ARLINGTON — The Burr and Burton softball team were unable to recover from their mistakes in the field and missed opportunities at the plate in Thursday night's 8-5 loss to Black River.

Right from the get go, the Bulldogs were battling from behind after Black River struck for five runs in the top of the first inning to take the early lead.

BBA cut the Presidents lead to 5-2 with a RBI groundout by Rachel Senecal in the first and a bases loaded walk that brought in a Bulldogs' run in the second inning.

The Bulldogs remained down by three going into the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to Halliday's performance on the mound.

The senior shut down the Presidents in order for three straight innings, retiring 10 batters in a row to keep BBA in the game.

After Phoebe Leighton got on base with her second bunt single of the game with one out in the fourth, Amber Morris stepped to the plate and crushed a shot to deep center for a two-run inside the park home run to cut the Black River lead to 5-4.

Black River, however, finally got to Halliday in the fifth inning and scored three runs to extend their lead to 8-4.

An RBI single by Brianna Mayne in the bottom half of the inning made it 8-5 and still down three in the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs looked like they were on their way to a come back win when they loaded the bases with no one out.

But as quickly as the threat materialized, it was quashed as Halliday struck out and then both Senecal and Mayne popped out to end the inning, resulting in BBA not scoring and wasting a golden opportunity to get back in the game.


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The Bulldogs had another case to tie the game up with first and second and one out in the seventh inning, but again couldn't capitalize on the opportunity as Leighton was first thrown out trying to score on a hit to right field and then Amber Whittemore was retired to end the game.

"It's a tough loss. Some things didn't go our way in the game, but that's softball and you just got to do your best to over come it and unfortunately we couldn't," said BBA coach Lisa Kelly. "The girls though played really well and showed a lot of heart out there. We just got to bounce back and get a win in our next game on Saturday."

With the loss, BBA drops to 2-13 on the season and play their final game of the regular season on Saturday when they travel to play Twin Valley at 11 a.m.


MAU sophomore Amber Morris throws the ball in from center field during Thursday’s game against Black River. Morris hit a two-run inside the park home
MAU sophomore Amber Morris throws the ball in from center field during Thursday's game against Black River. Morris hit a two-run inside the park home run in the Bulldogs 8-5 loss to Black River. (steven bassin — bennington banner | photos.benningtonbanner.com)