After a couple of tough losses, the Bears hosted the Bearcats with one simple objective: get the win. Strong pitching, timely hitting and just enough defense got the home team what they were looking for.
Mohib Amin took the mound on a breezy spring afternoon and was greeted with several sharp basehits as the visitors managed three in the opening frame. Berkshire roared back to plate six in the bottom of the inning, keyed by basehits from Corey Wieczorek, Greco, Amin, and Max Way. After one, it looked to be a wild affair, but both pitchers Amin settled down after that, allowing one in the second and one in the sixth. The Bears countered with single runs in the second and fifth and Amin, around the plate all afternoon, hung in for the full seven frames.
On the offensive ledger, Chris Cooke continued his torrid pace with two hits and two RBI; Max Way matched Cooke's efforts with two of each; Pat Frey laid down a terrific sacrifice bunt which he nearly beat out; Jack Gustavson reached base on a double, a walk and a hit by pitch; and Amin drove in a couple to support his own cause.
Coach Kohlhepp was straightforward about his strategy. "I told Mo it was on him today," noted D.K. "As a four-year player and one of our most consistent pitchers, he had the ball as long as he could throw strikes." Coach Skoglund was pleased with the offensive output on the afternoon, observing that the Bears managed 9 base knocks and hit many other balls hard, though right at the opponents.
Team defense and baserunning continue to be areas of concern, however. "When you make five errors and a handful of baserunning blunders," observed the head coach, "You're going to need a bit of luck to come away with the win. I guess we had enough tonight."
That taste of victory, combined with the taste of the sports drinks provided by the Freys and the pizzas courtesy of the Thomases, made for a fillling conclusion to a good afternoon on the diamond. The Bears will take a breather this weekend, then gear back up for Avon and Suffield next week.