When a team is coming off of a tough loss, the only thing they could think of is coming back with a statement that says "Hey, we're here, and we aren't going away." That statement could most likely be attributed to the Boyertown Bears as they faced off against PAC-10 foe Spring- Ford on May 3. The Bears looked to avenge their 7-6 loss at Spring-Ford on April 11. They did so with a resounding 11-4 victory that brought them back to within a half a game of the first place Rams.This time, the surroundings were more familiar and more comfortable, with the Bears playing in front of a full crowd at Bear Stadium.
As the game began, however, it seemed as though the Bears were going to dig themselves into an early hole. Shayne Houck was on the mound, and the first batter he faced, Spring- Ford second baseman Rick Gehman, popped out to third with for the first out of the inning.
The next batter, right fielder John Hayes, hit a double and it looked like early trouble for the Bears, and it proved to be. The next batter, pitcher Steve Young, knocked in the game's first run with an RBI single. The Rams plated another run to take a 2-0 lead.
The Bears battled right back in the bottom of the first. Todd Speilman walked after center fielder Nole Saylor grounded to second. Cody Kulp followed Speilman with an RBI double. That brought the Bears within one run at 2-1.
However, within the next couple of minutes, the whole complexion of the game seemed to change. Houck stepped to the plate with Kulp on second and whacked a two-run homer to left field to put the Bears up 3-2.
After hitting the home run, Houck came back in the second inning and after walking designated hitter Dan McGregory, retired the next three batters, including striking out left fielder Ron Sivick to end the inning.
The Rams came back to tie the game at 4-4 in the third inning after pitcher Steve Young hit a two-run home run to left field scoring John Hayes, who had doubled. After that scare from the Rams, the game belonged to the Bears.
The scoring onslaught began when shortstop Brandon Sullivan scored off of an error by the third baseman in the fourth inning. Cody Kulp (walk) and Alex Neiman (reached second on an error) scored on a Brandon Sullivan double in the fifth inning. At that time, the Bears were up 7-4.
The sixth inning brought yet more scoring, with second baseman Brent Ruminski scoring on a Kulp walk with the bases loaded. Next, centerfielder Nole Saylor walked in a run after Houck was hit by a pitch. Todd Speilman and Cody Kulp rounded out the scoring in the sixth, Speilman scoring on a Sullivan sacrifice fly and Kulp scoring on a Ryan Zakeski single.
After the dust settled, the tie was no longer an issue and the Bears put the cap on their tenth win of the season, beating the Rams 11-4. Much of the offensive explosion can be attributed to Boyertown capitalizing on Spring-Ford's six errors.
However, no one can put a damper on what the home team did and a win is a win is a win. Both Nole Saylor and Shayne Houck said that this victory was a good team win.
Saylor elaborated, "We all played well. We played good team baseball and that was important." He also commented on the team's almost error free (they only committed two) game. "We played pretty well defensively and it was an all around good effort." Saylor added that the Bears took advantage of Spring-Ford's mistakes, and also felt that pitcher Houck was the player of the game, "He hit the ball well and pitched very well and it was really good to see."
Houck commented on how he performed. "The first couple