BOSTON — Despite the fact that much of Western New York had been subject to showers for the majority of the afternoon on June 27, Berean Free Presbyterian took the field against Hamburg First Baptist, looking to defend its undefeated season record.
After winning its last game 14 – 2 against The Tabernacle, Berean ended up on the wrong side of the same score on June 27 and dropped to 5 – 1 on the season.
To start the game, Berean’s first two batters, Aaron Breindel of Springville and Jared Owen of East Concord, were out to put the team’s back against the wall, early. Scott Overhoff of Boston hit a triple, to get the offense going, but Drew Payne of Springville was called out after an equipment malfunction, effectively ending the top of the first inning.
Hamburg got its hitters swinging, as the first four batters all scored, to take a 4 – 0 lead. Berean allowed 1 more hit, during the rest of the inning.
Berean began to make noise, during the third inning. Breindel and Overhoff both scored runs and Payne made it to second base. An out called on Steve Salisbury ended the inning, with the Boston team down 4 – 2.
The game never got closer. With one out among the first six hitters, 5 runs scored in the bottom of the third for Hamburg upped the score to 9 – 2. Pitcher Eric Drake ended the inning with back-to-back strikeouts but, at this point, he was merely holding off the mercy rule.
Four more runners scored for Hamburg, during the bottom of the fourth, piling up that team’s lead and making the score 13 – 2.
Springville’s Daniel Breindel made his debut with the team, as an injury relief. Owen attempted to rally his team, which sat 7 behind, going into the fifth. “All we need is a couple 4- or 5-run innings and we’ve had plenty of those, this year,” he said. “We’re not out of it, yet.”
The Berean offense got Aaron Breindel on third, but the other three batters were out.
The fielders got the first two batters out, during the bottom of the fifth, but a base hit, followed by a double, put the game out of Berean’s reach, with a final score of 14 – 2, bringing the mercy rule into effect.
Even with the loss, Berean still holds onto first place, in its division.
Marilla First Baptist, which Berean defeated on opening night, has the same number of wins as Berean (5), but has played one more game.
Hamburg, which sits at 5 – 3 on the season, moved into third place, with this win. Marilla holds one game on hand and Berean holds two.
The Tabernacle also holds a game on hand on Hamburg and currently sits at 4 – 3.
Berean and Marilla were scheduled to go head-to-head in a clash for first place on July 1, but the rain prevailed, forcing a rescheduling that has yet to be determined.
Berean’s next game will be held on Monday, July 15, against Hamburg First Baptist again, weather permitting. The Boston church will look to avenge its lopsided loss.
That game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Recreation Department, which is located at 2982 Lakeview Road in Hamburg.