Red Sox Optimist – 2009

2009 Season Record: 30-31-1

May 92:00 PMvs. *Berkshire Red Sox Independent (Game 1)
Mothers Day Pink Bat Face-Off
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(4-5)
May 94:30 PMvs. *Berkshire Red Sox Independent (Game 2)
Mothers Day Pink Bat Face-Off
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(2-8)
May 116:30 PMat *Berkshire Red Sox Independent 
Egelmans Park
L(7-16)
May 127:00 PMat *Berkshire Red Sox 28-Over
Egelmans Park
W(14-2)
May 136:00 PMat *Smitty's Cardinals
Hempfield High School
W(4-1)
May 156:00 PMvs. *Jonestown
Robesonia Playground
W(7-0)
May 169:00 AMRawlings Wood Bat Jamboree
*Berkshire Red Sox Independent 
Robesonia Playground
L(4-5)
May 164:30 PMRawlings Wood Bat Jamboree
*Linglestown
Robesonia Playground
W(4-1)
May 1712:30 PMRawlings Wood Bat Jamboree
*SWS Braves
Robesonia Playground
L(5-6)
May 196:00 PMat Memory 21
Egelmans Park
W(2-0)
May 217:00 PMvs. Jonestown (20)
George Field
W(9-6)
May 2310:00 AMRipken Memorial Day Tournament
*Prince William (VA) Yankees
Griffith Field, Ripken Experience Complex, Myrtle Beach, SC
L(3-10)
May 2312:45 PMRipken Memorial Day Tournament
*Essex (MD) Baseball
Griffith Field, Ripken Experience Complex, Myrtle Beach, SC
L(6-12)
May 2410:00 AMRipken Memorial Day Tournament
*Virginia Diamondbacks
Griffith Field, Ripken Experience Complex, Myrtle Beach, SC
W(10-4)
May 243:30 PMRipken Memorial Day Tournament
*Fungo (NC) Red Sox
Griffith Field, Ripken Experience Complex, Myrtle Beach, SC
L(7-8)
May 277:00 PMvs. PlayBall Black Sox
George Field
W(7-3)
May 303:00 PMat SWS Braves (Game 1)
Lampeter-Strasburg High School
L(5-6 (11))
May 305:30 PMat SWS Braves (Game 2)
Lampeter-Strasburg High School
L(3-4)
June 16:00 PMat Reading Diamondbacks
Kutztown University
L(0-2)
June 37:00 PMvs. Memory 21
George Field
L(0-3)
June 46:00 PMat Jonestown
Jonestown Community Park
T(2-2 (9))
June 712:00 PMvs. *Exeter Cardinals (Game 1)
Robesonia Playground
W(7-0)
June 72:30 PMvs. *Exeter Cardinals (Game 2)
Robesonia Playground
W(5-1)
June 107:00 PMvs. *Exeter Cardinals
George Field
W(14-0)
June 1310:00 AMvs. Manheim Township Black Hats (Game 1)
George Field
W(5-1)
June 1312:30 PMvs. Manheim Township Black Hats (Game 2)
George Field
L(3-4)
June 133:30 PMvs. *Berkshire Red Sox Independent
George Field
L(2-6)
June 167:00 PMvs. Reading Diamondbacks
George Field
L(3-4)
June 219:00 AMRawlings Berkshire Showdown
*Cly Mudcats
Robesonia Playground
W(4-2)
June 2111:30 AMRawlings Berkshire Showdown
*Susquehanna (MD) Braves
Robesonia Playground
L(3-6)
June 236:00 PMat Memory 21
Egelmans Park
W(6-0)
June 257:00 PMvs. Jonestown
George Field
W(8-2)
June 271:00 PMat Lititz Pirates (Game 1)
Warwick High School
W(5-0)
June 273:30 PMat Lititz Pirates (Game 2)
Warwick High School
W(8-5)
June 297:00 PMvs. Reading Diamondbacks (sb)
GRCVB Sport Bottle Give-Away Night
George Field
L(2-10)
June 306:00 PMat *Pottstown Spartans
Ringing Rocks Park
W(4-2)
July 17:00 PMvs. *Pottstown Spartans
George Field
L(5-6)
July 32:30 PMvs. *Brooklyn (NY)
Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg
L(9-16)
July 35:00 PMvs. *New Rochelle (NY)
Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg
L(1-2 (8))
July 49:30 AMat *Mechanicsburg Cardinals
Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg
L(2-10)
July 45:00 PMvs. *New Rochelle (NY)
Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg
L(1-6)
July 66:00 PMat PlayBall Black Sox
Daniel Boone High School
L(2-5)
July 77:00 PMvs. Memory 21
George Field
W(7-1)
July 86:00 PMat PlayBall Black Sox
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(7-8)
July 96:00 PMat Jonestown
Jonestown Community Park
W(5-0)
July 111:00 PMvs. Quarryville Nationals (Game 1) (Buca)
Buca di Beppo Free Lunch Give-Away
George Field
W(5-4)
July 113:30 PMvs. Quarryville Nationals (Game 2) (Buca)
Buca di Beppo Free Lunch Give-Away
George Field
W(3-0)
July 1212:00 PMat *Cumberland (MD) Orioles (Game 1)
Frostburg State University
W(7-3)
July 122:30 PMat *Cumberland (MD) Orioles (Game 2)
Frostburg State University
W(8-3)
July 136:00 PMat Smitty's Cardinals
Hempfield High School
L(8-9)
July 145:45 PMvs. PlayBall Black Sox (mb)
Rawlings Mini-Bat Give-Away Night
George Field
W(7-4)
July 148:00 PMvs. *Berkshire Red Sox Independent (mb)
Rawlings Mini-Bat Give-Away Night
George Field
L(3-5)
July 167:00 PMvs. Smitty's Cardinals
George Field
L(1-6)
July 195:00 PMvs. *Berkshire Red Sox Independent (bt)
Berkshire Scholarship Fund/Baseballtown Benefit Game
First Energy Stadium
W(18-11)
July 206:00 PMat Reading Diamondbacks
Kutztown University
L(0-3)
July 227:00 PMat *Berkshire Red Sox Independent
George Field
W(10-2)
July 247:30 PMat Reading Diamondbacks
Quad County Quarter-Finals (Game 1)
George Field
W(3-1)
July 257:00 PMvs. Reading Diamondbacks
Quad County Quarter-Finals (Game 2)
George Field
W(8-7)
July 276:00 PMat PlayBall Black Sox
Quad County Semi-Finals (Game 1)
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(1-4)
July 286:00 PMat PlayBall Black Sox
Quad County Semi-Final Play-offs (Game 2)
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(5-2)
July 297:00 PMvs. PlayBall Black Sox
Quad County Semi-Finals (Game 3)
George Field
L(1-2)
July 307:00 PMvs. PlayBall Black Sox
Quad County Semi-Finals (Game 4)
George Field
L(1-2)
5Dan Clouser   (Head Coach)
32Zac Schneider   (Asst. Coach)
1Kyle Wenrich
2Nate Weiss
3Cody Montz
6Sean Morris
7Billy Hartranft
8Danny Morris
10Brandon Shurr
11Jeremy Hess
14Matt Freiwald
15Kevin Thomas
16Pat Kramer
17Matt Kozlowski
18Dan Karst
19Chris Knarr
20John Pisker
22Mike Billera-Smith
23Jeff Smith
24Alex Oldham
25Brock Laubenstine (L)
26Andy Ball
27Kevin Lengyel
28Gerry Werner
29Shawn Walbert
31Derrek Boyer
39Shane Stein

