Designated Hitter: Time for a new electronic scoreboard at Wahconah Park

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Random thoughts while waiting for the first finishers at the Josh Billings RunAground

It was once again brought to my attention the other day that the electronic baseball scoreboard at Wahconah Park didn't work for most of the 2017 Pittsfield Suns season.

So, Job One in this off-season should be to either repair or replace the board.

It isn't fair to the paying customers, or to the team that pays license fees to the city, for the scoreboard to be in a constant state of disrepair.

I can also tell you that the football scoreboard does work, but isn't the easiest to operate.

Wahconah Park is the center of summer and fall sports in the city of Pittsfield. It would be absolutely great if that baseball scoreboard was in perfect working condition, the summer would be better for everyone involved.

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Speaking of baseball, we should congratulate the Goldklang Group, whose Hudson Valley Renegades are the 2017 New York-Penn League champions.

The Renegades, who play out of Fishkill, N.Y., swept the Vermont Lake Monsters 2-0 to claim the trophy.

Some of us were also pulling for Vermont, because Lake Monsters infielder Will Toffey is the son of Great Barrington native Jack Toffey.

Will Toffey, who had played for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the Futures League and collegiately at Vanderbilt, played in the state Little League championship in 2007, that was played at the Belanger Complex in Pittsfield.

This was the 10th anniversary of Walpole American's Massachusetts state and New England championships that sent them to the World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

In the championship game here, Sam Falkson tossed a one-hit shutout as Walpole beat Peabody Western 10-0. Walpole had beaten Pittsfield South 10-6 in the winners' bracket final and Peabody eliminated South 17-16.

In the championship game, you might remember that a kid named Tim Sullivan hit three home runs for Walpole. He became a college athlete, but it was in soccer. He played at Division III Skidmore.

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The last time I saw Bobby Maimaron, he was torching Shrewsbury in a 40-7 win for Duxbury in the MIAA Division II Super Bowl state championship game at Gillette Stadium last December.

It was the game after Wahconah lost 34-13 to Mashpee in the Division IV game, and what Maimaron and his receivers did was something to behold.

So when Maimaron committed to Williams to play football and lacrosse, anyone who saw that game had to anticipate some good things coming.

What the freshman did on Saturday at Farley-Lamb Field was pretty impressive. In fact, it was the best debut by a Williams quarterback in five years.

Maimaron was 17 of 30 for 283 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The best first game before this belonged to Adam Marske, who was 22 of 27 with an interception for 277 yards and three TDs in a 41-7 win over Colby. Marske was a sophomore on a Williams team that finished 4-4.

After the game, the new quarterback handled the media like the seasoned veteran he had been. You don't break Doug Flutie's career touchdown pass record without having to do a few interviews.

And one had to wonder if a freshman making his college debut slept well?

"I think I was in bed for three hours before I actually started falling asleep," Maimaron said. "It was all worth it, that's for sure."

Now, there is no guarantee that Bobby Maimaron will repeat his opening week next week or have that kind of week against the iron of NESCAC. There is also no guarantee that the Ephs have turned the ship around.

It is, however, possible that defensive coordinators in NESCAC might soon have a few sleepless nights.

The light is at the end of the tunnel for Williams. The question is how long of a tunnel is it?

Reach sports columnist Howard Herman at 413-496-6253 or @howardherman.


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