CATCH ME IF YOU CAN — Scott Overhoff races to first base, as a Hamburg First Baptist player looks for the ball.
BOSTON — Southtowns Church League Division 3 first place team Berean Free Presbyterian Church looked to avenge its only season defeat, at its game on July 15.
Fourth place team First Baptist Church of Hamburg, which beat Berean 14 – 2 on July 1, went to bat first, during this week’s game, and ran up the score, immediately.
Away team Hamburg’s first five batters scored, to give the road team an early, 5 – 0 advantage
Berean’s defense tightened up and ended the scoring then, but the offense had to make up some ground, after producing only 2 runs, during the last time the teams met.
Berean got back in the game, countering with its first four batters, as Aaron Breindel of Springville, Jared Owen of East Concord, Drew Payne of Springville and Scott Overhoff of Boston all scored, to tie the game.
The rally did not end there. All except two players scored runs, in the first inning, and Breindel and Owen each came home twice, to double the score at 10 – 5, before Hamburg got the final out.
Those 10 runs were a BFPC team record for runs, during a single inning.
That back-and-forth between the teams ended, after the first inning. Hamburg never again found the same scoring groove it had, during the first inning.
The away team scored fewer runs, during each inning, until failing to produce any scoring at all, during the final two frames.
When the top of the fifth ended, Hamburg had 9 runs, not even enough to match Berean’s first inning output. By the end of the fifth, the Boston team had 22 runs.
BFPC’s efforts initiated the 12-run mercy rule and officially ended the game, with a 22 – 9 final. This was the opposite result of the teams’ last clash, in which First Baptist Church of Hamburg captured the game at 14 – 2, with the mercy rule.
After Steve Salisbury and the Rev. Phil Owen scored, during the second inning, the third started at the top of the order. The first six batters scored, to increase the lead to 18 – 9, at the close of that inning.
Overhoff scored again, in the fourth and Owen and Eric Drake of West Valley both scored in the final inning, to put the game out of Hamburg’s reach.
With its seventh win on the season, Berean matched its win total from last year, the church’s first season, when it ended with a 7 – 5 record.
By avenging its only season loss, Berean improved to 7 – 1 on the season and remained in first place in Division 3 of the Southtowns Church League.
Berean holds a game on hand on No. 2 Marilla First Baptist, which is 7 – 2 and was slated to play Berean on July 18, in a battle for first place.
Before taking on Marilla, Berean played the first game of a double-header that night, competing against St. Paul’s Lutheran, which sat in sixth place, at 1 – 8.
Berean’s next game is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 against Hamburg Assembly of God, against whom Berean is 1 – 0, this season. That game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
All games are held at the Hamburg Recreation Department, located at 2982 Lakeview Road in Hamburg.