Berkshire faced a strong Kingswood-Oxford team on Saturday in the Western New England Semi-finals. With a #1 seed, the Bears were looking to advance to the Finals on Sunday, but came up one run short.
In the top of the first, KO jumped to a 3-0 lead, putting Berkshire in a tough spot. But, with the play that has defined them all season, the Bears held strong and rallied in the next two innings. Annie Love ’16 started off the top of the second by hustling out a play to first to put a runner on. Ivey Mueller ’16 then hit a shot to centerfield for a triple to plate Love. With two outs and Mueller still at third, Lauren Henman knocked in one more run with a single to the outfield to end the second inning at 3-2 KO. Both teams scored one more in the third, to put the score at 4-3 KO, where it would remain the rest of the game.
Defensively, Caitlin Kiene ’13 pitched one of her best games of the season against a powerful offensive team—striking out five and walking just one, and her battery-mate, Francesca Ghi ’14, was just as strong behind the plate, letting next to nothing by her. Outfielders Lauren Henman ’14 and Kylie Wilkes ’16 had two big catches a piece to prevent more KO runners from crossing the plate.
Although a tough game for the Bears, they played well and should be proud of their incredibly successful season. With hard work and passion, they went from being the “underdogs” in the beginning of the season to the #1 seed at the end. The poise, resiliency, and grit that came to define them in the tough games are impressive and admirable qualities, and those of true athletes. And on top of all that, they had fun! Congrats on a great season Bears!