Captains: Ryan Summers '13
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Berkshire School has a rich tradition in the game of baseball. This institution has fielded a team every year since Seaver Buck founded the school in 1907, and the crack-of-the-bat can still be heard "Under the Mountain" over one hundred years later.
The team presently competes in the "Western New England Prep Baseball League," which is composed of nine other prep schools. The 2012 Berkshire squad was able to put together another successful season in the WNEPBL. The team finished with an overall record of 11-7 and a league record of 7-6 (4-4 in the Young Division and 3-2 in the Cleary Division). With ten returners and some quality additions for next season, the Bears are looking to continue to be competitive in the league. The 2013 squad will be led by senior captain Ryan Summers.
Congratulations to the 2012 team on its success, and we wish the nine seniors the best of luck next year in college, especially seniors Jake Farrell (Sienna College - DI), Charlie Dillion (Catholic University - DIII), and Brian Ferrell (Hamilton College DIII) who will all be competing for spots on their college squads next season. We would also like to recognize five players from this years team who were selected to the league All-Star team for their outstanding individual performances: Charlie Dillon '12 (Chicago, IL), Christopher McCormick '12 (Winooski, VT), Ryan Summers '13 (Westfield, MA), Jackson Aldam '14 (Sheffield, MA), and Cristian Acosta '13 (Santiago, Domincan Republic).
Our goal for 2013 is to keep progressing as a program and continue to compete with the top teams in our league. Every season the coaching staff works hard to: develop our players to achieve their individual goals, teach responsibility and discipline, model and preach good sportsmanship, and instill a strong work ethic and team attitude in our players. Playing quality baseball is the focus of our program and we are looking for players who want to compete, work hard to improve their skills, and do what is necessary for the team to have success. In promoting quality baseball our hope as a coaching staff is to prepare our players for the next level, which includes working with each player who is interested in playing in college to find a school and program that is a good fit. The team will reach for these goals on the new Tom Young Field, which is a top notch facility that includes a sprinkler system, drainage system, scoreboard, new backstop, fenced-in dugouts, new sod, and one of the best views in New England.
In order to prepare for competition, the coaches offer a spring training trip during the March break. This spring season the team traveled to the Dominican Republic for a week where they played three games in Santiago and one in Puerto Plata. It was a great baseball and cultural experience for the team and a trip that we plan to do again in the near future. The Bears play a twenty-game season during the regular season, including 14 league games and a weekend trip down to New Jersey for a two-game series to start the prep season. We hope these experiences prepare us to compete in our league and become one of the top prep schools in Western New England.
Senior Ryan Summers '13 officially signed with the University of Louisville, which plays in the Big East Conference and finished 25th in Division I baseball in 2012. Summers was an all-state catcher for Westfield High School before coming to Berkshire, hitting 7 HRs and driving in 29 runs in his 2011 season. For Berkshire, Summers earned all-league honors in the WNEPBL, finishing the season with a .327 average and a .500 OBP. At the end of the season, he was also selected by his teammates to be the 2013 captain. Summers also competes with North East Baseball in the summer, playing tournaments in MA, NJ, NY and GA.
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The program continues to produce quality ball players; recent Berkshire alums have gone on to play baseball for Catholic, Sienna, Marist, UMass, Drew, Hamilton, Union, Clark, Stetson, and St. Lawrence.