On day 4, the boys and girls teams attended the Sony Open. Players met ATP #1 Rafa Nadal, #3 Stan Wawrinka, #5 David Ferrer and WTA #6 Jelena Jankovic. What an experience!!!
The Bears got stronger as the week went on, winning their last three games, including a come back from behind 8-7 win against Newark Academy after being down 7-3 in the bottom of the last inning.
Krissy Govertsen tallied two wins on the mound, and Mary Ward went 1-1 in her pitching debuts. Senior catcher Francesca Ghi only allowed one passed ball in her first game and continued to be a wall behind the plate all week. In addition to eleven talented returners, Berkshire saw strong play from newcomers as well, including diving outfield catches from Jamie Ernst and Camryn Biasin.
In their "down time," the girls bonded more as a team while going on safari in Animal Kingdom, exploring the world through food in Epcot, and conquering Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.
The Bears look forward to continuing to build on this momentum going into the season. They will face Greenwich Academy in their home opener on April 5th.
See a slideshow of the trip here.
Boys Varsity Lacrosse
Berkshire opened up play against St. George’s school from Rhode Island on Monday. Things could not have gotten off to a better start as Sam Hahn won the opening faceoff to himself and passed the ball to Mitchell Andres who buried the ball in the back of the net five seconds into the scrimmage in what would be a 15-5 victory for the Bears. Connor Shalleck had a solid day in the net for Berkshire making six saves. The Bears did not have much time to celebrate their win as Tuesdaypromised to be a long day for Berkshire as they had two scrimmages
Berkshire opened up Tuesday against Anderson High School from Austin, Texas on a beautiful sunny 70 degree morning. Berkshire came out firing and put up seven goals in the first quarter in what would be a 19-5 victory. Zander Buteux made 9 saves in between the pipes securing the win for the Bears and kept the team moving in the right direction.
After a light afternoon practice, Berkshire geared up for a tough night scrimmage against Episcopal High School from Virginia under the lights. Berkshire was focused and had a sharp warm up leading up to the game. After a solid defensive performance by both sides to start, Berkshire found the back of the net and built a 7-2 halftime lead in large part to a dominating performance by Berkshire’s faceoff crew. The second half saw the younger players on both sides get into the game and Berkshire scored a 12-7 victory. Dillon Cunningham had a great game in goal for Berkshire making 13 saves.
Wednesday gave the team a chance to catch their breath as they did not have scrimmage. After a morning practice the team headed to the University of Tampa to watch St. Lawrence take on Ithaca in a top 20 DIII college matchup. This gave the Bears the opportunity to not only watch high level lacrosse but to recharge their batteries for their final scrimmage of the trip against Austin High School out of Texas.
Thursday night Berkshire finished up their trip by squaring off against Austin High School. The Bears were looking to end the trip on high note by winning all four of their scrimmages. Right away Berkshire showed that they were up to the challenge by taking an 8-2 halftime lead in route to a 14-5 victory. The trip was a great warm up for the squad and they look forward to starting league action against Northfield Mount Hermon at home on March 29th.
See a slideshow from the trip here.
Boys Varsity Baseball
Entry Four: Thursday, the Bears played a strong Worcester Academy team and won 4-2.
Will Aldam started and settled in for four strong innings of work. Alden Boldt had an RBI single and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris had his first bit as a Bear and scored the first run of the game. Ian Rasmussen threw two strong innings of relief
Entry Three: Wednesday, the Bears had a split squad game against Hun's JV game.
Chris Cooke started on the mound and went three strong innings. Max Way made his debut on the mound and also had two hits on the day. Corey Wieczorek and Jack Gustavson turned three double plays and helped the team come away with a 9-8 win.
Entry Two: The Bears lost to the Christ School on Tuesday but got to play in historic Dodgertown.
Isiah Nunez went 2 for 4 and Sam Perkins had a great diving catch in CF.
Entry One: The Bears won their first outing 11-0 against Pro Teach Academy from Toronto.
Will Aldam pitched four strong innings and Isiah Nunez hit a home run in his first at bat for the first run of the game. Brian Rodriguez also had two hits on the day. Great team effort by the Bears defense.