Eight-run first propels BBA to opening win

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BENNINGTON — You could say the Burr and Burton baseball team has been champing at the bit to get outside after a long, cold winter.

In their first game of the year, the Bulldogs scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 16-1 win over Springfield on Thursday.

Three pitchers — Jay McCoy, Ethan Senecal and Joey McCoy — combined for a five-inning no-hitter. The trio struck out 10 and walked only two. Jay McCoy threw the first two innings, with Senecal the next two and Joey McCoy the top of the fifth.

After Jay McCoy set down the Cosmos in order in the top of the first, the offense did the rest in the bottom half.

Daniel Hatheway was hit by a pitch to leadoff, then James Reilly walked before Griff Stalcup drove in a run with a hit. Tyler Kraehling doubled home another run and McCoy walked, putting two on for Sam Cottrell, who blasted a three-run bomb to left-center to make it 6-0 with getting an out.

A double by Hathaway and a two-run single from Reilly made it 8-0 after one inning.

"I thought we started out great, Daniel started right where he left off, a multiple hit game again," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "We go through the order at the start and then Sam with the big shot. His hitting will be greatly improved this year and he's one of the strongest kids."

The Bulldogs piled on in subsquent innings, scoring two more in the second, three more in the third, a single tally in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game early.

Stalcup was 3-for-5 on the afternoon with a double, two runs scored and four RBI from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Cottrell drove in three with his homer and also scored two runs. Hatheway reached base in all five plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a hit by pitch and scored four runs. Kraehling was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

"It's exactly what you want from the leadoff guy, a great swing and a good eye," Lewicki said. "Jay looked really sharp on the mound, as did Ethan and Joey, two of our freshmen."

The entire bench got time either at the plate or in the field. Tim Kiernan made a nice catch in right field and added a base hit and RBI, while Cooper Weir added a hit and scored a run.

"We set some high goals, but we've got to work hard to reach those goals, it was a nice first game of the year," Lewicki said.


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