Boston-based softball team wins back-to-back games
After starting out 0 – 2, the team managed four wins before losing back-to-back, one-run games to even out its record at 4 – 4 through eight games. Heading into play against St. Paul’s Lutheran church on July 5, BFPC was looking to turn around its recent losing ways. Berean was up against a team it had defeated in a match-up earlier this season, the Boston church’s first win of the season.
First at bat, BFPC’s first six batters got hits, and all of them made it home. Six more runners got around the diamond before SPL could get the three outs and BFPC held a 12 – 0 lead after the top of the first. The 12 runs were the church’s most productive inning so far.
SPL managed 3 runs, to counter in the bottom of the inning. Even with that offensive production, SPL trailed 12 – 3 after one. BFPC kept on hitting in the second inning as well, and seven more runners scored, to boost the team’s lead to 19 – 3. SPL managed 4 runs in the bottom of that inning, but still trailed by a wide margin at the close of the second, 19 – 7.
BFPC’s offense slowed after the second, as Springville resident Aaron Breindel registered the only RBI in the third. For the first time in the game, when three of its runners scored, SPL outscored its opponent for an inning, but the home team was still down 20 – 10 after three.
After a scoreless fourth inning, BFPC notched three more runs and was in position to end the game early with the 12–run mercy rule, leading by 13. SPL had two runners in scoring position with two outs, before popping out for the final play of the game, giving BFPC a 23 – 10 win, the church’s most productive game of the season, so far. The Boston church’s record improved to 5 – 4.
BFPC was back on the field on Monday night, July 9. The opponent was My Father’s House, against whom BFPC earned its largest margin of victory on June 7 by a 16 – 2 count. MFH came into the game with a 1 – 8 record and the first half of the game went in favor of BFPC, 6 – 0 after three innings.
The first half of the game was highlighted by Springville resident and Team Manager Drew Payne, whose home run in the third inning gave his team the six-run lead. In rounding the bases, he slowed to allow teammate Scott Overhoff, a Boston resident, to touch home plate for the fifth run.
During the final four innings, MFH scored 5 unanswered runs and 10 overall to close the gap, including 4 in the top of the seventh.
BFPC notched 3 runs in each of the final two innings and held the lead until the end, although the score was 6 – 5 going into the bottom of the fifth. The final score was 12 – 10.
The win, BFPC’s second in a row, improved the team’s overall record to 6 – 4.
BFPC will try again to keep its winning streak alive when it plays Trinity Lutheran on July 16.
That game will take place at 8:15 p.m. All games are played at the Hamburg Recreation Center, located at 2982 Lakeview Road in Hamburg.
In the two teams’ last meeting, BFPC emerged victorious on the strength of six runs in the bottom of the seventh, en route to a 14 – 13 final.