Thursday, June 8, 2023

Badgers rally back for 10-7 win

Berkshire trailed Springfield after the first inning, 6-0, only to rally back for a 10-7 win on Monday in their first game at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“It was a great game for us,” Berkshire coach Brian Hiscox said. “We got down early but continued to battle back. Our defense played well. Offensively, we had 13 hits and scored 10 runs. All around, it was a solid afternoon.”

Forrest Kuchling entered the game in the first inning with two outs and the Badgers already facing a big deficit.

He stabilized the defense and kept the Badgers in the game by allowing just one earned run on three hits and he struck out three in 6 1/3 innings of work.

“Forrest took the hill in relief in the first inning and kept us in the ballgame,” Hiscox said. “He stepped up for us and really kept their hitters off balance. “It gave us a chance to come back and win the game.”

Offensively, it was Joe Barcikoski that led the Badgers. He finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and a stolen base.

Brian Brent, Bobby Czekaj and Jake Brown each finished the game with two hits. Brent also knocked in a pair and stole two bases while Czekaz finished with two RBI and Brown scored three runs.

“Offensively, I was extremely pleased today,” Hiscox said. “Everyone in the order today contributed in one way or the other on the offensive side. They played solid defense too.”

Berkshire plays Chardon on Tuesday.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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