Bulldogs shut out Brattleboro


MANCHESTER >> It's been a straight up perfect start to the 2016 season for the Burr and Burton baseball team and it continued to stay perfect, when the Bulldogs rolled to a 12-0 shutout victory over Brattleboro on Friday.

Outscoring their opponents 75-16 to start the season, the Bulldogs' offense continued to rack up the runs against the Colonels, scoring two runs in the first inning to take the early lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, the BBA offense was helped out by the Brattleboro defense, which committed three straight errors, allowing the Bulldogs to score a run to make it a 3-0 game.

Then after the Colonels intentionally walked Griff Stalcup to load the bases, senior Cody Roberts broke the game open for the Bulldogs with hard smash to right field to score runs, extending the BBA lead to five.

"We had runners on base and I was just trying to knock them in," Roberts said. "I was seeing the ball pretty well against their pitcher and I was able to get a good swing on a pitch. When you see runners on base, all of us motivate each other to get them in and it felt good to so today."

Roberts was perfect on the day at the plate with runners in scoring position and had three RBIs through the first two innings of the game.

Leading 6-0 after two innings, the Bulldogs' offense had given some cushion for their pitcher, Jonathon Iris, who didn't need many runs to work with.

The senior was masterful on the mound all afternoon, using his off-speed pitches to perfection and was in fact perfect through the first three innings of the game.

"My off-speed pitches were on all day. I think I threw my curveball for a strike almost every time, so that kept their hitters off-balance a lot," Iris said. "There's nothing you can say really being in that perfect zone than that it's great to be in."

Iris lost his perfect game in the fourth inning when Brattleboro had a runner reach on an error and then lost his no-hitter in fifth inning, when he hung a changeup that Conor Hiner smacked for a double down the left field line for the Colonels first hit of the game.

Besides those blemishes, Iris was perfect for the Bulldogs, pitching five complete shutout innings with seven strikeouts.

Iris now has also not given up a run his last 11 innings pitched as well.

Up 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, BBA sealed up their win by doing what they do best, scoring runs.

With the bases loaded and one out, junior James Reilly ripped a single up the middle that scored two runs, bringing the Bulldogs run total to double digits.

Then after Stalcup knocked in a Bulldogs' run on a RBI fielders choice, Roberts put the final touches on the game and his 3-4 day at the plate with an RBI single, giving him a game-high four RBIs on the day and BBA it's eight win of the season.

"It's great to see the kids keep getting better as we move along through the season," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "We're hitting the ball really, the pitching has been spot on, we have just been playing really great baseball and we're going to keep working hard to keep it going."

With the win, BBA improves to a perfect 8-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs will travel to play Hartford on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


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