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A New Era: A Preview of the 2024 MCLA Baseball Season

A New Era: A Preview of the 2024 MCLA Baseball Season

Owen Brown, Editor in Chief March 22, 2024

As the snow starts to melt away and temperatures start to rise here in the Berkshires, it can only mean that Trailblazer baseball is back in action. The team enters the 2024 season coming off a 10-28 record,...

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Head Baseball Coach Mike Gladu Talks About Upcoming Season and Exciting New Coaching Job

Traizen Griffith, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

As Western Massachusetts locals go, none can confidently say they are more successful than the head coach of MCLA’s Baseball team. Coach Michael Gladu’s collegiate baseball career was spent playing...

Austin Rachiele 22 taking a swing during the Trailblazers annual spring break trip to Florida (via Austin Rachiele).

From the Berkshires to Division I Baseball: The Story of Pittsfield’s Austin Rachiele

Owen Brown, Editor in Chief February 13, 2024

If you ask anyone about either Taconic High School or MCLA baseball, chances are the name Austin Rachiele ‘22 will be brought up, and rightfully so. The left-handed hitting outfielder made his mark representing...

Sports Roundup: Spring 2023 Seasons

Sports Roundup: Spring 2023 Seasons

Owen Brown, Sports Editor April 23, 2023

Baseball: As the team reaches the halfway point of the regular season, the team sits at a 7-13 record, with a 1-4 record in MASCAC play, and sits in last place within the conference with 20 games left...

The Baseball team taking a photo after a win over Colby-Sawyer College. (via MCLA Athletics)

A “Business Trip”: Baseball and Softball Wrap-Up Annual Florida Trip

Owen Brown, Sports Editor March 20, 2023

Spring break for college students serves as a week for students to sit back and relax from the stresses of school. Whether they are returning home to visit family and old friends or going on a trip to...

The softball team’s seniors are taking the freshmen under their wing ahead of the season.

Spring Sports are Starting Soon

Owen Brown, Sports Editor February 16, 2023

Baseball: The team is emphasizing the aspect of being “family” this upcoming season, both on and off the field. Coming off an 11-27 record, the team felt separated at times and has worked hard...

Randy Adams ready to take a swing during the Trailblazers trip to Florida last season. (photo via MCLA Baseball)

Adams Returns for One Last Swing

Owen Brown, Sports Writer December 12, 2022

Graduate student Randy Adams is a household name when it comes to MCLA Baseball. Coming off his first full season with the Trailblazers, Adams was selected as a part of last year’s All-MASCAC Second...

Spring Sports Teams Prepare for Successful Upcoming Season

Spring Sports Teams Prepare for Successful Upcoming Season

Owen Brown, Sports Writer October 31, 2022

Baseball:  The team came into the fall off an 11-27 record the past spring. For most players, it was their first time truly getting a chance to play a baseball season, with the 2020 and 2021 seasons...

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