An error in the bottom of the ninth inning cost Berkshire a win on Wednesday but the Badgers bounced back on Friday with a 9-1 victory over visiting Cornerstone Christian Academy.
“It’s always nice to bounce back and get one back in the win column after a tough loss in the matter we lost on Wednesday,” said Berkshire coach Nick Burzanko. “The guys came out and did some good things and it resulted in a win. I can’t say we played to the best of our ability, but guys battled and got a win.”
Berkshire, who improved to 4-2 overall, scored nine runs on just six hits. The Badgers took advantage of the seven walks they drew and were aggressive on the base paths.
“We did not hit the ball well at all today,” Burzanko said. “We were patient at the plate and took advantage of some walks that resulted in stealing bases and moving up on balls in the dirt. We had some timely hitting in some situations, but it was not an ideal day at the plate for us.”
The Badgers scored two runs in the bottom of the first on just one hit.
Jack Jacobs opened the inning by reaching base on a dropped third strike and then advancing to third on two passed balls. J.T. Bergmeier drew a walk and stole second. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Jake Brown then walked and Blake Jenkins singled home Bergmeier to make it 2-0.
Chris Groudle was hit by a pitch to fuel a five-run second inning.
Jacobs then singled and Brown hit a one-out single to score both runners. Brian Brent then drew a walk and Jenkins reached on a dropped third strike. Garrett Bosse reached on an error that made the score 7-0.
Bergmeier hit an RBI single in the third to push the Badger lead to 8-0.
Cornerstone used a leadoff walk and a two-out double to push one across in the fourth but Berkshire responded with one of its own when Jenkins singled, stole two bases, and scored on an error.
Jenkins pitched up the pitching victory after allowing just one earned run on four hits in four innings of work. He struck out six. Brent pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out four.
“Blake got his first start today and I think he adjusted well after falling behind some hitters at times,” Burzanko said. “Once he started to get ahead of hitters he was able to spot some pitches up and keep guys off balance with his off-speed pitches and he let his defense work behind him.”
Jenkins also led the Badgers at the plate as he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and he knocked in a pair.
“At the plate, we got him in a different spot in the lineup and it resulted in a little more of a relaxed spot for him,” Burzanko said. “He was aggressive and got good pitches to hit. He drove the baseball well and had another loud out driving the center fielder to the wall.”
Jacobs, Bergmeier, Brown, and Brent all finished with one hit for the Badgers.