Berkshire Red Sox Optimist Team

1991 Season Record: 14-34


After cutting through the league like a hot knife through butter, the Berkshire Red Sox had a rude awakining in 1991.

The league expanded to seven teams and the Red Sox were left on the outside looking in come play-off time with a disappointing 11-19 league finish.

The team did have a few season highlights that included Dave Mentzer throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history and the second in league history when he shut down Clover Park on June 18, 1991. Mentzer also set the league single-game strike-out record on opening day 1991, when he fanned 14 Penn Square Rotisserie batters, Mentzer’s record lasted all of about 30 minutes as former Major League pitcher, Jay Baller, who was pitching for Clover Park fanned 17 West Lawn Owls hitters moments later.

Another highlight for the 1991 season was a young rookie for the Red Sox named Erron Archie who finished the season second in batting with a .438 average and led the league in home runs with four.