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16-U Berkshire Red Sox

The Berkshire Baseball Club has been organizing quality youth and adult amateur baseball teams since 1989.

Committed to excellence, we strive to bring the highest quality of baseball to our area in its purest and most original form, with wooden bats. Regardless of the age level, we strongly believe that wooden bat baseball puts a true emphasis on a hitter's natural ability. Good hitters excel, average hitters struggle. Defense and pitching win games.

Berkshire Baseball fielded their first 17-U team in 2012.
2001 9-17 Bill Hartranft
MVP - Billy Hartranft Outstanding Pitcher - D.J. Evans
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Evan Spayd  
The Berkshire Red Sox 16-U team was a bit of a miracle to say the least.

The team was put together in less than a week, just as the 14-U team came to fruition in much the same manner a few weeks later.

When Bill Hartranft presented Berkshire General Manager, Dan Clouser with a dilemma that would keep him from playing in a tournament, Clouser quickly adopted the club into the organization to form the Red Sox 16-U team.

A few days later the newest edition of the Red Sox was a quarter-final qualifier on the Pretzel City Classic Tournament.

After getting off to that high note, the Sox struggled for the remainder of the season but put it all together in their season finale to finish second in the Southern Maryland Shootout in Lexington Park, MD.
2002 10-23-1 Bill Hartranft
MVP - Kevin Lengyel Outstanding Pitcher - Lee Butz
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Cody Melnick Defensive Player of the Year - Andrew Smoker
At first look, one would think that the 16-U Sox struggled again in their second season, however, when you factor in the fact that they played over half their games against 18-U opponants, you may reconsider that statement.

The 16-U Sox never fretted as they took the role of David versus Goliath for the better part of their 2002 campaign. They defeated two of the 18-U opponants they faced, tied one and played very tough against the powerful Colorado Rockies Scout team before losing 3-1.

The Red Sox finished second in two of the four 16-U tournaments that they played in, the Pretzel City Classic and the Slugger's Ball in Richmond, VA.
2003 21-13-2 Dan Clouser
MVP - Andrew Smoker Outstanding Pitcher - Kevin Lengyel
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Shane Stein Defensive Player of the Year - Mike Kacelowicz
Dan Clouser took over at the helm of the Red Sox 16-U team in 2003, moving up with several players from the 14-U squad he had coached for the previous two seasons.

After starting 0-4 the Red Sox 16-U team hovered around the .500 mark for the majority of the 2003 season.

A 1-0 loss in the Ozzy's 18-U Fall Classic Tournament, to one of the premier 18-U teams in the area, the Moosic Mets, proved to be the turning point on the 16-U Sox season. The Sox became more confident and more focused from that point on and won eight of their last ten games, half of which were against 18-U competition. They went on to set a Red Sox 16-U team record for wins in a season with a 21-13-2 mark and brought home the Championship of the T.G.I.Friday's Octoberfest Wood Bat Tournament and finished second in the 18-U Sports at the Beach Columbus Day Classic in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
2004 27-20 Dan Clouser
MVP - Shane Stein Outstanding Pitcher - Shane Stein & Kevin O'Connor
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Matt Bodnar Defensive Player of the Year - Pat Kramer
The 2004 Berkshire Red Sox 16-U season was a bit of a roller coaster ride to say the least.

The Sox played .500 baseball through their first 16 games and then went on a torrid run improving their 8-8 record to 21-8 after running off a 16-U team record 13-straight wins.

The Sox advanced to the semi-finals of their first two tournaments and then won the championship of the Pagoda Classic Labor Day Tournament and finished second in both the Fall Classic and the Oktoberfest Invitational.

Inclement weather forced a three week lay-off toward the end of the Sox season and they were never able to overcome the rust as they dropped their final eight games of the season while playing up against 18-U competition.

The Sox did set a 16-U team record for wins with 27, as well as the longest winning streak at 13.
2005 23-24-1 Dan Clouser
MVP - Josh McDevitt Outstanding Pitcher - Andrew Ball
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Matt Freiwald Defensive Player of the Year - Pat Kramer
What many people thought would be an outstanding season for the 2005 Berkshire Red Sox 16-U team, turned out to be the path of the walking wounded.

