Bulldogs overpower rival Patriots

BENNINGTON — Coming off its thunderous win over Rutland on Wednesday where they scored 11 times, the Burr and Burton baseball team continued to swing a hot bat against rival Mount Anthony

The Bulldogs knocked around three Patriot pitchers for 14 hits on their way to a 20-0 victory.

Immediately from the start, BBA had the Patriots facing an uphill battle, striking for three runs in the first inning.

BBA continued to add to its lead in the second inning, scoring four times with two outs.

Following a two-out single by Will Palmer and back-to-back walks by James Reilly and Griff Stalcup, Jay McCoy slapped a RBI single to left field to give BBA a 4-0 lead.

Things then got a little wild for the Patriots as starter Bailey Myers hit Tyler Kraehling to usher in BBA's fifth run, sending MAU coach Walt Parmenter to take out Myers.

The wildness continued after reliever Will Buck hit Chandler Pouk in the next at-bat, before a wild pitch later in the inning allowed McCoy to score for a 7-0 lead.

The two-out offense kept coming for the Bulldogs in the third, with Palmer again getting things started with a walk. Reilly followed by drawing a walk of his own and then the Bulldogs scratched on their eighth run of the game as Stalcup's hard grounder went under the glove of the MAU second baseman into right, allowing pitch-runner Owen King to score from second base.

That set up McCoy's two-run double, who who hit a shot over the MAU right fielder for a two-run double to make it 10-0.

Kraehling hit a double of his own to score McCoy and then came around to score on a wild pitch, giving the Bulldogs nine straight runs with two outs.

"The guys have been trying to do a better job with hitting with two strikes in the count and that feeds into battling tougher with two outs," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "Our team has made a conscience effort to hit better at the plate and it has shown up in the past few games."

An RBI double by Stalcup and a RBI single by McCoy in the fourth inning extended the BBA lead to 14-0.

Therun support helped fuel Stalcup, who was excellent on the mound for the Bulldogs, striking out seven in four innings.

"It was an all-around team effort," Stalcup said. "The guys made some great plays in the field for me and we continued to hit the ball well on offense. That all helped me pitch well on the mound."

The Bulldogs feasted again with two out in the fifth inning as Stalcup extended the BBA lead to 16 with an RBI single.

McCoy then smashed his second two-run double of the contest to make it 18-0.

The junior had a game-high six RBI in the win.

"I just put the ball in the play and hoped for the best," McCoy said. "I have been swinging the bat better as of late and I have gotten into a nice groove at the plate because of it."

Kraehling tallied his fourth RBI of the game, while Ethan Senecal knocked in BBA's last run, making it 15 runs scored with two-outs in the contest.

Senecal pitched a scoreless fifth inning to close things out for BBA who improves to 11-2 with the win, while MAU drops to 4-8.

The Bulldogs have outscored MAU 28-0 this season.

Reilly reached base five times for the Bulldogs and had five runs scored.

"As a leadoff hitter, my job is to get on base and that's what my focus has been," Reilly said. "My goal is to set the tone and give the guys behind a chance to knock me in."

The Bulldogs will next host Brattleboro for Senior Day on Tuesday.

MAU, on the other hand, will try to things back on track when they host Hartford on Monday.

"We have to start off the week on Monday with a win," said MAU coach Walt Parmenter. "We have to cut down on our mental mistakes in the field and stop giving team extra outs. Hopefully we turn things around come Monday."

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