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 2017 varsity club entered the season with high hopes after finishing 14-2 and making it to the WNEPBL finals the previous season. The Bears had a slow start to the season but went on an impressive run, winning eight out of their last nine regular season games, and in the process clinched the No. 2 seed for the Young Division in the WNEPBL playoffs. In addition to making the playoffs for third time in four seasons, the league also recognized several players for their individual contributions: Matt Koopman '17, Matt McKinley '17, and Brenden Counrnoyer '17 were selected to the WNEPBL All-Star team, while Lukas Atsalis '18 and Jack Scarafoni '17 earned second team honors. Congratulations to these award winners and our seniors on their graduation. Six of the nine seniors on the team will be competing for spots on the respective college teams, so we wish them the best of luck.
Overall, playing quality baseball is the focus of our program, and we are looking for players who want to compete, work hard, and do what is necessary for team success. We also have the task of preparing 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, Northeastern University, University of Maine, Sacred Heart University, University of Albany, Dickinson College (2), Union College, Stonehill College, University of New Haven, St. Lawrence University, Curry College, Endicott College. Dean College, and Cazenovia College.
Coach Jason 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
|Lukas Atsalis||2018||West Hyannisport, MA|
|Sam Boorstyn||2017||Brooklyn, NY|
|Brian Chudacoff||2017||Highland Park, IL|
|Brenden Cournoyer||2017||Dudley, MA|
|Tristan Gaynor||2017||Salisbury, CT|
|Kyle Koopman||2017||Marblehead, MA|
|Matt Koopman||2017||Marblehead, MA|
|Jack Martin||2018||Southborough, MA|
|Matt McKinley||2017||Hudson, NH|
|Drew Pitcher||2017||Grand Isle, VT|
|Alex Ross||2019||Ridgefield, CT|
|Jack Scarafoni||2017||Pittsfield, MA|
|Luke Scarafoni||2018||Pittsfield, MA|
|Thomas Sogard||2019||Williston, ND|