The team had to battle injuries all season long. From the first tournament, where Ian DeLancey and Pat Kramer were both coming off arm injuries from the summer, the Sox had to figure out a way to make the best out of an understaffed roster.

DeLancey was 100% healthy by Labor Day, unfortunately, Kramer battled through his injury up until season ending shoulder surgery on October 7.

Key pitcher, Matt Emerich (46 IP, 52 K, 1.52 ERA) missed seven games due to a hairline fracture in his foot, Josh McDevitt (.362 BA, 2.38 ERA) battled an elbow injury for the better part of the season before being relegated to a hitter only for the final eight games and Matt Freiwald’s season ended when he was in a car accident in mid-October.

Even with all of the injuries, this group battled hard all season long.

After starting off 0-4, the Sox battled into the Championship game of their second tournament, the Body Zone Pretzel City Classic, where they lost to the Chester County Crawdads 8-3.

The Sox advanced to the quarter-finals of the Applebee’s Pagoda Classic and the Semi-Finals of the Berkshire Fall Classic, suffering heart-breaking loses to end their weekend in both events.

Determined to not let it happen again, the Sox finished the deal in the Susquehanna/Patriot Bank Oktoberfest Tournament, by beating the Monroe County Coyotes 11-8 for their only tournament championship of the season and putting them above .500 for the first time all year.

Two more wins before heading south to Rehoboth Beach and Myrtle Beach capped a stretch that Sox went 10-2-1 while playing their best baseball of the year and putting them 20-17-1 for the season.

With three weekends left to play, the Sox players were now talking about breaking the 16-U win record of 27 that was set in 2004.

Unfortunately, the Sox went 3-7 in their last ten games of the season to finish with a final mark of 23-24-1.

Even with the disappointment of finishing below .500, the Sox had several highlights along the way.

The team ERA of 3.01 will certainly be something to build off of heading into 2006.
2006 27-19-1 Dan Clouser
MVP - Aaron Carman Outstanding Pitcher - Isaac Wenrich
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Seth Shultz Defensive Player of the Year - Tyler Deshong
Many people felt that 2006 would be a down year for the 16-U Berkshire Red Sox, the only thing was, they forgot to tell the 2006 Berkshire Red Sox 16-U team that.

The squad got off to quick start by going 3-1 in their first tournament, only to not advance into elimination play.

After that first weekend, they struggled a bit and played relatively inconsistently for the better part of the season.

After an embarrassing 17-3 loss to the Central PA Capitals in their own Oktoberfest tournament, the team went on to win their next nine games and went 13-5 in their final 18 games of the season.

After struggling with the bats early, the 16-U Sox turned on the offense in their end of the season run, four players, Tyler Deshong (.330), Derreck Boyer (.351), Aaron Carman (.352) and Seth Shultz.(.354) finished the season hitting above .300 and team finished at a .279 clip on the year.

Although the offense came around at the end of the year, the 16-U Sox really survived all season on a very solid pitching staff that was led by Isaac Wenrich (6-2, 50-1/3 IP, 1.53 ERA).

The team finished with an ERA of only 3.28 and three other pitchers, Brandon Shurr (5-3, 37-2/3 IP, 2.42 ERA), Derreck Boyer (2-1, 37-1/3 IP, 1.88 ERA) and Phil Anderson (1-0, 14-1/3 IP, 1.47 ERA) completed the season with sub-three ERA’s.

They went 2-2 in the LVBA Desert Fall Classic in Las Vegas, NV. A heart-breaking 11-9 loss to the Colorado Slammers in their final game of the season, kept the Sox from advancing to the quarter-finals.

Seth Shultz hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Sox a 9-8 lead, only to see the Slammers bounce right back to score three runs in the top of the seventh.

The Sox threatened in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t come back again. Their season was over.

The team earned a silver medal in the Pagoda Classic and finished the season with a 27-19-1 mark, tying the Berkshire 16-U record for most wins in a season.
2007 33-18-2 Dan Clouser            View 2007 Team Archive
MVP - Brandon Shurr Outstanding Pitcher - Brock Laubenstine
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Nick Riegel Defensive Player of the Year - Matt Turman
After a heart-wrenching finish to their 2006 season, where the 16-U Berkshire Red Sox came up one run short from advancing to the Quarter-Finals of the LVBA Desert Fall Classic in Las Vegas, the players that returned to the squad for the 2007 season had a bitter sweet remembrance of how the prior season finished. A near miss, one run short, one win short of breaking the single-season win record, they were proud of what they did in 2006, but were yet left unfulfilled as well.

