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Manager: Dan Clouser
MVP: Aaron Carman
Sportsmanship/Hustle: Seth Shultz
Outstanding Pitcher: Isaac Wenrich
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Deshong
Many people felt that 2006 would be a down year for the 16-U Berkshire Red Sox, the only thing was, they forgot to tell the 2006 Berkshire Red Sox 16-U team that.
The squad got off to quick start by going 3-1 in their first tournament, only to not advance into elimination play.
After that first weekend, they struggled a bit and played relatively inconsistently for the better part of the season.
After an embarrassing 17-3 loss to the Central PA Capitals in their own Oktoberfest tournament, the team went on to win their next nine games and went 13-5 in their final 18 games of the season.
After struggling with the bats early, the 16-U Sox turned on the offense in their end of the season run, four players, Tyler Deshong (.330), Derreck Boyer (.351), Aaron Carman (.352) and Seth Shultz.(.354) finished the season hitting above .300 and team finished at a .279 clip on the year.
Although the offense came around at the end of the year, the 16-U Sox really survived all season on a very solid pitching staff that was led by Isaac Wenrich (6-2, 50-1/3 IP, 1.53 ERA).
The team finished with an ERA of only 3.28 and three other pitchers, Brandon Shurr (5-3, 37-2/3 IP, 2.42 ERA), Derreck Boyer (2-1, 37-1/3 IP, 1.88 ERA) and Phil Anderson (1-0, 14-1/3 IP, 1.47 ERA) completed the season with sub-three ERA’s.
They went 2-2 in the LVBA Desert Fall Classic in Las Vegas, NV. A heart-breaking 11-9 loss to the Colorado Slammers in their final game of the season, kept the Sox from advancing to the quarter-finals.
Seth Shultz hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Sox a 9-8 lead, only to see the Slammers bounce right back to score three runs in the top of the seventh.
The Sox threatened in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t come back again. Their season was over.
The team earned a silver medal in the Pagoda Classic and finished the season with a 27-19-1 mark, tying the Berkshire 16-U record for most wins in a season.