MVP – Shane Stein
Outstanding Pitcher – Billy Hartranft
Sportsmanship/Hustle – Chris Knarr
Defensive Player of the Year – Shane Stein

Making its 16th straight post-season berth, the Berkshire Optimist team finished with a regular season record of 30-31-1, falling under .500 for the first time since 2002. The team knew going into the 2009 season that it would be a rebuilding year, considering it lost many key players from previous years, but it still managed to make yet another post-season appearance.

Not returning in 2009 for the Optimist team were Leon Adams, Rob Lozenski, 2008 defensive player of the year Pete Jordan, 2008 outstanding pitcher Billy Huntzinger, Kyle Stover, and Dave Morris who shared the 2008 MVP award with Adams. Other pitchers lost along with Huntzinger were starting pitcher Joe Harris, Dave Schaeffer, and Kevin Morganti. On the offensive side, non-returning players were John Guiseppe, Jason Dunkleberger, and Chad Denunzio.

Although nearly half the team hadn’t returned in 2009, there have been some pretty impressive hauls throughout the season. Shane Stein was one of the most outstanding players during the season, consistently reaching base while earning awards for his good sportsmanship. Thirty games into the season Stein was batting a mere .196 going only 9-46 at the plate. His remarkable second half season was impressive as he ended the season up from .196 to .300, going 33 for 110 at the plate with a .476 on-base percentage. He also had 28 walks on top of his 33 hits.

Most players the Optimist team had lost have been 4-5 year veterans. In spite of losing many players, it stayed alive by sweeping the Reading Diamondbacks in the first round of playoffs. Its youth is what kept them from returning to the championship game, as it was defeated 3-1 in a four game series during the semi-finals. In the bottom of the 7th inning of the last playoff game, Stein was thrown out at the plate from right field for the second out and sealing its loss. With the experience the new team gained in 2009, it can come back stronger in 2010 with more consistency and better offensive play.

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