A solid core of the returning 16 year old players consisted of Brandon Shurr, Tyler Deshong, Brock Laubenstine, Nick Riegel, Willie Schaeffer and Phil Anderson knew that coming into 2007, they would now take on the role of leaders as well, having the daunting task of instilling the Berkshire Baseball “Tradition of Excellence” to the upcoming 15 year olds and the players that were new to the organization. To a man, they were willing to take on the task.

With Ty Frick, Mark Minisce and Karlston Von Kiel being the only 15 year olds moving up through the system and 16 year old Dylan Mazzo coming in from the Blue Sox, the club would have to add several new faces to round out the squad for 2007.

The additions of 15 year olds, Jimmy Davis of Wilson and Ryan Buday of Boyertown along with 16 year olds, Ryan Brennan (Schuylkill Valley), Kevin O’Neill (Wilson), Matt Turman (Manheim Township) and Jordan Gottshall (Exeter), who was returning after a one year hiatus from the organization, the team looked very solid at the beginning of the season.

In their first tournament, the club advanced to the semi-finals of the Kinteco Mid-Summer Classic, only to lose a tough 7-6 game in 10 innings.

The next tournament, the Grand Slam Pretzel City Classic, the Sox again advanced to the semi-finals, only to lose 7-5 to the Southeastern Pirates.

In their next time out, the Sox played very good baseball to advance to the Championship Game of the Hooters Wood Bat Classic. Rain post-poned the contest with the Harrisburg Pioneers and the game was rescheduled for Wednesday September 5 in Fredericksburg.

During the two weeks that Sox had to wait for their first Championship Game appearance of the fall, they went a disappointing 1-2 at the Rehoboth Beach Challenge of Champions and once again were tripped up in the semi-finals of the Pagoda Classic by a 5-4, 11 inning loss to their rival, the PlayBall Stars.

Once the Sox finally made their Hooters title game appearance, they came out flat and lost 3-0 to the Pioneers.

The team continued to struggle in big games and the coaching staff was searching for answers and a way to get the most out of this talented yet underachieving group.

Heading into the midway point of their season and the White Star Fall Classic Tournament, the Sox were sitting on a 10-10-1 record and were looking to shake the tag of being an average team.

With three pool play games scheduled for September 15, the Sox split their first two games of the day with an 11-1 win over the Devon Shockers and a 5-1 loss to Mid-Atlantic Regional powerhouse, the Tri-State Arsenal.

Heading into their final pool game of the day, the Sox knew that they needed to beat their arch-nemesis, the PlayBall Stars to advance to the elimination round on Sunday.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Sox had their four run lead as they led the Stars 6-2.

After recording the first out of the inning, the wheels fell off as the Red Sox blew the lead and seemed as though nothing could go right as the Stars scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 7-6 and demoralize a team that was on the brink all season long.

The next day, in a consolation game, the Sox pounded a very good Upper Salford Diamond Dogs club 12-0.

The Tuesday following the Fall Classic Tournament, the Sox beat the Berks County Wizards 8-3.

Following the game, the coaching staff talked to the team about their approach to games.

Coach Clouser told the squad that they need to play more relaxed and start enjoying the game of baseball more. They needed to approach every game as if it meant absolutely nothing. Any pressure to perform that was being put on them, whether it was from their parents , the coaches or each other, they needed to completely ignore and just out and have fun every game.

After that, the team, on Coach Kramer’s encouragement decided to pull their pants up and show off their “old school” socks as a sign of team unity.

In their next tournament, the kids gelled like never before and went 5-0-1 in route to their first tournament title of the season. Along the way, the Sox found ways to win the same close games that they had been finding ways to lose all season long as they won four of their five victories over the weekend by one run, including two 8-inning games and a 10-inning game.

In the final, they took out the Tri-State Arsenal 7-6 to capture the title.

After a runner-up finish in the Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic, the Sox headed south to Myrtle Beach, SC for their season finale.

