Red Sox Optimist – 2007

2007 Season Record: 59-23-1

April 11:00 PMat *Frederick (MD) Flying Dogs (Game 1)
Frederick, MD
W(9-5)
April 13:30 PMat *Frederick (MD) Flying Dogs (Game 2)
Frederick, MD
W(12-1)
April 187:15 PMat *Berkshire Red Sox 28 & Over
Egelmans Park
W(4-1)
April 197:15 PMvs. *Sam's Goosehouse Mets
Egelmans Park
W(4-3)
April 211:00 PMvs. *Sportsfever (NY) Baseball (Game 1)
Kutztown University
W(8-6)
April 213:30 PMvs. *Sportsfever (NY) Baseball (Game 2)
Kutztown University
L(2-7)
April 221:00 PMvs. *Sportsfever (NY) Baseball (Game 1)
Kutztown University
L(4-21)
April 223:30 PMvs. *Sportsfever (NY) Baseball (Game 2)
Kutztown University
W(7-0)
April 289:30 AMvs. *Jefferson (Susquehanna Early-Bird)
Conrads Field - York, PA
W(12-0)
April 2812:30 PMvs. *Hellam (Susquehanna Early-Bird)
Hellam Field - York, PA
L(0-1)
April 283:30 PMvs. *Middletown (Susquehanna Early-Bird)
Conrads Field - York, PA
L(4-5)
April 291:00 PMat *York Area (Game 1)
York, PA
W(9-0)
April 293:30 PMat *York Area (Game 2)
York, PA
W(7-0)
May 17:30 PMat *Memory 21
Egelmans Park
W(5-0)
May 27:30 PMvs. *MEMORY 21
Egelmans Park
W(3-1)
May 47:30 PMvs. *MIDDLETOWN
Egelmans Park
W(5-3)
May 61:00 PMat *Hagerstown (MD) Braves (ss) (Game 1)
North Hagerstown High School
L(8-11)
May 61:00 PMat *Harmony Highlanders (ss) (Game 1)
Doubs Meadows Park, Myersville, Md
W(7-0)
May 63:30 PMat *Harmony Highlanders (ss) (Game 2)
Doubs Meadows Park, Myersville, Md
W(9-0)
May 63:30 PMat *Hagerstown (MD) Braves (ss) (Game 2)
North Hagerstown High School
W(6-3)
May 97:30 PMvs. *MEMORY 21
Egelmans Park
W(9-4)
May 117:00 PMvs. *LINGLESTOWN
Earl Wenger Field, Fredericksburg
W(5-3)
May 1211:00 AMvs. *BERKSHIRE BLUE SOX (Game 1)
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(8-4)
May 121:30 PMat *Berkshire Blue Sox (Game 2)
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(9-5)
May 157:30 PMvs. *BERKSHIRE BLUE SOX
Egelmans Park
W(13-10)
May 177:30 PMvs. *SMITTY'S CARDINALS
Egelmans Park
W(13-1)
May 187:30 PMvs. *Souderton Warriors (Wood Bat Jamboree)
George Field
L(2-3)
May 1910:00 AMat *Berkshire Blue Sox (Wood Bat Jamboree)
Egelmans Park
L(3-5)
May 216:00 PMat Lititz Pirates
Warwick HS
W(8-1)
May 236:00 PMat SWS Nationals
Lampeter-Strasburg HS
L(3-4)
May 2611:00 AMvs. *Cumberland Orioles (Reno Powell Tournament)
Clear Spring HS, Hagerstown, MD
W(4-3)
May 263:45 PMvs. *Hagerstown Braves (Reno Powell Tournament)
Clear Spring HS, Hagerstown, MD
W(7-2)
May 2711:45 AMvs. *Frederick Flying Dogs (Reno Powell Tournament)
Clear Spring HS, Hagerstown, MD
L(4-5)
May 275:30 PMvs. *FedLock Falcons (Reno Powell Tournament)
North Hagerstown HS, MD
L(0-7)
May 296:00 PMat Jonestown
Jonestown Community Park
W(9-5)
May 306:00 PMat Smitty's Cardinals
Hempfield HS
W(11-3)
June 46:00 PMat Manheim Twp.
Manheim Twp. HS
L(0-7)
June 56:00 PMvs. PLAYBALL BLACK SOX
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
W(3-1)
June 67:00 PMvs. EPHRATA BLUE COATS
GEORGE FIELD
L(2-3 (10))
June 76:00 PMat Berkshire Blue Sox
Kutztown University
W(5-3)
June 116:00 PMvs. POTTSTOWN A's
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
W(7-0)
June 116:15 PMvs. *POTTSTOWN A's
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
W(9-4)
June 136:00 PMvs. MEMORY 21
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
W(2-1)
June 147:00 PMvs. *Smitty's Cardinals (Berkshire Showdown)
George Field
W(4-1)
June 156:45 PMvs. *Linglestown (Berkshire Showdown)
George Field
W(5-2)
