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Jul, 2022

Bear Paws win Berks!

The Bear Paws completed a dominant run through the Berks League playoffs, going 5-0 to win the championship and a berth in the Junior Legion Prep State Tournament.

The Paws began their playoff run against Oley/Topton, winning a mercy rule-shortened game 13-0. Jackson Korne and Jayden Madeja teamed up to hold Oley/Topton to only three hits, striking out five. At the plate, Mason Reinert and Cole Neiswender both had two hits, with Reinert setting the table for the Paws' first run by tripling with one out in the first. Game two against West Lawn had a similar outcome, with the Paws winning 10-0 on a mercy rule walk-off score on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth. Sam Letter was brilliant on the mound for Boyertown, one-hitting the Owls and striking out five in a 54-pitch complete game effort. Mason Reinert (3-3), Cole Neiswender (2-3, 2 runs), and Jack Willson (2-2, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored) led Boyertown hitters. The win advanced Boyertown to the winner's bracket final.

The winner's bracket final featured a matchup against league rival and 1 seed Shillington. The Paws once again ended the game early with a 10-run lead, this time after six innings. The game was tight for the first four innings, with Shillington pulling out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Boyertown starting pitcher Chase Artim and reliever Cole Neiswender kept things close until the offense could find its footing. And find its footing they did, exploding for five runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead. CJ Cressman started the inning with a lead-off walk and, after a fielder's choice for the first out, Brennan Pioli (single) and Neiswender (walk) both reached base safely to load the bases for Boyertown. Mason Reinert followed up with an RBI single and the Paws were on the board. Shillington made a pitching change, but things got worse for them. The Paws scored two more runs on a passed ball and wild pitch to take a 3-2 lead. The new Dodger pitcher walked Connor Houck and Jack Willson to reload the bases, setting up Joey Goddard for an RBI single. The Paws would score one more on a bases loaded walk to take a 5-2 lead. Shillington narrowed the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, but Boyertown delivered the decisive blow with an eight-run top of the sixth to go ahead 13-3. Neiswender worked around a two-out baserunner to hold Shillington scoreless in the bottom of the sixth to end the game. He also led Boyertown hitters, going 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored.

By virtue of being the only remaining undefeated team in the double-elimination playoff, Boyertown's next game would be the so-called "throw-away game" against Muhlenberg, who was facing elimination. By rule, a Paws loss in this game would have put them into a single winner-take-all championship game against the winner of the loser's bracket. The special rule was unnecessary, as Boyertown trounced Muhlenberg 18-3 in yet another mercy rule-shortened contest, this time in three innings. The Paws once again leaned on their stellar pitching and timely hitting, with a pitch-by-committee approach keeping everyone available for the championship game. The pitching quartet of Connor Houck, Jake Musselman, Joey Goddard, and Christian Calautti held Muhlenberg to only three hits. Houck was clutch at the plate, going 3-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Still undefeated in the double elimination playoff, loser's bracket winner Shillington would need to beat the Bear Paws twice to win the championship. The Paws made sure the second game was unnecessary, winning the first 6-1 to claim the championship. They jumped out to an early lead, scoring four in the top half of the first. Cole Neiswender began the game with a lead-off walk and later scored on a Connor Houck single. Back-to-back follow-on singles by Jack Willson and Joey Goddard loaded the bases, setting up a Jake Musselman sacrifice fly to put the Paws up 2-0. Brennan Pioli completed the scoring with a two-run single to left. Starting pitcher Houck complemented his strong performance at the plate (2-4, RBI, run scored) with an even more impressive 1-hit, five-inning, 7 K performance on the hill. Joey Goddard entered after Houck reached his pitch limit and kept Shillington at bay for the final two innings of play and seal the championship victory.


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