Red Sox Optimist – 2004

2004 Season Record: 39-25

MVP – Leon Adams
Outstanding Pitcher – Zach Groh & Matt Burkhart
Sportsmanship/Hustle – Kyle Stover
Defensive Player of the Year – Dave Morris

At the start of the season, the 2004 edition of the Berkshire Red Sox Quad County team looked to be possibly the most talented team in franchise history.

Unfortunately, a pitching staff that originally bolstered Nick Evangelista, Zach Groh, Kyle Sadlowski, Matt Keller, Justin Hanley, Matt Burkhart, Kevin Walbert and Dan Runkel took on a new look when Keller decided to play in the Valley League in Virginia, Sadlowski was sidelined by tendentious in his right shoulder and didn’t pitch an inning, Evangelista was drafted in the 26th round by the Phillies making only one appearance between the Big East Tournament and the Major League draft and Runkel never completed the season.

However, even with the pitching staff taking major hits, this group was resilient and battled day in and day out to defend their title.

The Sox finished second in the regular season to Smitty’s and faced rival Memory 21 in the best-of-five semi-final series.

After winning game one 2-1, the Sox dropped games two and three by scores of 3-0 and 4-1 respectively. As the Sox starred elimination in the face, Robert Ash pitched the first six innings and scheduled game 5 starter Kevin Walbert came in relief to pitch the final four innings of a 10-inning marathon game that the Sox won 5-4 to force the series deciding game five.

The Sox sent grizzled veteran Shawn Seidel to the hill in game five and Seidel battled for the better part of four innings before giving way to the Sox bullpen.

Trailing 6-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, it looked as though this night belonged to former Red Sox 18-U pitcher Zach Lutz and Memory 21. Leon Adams sparked the Sox with a lead-off single and then stole second, the Sox followed Adams’ lead with an ensuing three-run rally that gave them a 7-6 victory and quieted their mouthy opponents for at least another winter.

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