16-U Berkshire Red Sox 2007

July 219:00AMvs. Southeastern Pirates
Mid-Summer Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(6-1)
July 214:30PMvs. Harrisburg Pioneers
Mid-Summer Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(4-10)
July 228:00AMat C.C. Blue Claws 15-U
Mid-Summer Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(10-1)
July 221:00PMvs. Clinton (NJ) Knights
Mid-Summer Classic Semi-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(6-7 (10))
August 48:00AMvs. Delco Bandits
Pretzel City Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
T(5-5)
August 411:00AMvs. Thunder
Pretzel City Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(11-0)
August 43:00PMvs. Kutztown Cougars
Pretzel City Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(7-5 (8))
August 51:00PMvs. Southeastern Pirates
Pretzel City Semi-Final
George Field
L(5-7)
August 188:00AMvs. Team New Era
Hooters Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(4-3)
August 186:00PMvs. Ottawa Nepean Canadians
Hooters Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(2-5)
August 1910:30AMvs. Southeastern PA Pirates
Hooters Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(9-8)
August 191:00PMvs. Doylestown Dawgs
Hooters Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(6-5)
August 258:00AMvs. Hudson Valley Lightning
Challenge of Champions
SATB - Field #9
W(8-0)
August 2510:15AMvs. WHC Renegades
Challenge of Champions
SATB - Field #9
L(0-5)
August 268:00AMat Jersey Shore Select
Challenge of Champions Quarter Final
SATB - Field #7
L(2-6)
September 19:00AMvs. PlayBall! Stars
Pagoda Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(4-7)
September 14:30PMvs. Bethlehem Astros
Pagoda Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(7-1)
September 29:00AMvs. Harrisburg Pioneers
Pagoda Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(2-4)
September 211:30AMvs. Kutztown Cougars
Pagoda Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(6-0)
September 312:30PMvs. PlayBall! Stars
Pagoda Semi-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(4-5 (11))
September 57:00PMvs. Harrisburg Pioneers
Hooters Classic Championship
Earl Wenger Field, Fredericksburg
L(0-3)
September 159:00AMvs. Devon Shockers
Fall Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(11-1)
September 1511:30AMat Tri-State Arsenal South
Fall Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(1-5)
September 154:30PMat PlayBall Stars
Fall Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(6-7)
September 168:00AMat Upper Salford Diamond Dogs
Fall Classic
Exeter LL Complex
W(12-0)
September 186:30PMvs. Berks County Wizards
Egelmans Park
W(8-3)
September 196:30PMat Reading Indians
Pendora Park
W(4-0)
September 246:30PMat Berkshire Red Sox 14-U
Egelmans Park
W(12-1)
September 288:30PMvs. PlayBall Stars
Oktoberfest Invitational
George Field
W(9-1)
September 291:00PMvs. Jersey Shore Sharks
Oktoberfest Invitational
Birdsboro Optimist Field
T(6-6 (8))
September 293:30PMvs. Bergen (NJ) Saints
Oktoberfest Invitational
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(3-2 (8))
September 3010:30AMvs. Jersey Shore Sharks
Oktoberfest Invitational Quarter-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(3-2)
September 301:00PMvs. Keystone Nationals
Oktoberfest Invitational Semi-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(3-2 (10))
September 304:00PMvs. Tri-State Arsenal South
Oktoberfest Invitational CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(7-6)
October 36:30PMvs. Berkshire Red Sox 18-U
Egelmans Park
L(6-13)
October 710:00AMvs. Berks County Wizards
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(5-4)
October 73:00PMvs. Berkshire Blue Sox
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(4-3)
October 106:30PMvs. PlayBall Stars
George Field
L(3-4)
October 166:30PMvs. Boyertown Bears
George Field
W(8-5)
October 176:30PMvs. Berkshire Blue Sox
George Field
L(0-6)
October 203:30PMvs. Douglassville Orioles
Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic
Union Twp./White Sox Field
W(5-1)
October 207:00PMvs. Reading Indians
Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic
Egelmans Park
W(8-2)
October 209:00PMvs. LV Hurricanes
Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic
Egelmans Park
L(2-3)
October 2110:30AMvs. Long Island (NY) Sound
Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(9-3)
October 211:00PMvs. PlayBall Stars
Pink Ribbon Classic Semi-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(8-7 (8))
October 214:30PMvs. Tri-State Arsenal South
Pink Ribbon Classic Championship
Egelmans Park
L(0-6)
October 2812:00PMat Central Columbia Bullets (Game 1)
Central Columbia High School
W(11-6)
October 282:30PMat Central Columbia Bullets (Game 2)
Central Columbia High School
W(5-2)
November 24:30PMvs. Chesapeake (VA) Bay Sox
Ripken Experience Showcase
Griffith Field, Ripken, Myrtle Beach, SC
W(12-2)
November 39:00AMvs. Longhorn (NC) Baseball
Ripken Experience Showcase
Polo Grounds, Ripken, Myrtle Beach, SC
W(12-5)
November 32:30PMvs. Carolina Thunder
Ripken Experience Showcase
Polo Grounds, Ripken, Myrtle Beach, SC
L(1-5)
November 48:00AMvs. Delaware Outlaws
Ripken Experience Showcase
Griffith Field, Ripken, Myrtle Beach, SC
W(6-5)
November 43:30PMvs. Carolina Thunder
Ripken Experience Showcase CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Griffith Field, Ripken, Myrtle Beach, SC
W(6-3)
5Dan ClouserHead Coach
4Pete JordanAssistant Coach
30Brooke KramerAssistant Coach
2Dylan Mazzo - IF/RHP
3Mark Minisce - C
7Jimmy Davis - RHP/IF
8Ty Frick - IF/RHP
10Karlston Von Kiel - OF/RHP
11Tyler Deshong - C
12Ryan Buday - UTL
17Brandon Shurr - IF/P
18Jordan Gottschall - IF/RHP
20Nick Riegel - P/OF
21Kevin O'Neill - RHP/OF
22Philip Anderson - P/OF
25Brock Laubenstine - RHP
29Matt Turman - OF
34Ryan Brennan - 1B
41Willie Schaeffer - OF/LHP

Record: 33-18-2
Manager: Dan Clouser

MVP: Brandon Shurr
Sportsmanship/Hustle: Nick Riegel
Outstanding Pitcher: Brock Laubenstine
Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Thurman

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.

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