Taking advantage of a rare opportunity on this beautiful spring day, the j.v. side hosted the Millbrook Mustangs on Tom Young Field. Some last-minute heroics by Joe Giulian and the grounds crew got the diamond lined and ready just in time.
The Bears were sluggish in the early going. Patrick Frey '15 struggled to find the strike zone consistently, and a couple of fielding miscues led to Millbrook scoring twice in the opening frame. Berkshire didn't answer till the bottom of the second, tacking on a run there. After the Mustangs plated another in the third, the Bears tied things up with two of their own.
As the Berkshire bats were waking up, the Millbrook arms were wearing down. The floodgates opened in the bottom of the fourth, when ten runs provided the home team sufficient cushion to invoke the "mercy rule" (a 10-run lead after five innings). Jack Gustavson and Chris Cooke came on in relief of Frey and held the opposition scoreless in the fourth and fifth to preserve the double-digit margin.
In addition to his work on the mound and some solid play at shortstop, not to mention four stolen bases, Cooke also provided offensive firepower with an unusual triple-triple: three hits, three runs and three RBI. Max Way, entering the game for an injured Mo Amin, had two hits and two RBI, and Bryan Bohaty also drove in a pair.
Coaches Kohlhepp and Skoglund were pleased with the team's resilience on the day. "We weren't at our best in the early going," noted Coach K., "but the boys figured it out eventually."
Next up for the Bears: yet another home game, this Saturday at 2:30 against the Wyvern of Kingswood-Oxford.