Seven-Run Sixth Propels Cougars Varsity Baseball to 7-4 Comeback Over Morristown-Beard

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Junior Andrew Bergman takes lead off of third base in Chatham’s 7-4 win over Morristown-Beard on Tuesday at home.

For five innings, it looked bleak for the Chatham Cougars varsity baseball team. Morristown-Beard pitcher Jackson Kirsch was cruising along, holding the Cougars scoreless up until that point. 

But then Chatham (4-6) erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth frame en route to a 7-4 victory on Tuesday evening at home. 

The Colonials (4-6) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and extended their advantage to 3-0 in the top of the fifth.  

But then came that pivotal bottom of the sixth inning for the Cougars. Junior Andrew Bergman knocked out Kirsch with a run-scoring base hit to cut the deficit to 3-1. 

A single by senior Ben Gorski made it 3-2, and a double by Owen Walewander scored Bergman for a 3-3 tie. 

Junior Ryan Drum kept things going by lining a base hit to the outfield for a 4-3 advantage, while Thomas Lamar singled in a run to increase Chatham’s lead to 5-3. 

Senior Luke McCorry doubled to swell the Cougar advantage to 6-3, and Bergman walked with the bases juiced to complete the seven-run outburst. 

Reliever Anthony Gonzalez struck out the side, sandwiched in between allowing an unearned run, to seal the victory for Chatham in the bottom of the seventh.  

Bergman went 1-3 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored, and Drum stroked 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored as well. 

— Jerry Del Priore


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