BOSTON — Previous rain-outs necessitated a doubleheader for the softball team from Berean Free Presbyterian Church on July 18. Starting off, the Boston church faced St. Paul’s Lutheran, which sat in last place in division three of the Southtowns Softball League.
Berean batted first, and before Jonathan Sardina became the team’s first out, four runners were either on base or had already scored. The first four hitters, Aaron Breindel, Jared Owen, Steve Salisbury and Drew Payne all eventually scored, to make the score 4 – 0. With two outs, Eric Drake added another, to take a 5 – 0 lead, into the bottom of the first, where St. Paul’s went three-up-and-three-down.
The onslaught continued in the second, where Breindel, Owen and Payne all scored, to push the lead 8 – 0. Once again, St. Paul’s failed to register even a hit, and Berean pounded in 5 more runs, in the third, to take a 13 – 0 lead. Breindel, Owen and Payne all scored again, for a total of 3 runs each, in three innings.
Berean’s fielding lost its perfect game, in the bottom of the third. After going out on the first two batters, St. Paul’s scored 4 straight, before the road team secured the final out. However, the game was still at 13 – 4, going into the fourth inning, an inning in which Berean would outscore the opponent 2 – 0, for a 15 – 4 lead.
Drake scored 1 more run in the fifth, and St. Paul’s countered with a hit and three outs. With a score of 16 – 4 after five, the league’s 12-run mercy rule took effect, and the game was over. Berean added a team-record eighth win and secured its spot in first place, with the win. Owen led the way, with 4 runs.
Next up was No. 2 Marilla First Baptist, which was challenging Berean for first place. This contest was a high-scoring affair and close, for most of the game, but Berean ran out of gas, at the end, losing 29 – 17, after five innings.
Marilla led 1 – 0, after a tight first inning, and scored 8 more times, in the second, for a 9 – 3 lead. Berean took control in the third, as all but two players scored and three scored twice; Owen, Scott Overhoff and Payne. Berean outscored Marilla 11 – 5, in the third, and the game was knotted at 14, going into the fourth.
The first-place team failed to score a run in the fourth, however, and the home team ratcheted the lead to 20 – 14. After pulling within 3 runs, going into the bottom of the fifth, Berean was unable to stop the offense of Marilla, which posted 9 runs, in that inning, before the umpire called the game.
The loss set Berean back to 8 – 2, on the season, and Marilla moved up to an identical record to tie for first place.
Berean was scheduled to play Hamburg Assembly of God on July 25, against whom Berean is 1 – 0, this season. The Boston church’s next game is its last of the season, scheduled for August 1 against Big Tree Wesleyan, a team against whom Berean is also 1 – 0.
The game starts at 6:30 p.m and will be played at the Hamburg Recreation Department, located at 2982 Lakeview Road, in Hamburg.