BOSTON — Previous rainouts caused a double header for the softball team from Berean Free Presbyterian Church on July 18, and the games resulted in completely opposite outcomes. Starting off, the Boston church faced Saint Paul’s Lutheran, which sat in last place in division three of the Southtowns Softball League. Berean entered the game in first place.
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 Saint Paul’s went three-up-and-three-down.
The onslaught continued in the second, where Breindel, Owen and Payne all scored again, to push the lead to 8 – 0. Once again, Saint Paul’s failed to register one 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 and some of its confidence in the bottom of the third. After going out on the first two batters, Saint Paul’s scored four straight, before the road team secured the final out. The game was still out of reach at 13 – 4, going into the fourth inning, in which Berean outscored the opponent 2 – 0 for a 15 – 4 lead.
Drake scored 1 more run in the fifth and Saint 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 had 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, the First Baptist Church of Marilla, which was challenging Berean for first place. This contest was close for most of the game, but in the end, Berean lost 29 – 17 after five innings.
Marilla led 1 – 0 after a close first inning and scored eight more times in the second for a 9 – 3 lead. During the third inning, all except two of Berean’s players scored and three, including Owen, Scott Overhoff and Payne, scored twice. 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, and the home team ratcheted the lead to 20 – 14. After pulling within 3, going into the bottom of the fifth, Berean was unable to stop Marilla’s offense. That team posted 9 runs, 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 division 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 Thursday, Aug. 1 against Big Tree Wesleyan, a team against whom Berean is also 1 – 0. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be played at the Hamburg Recreation Department, located at 2982 Lakeview Road in Hamburg.