16-U Berkshire Red Sox 2008

August 169:00 AMvs. Reading Indians
Hooters Wood Bat Tournament
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(8-5)
August 162:00 PMvs. Thunder
Hooters Wood Bat Tournament
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(0-2)
August 164:30 PMvs. Schuylkill Blue Jays
Hooters Wood Bat Tournament
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(0-2)
August 178:00 AMvs. Thunder
Hooters Wood Bat Tournament Quarter-Final
Exeter LL Complex
L(1-2)
August 195:30 PMvs. *Berkshire Blue Sox
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(4-3)
August 2210:30 AMvs. Staten Island Orioles
SATB Challenge of Champions
SATB Field #6, Rehoboth Beach, DE
T(6-6)
August 223:30 PMvs. Robert Curatolo Rangers
SATB Challenge of Champions
SATB Field #5, Rehoboth Beach, DE
L(0-8)
August 2310:30 AM vs. Team New Era
SATB Challenge of Champions
SATB Field #5, Rehoboth Beach, DE
L(5-7)
August 233:30 PMvs. Long Island Longhorns
SATB Challenge of Champions
SATB Field #6, Rehoboth Beach, DE
W(12-1)
August 248:00 AMvs. Team New Era
SATB Challenge of Champions Quarter-Finals
SATB Field #5, Rehoboth Beach, DE
L(6-2)
August 243:30 PMvs. Robert Curatolo Rangers
SATB Challenge of Champions Semi-Finals
SATB Field #6, Rehoboth Beach, DE
L(5-6)
August 265:30 PMvs. *PlayBall Stars
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(4-6)
August 309:00 AMvs. Law Dogs
Pagoda Classic Tournament
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(5-0)
August 304:30 PMvs. Crawdads
Pagoda Classic Tournament
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(4-0)
August 319:00 AMvs. Downingtown Bulldogs
Pagoda Classic Tournament
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(0-7)
August 314:30 PMvs. Schuylkill Blue Jays
Pagoda Classic Tournament
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(6-4)
September 112:30 PMvs. Central PA Capitals
Pagoda Classic Semi-Finals
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(1-8)
September 47:00 PMat *Pine Forge
Pine Forge
L(1-7)
September 117:00 PMPM at *Berks County Wizards
Egelmans Park
L(0-3)
September 131:00 PMvs. Bearcats Baseball White
Berkshire Fall Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(6-1)
September 14 8:00 AMvs. Lehigh Valley Warriors
Berkshire Fall Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(7-2)
September 14 3:30 PMvs. Boyle All-Stars
Berkshire Fall Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(5-1)
September 14 8:00 PMvs. Crawdads
Berkshire Fall Classic Championship Game
George Field
L(4-5)
September 187:00 PMat *Berkshire Red Sox 18-U
George Field
L(1-4)
September 198:30 PMvs. Grand Slam Blue Rocks
Kinteco Fall Harvest Classic
George Field
W(2-0)
September 20 10:30 AMvs. Chester County Knights
Kinteco Fall Harvest Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
T(2-2)
September 20 3:30 PMvs. ASBA - Downingtown
Kinteco Fall Harvest Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(7-2)
September 2110:30 AMvs. Norry A's
Kinteco Fall Harvest Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(7-1)
September 21 4:00 PMvs. ASBA Warminster-Hatboro
Kinteco Fall Harvest Classic Semi-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(7-3)
September 217:00 PMvs. Tri-State Arsenal Blue
Kinteco Fall Harvest Classic Championship Game
Egelmans Park
L(0-9)
September 247:00 PMat *Schuylkill Storm
Earl Wenger Field
L(0-2)
October 17:00 PMvs. *Schuykill Storm
George Field
W(6-4)
October 37:00 PMvs. Bearcats Baseball White
Susquehanna Bank Oktoberfest Invitational
George Field
W(11-1)
October 48:00 AMvs. Schuylkill Blue Jays
Susquehanna Bank Oktoberfest Invitational
Birdsboro Optimist Field
T(3-3)
October 411:00 AMvs. Norry A's
Susquehanna Bank Oktoberfest Invitational
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(4-1)
October 58:00 AMvs. Schuylkill Blue Jays
Susquehanna Bank Oktoberfest Quarter-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(10-2)
October 51:00 PMvs. Norry A's
Susquehanna Bank Oktoberfest Semi-Final
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W(4-1)
October 53:30 PMvs. Tri-State Arsenal Blue
Susquehanna Bank Oktoberfest Championship Game
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(0-10)
October 77:00 PMvs. *Berks County Wizards
Egelmans Park
W(8-5)
October 97:00 PMvs. *Berkshire Red Sox 18-U
George Field
L(2-5)
October 147:00 PMvs. *Pine Forge
Pine Forge
W(3-2)
October 178:00 PMvs. Grand Slam Blue Rocks
Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic
George Field
W(3-1)
October 181:00 PM vs. Bearcats Baseball White II
Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(2-3)
October 198:00 AMvs. Lehigh Valley Baseball Academy
Rhino Cleaning Pink Ribbon Classic
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L(4-14)
October 207:00 PMvs. Berkshire Red Sox 14-U
George Field
W(12-1)
October 217:00 PMat *PlayBall Stars
Egelmans Park
L(0-5)
October 227:00 PMat *Berkshire Blue Sox
George Field
L(1-9)
October 247:00 PMvs. Olivet RBI
George Field
W(12-0)
November 19:00 AMvs. RBI Cavaliers
7th Annual Halloween Challenge NIT (World Series Qualifier)
Sims Park, Gastonia, NC
L(3-7)
November 11:00 PMvs. 82 Baseball
7th Annual Halloween Challenge NIT (World Series Qualifier)
Sims Park, Gastonia, NC
L(1-10)
November 212:00 PMvs. Carolina Cyclones
7th Annual Halloween Challenge NIT (World Series Qualifier)
Doby Bridge Park, Fort Mill, SC
L(9-10)
November 22:00 PMvs. Virginia Eagles
7th Annual Halloween Challenge NIT (World Series Qualifier)
Doby Bridge Park, Fort Mill, SC
L(3-15)
* Denotes Bershire Fall League Game
5Dan ClouserHead Coach
4Peter JordanAssistant Coach
19Boo-Boo SchaefferAssistant Coach
30Brooke KramerAssistant Coach
1Ryan McMeniman
3Mark Minisce
6Ken Bock
7Jimmy Davis
8Ty Frick
11 Ryan Sassaman
12Ryan Buday
15Zach Burke
18Conner Gobright
20Mark Billodeau
24Shane Sprenger
31Chris Ryder
34Alec Bracken
37Jimmy Saunders
38Jose Alvarez
45Cody Dawson
55Adam Carman

Record: 24-25-3
Manager: Dan Clouser

MVP: Mark Minisce
Sportsmanship/Hustle: Ryan Buday
Outstanding Pitcher: Ty Frick
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.

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