Bulldogs upset CVU, move into semifinal

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HINESBURG >> The No. 5 Burr and Burton baseball team took some impressive defense, mixed it with some clutch hitting and took advantage of a couple of No. 4 CVU miscues in a 2-1 upset of the Redhawks to reach the Division I baseball semifinals.

BBA avenged a loss to CVU in the quarterfinals, a 12-0 rout in 2015 that sent the Bulldogs out of the playoffs.

"The kids had a lot of emotion," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "Our defense was solid right from the start. We played mistake-free and tried to put some pressure on them."

Jay McCoy started for BBA and earned the victory, allowing one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. McCoy, a sophomore, pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the third as CVU had the bases loaded with one out. McCoy then induced a pop-out and a strikeout to end the threat.

"Jay was just solid the whole game and CVU is one of the better teams in the North," Lewicki said.

In the fifth, BBA took a 1-0 lead with Scott Mooney scored a run to break the scoreless deadlock, then doubled the advantage in the sixth when James Reilly crossed the plate on a CVU error to go up 2-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, Liam Reiner hit an RBI single to chase McCoy and cut the lead to 2-1. Reiner had two hits for the Redhawks.

In the seventh, CVU got the tying run at first base and with Griff Stalcup pitching, induced a double play to end the game and send the Bulldogs to the Final Four.

Stalcup got the final five outs for the save, while Tyler Kraehling added two hits for BBA, who are in the semifinal for the first time since 2013, when the Bulldogs made it to the D-II championship.

Andrew Bortnick took the loss for CVU, who finish the season at 14-4.

BBA will travel to face No. 1 seed BFA St. Albans, who beat Rutland in the quarterfinal, 3-2, all the runs coming in the seventh inning.

"The kids are excited for the opportunity to play [BFA]," Lewicki said.


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