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Manager: Dan Clouser
MVP: Josh McDevitt
Sportsmanship/Hustle: Matt Freiwald
Outstanding Pitcher: Andrew Ball
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.