MANCHESTER >> Snowy, windy and cold are not the ideal conditions you want for opening day but that didn't stop the Burr and Burton Academy baseball team from playing its home opener against Otter Valley on Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs battled back from a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game and go on to beat the Otters for their first win of the season.
With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bulldogs got a clutch at bat from one of the youngsters on their squad.
Freshman Daniel Hatheway, who was inserted into the game in the top of the inning at shortstop with junior Griff Stalcup going to relieve starter Jonathon Iris on the pitcher's mound, created a memory that will last him a lifetime.
In his first career varsity at bat, Hatheway lined a single up the middle to drive in the game's ultimate winning run, giving the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.
"It feels great to come through in that spot during the game," Hatheway said. "I was lucky enough to get some playing time today and made the most of it. I felt really good out there and the whole team did a great job getting us the win."
Overall, Hatheway went 2-2 in his two at bats at the plate and did great job on defense at shortstop for the last three innings of the game.
"Daniel is a great young player and has a bright future ahead of him here," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "He came through for us in a big spot there and we have a lot of confidence putting him on the field in any situation."
Hatheway's go-ahead RBI was plenty enough for Stalcup on the mound who was dealing all afternoon.
The junior pitched three scoreless innings to close out the game for the Bulldogs, striking out four batters and picking a win for himself in the process
"I felt that I brought a change of pace on the mound from our starter that their hitters didn't adjust well to," Stalcup said. "I was able to get some fastballs by their hitters and then get some curve balls over for strikes that kept them off balance and was able to close it out for us."
Stalcup was not just a force on the mound for BBA, but at the plate as well.
The junior went 3-3 at the plate, with his RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3 and reached base in all four of his at bats.
In fact Stalcup's walk in the bottom of the sixth inning helped start a three run inning for the Bulldogs to help put the game out of reach and allow them go on to a 7-3 victory over the Otters.
Junior Cooper Weir, sophomore Samuel Cottrell and senior Cody Roberts all had an RBI for the Bulldogs in the win.
BBA starter Jonathon Iris pitched four solid innings, giving up only three runs and struck out five Otter Valley batters to keep the bulldogs in the game, while picking up a no decision.
"This was nice win and great way to start off the season for us," Lewicki said. "When we needed to make plays we did and we had some great clutch at bats. We still need to work on a lot of things on the field to get better, but with the talent we have on this team, we're capable of winning a lot of ball games this season."
BBA will now have to wait almost two weeks before they play their second game of the season on April 19th, when they will look to start off the season 2-0 as they go on the road to face Mill River.