesday, traveling to Sanford, Maine.

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Davis, Shatford Lead Teams to Giorgi League Victories
09:43PM / Monday, July 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Brandon Davis connected seven times from beyond the 3-point arc to score a game-high 22 and lead Swish to a 66-44 win over Frank Field Contracting on Monday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Swish lived up to its team name, hitting 17 3s as a team.   Robbie Burke scored 15 for Frank Field, which got a double-double from Jameson Coughlan, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds.   In Monday's other game, Fortitude Strength & Conditioning defeated Central Radio, 62-32.   Lucas Shatford had a game-high 27 points and eight boards for Fortitude.   Kollin Allard and Nino Sanchez added 15 and 10, respectively, in the win.   For

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Koperniak Homers, Doubles in SteepleCats' Road Win
09:29PM / Monday, July 15, 2019
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MYSTIC, Conn. -- Hoosac Valley High School graduate Matt Koperniak went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and five RBIs Monday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 6-2 win over Mystic on Monday in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   Koperniak raised his batting average to .434 this season and hit his second homer and 21st double in 22 games.   Andrew Pedone went 2-for-5 at the plate with the Cats' other RBI.   Joseph Kemlage earned the win with four innings of scoreless relief of starter Alex Gomes. The pair combined to strike out 10 Schooners.   North Adams (18-10) takes a two-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at New Bedford.

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