Outstanding Pitcher of the Year Award winner, Brock Laubenstine, led the way as he cruised in the Sox Friday night opener, a 12-2 win over the Chesapeake (VA) Bay Sox.

On Saturday, the Red Sox split, beating Longhorn (NC) Baseball 12-5 and losing to the Carolina Thunder 5-1.

Going into Sunday, the Sox needed to beat the Delaware Outlaws to have a shot at advancing to the title game.

Laubenstine, came in relief of starter and team M.V.P. Brandon Shurr and got the win as the Sox scored late to win the game 6-5 and advance to the title game and a rematch against the Thunder.

Jordan Gottshall started in the title game on the mound for the Sox and pitched 5-1/3 solid innings. In the sixth, with the Sox clinging to a 4-3 lead, Gottshall struck out the lead-off hitter and then walked the next batter to give way to reliever, Jimmy Davis.

Davis fanned the first hitter he faced for the second out of the inning and then hit the next batter, the number nine hitter in the order to put the tying run on second base and turn over the Thunder’s order.

With a 1-0 count on the lead-off batter a bizarre double-steal call ended the inning with Tyler Deshong gunning down the lead runner at third.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Sox were looking for some insurance runs and Nick Riegel, who entered the game defensively in the bottom of the sixth, led off the inning by smoking a single into right field.

The Thunder then had trouble fielding Matt Turman’s sacrifice bunt which then resulted in the Red Sox having runners on first and second with no outs.

Ryan Buday then laid down another perfect bunt that the Thunder couldn’t record an out on again and the ensuing error scored Riegel to put the Sox up 5-3 and put runners on the corners.

Turman was then thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning on an attempted first and third double-steal.

Shurr drew a walk to put runners on first and second and Tyler Deshong loaded the bases on a throwing error by the Thunder second baseman.

Mark Minisce then hustled out an attempted double-play, in which Buday scored on the fielders choice, giving the Sox a 6-3 lead.

Phil Anderson popped up to the third baseman to end the inning and make way for Laubenstine to make his second relief appearance of the day.

Facing the top of the Thunder’s potent line-up in the bottom of the seventh, Laubenstine yielded a lead-off single and got serious.

A fly out to center, a ground out to third and come backer to Laubenstine himself ended the inning and gave the 16-U Red Sox a fitting end to a memorable season.

After pulling their Sox up midway through the season, the Sox went 22-6-1 on their way to an overall 33-18-2 mark, breaking the 16-U single season win record, taking home two tournament titles and two runner-up finishes on the year.
2008 24-25-3 Dan Clouser            View 2008 Team Archive
MVP - Mark Minisce Outstanding Pitcher - Ty Frick
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Ryan Buday Defensive Player of the Year - Alec Bracken
Prior to the start of the 2008 Berkshire Fall baseball season, there was plenty of anticipation and optimism surrounding this year’s edition of the Berkshire Red Sox 16-U team. There would be big shoes to fill from the successful 2007 16-U team who had compiled a record setting 33-18-2 record and finished the season by capturing the championship of the Ripken Wood Bat Showcase in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Unfortunately, this year’s team had some bumps in the road from the very beginning. Just weeks before the season was to begin, the roster still had several open spots. Fortunately, the roster was filled, and by the start of the season, there seemed to be a nice mix of returning players, players moving up from the 14-U Red Sox, and players new to the program. Blending this mix into a team, however, would prove to be a major challenge.

It was clear from the first few games, that this team would need help in producing the team chemistry that made its predecessors so successful, so, in the midst of its second tournament at Sports at the Beach, the coaching staff held a little “get to know each other” training camp, highlighted with a pre-sunrise walk and Q & A session through the complex.

It seemed to work, for awhile. The team advanced to the semifinals and placed fourth at the Sports at the Beach Challenge of Champions and finished that weekend at a respectable 2-3-1 and headed back home for the heart of its fall schedule.

From there, the roller coaster ride got into full gear, with the team compiling a 16-10-2 record into the second week of October. The team produced runner up finishes in the Berkshire Fall Classic, the Kinteco Fall Harvest Classic, and the Susquehanna Bank Oktoberfest, highlighted by Ty Frick’s complete game no hitter versus the Lawdogs in the Pagoda Classic.

