16-U Berkshire Red Sox 2011

August 13 9:00 AM Hooters Wood Bat Clasic
AABA Stars
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (7-1)
August 13 4:30 PM Hooters Wood Bat Clasic
Ottawa Napean Canadians 16U
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (2-1)
August 19 1:00 PM Hot Stove Classic
Robert Curatolo Rangers
SATB Field #8
W (8-4)
August 19 3:30 PM Hot Stove Classic
Sussex Slammers
SATB Field #8
L (6-5)
August 20 1:00 PM Hot Stove Classic
Altoona Curve Juniors Red
SATB Field #8
W (7-2)
August 20 3:30 PM Hot Stove Classic
Kent County Royals
SATB Field #5
W (11-1)
August 21 1:00 PM Hot Stove Classic
Diamond State Longhorns
SATB Field #8
L (9-2)
August 24 5:30 PM at Daniel Boone
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (5-3)
August 27 8:30 AM Bartush Signs Summer Finale
Berkshire Sea Dogs
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L (12-0)
August 27 11:30 AM Bartush Signs Summer Finale
Berkshire Blue Sox 16U
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (5-2)
August 31 5:30 PM vs. Daniel Boone
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (6-4)
September 3 9:00 AM Armorcast Pagoda Classic
ASBA – Downingtown
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (1-0)
September 3 4:30 PM Armorcast Pagoda Classic
Diamond Pros
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (7-4)
September 4 9:00 AM Armorcast Pagoda Classic
Long Island Royals
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (9-3)
September 4 2:00 PM Armorcast Pagoda Classic
ASBA – Downingtown
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (3-2)
September 4 4:30 PM Armorcast Pagoda Classic
Cen Penn Dawgs
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (7-0)
September 5 10:00 AM Armorcast Pagoda Classic
Tamaqua Sliders
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (3-2)
September 14 7:00 PM vs. Spring Township Bulldogs
Fall Wood Bat League
Womelsdorf 419 Field
W (8-2)
September 16 6:00 PM Mad Dog Wood Bat Fall Classic
Exeter Cardinals
Womelsdorf 419 Field
L (4-3)
September 16 8:30 PM Mad Dog Wood Bat Fall Classic
Lehigh Valley Titans
Womelsdorf 419 Field
W (3-0)
September 17 4:30 PM Mad Dog Wood Bat Fall Classic
Southern PA Rebels
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (5-0)
September 18 8:00 AM Mad Dog Wood Bat Fall Classic
Pride of the Diamond Iron Colts
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L (5-4)
September 24 11:30 AM vs. Berkshire Sea Dogs
Fall Wood Bat League
Hamburg Varsity Field
W (4-1)
September 24 4:30 PM vs. Berkshire Blue Sox
Fall Wood Bat League
Hamburg Varsity Field
W (5-3)
September 25 9:00 AM vs. Berkshire Red Sox 18-U
Hamburg Varsity Field
L (7-2)
September 25 11:30 AM at Berkshire Red Sox 18-U
Hamburg Varsity Field
L (5-3)
September 30 7:30 PM Oktoberfest Inv.
ASBA 15U Elite
George Field
L (4-1)
October 1 8:30 AM Oktoberfest Inv.
Rochester Express
Birdsboro Optimist League
W (5-4)
October 1 4:00 PM Oktoberfest Inv.
Diamond Nation Diamond Jacks NJ Super 15
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (13-2)
October 5 7:00 PM at Spring Township Bulldogs
Fall Wood Bat League
Womelsdorf 419 Field
W (12-2)
October 8 1:00 PM at Upper Perk Indians
Fall Wood Bat League
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (12-1)
October 8 3:30 PM vs. Upper Perk Indians
Fall Wood Bat League
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (10-2)
October 9 10:30 AM at Cocalico
Fall Wood Bat League
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (6-1)
October 15 1:00 PM Rhino Pink Ribbon Classic
Avon Grove A’s
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (12-1)
October 15 3:30 PM Rhino Pink Ribbon Classic
Bucks County Gators
Birdsboro Optimist Field
L (3-1)
October 16 10:30 AM Rhino Pink Ribbon Classic
Big Leagues Academy
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (17-1)
October 22 8:00 AM Kinteco Autumn Harvest
ASBA – Downingtown
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (11-2)
October 22 1:00 PM Kinteco Autumn Harvest
South Central Outlaws
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (8-5)
October 23 9:00 AM Kinteco Autumn Harvest
Berkshire Sea Dogs
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (6-5)
October 23 12:00 PM Kinteco Autumn Harvest
Flood City Elite 16U Navy
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (8-0)
October 23 2:30 PM Kinteco Autumn Harvest
Potomac Valley Outlaws
Birdsboro Optimist Field
W (3-2)
October 26 7:00 PM at Berkshire Blue Sox
Fall Wood Bat League
Egelmans Park
L (2-1)
November 5 9:00 AM vs. Berkshire Sea Dogs
Fall Wood Bat League – Semifinal
Daniel Boone Middle School Complex – Field #46
W (1-0)
November 5 11:30 AM vs. Berkshire Blue Sox
Fall Wood Bat League – Championship
Daniel Boone Middle School Complex – Field #46
W (4-2)
* – Denotes Berkshire Fall League Game.
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Record: 34-10
Manager: Brooke Kramer

MVP: Matt Napkora
Sportsmanship/Hustle: Josh Straka
Outstanding Pitcher: Garrett Pelko
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 champi

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