Wednesday May 8, 2013

BRANDON CANEVARI

Manchester Journal

MANCHESTER -- Leland & Gray took a 6-run lead into the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday afternoon against Burr and Burton Academy.

Last year, when BBA failed to make the playoffs, they might have given up down by six. But not this year.

The Bulldogs scored four times in the inning, but the Division III Rebels pulled away in the late innings of an 11-4 win.

"We were right back in it at that point. We had come back from being down 6-0 and that's when another team can often relax and just have everything go their way," DeForest said. "So, we're right back in it and we know we can score off this pitcher and [we're] hoping [to] hold them right there."

After a pair of walks and a single into right center by second baseman Meghan Kardas, Rebels (4-2) pitcher Elizabeth Symanski walked in a run to put BBA (2-5) on the board. After Kardas came home on a wild pitch, Senecal roped a double down the first base line to bring the Bulldogs within two.

But Symanski ended the inning with no further damage and her teammates picked her up as they scored two runs to go up 8-4.

"That makes it tough again because now they've retaken back their momentum that they had earlier and then they held us and then it's just hard to get that momentum back," DeForest said.

BBA had a chance at another comeback in the bottom of the fifth with shortstop Taylor Smith on third and one out, but the Bulldogs were unable to score.


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"We're putting ourselves in the position to have those opportunities," DeForest said. "I thought we were doing a better job of getting to that step. So, now we [get] the runners on, now we just need to drive them home. That'll come."

Burr and Burton pitcher Caitlyn Arellano threw a complete game with five strikeouts.

"I thought we played fairly well," said BBA coach Dan DeForest. "We did a lot of really good things."

You're not going to score 10 runs against a team like this. You've got to hold them down and score five or six and hopefully that will be enough. Our defense is getting a step closer all the time."