Baseball - Boys Junior Varsity
|Date:||May 17, 2014|
Event Recap:One a beautiful breezy Saturday, in front of a vocal and supportive crowd -- we won't forget about you -- the Bears faced a plucky Canterbury squad that they had bested 13-1 five weeks earlier. Would the hosts be able to equal that margin while simultaneously honoring the seniors and rewarding the eight ballplayers who came out early for some b.p.? After a bit of confusion relating to the talent, the sound system and the anthem, it was time to Play Ball. Things started well for the home side, with Tristan "Squat Nation" Gaynor striking out the first two Saints and enticing the third into a line drive out to center field Max "I'm More Than Just My Head Shot" Miller. Berkshire also started well at the plate. Miller, one of three senior statesmen, used his speed to reach first and some good contact by his teammates to come around to score. Patrick "Deep" Frey added a base knock, Henry "Steezy" Thomas and Jake "Oddsmaster" Grant picked up RBIs on groundouts, Brady "Stim Junky" Wilson got hit by a pitch, and the Bears were up 2-0. That turned out to be all the support Berkshire's pitchers needed. Gaynor went three strong frames throwing nothing but strikes. Chris "Yo" Cooke looked at a beauty of a curve ball for strike three in the bottom of the third but mowed down the Saints in the top of the fourth, and Trevor "Rocket in my Pocket" Berry threw just enough strikes, around some walks, to close things out in the fifth and secure the 10-run mercy clause. Berkshire wasn't done with the bats after the first frame. Hits by Gaynor, senior Calder "Scalder" Ryan and Cody "Woody" Lucey keyed a huge second inning, in which the host team tacked on nine runs. That output, combined with strong pitching and the solid defense anchored by Grant (catching), Ryan (first base) and Miller (center field), was more than enough. The final score: you guessed it.... Bears 13- Saints 1. The Bears improved to 9-1 on the same day on which the varsity squad advanced to the WNEPBBL finals with a gritty victory over Wilbraham. Coach Cronze's arrival minutes before the game, just back from the factory where he picked up b.p. jackets for the boys, ensured that Berkshire was not only victorious but fashionable as well. As Grant likes to say, it was indeed a "Great day to be a Bear."