The second week of October, the weather changed, and so it seemed, the direction of this years team. The fall winds that brought in the early cold, also seemed to blow away any heart and chemistry that this team had mustered. They went 4-9 over the last 13 games, culminating with a dismal 0- 4 record in the 7th Annual Halloween Challenge in Charlotte, North Carolina in which they were outscored 42-16 and played probably their worst baseball of the year to end the season.

At the start of the season, it seemed this team could provide solid pitching (with 13 pitchers on the team), good hitting and adequate defense. It would prove that the pitching was great, the hitting was disappointing and the defense was unpredictable.

The success of this team was completely reliant on its pitching staff, which proved to be extremely impressive.

Led by Mark Minisce (7-1, 47 2/3 IP, 0.88 ERA), Ty Frick (6-4, 50 1/3 IP, 1.53 ERA), Shane Sprenger (4-3, 58 1/3 2.16 ERA), Chris Ryder (1.91 ERA), Jimmy Davis (2.13 ERA) and Jose Alvarez (2.21 ERA), the staff produced an astonishing team ERA of 2.43.

The struggles that this team had were with an offense that hovered around a .200 team batting average for much of the season. A return to aluminum bats in Carolina helped push that mark to a final .220 for the season.

The offense was led by Chris Ryder (.270, 24 hits), Mark Minisce (.269, 29 hits), Adam Carman (.265, team high 30 hits), and Ryan Buday (.257, 29 hits, team high 29 runs scored).

The team finished with a 24-25-3 record, their first losing season since 2005 and will look to rebound for 2009 by adding some depth to their roster of returning players.
2009 24-19-2 Dan Clouser            View 2009 Team Archive
MVP - Alex Faust Outstanding Pitcher - Zee Crawford
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Alec Bracken Defensive Player of the Year - Ryan McMeniman
Led by Head Coach, Dan Clouser, the 16-U Berkshire Red Sox finished its season five games above .500 with a record of 24-19-2. The season initially started off slow with a 2-6 record but came through with six straight wins to get back on track with a record of 8-8. Through the remainder of the season it was consistent in staying around .500 while its pitching and defense held it together. Its offensive inconsistency was a bit of a struggle for the team but it managed to hold a winning season.

Alex Faust led the team in pitching for the Red Sox throwing back-to-back no hitters on Sept. 9 against the Exeter Cardinals, and again on Sept. 16 versus the Boyertown Bears. The team had eight pitchers with an ERA lower than 3.00, while six of them held ERA’s under 2.00. The team’s total batting average was .235 and was led by Faust who batted .311 through the season.

Although the team lost four of its last five games, it still came out on top with another winning season and aspires to make a post-season berth in 2010.

2010 17-35-2 Dan Clouser            View 2010 Team Archive
MVP - Austin Stern Outstanding Pitcher - Garrett Pelko
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Josh Straka Defensive Player of the Year - Collin Fesi
A tough year is what the 2010 season presented for the 16-U Red Sox. It was a year of only a few 16 year olds with a complete new group of 15 year olds. The beginning of the season and the end of the season were great struggles for these boys while the middle seemed shine a little bit of light.

The core group of these boys learned a lot and will most definitely have an impact on the 2011 team.
2011 34-10 Brooke Kramer            View 2011 Team Archive
MVP - Matt Napkora Outstanding Pitcher - Garrett Pelko
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Joshua Straka Defensive Player of the Year - Collin Fesi
The 2011 Berkshire 16U Red Sox would begin the season with new head coach Brooke Kramer. After spending the past seven seasons as an assistant, Kramer is taking over the helm for Dan Clouser who was moving to manage the 14U Berkshire Sea Dogs. Joining Kramer on the staff were two former players and Berkshire alumni Mike Billera-Smith and Pat Kramer.

The 16U Red Sox would return a player nucleus of Collin Fesi, Matt Napkora, Garrett Pelko and Josh Straka from a 2010 team that struggled thru a 17-35-2 season. Joining them would be several 15U players moving up: Wes Hawkins, Andrew Hertzog, Michael Hunter, Danny Rivera and Christian Schwenig and newcomers to Berkshire: Tim Brill, Alex Cooper, Ryan Krall, Jake Wortman and Emil Zorrilla.

