In a rare Friday afternoon tilt, before an enthusiastic crowd of parents and peers, Berkshire hosted Indian Mountain School. The Bears, looking to greet the Falcons in an aggressive manner, jumped out to a six-run lead after two frames and barely hung on as the scrappy visitors battled back.
"Hammering" Henry Thomas (five runs but only two earned over three innings) and Jack "Pork" Gustavson (a clean slate for two innings) combined for the win, with Mohib "Kabul Kid" Amin and Corey "Baby Wise" Wieczorek doing duty behind the plate. Berkshire committed four errors on the day but made enough plays to make the lead hold up. Chris "Big Daddy" Cooke showed his versatility with put-outs in right field and shortstop, and Calder "Scalder" Ryan had an adventurous afternoon at the hot corner.
Ryan also led the way at the plate, busting out of a slump with two solid hits. Gustavson tacked on a couple of base knocks, while Dan "Seoul Survivor" Kim hit the ball hard in both plate appearances and Cody "Hunter, Jr." Lucey drove in one and scored another. Will Rhodes "Scholar," playing against his alma mater for one last time, launched a gigantic fly ball to left field that was hauled in by a well-positioned Falcon. On the down side, the Bears went down swinging six times, as opposed to five walks.
Next up for Berkshire is "the Panda classic" at Millbrook, where the Bears will tussle with the Mustangs for a chance to visit the Trevor Zoo.