On the road for the first time this season, the Bears faced a stiff challenge from the hosting Wildcats. With the teams locked in a 2-2 tie after four well-played innings, both squads predicted a nail-biter, but few in attendance could have predicted the way things played out at Williston's Gilbert Field.
Berkshire got out to a quick start as Corey Wieczorek drilled a fastball to the base of the home run fence to lead things off, coming home to score on a passed ball. The Bears also picked up two hits and two RBI each from Chris Cooke and Patrick Frey, and Miko Garcia earned two bases on balls. The Bears worked the Williston pitchers for 7 BBs in total, showing good patience on the afternoon. A 6-run fifth frame had the visitors feeling good about their chances.
Jack Gustavson got the start for the Green and Gray and pitched five solid innings, his first starting effort since Little League. Several Bears contributed good defense to the cause, with Cody Lucey making a diving catch in left field and Jake Grant showing some situational savvy in a late-game rundown. In the end, however, Berkshire just didn't flash enough leather or fire enough strikes. Once Gustavson, the tandem relief crew of Cooke, Frey and Henry Thomas succumbed to the disciplined at bats and madcap baserunning of the Williston ballclub. (The winning run was scored on a delayed steal of home.)
Coach Skoglund's ambitious Turnpike pace got the lads home just in time for the ice cream bar in the dining hall, which frozen sweetness took away some of the bitterness left by the disappointing game. Berkshire will face Hotchkiss tomorrow at 4:30 in a rare Thursday tilt, hoping to regain their winning ways after two consecutive losses.