Early runs propel BBA to victory
MANCHESTER -- The Burr and Burton Academy baseball team took advantage of some early miscues on Monday afternoon, scoring three first-inning runs en route to a 7-3 win over Fair Haven at the Dana Thompson Rec Park.
"It's nice to see the offense get the bat on the ball and manufacture runs," said BBA coach Tony Cirelli.
After a scoreless top of the first, Dylan Bibeau led off the bottom half against Fair Haven's Nathan Bowen with a walk. Seth Wilkins singled, then a throwing error into the BBA dugout allowed Bibeau to score and Wilkins to take second. Wilkins then scored a few pitches later on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
Griff Stalcup continues the frame with a walk and scored two batters later on a Taylor Muench basehit for a 3-0 lead.
"Bowen was pitching to contact, we have to play defense behind him," said Fair Haven coach Kyle Ruby. "Against a quality team, they'll take advantage of everything you give them."
Bowen settled down in the next few innings, but BBA manufactured single runs in the third and fourth. In the third, Stalcup reached on an error and eventually scored on a groundout from Noah Rizio. The next inning, Muench walked, advanced to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on a Jeremiah Parker groundout.
"We put the bat on the ball today, had a lot of deep ABs," Cirelli said. "We got some hits with two strikes, working walks. If we can do that [and be] more effective at the plate, we're moving in the right direction."
Ryan Smith got the victory for the Bulldogs, the first of four pitchers for BBA. Rizio, Bibeau and Muench also took the ball against the Slaters.
Smith pitched three innings and allowed two hits and struck out three. Fair Haven's Bowen took the loss, allowing three earned runs, walking three and striking out four.
Stalcup drove in another run in the fifth with a double to the fence in left-center and Rizio knocked in Stalcup with a single to center.
In the top of the sixth, down 7-0, Fair Haven loaded the bases with no one out against Bibeau -- the third pitcher of the game -- and came up empty as Owen Dougherty filed out, and Noah Auger and Alex Jakubowski fanned to end the threat.
"We're facing quality pitchers, guys [are] right around the plate," Ruby said. "We have some good hitting and the pitching did what we asked to do. I was pleased with pitching, [especially being the] first time on the field."
Fair Haven refused to throw in the towel, scoring three runs in the seventh with a Ian Misencik run-scoring double and on a throwing error.
"I tried to get guys an opportunity to pitch, Taylor was nibbling but he'll be OK," Cirelli said. ‘Overall, Ryan was effective and efficient, Riz got the job done and Dylan did well too."
BBA improves to 2-0 on the season with the victory.
"Our expectations are to improve day-by-day and game-by-game," Cirelli said. "We have to continue to work hard and do the situational things. "It's a tough schedule, hopefully if we can play like we did today, we'll be competitive."
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