The coaches and returning players would have to instill and maintain leadership, chemistry, desire and effort if they wanted to bring home a championship that had not been won by a 16U Red Sox team since the Ripken Fall Showcase in October 2007.

The team opened the season with the Hooters Wood Bat Classic which would provide a glimpse of what the season would be like, both good and bad. The team won its first game and then faced the Ottawa Napean Canadians. As the game began, so did the rain and bad weather that would plague the entire fall season. After spotting the Canadians a run in the top of the first, the Red Sox quickly realized the game was going to be called early and showed their first glimpse of that desire and effort. Ryan Krall drove in two runs in the bottom of the first and Garrett Pelko shut down the Canadians in the top of second before the game was called for the win. The weather, and the team’s effort, would both be on display for the remainder of the season.

Next up was a trip to Delaware and Sports at the Beach. The Red Sox won three of their four pool games and earned a bye into the semi-finals. They were outhit by a very good Diamond State Longhorn team, but came home with a respectable 3-2 record.

The Red Sox plowed their way thru the season as did the rain and bad weather. With several tournaments either being shortened or altered by rain, the season was becoming as frustrating, as it was satisfying and exciting. With two tournaments remaining, the Red Sox had compiled a 27–9 record, including win streaks of both nine games and seven games, yet had nothing to show for it.

They began the Kinteco Autumn Harvest by winning their four pool games. In the semi-final game against the Flood City Elite Navy, the Red Sox exploded their way into the championship game with an 8-0 win, highlighted by Emil Zorrilla’s grand slam over the left field fence at Optimist Field. Christian Schwenig (.250, 14 RBI’s,) pitched a complete game 5 hit shutout for the win.

The Red Sox would face the Potomac Valley Outlaws, an upset winner over the Diamond Pros in the other semifinal. Andrew Hertzog would allow only one run thru five innings, while the Red Sox could muster nothing offensively. The Outlaws tacked on another run in the top of the seventh; it appeared this one might be over. In the bottom of the seventh, Hertzog (.269, 19 RBI’s) produced a single, wrapped around by two strikeouts. The Red Sox were down to their last out.

Josh Straka worked a four pitch walk, and there was still life. Pinch hitter Jake Wortman watched a 1-2 pitch only to hear “ball” from the umpire; Wortman then laced the next pitch to center field for a single, scoring Hertzog. Again, there was still life.

Collin Fesi (.298, 32 runs, 24 SB’s), who had struggled thru an 0-3 game, hammered his very first pitch to far left field, and as the ball rolled to the corner Straka scored from second and Wortman raced around from first to score the winning run and set off a “what the heck just happened” wild celebration.

The Red Sox had showed the chemistry, desire, and effort; and for it, stamped some validation on a terrific season.

Two things remained for the Red Sox. A shot at the Fall Wood Bat League Championship, and a chance at breaking the record for wins in a season by a 16U team. They would have to beat the Sea Dogs in the semi -final to have a chance at either.

Game time temperature was 31° and to say it was cold would be an understatement. The Red Sox scored a run on a passed ball in the second and then rode sleeveless Michael Hunter’s 11 strikeout, 2 hit complete game for the win.

In the championship, the Red Sox would allow the Blue Sox to score two runs in the top of the first; but would battle back, scoring a run in the fourth before scoring three more in the sixth.

Garrett Pelko would throw the second complete game of the day by allowing only one hit and striking out seven after the first inning to secure the championship.

Offensively, the Red Sox had six players hit for over .300: Zorrilla (.352, 32 hits, 13 2B’s), Brill (.337, 30 hits, 33 runs, 19 SB), Napkora (.318, 34 hits, 28 runs), and Hunter (.300, 33 hits, 18 RBI’s). Cooper (.362, shoulder injury) and Hawkins (.304, broken wrist) both missed a few weeks during the season.

The pitching staff had three players with sub 2.00 ERA’s: Pelko (10-0, 1.35 ERA, .135 avg., 73 K’s), Hunter (4-2-2, 1.59 ERA, .160 avg., 46 K’s), Straka (4-2, 1.72 ERA). Hertzog (5-1, 2.53 ERA, 32 K’s), Schwenig (3-3, 3.07 ERA), Fesi (3-1-1, 3.00 ERA), and Napkora (2-1-1, 2.33 ERA) paced a staff that produced a mind boggling 2.10 ERA.