June 159:15 PMvs. *Tarrytown (NY) Knights (Berkshire Showdown)
George Field
W(8-6)
June 1610:00 AMvs. *Baltimore Cooper Cleaning (Berkshire Showdown)
Pendora Park
W(11-0)
June 179:00 AMat *Susquehanna All-Stars (Showdown Semi-Final)
George Field
W(7-2)
June 172:30 PMvs. Northumberland D-Backs (Showdown Championship)
George Field
W(11-6)
June 206:00 PMat PlayBall Black Sox
Union Twp. Field
T(2-2)
June 216:00 PMat Smitty's Cardinals
Hempfield HS
L(2-3)
June 227:00 PMvs. PLAYBALL BLACK SOX
GEORGE FIELD
L(2-4 (11))
June 231:00 PMvs. LITITZ PIRATES (Game 1)
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
W(5-4)
June 233:30 PMvs. LITITZ PIRATES (Game 2)
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
L(3-4)
June 256:15 PMvs. SMITTY'S CARDINALS
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY
W(8-1)
June 277:00 PMvs. MANHEIM TWP.
GEORGE FIELD
L(4-6)
June 3012:00 PMvs. SWS NATIONALS (Game 1)
GEORGE FIELD
W(5-4)
June 302:30 PMat SWS NATIONALS (Game 2)
GEORGE FIELD
W(9-5)
July 15:00 PMvs. BERKSHIRE BLUE SOX (BT)
FIRST ENERGY STADIUM
L(0-7)
July 712:00 PMvs. JONESTOWN (Game 1)
GEORGE FIELD
W(10-0)
July 72:30 PMvs. JONESTOWN (Game 2)
GEORGE FIELD
W(11-1)
July 81:00 PMat *Cumberland Orioles (Game 1)
Hot Stove Complex, Cumberland, MD
W(1-0)
July 83:30 PMat *Cumberland Orioles (Game 2)
Hot Stove Complex, Cumberland, MD
L(4-6)
July 106:00 PMat Manheim Twp.
Manheim Twp. HS
W(7-4)
July 115:45 PMvs. POTTSTOWN A's (MB)
GEORGE FIELD
W(6-5)
July 128:30 PMat Ephrata Blue Coats
War Memorial Stadium
W(9-0)
July 149:00 AMvs. *FedLock Falcons (Tallgren Games)
Vets Park #4, Woodbridge, VA
W(6-5)
July 143:00 PMvs. *Greenbrier (VA) Knights (Tallgren Games)
Vets Park #3, Woodbridge, VA
L(5-12)
July 159:00 AMat *Gildea's Raiders (Tallgren Games)
Vets Park #3, Woodbridge, VA
L(1-5)
July 176:00 PMat Memory 21(Game 1)
Egelmans Park
W(7-2)
July 178:00 PMat Memory 21 (Game 2)
Egelmans Park
W(4-1)
July 187:00 PMat Ephrata Blue Coats
War Memorial Stadium
L(2-3)
July 196:00 PMat Berkshire Blue Sox
Kutztown University
L(1-5)
July 236:00 PMat Pottstown A's
Memorial Park
W(7-0)
July 287:00 PMvs. Ephrata Blue Coats (Qtr. Fnls - Gm 1)
George Field
W(3-1)
July 307:00 PMat Ephrata Blue Coats (Qtr. Fnls - Gm 2)
War Memorial Stadium
W(5-4)
August 17:00 PMat PlayBall Black Sox (Semi-Final Play-off - Gm 1)
Egelmans Park
W(7-3)
August 27:00 PMat PlayBall Black Sox (Semi-Final Play-off - Gm 2)
Egelmans Park
W(13-2)
August 37:00 PMvs. PlayBall Black Sox (Semi-Final Play-off - Gm 3)
GEORGE FIELD
W(4-3)
August 57:00 PMvs. Smitty's Cardinals (LCS - Game 1)
GEORGE FIELD
W(12-3)
August 67:00 PMvs. Smitty's Cardinals (LCS - Game 2)
GEORGE FIELD
W(6-4)
August 77:00 PMat Smitty's Cardinals (LCS - Game 3)
Lampeter-Strasburg HS
L(4-7)
August 87:00 PMat Smitty's Cardinals (LCS - Game 4)
Lampeter-Strasburg HS
W(7-3)
5Dan Clouser   (Head Coach)
35Chad Denunzio - 1B/OF   (Asst. Coach)
1Nate Weiss - OF
2Dave Morris - IF
3Josh McDevitt - Utl.
4Peter Jordan - OF
6Sean Morris - OF (L)
7Matt Zaorski - RHP
8Danny Morris - RHP/IF
9Kyle Stover - IF
10Carlos Benitez - IF
11Jeremy Hess - RHP/IF
12Kevin Morganti - RHP
14Kevin Lengyel - RHP/IF (DL)
16Pat Kramer - IF/RHP (L)
18Eric Hetrich - RHP
20John Pisker - 1B/OF (DL)
21Leon Adams - IF
22Mike Billera-Smith - IF/RHP (L)
23Adam Frederick - C
24Joey Harris - LHP
25Jason Dunkelberger - IF/RHP
26Nate Reed - LHP
27Nick Zerbe - LHP
28Gerry Werner - Utl.
29Dan Myers - Utl.
32Zac Schneider - 3B/OF
33Robert Lozenski - C
39Shane Stein - LHP/OF
41Kevin Walbert - RHP (DL)

