Apparently, the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree.
There’s a perfect example right here in North Andover with rising softball standout Colby Bere. She just happens to be the daughter of former major league pitcher Jason Bere, who had an excellent career with five teams, enjoying the most success with the Chicago White Sox.
Colby is not a pitcher, although she does pitch for the Pike School in the spring, but she does exhibit a lot of the qualities that sent her father on a steady path from Wilmington High School to the majors.
As the starting second baseman for the 14-and-under Bay State Brats, which entered a tournament over the weekend with three tourney titles and a 25-2-1 record to their credit, Colby was leading the team in hitting at .482 and has also shown power with a home run, two triples and 10 doubles.
“I have her as my No. 2 hitter (in the order) because she makes good contact but she can also bunt and she has good power,” said Brats head coach Bo Durso. “She’s just a really good hitter.”
Of course, Colby’s father wasn’t known for his hitting, but she has other qualities that are fitting for the offspring of a major leaguer.
“She has good instincts and she’s smarter than a lot of kids her age,” said Durso. “She understands the game.”
Jason has tried hard not to be overly involved with her daughter’s softball career, but he has worked with her on hitting, and a bit on pitching, and he’s not adverse to giving general advice.
“To be really good, you have to really want it and I tell her that it’s not by accident that you become great,” said Jason, who is a special assistant to the general manager for the Cleveland Indians.