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Hall of Fame

Class of 2012

ZACH LUTZ

Zach Lutz played for the Berkshire Red Sox 18-U Showcase team during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Lutz earned MVP honors for the Berkshire Red Sox 18-U team in 2003 while helping lead the team to an impressive 34-3-2 record.

Zach went on to play college baseball for Alvernia University and was then drafted by the New York Mets in the 5th round of the 2007 MLB first year player draft.

Lutz was added to the New York Mets 40-man roster in November of 2010 and was called up to the New York Mets Major League roster on April 24, 2012.

Most importantly Zach has been more than willing to give back to the organization by continuing to help with camps and clinics throughout his professional career. His display of leadership by continuing to give back to the organization and community is the objective that we strive to achieve year after year with our players.

Berkshire
Red Sox 18-U (2002-2003)

College
Alvernia College (Division III )

Professional
New York Mets (MLB)

Class of 2011

TIM BRILL

One word describes Tim Brill, professional. Tim first came to the Red Sox Over-30 team in 1995, long after his stellar career at St. Joseph's University had ended and long after he had advanced to double-A in the Cleveland Indians organization. None-the-less, Tim Brill brought with him a professionalism that was second to none. He led by example and was the type of player who just naturally elevated the play of his teammates by just being there. Although his tenure with the Sox through the 2001 season was primarily on the Over-30 roster, Tim would make the occasionally appearance on the Red Sox Optimist roster as well. There he would keep the youngsters in awe as they witnessed this 40-something year old man continue to throw out attempted base stealers that were half his age with ease and hit line drive after line drive off of some of the best pitchers in the league.

Berkshire
Red Sox Adult (1995-1996)
Red Sox Over-30 (1995-2001)

College
St. Joseph's University (Division I )

Professional
Cleveland Indians (Jersey City, Class AA)

RICK DUNNUM

Rick Dunnum's career with the Berkshire Red Sox started after his big league dream ended when the Philadelphia Phillies released him on the last day of spring training in 1992. The Dunnum era only lasted from 1992-1994, but it has left an indelible mark on those who were fortunate enough to witness it.

He was perhaps one of the most dominant pitchers to ever take the mound for this organization and a class act through and through. He was the first player in the history of the organization to have his number 13 jersey retired, back in 1995.

Although there are so many memorable Rick Dunnum stories, the best has to be when he threw back-to-back complete games in the Semi-Finals and the Championship Game of the 1993 Berwick Invitational Tournament. The crowd watched in awe as Dunnum took the mound to face State College in the title game, just 20 minutes after tossing a complete game 4-1 gem over Unionville in the Semi-Finals. After giving up four runs in the first inning, Dunnum bore down and threw the final six innings of shut out ball as the Sox clawed back and won the championship game 5-4. Dan Clouser could only stand and smile some 10 years later when an umpire at one of our 18-U teams games in Scranton told him the story about a team called the Red Sox that had a former pro pitcher who threw back-to-back complete games in a tournament semi-final and championship game in Berwick, stating that "the guy never threw a ball down the middle."

Rick is now living in his native Wisconsin with his wife Beth.

Berkshire
Red Sox Adult (1992-1994)

College
William Penn University (Division III )

Professional
Philadelphia Phillies (Reading, Class AA)

Class of 2010

DAN CLOUSER

Dan Clouser, founder of the Berkshire Baseball Club, the Berkshire Scholarship fund, and the World Equipment Outreach Program has been inducted to the Berkshire Hall of Fame after 20 years of dedicated service as a player and a coach. Clouser retains Presidency in the Berkshire Baseball organization and was one of the first to play on the 1990 Berkshire Red Sox.

Clouser was the first to hit a homerun in both Berkshire Baseball and Spring-Lawn Optimist League history on May 6, 1990. He played seven seasons for the Red Sox from 1990-1996, followed by eight seasons with the Berkshire Red Sox 28-Over team from 1999-2007. Clouser was selected to the All-Time Berkshire Red Sox first-team as Coach on January 8, 2006 - the same evening his jersey #5 became the second in Berkshire history to become retired.

In 21 seasons coaching the 18-U, 14-U, 16-U, and Optimist teams, Clouser has compiled a record of 688-436-20, making him the winningest coach in Berkshire Baseball history.

In one calendar year Clouser coaches up to 120 games, coaching two teams in the same season. In 10 seasons as head coach of the Optimist team, his strategies never failed his team of appearing in the post-season, leading them to the League Championship Series for seven seasons.

The Optimist team won the Regular Season Championship in 1990, and was Eastern Division Champs in 2005 and 2008. It also won the League Championship in 2003, 2006 and 2007. Clouser's coaching achievements led him and his teams to nine tournament championships.

Dan has coached the Red Sox Optimist, 14-U, 16-U and 18-U teams since 1990. He has compiled a 360-240-7 career record (.599 winning percentage) over 13 seasons, which makes him the winningest coach in the storied history of the organization.

In seven years as the Red Sox Optimist team manager, the Sox have never failed to make the play-offs and won the regular season title in 1990, the eastern division championship in 2005 and the Play-off championship in 2003. Red Sox teams led by Clouser have also won a combined six tournament championships.

Clouser became the second person in the history of the organization to have his number retired, when the club honored him on January 8, 2006, the same night that he was named to the All-Time Berkshire team, by retiring his #5 jersey.

Berkshire
Red Sox Optimist (1990-1996)
Red Sox 28-Over (1999-2007)
Red Sox Optimist, Manager (1990, 1995-1996, 2002-Present)
Red Sox 18-U, Manager (1999)
Red Sox 14-U, Manager (2001-2002)
Red Sox 16-U, Manager (2003-Present)

KEVIN KANTNER

Kevin Kantner, a Berkshire board member, player and coach, has been inducted to the Berkshire Hall of Fame on January 10, 2010. He was a member of the original Berkshire Red Sox team in 1990. He was among the first players to ever win a Regular Season Championship with the Optimist team, and was also a player on the first ever Red Sox Optimist and Berkshire Baseball team to win a tournament championship at the Tri-County Invitational Tournament in Berwick, PA in 1993.

In 1999, Kantner was a player and assistant coach on the first ever Berkshire Red Sox Optimist team to win a League Championship. He played 12 seasons for the Optimist Red Sox from 1990-2001, including also coaching the team in 2001.

Following his career in the Optimist League, Kantner has played 18 seasons for the Berkshire Red Sox 28-Over team from 2001-2017 and was still actively playing at the time of his HOF induction.

He has compiled a 236-118-3 record in 16 seasons seasons coaching the Optimist team and 28-Over team. He has led the 28-Over team to Regular Season League Championships in 2004 and 2007, and the Regular Season and League Playoff Championships in 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016.

During the 2015 season, the Sox went undefeated (20-0), which was a first in both league history and for the Berkshire organization. During a stretch from spanning the 2014-2016 seasons, the team won 31 consecutive games.

He is still actively playing/coaching the team in 2017.

Berkshire
Red Sox Optimist (1990-2001)
Red Sox 28-Over (2001-Present)
Red Sox Optimist, Manager (2001)
Red Sox 28-Over, Manager (2003-Present)

College
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Division II )