MVP – Peter Jordan
Outstanding Pitcher – Nate Reed & Joey Harris
Sportsmanship/Hustle – Shane Stein
Defensive Player of the Year – Jeremy Hess

When the 2007 season started, the Berkshire Red Sox Quad-County team had a target on their back.

Making four straight trips to the League Championship Series and bringing home the titles in both 2003 and 2006, the Sox would have to play some good baseball in 2007 to maintain that “Tradition of Excellence”.

Could five straight LCS appearances really be accomplished? The Red Sox had made four straight LCS appearances from 1996-1999 winning their first ever title in 1999 under the guidance of then Sox skipper Ed Reidel, who took over for Dan Clouser in 1997.

Five straight though, that would be unheard of.

The season started with a solid core of returning players and the Red Sox had also added some new faces.

Rookies, Shane Stein, Nate Weiss, Gerry Werner, Eric Hetrich and Carlos Benitez were all looking to help the Sox stay on top.

Josh McDevitt, who was a legion double-roster player was hoping to pitch in on legion off days.

The free agent signing of Dan Myers looked to add some versatility and veteran leadership to the squad.

Early season loses of pitchers, Kevin Lengyel and Kevin Walbert as well as another season ending concussion for John Pisker left some holes to fill for the Red Sox.

The Sox opened their season with a decisive 8-1 road victory over the Lititz Pirates in a rematch of the 2006 LCS and looked to be running on all cylinders to start.

As good as the Sox looked in their league opener, they looked bad in their next game as they dropped a 4-3 loss to the SWS Nationals in the final inning.

For the better part of the season, that was the story of these Red Sox, one night they would look unstoppable and the next night they would show up with nine guys and look mediocre at best.

The roster continued to take some hits as the season went on, Cuban defector, Carlos Benitez decided to give up baseball after he was passed up in the Major League draft, catcher Adam Frederick changed jobs and was relegated to weekend only duty, rookie pitcher Eric Hetrich decided to concentrate on his football career midway through the season, Nick Zerbe’s internship eliminated him from the pitching rotation by mid-June, Leon Adams missed several weeks with kidney stones and Coaching, work and school conflicts limited the duties of Rob Lozenski, Chad Denunzio, Dan Myers and Kyle Stover.

The obstacles kept popping up and the Sox kept trying to overcome them.

