For the first time in the history of Bear Stadium, the facility is hosting back-to-back tournaments this summer. Boyertown was planned to be the site of the Region 2 Tournament that was held last week. But since the team that was scheduled to host the state tournament backed out, Bear Stadium was asked to do double duty this year.
As it turned out, it was a good thing for the Bears. Boyertown made it to the championship game of the Region 2 Tournament, but lost to Twin Valley on July 24, 5-3.
Fortunately for the Bears, as a result of hosting the state tournament, the season is still alive.
The Bears will begin the state tournament on Tuesday, July 30, with a game against the Region 7 champions from Latrobe.
It will be the second game of a 5 p.m. doubleheader.
The Bears began the tournament in grand style when they defeated Pottstown, 11-1. After the Steelers scored one in the top of the first, Boyertown came back with three in the bottom of the inning, then added one in the second, four in the fourth and three in the fifth. The game ended after 6 1/2 innings due to the mercy rule.
Winning pitcher Dan Woodley went the distance for Boyertown, allowing just four hits and two walks while fanning eight.
The next night went much the same for the Bears, as they crushed Nazareth, 11-2. Boyertonw scored two in the top of the first, then added three in the fourth, three in the fifth and three more in the sixth to open up the game.
Mitch Renninger was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings of work.
Tyler Comport led the Boyertown offense with three hits, three RBIs and a run scored, while Brett Moyer added two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The win sent the Bears to the winnerís bracket final where the trouble began. Twin Valley, a team that gave Boyertown trouble during the regular Berks League season, did it again as they handed the Bears their first loss of the tournament, 2-1.
The Bears did fight back the later in the day with an 8-0 victory over North Parkland, thanks in part to a complete game pitching performance from Tyler Bauman who allowed just three hits in nine innings.
That set up the championship day on July 24 in which Boyertown needed to defeated both Pottstown and Twin Valley to win the tournament championship. They accomplished the first part of that when the shutout Pottstown, 3-0. Woodley pitched seven shuotut innings, allowing three hits while fanning 10.
But in the championship game, it was Twin Valley that did it to them again. The Raiders used a three-run fourth inning, powered by a three-run homer by Travis Royer, to defeat the Bears, 5-3.