MANCHESTER -- After the Burr and Burton Academy softball team saw their 3-0 lead evaporate in a wild fourth inning in which Woodstock went up 4-3, the Bulldogs showed grit and determination. The only problem was so did the Wasps.
After BBA (3-9) tied the score at four in the bottom half of the frame, Woodstock (2-8) came back in the top of the fifth and manufactured a run with Gabi Rozumek scoring from third on a passed ball to take the 5-4 advantage, which proved to be the game winner. The Wasps added an insurance run in the following inning and were able to keep BBA off the board for the 6-4 win.
"They made their plays every single time they had to," said BBA coach Dan DeForest. "Woodstock was there today to make every play. They just really played a solid defensive game."
BBA got on the board early in the second with an RBI single by Kyle Gatewood who drove in Laura Gutierrez.
The following inning, Rachel Senecal hit a hard shot down the third baseline with two away. A single by Rachel Foster put runners at the corners and after Foster took second, a passed ball allowed Senecal to score and Foster to advance to second. Moments later, a miscue in the field off a ball hit by Darien Halliday brought in Foster for the 3-0 advantage.
But in the top of the fourth, an error and a pair of singles with one on and one out brought Woodstock within a run with runners at the corners. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick scored on a passed ball before another passed ball moments later allowed the Wasps to take the lead.
"We just needed to make defensive plays," said DeForest. "We had a few wild pitch runs that scored there and that moved people around the bases a little bit and then we settled down and made some good defensive plays to try to hold them down."
But BBA wasn't done yet. A single to shallow left by Katelyn Reilly and a walk by Gatewood with one away in the bottom of the fourth set the stage for Kya Davis who hit a grounder to second. After Gatewood was tagged out, an errant throw allowed Reilly to score the tying run. But after the Wasps took the lead in the top of the fifth, BBA just was unable to put anything together to reclaim the lead.
"We hit the ball with some authority and the last inning we had two really hard hit balls. The third baseman made a great play on the ground ball and the center fielder made the catch on the fly ball," said DeForest. "They also ran everything down. A lot of hits weren't at them and they made catches. So, I thought they did a great job of playing defense today."
Caitlyn Arellano pitched a complete game for BBA as did Brittany Sawyer for Woodstock.