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Manager: Phil Raccuglia
|1995 marked the first year that the Spring-Lawn Optimist Senior League had affiliated with the NABF. The new affiliation brought forth an opportunity for the league to host the NABF Over-30 World Series at Boyertown’s Bear Stadium.
The Red Sox finished second in the league play-offs to the East End Black Sox and both teams earned trips to the World Series.
Once there, the Sox made the most of their stay, winning their tournament opener against Milford, CT and dropping their second round game to Port Jeff, NY, set up one of the most exciting games in Berkshire Red Sox history when the Red Sox met their rival Black Sox in an elimination game.
It was a script from a movie, the two local rivals, meeting on center stage, the winner would advance to the national semi-final, the loser goes home.
This story is best told the way it was written in the Reading Eagle the next day…
“BERKSHIRE UPSETS EAST END”
Chris Choinere’s two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the seventh gave the Berkshire Red Sox an 8-6 upset victory over East End in a National Amateur Baseball Federation Renaissance Division World Series game at Bear Stadium Saturday night.
Dave Fry singled with two out in the bottom of the seventh to set the stage for Choinere’s home run, which ousted the Spring-Lawn Optimist Senior League champions.
Choinere also went the distance for the Red Sox on the mound, getting his second tournament win. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out three.
East End took a 3-0 lead in the first on Gary Fetter’s three run homer, and then added single runs in the second, third and fifth innings.
Berkshire got three back in the third on a two-run single by Tod Whitman and an RBI single by Tim Brill.
The win moves the Spring-Lawn Senior League runners-up into a game against the loser of Saturday’s late game between the Port Jeff Mud Cats of New York and Shannon Fence of Cleveland, today at 4 p.m.
The winner of that game will play the Port Jeff/Shannon Fence winner in the title game at 7 p.m.
The Sox ended up losing the next day to Port Jeff in the semi-final, but few who were there that Saturday night will ever forget Choinere’s heroics.
Besides, third in the nation is nothing to be ashamed of.