Berkner Splits Skyline Week

On Tuesday your Berkner Rams traveled south to Skyline HS. After yielding a run to the Raiders in the bottom of the second inning the Rams responded in the top of the fourth inning posting 2 runs of their own. Berkner carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning when Skyline was able to push across 2 more of their own and take a 3-2 lead. Berkner rallied to tie the game at 3 in the top of the seventh inning but fell on a walk-off base hit 4-3.

Friday brought the Raiders to Berkner Ram Ballpark. Friday also brought some nasty weather and several lightning delays. Berkner turned the table on Skyline in almost the same fashion as Skyline did to Berkner on Tuesday. In the top of the second inning Skyline scored the first run of the game. Berkner responded in the bottom of the same frame with a run of their own and there the game stood tied 1-1 through several hours of lightning delays and stormy weather. As the game resumed so did the fireworks. Skyline scored first after the weather delay with 2 runs in the top of the sixth inning and carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Sr Elias Munoz led off the inning reaching on an error by the Skyline third baseman. Soph Bryce Drayton then did what all baseball players should do as he found his way to first base thanks to a hit by pitch. With runners now on first and second and no outs Sr Garrett Randall walked on 5 pitches to load the bases. 3 of the next 4 Berkner batters would prove devastating to Skyline. Soph Cole Hill stood in and with an aggressive approach found himself battling the Raider pitcher from behind in the count but battling nonetheless. Through a 7-pitch at bat Hill walked forcing in a run and bringing the Rams to within 1. Jr Nick McLemore then stepped in and by all accounts had the most competitive at bat of the evening. McLemore took a first pitch strike followed by 3 consecutive balls. Then he proceeded to foul off the next three pitches battling through a full count and finally taking ball 4 on the eighth pitch of the at bat tying the game at 3 runs apiece. After Jr Edwin Silguero struck out Soph Alexis Munoz stepped in with the bases loaded, 1 out, and the opportunity to win the game for the Rams. On a 2-2 pitch Munoz drove a hard hit ball to the right of the Skyline shortstop forcing him out of position enough to give Randall at third all the space he needed to slide home safely under the throw and give the Rams the victory 4-3.