The 2011 16U Red Sox, riding the chemistry and effort, took home two championship trophies and set a new single season 16U record for wins, finishing the season with 34 wins and 10 losses.
2012 25-24-2 Brooke Kramer            View 2012 Team Archive
MVP - Niko Hulsizer Outstanding Pitcher - Jonathan Gottschall
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Chris Snyder Defensive Player of the Year - Bo Rottet
The 16U Berkshire Red Sox coaching staff was presented a new challenge for the 2012 fall season. Take a select group of sophomores, juniors and seniors and become the 17U Red Sox and move up and play its games in the 18 and under age bracket.

Despite some late season struggles with focus and execution and the reality of a long spring, summer and fall baseball season for some, the team played some very good baseball against some quality teams.

Highlights of the season include ripping off 4 straight wins after two opening losses at the Hot Stove Classic at Sports at the Beach to capture the Consolation Bracket championship, semi final appearances in the Hooters Wood Bat Classic, the Pagoda Classic, the Deer Park Pink Ribbon Classic, and a runner up finish in an all Berkshire final against the 18U Red Sox Showcase team in the Kinteco Autumn Harvest.

The 17U Red Sox also achieved something that no other Berkshire fall team had ever been able to do when it defeated the 18U Berkshire showcase team 7-1 in a league game at the Berks County YRF in which the 17U team played perhaps its finest game of the season.

The team finished with a respectable 25-24-2 record and set the bar high for next years team.
2013 25-21 Brooke Kramer            View 2013 Team Archive
MVP - Aaron Gentry Outstanding Pitcher - Nate Baxter
Sportsmanship/Hustle - Coley Parker Defensive Player of the Year - Jared Adam
The 2013 Berkshire 17U Red Sox Jr. Showcase Team would be comprised of returning juniors Aaron Gentry and Zach Sermarini and sophomores Connor Nazaryk, Owen Bates, Nate Griesbaum, and Dante Salerno and juniors David Kyslinger, Matt Byrd, Nate Baxter, Coley Parker, Jared Adam, Frankie Talarico and Eric Schmidley and lone senior Coy Heaps. The team would split their schedule playing some 16U tournaments and also in the 18U bracket when the Berkshire 18U Showcase team would be traveling.

Through the first four weekends of the season, the team struggled to find any consistency. The pitchers struggled collectively with their control as the staff averaged six walks per game. The team would compile a 7-10 record through this period. Finally, a brief rest was what the team seemed to need, and after the Labor Day Tournament, the team settled in and started playing some winning baseball. The pitchers settled down and found their groove and the team showed a never quit attitude as they compiled an 18-11 record the rest of the way.

Along the way, the team would capture back to back tournament championships in the Mad Dog Wood Bat Fall Classic and the Kinteco Autumn Harvest. Aaron Gentry would throw complete games in both championship games.

Offensively, the team was led by Gentry (.484, 44H, 16 2B), Salerno (.354, 35H, 36R), Griesbaum (.316, 25H), Kyslinger (.310, 26H), Byrd (.305, 36H) and Baxter (.291, 32H, 18RBI).The pitching staff was led by Gentry (3-1-3, 0.98 ERA), Nazaryk (.191 ERA in relief), Byrd (6-4, 2.59 ERA), Baxter (6-5, 2.73 ERA, 73K's) and Parker (6-4, 3.50 ERA, 49K's). Defensively, several players contributed greatly by spending much time at positions other than their primary position. Catchers Owen Bates (3B), Jared Adam and David Kyslinger (outfield), Zach Sermarini (2B) and infielder Aaron Gentry (RF).

Closing out the season, the Pink Ribbon Classic would be postponed by rain to the final weekend and Coach Kramer implored the team to finish the season strong and make it one to remember. The team would win its pool games and its semi final and found itself in an all Berkshire championship game against the Berkshire Spinners. The teams traded leads until the top of the seventh when the Spinners took a 5-4 lead. When Dante Salerno grounded out to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the Sox, things didn't look so good. But, in their play to the final out style, the Sox celebrated as Zach Sermarini drove in David Kyslinger with the winning run with two outs with a solid single to left. All that was left was the dogpile celebration in the infield. A fitting close to a great season.