By mid-June, just after the Sox captured their second Rawlings Berkshire Showdown tile in the past three years, the Sox were staring at a crucial week in the season where they wouldn’t have a catcher.

Enter, Stephen “Crash Davis” Croft who hadn’t been on a Red Sox active roster since the 2002 season.

A four year lay-off, marriage, starting a photography business and two kids later, Croft was behind the dish against the Smitty’s Cardinals.

He proved to be a vital part in the clubs run down the stretch.

The rollercoaster ride continued all summer long, the Sox would reach one milestone, such as achieving another 40 win season as early as June 30, recording Dan Clouser’s 500th career coaching victory on July 12 at Ephrata and setting a single season win mark with their 49th win of the season on July 17th and follow-up a big win with a crucial loss.

As the Red Sox continued their late summer stretch, more bumps in the road had to be overcome.

By early July, another blow to the pitching would have to be overcome when Kevin Morganti went down with a season ending arm injury.

Parity in the Quad-County Optimist League kept the Sox in the middle of the pack, but even with all of the set-backs that 2007 brought, the Sox found themselves within striking distance of the Regular Season title with four games to play in the final three days of their season.

A twi-night double-header sweep of Memory 21 on July 17, left the Red Sox needing to win one of their next two games to capture the regular season title.

The following night, the Sox lost to the Ephrata Blue Coats 3-2 with Nate Reed on the hill, but still just needed to knock off their brother squad in their season finale the next night to capture the Regular Season title.

The Blue Sox would have to beat the Red Sox and Lititz the following Monday in order for them to take the title and they did just that as they thumped the Red Sox 5-1 and then went on to beat Lititz 2-1 to win the title.

In the next five days that the Red Sox were idle as the rest of the league finished up their season, the Sox slowly dropped from the #2 seed to the #4 seed in the play-offs as everyone who they needed to lose – won.

Losing the final two games of their season wasn’t exactly the high note that the Sox wanted heading into the post-season.

However, even with the late season collapse, these Red Sox has a bit of resolve heading into the post-season knowing that if they got hot, they could beat anyone.

In the Quarter-Final opener, Nate Reed set the tone by tossing a no-hitter in a 3-1 series opening win against Ephrata.

It took two days for the Red Sox to beat the Blue Coats in game 2 and complete the sweep as rain suspended the contest and forced the teams to come back the next night as the Sox hung on to eliminate Ephrata 5-4.

In the Semi-Finals, the Red Sox faced their new rival, the PlayBall Black Sox and again set the tone early as they swept the Black Sox by scores of 7-3, 13-2 and 4-3 to secure their improbable fifth straight trip to the LCS.

In the League Championship Series, the Sox faced a familiar, but yet unexpected foe in the Smitty’s Cardinals.

Although, the Sox and Cardinals had squared off in the LCS in 2003, 2004 and 2005, they both made it their as the #1 and #2 seeds entering the play-offs.

This year, the Red Sox were the #4 seed and the Cardinals needed a tie-breaker game against the Lititz Pirates just to secure the #6 and final seed of the post-season.

The Red Sox had taken the series in 2003 and the Cardinals came out on top in both 2004 and 2005.

The Red Sox again would be looking to take control of the momentum in the series early and they did just that with a 12-3 win in game 1 at home at George Field.

The next night, the Sox took a commanding 2-games-none lead over the Cards with a 6-4 win.

Heading to Lancaster for game three and riding a seven game post-season winning streak, their was a lot of talk on the bus ride to the game about how the team would celebrate after the sweep.

Unfortunately, Smitty’s was not about to go down without a fight and slapped the Sox around that night on their way to a 7-4 win and forcing a game four in the best-of-five game series.

After the game, Clouser had to remind his club that the year before, they were down to that same Smitty’s club 2-0 and came back to win the series. He made sure that they would be focused the next night and complete the task at hand.

The following night, August 8, 2007, the Red Sox came out focused and determined and put the Cardinals away 7-3 to bring home their second straight league title and third in the past five years while notching a record breaking 59-23-1 record.

“The thing that made this club special was that even with all of the injuries and all of the set-backs, someone different would step-up every night.” Said Dan Clouser, Red Sox manager. “We were very deep and had guys who understood their roles and were ready to go when we needed them.”

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