Event Recap:The Bears came up with a huge 5-4 win Wednesday, traveling to Taft for their third game of the season. Taft, the reigning Western New England Class A champs with a 17 game winning streak, unsurprisingly came out strong from the start. Although the first inning remained scoreless, the Rhinos put two runs on the board in the second and then another in the third, to put them up 3-0 after three. Although it seemed like the game might continue that way for Taft, the Bears weren’t ready to give up.
In the top of the fourth, Caitlin Kiene ’13 hit hard line drive single to knock in Annie Love ’16 and Francesca Ghi ’14. The Bears held Taft there in the bottom of the fourth, with three putouts in a row by Krissy Govertsen ’15. Govertsen made it look easy at short, cleanly fielding the hard hit ground balls and putting them right into the glove of Haleigh Sullivan ’15 at first base, who played good defense all day. With the game now at 3-2, the fifth remained scoreless. In the top of the sixth, Ghi led off with a hit, followed by a bomb to the outfield by Kiene for an RBI. After getting caught between second and third base on the throw home, Kiene made a head first dive into third and was saved by an overthrow into the outfield, which she capitalized on to score one more, putting the Bears up by 1.
Not to be outdone, the Taft bats brought in a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at four. But the inning wasn’t over yet. With the bases loaded and two outs, the number four hitter in the Rhinos’ line up stepped up to the plate. On contact, it seemed like a perfect ball to drop into shallow centerfield and score at least one run to put Taft ahead, but centerfielder Lauren Henman ’14 stole the show with an ESPN worthy diving catch.
Going into the last inning with a tie score, the top of the Berkshire line up continued to hit the ball hard, and Ghi hit in Govertsen for the winning run. Berkshire, now 2-1, has their first home game on Saturday vs. Williston.