Bulldogs victorious in home opener

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MANCHESTER >> It took a couple of games, but the Burr and Burton softball team couldn't have had a better way of winning their first game of the season.

In their home opener on Thursday against Woodstock, the Bulldogs scratched out an run in the sixth inning to take the lead for good and win 3-2.

Going into the bottom sixth tied 2-2, the Bulldogs put their plan into action to grab the lead.

It started with eighth and ninth hole hitters in the lineup Amber Morris and Allie Nowicki, getting back to back singles to get on base to start the inning.

After Morris stole third with one out, everything was all set up for freshman Azurah Booth-Gage to get her home to give BBA the lead and she did with a hard smash for a infield single to score Morris for the games winning run.

"It was the best hit I have had so far this season," Booth-Gage said. "I'm really happy that I was able to come through there to help the team get the win."

The one run was all that BBA starter Darien Halliday needed to close out the game in the top for the seventh.

The red-headed senior shut down the Wasps in order 1-2-3 in the seventh to seal the win for the Bulldogs.

"It was great to help the team get the win today," Halliday said. "I just kept being consistent with my pitches off the mound all game, allowing my team to stay in the game and then ultimately win it at the end."

Halliday was solid for the Bulldogs, making great pitches to get out of big jams including getting out of a bases loaded situation in the sixth to keep the game tied at 2-2.

Her final line was a complete game performance, giving up only two runs on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Halliday's consistency helped BBA take an early lead of an RBI single by Rachel Senecal in the third inning.

Woodstock got to Halliday in the fifth inning, scoring two runs to take the lead.

BBA though would tie it later on in the bottom half of the inning, when the Woodstock shortstop booted a ground ball hit by Amber Whitmore that allowed Halliday to score from third to tie the game.

Halliday and Booth-Gage each had a team-high two hits.

"It feels so good to get the win and to do it in front of our hometown fans," said BBA coach Lisa Kelly. "I felt like everything came together today for us. We got a great performance from Darien on the mound, we played great defense behind her and most important we had great timely hitting in the game. This win will help show us we have to do get better as we head into May."

With the win, BBA is now 1-2 on the season.

The Bulldogs will now head down Route 7 to play rival Arlington on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


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