Baseball - Boys Varsity
Berkshire School has a rich baseball tradition—the school has fielded a team every year since Seaver Buck founded Berkshire in 1907—and the crack-of-the-bat can still be heard under the Mountain over one hundred years later. The Bears play a 20-game regular season, which includes 14 games in the Western New England Prep Baseball League (WNEPBL). In order to prepare for the season, the program offers a spring trip to Florida every March for both varsity and junior varsity players.
The 2016 varsity club finished the regular season 13-1, which allowed the Bears to clinch the number one seed for the Young Division of the WNEPBL. Following an exciting 10-8 win in the tournament semifinal, the Bears advanced to play Cheshire Academy in the league championship. In the final, Berkshire starting pitcher Brian Rodriguez '16 held Cheshire to one hit as the Bears took a lead into the sixth inning. Ultimately, the Bears would fall 3-1 to finish a memorable season with an overall record of 14-2. In addition, the league recognized several players for their individual contributions: Brian Rodriguez '16 was named Player of the Year for the Young Division and Brenden Cournoyer '17 was named Pitcher of the Year for the Young Division. Matt Koopman '17 and Drew Pitcher '17 were both selected to the WNEPBL All-Star team as well, while Sam Boorstyn '17 and Kevin Doody '16 earned second team honors. With a good core of returners and some quality additions for the 2017 season, the Bears look to once again be competitive in the league.
Overall, playing quality baseball is our focus, and we are looking for players who want to compete, work hard, and do what is necessary for team success. We also prepare our players for baseball beyond Berkshire, which includes working with each player interested in playing at the collegiate level to find a school and program that is a good fit. Former Berkshire players are currently playing for University of Connecticut, University of Louisville, Northeastern University, University of Maine, Sacred Heart University, Dickinson College, Wesleyan University, Stonehill College, University of New Haven, St. Lawrence University, Curry College, and Cazenovia College.
Head Coach: Jason Gappa
Coach Gappa began teaching at Berkshire in 1999 after graduating from Dickinson College in 1998. While pursuing his teaching certificate after graduation, Coach Gappa was a volunteer assistant for Dickinson in 1999. He added to his college coaching experience in 2004 when he was the volunteer assistant at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst while he pursued his MA. Other than the year away in Amherst, Coach Gappa has been at the helm of Berkshire's varsity program. Since the creation of the league in 2008, the team has qualified for the Western New England Prep Baseball League playoffs four times and made it to the finals twice. In 2016, Coach Gappa was named High School Division III Region 1 Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
In addition to his responsibilities in the afternoon, Mr. Gappa teaches several upper level courses in the History Department, coaches strength and conditioning in the winter, and serves as an adjunct faculty member in Senior House.
Assistant Coach: Bob Posey '81
Assistant Coach: Mike Doyle