Early runs lead BBA past Arlington
MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton softball team sent its seniors home happy with a 6-0 win against Northshire rival Arlington Saturday afternoon on Senior Day.
Both teams, which are filled with youth, have gone through tough seasons so far, where wins have been hard to come by.
BBA pulling out the win Saturday gave the program a little hope moving forward.
"It's really good to end the season on a win and hope for the future that the girls can continue this into next year," said Bulldogs coach Nikki Dexter.
The difference in the game was the first inning.
After BBA junior Shaye Squillante retired the Eagles in order in the top of the inning, the Bulldogs wasted little time getting on the board when they got up to bat.
Angelina Scarlotta led off with a walk, and after a strike out, senior Abby Wimer singled. Walks hurt Arlington in that inning as it surrendered three free passes. A hit by center fielder Hannah Troumbley scored a run and BBA had three more in the inning to take a 4-0 advantage after one.
That would be all the run support Squillante needed in the circle, as the junior was fairly locked in throughout the contest.
While there were a view errors behind her, she didn't allow for much hard contact from the Eagles.
Squillante allowed just three hits on the day and struck out nine batters.
"This was the first she pitched all of a game this year, so it was really great," Dexter said. "This is a huge win for her going into senior year next year and really have the confidence going into the season."
While Arlington put the ball in play and worked some walks, the Eagles could never get the big hit they needed to break through.
"It was disappointing to get shut out like that. I feel like the girls were pretty fired up to compete today," said Arlington coach James Aschmann. "To miss that critical hit to bring in a run and come out as flat as we did [in the first inning], was a bummer."
Squillante's counterpart, Arlington's Audri Ennis, settled down nicely after the rocky first inning. She allowed a two-run double in the fourth to BBA catcher Allie Levene, but she worked out of any other jam she got into.
"After the first inning, she was able to keep the ball down. She missed up a bit early, walking girls," Aschmann said. "She kept the ball down and the infield and outfield made plays behind her."
A couple really nice defensive plays kept the Eagles close Saturday. With BBA already on the board in the first and the bases loaded, Arlington third baseman Shaana Staab made a nice move to her right knock the ball down and keep it in the infield to prevent further runs from scoring. Second baseman Hunter Williams made a heads-up play, where she caught a pop up and then doubled off a runner at first base.
These types of plays allowed Arlington hang around, even when it couldn't get the crucial hit.
"Our outfield all made plays today. We've been struggling in the outfield all year," said Aschmann, about the defense. "Shaana Staab has been amazing at third all year. She's constantly making plays like those. The rest of the infield is really strong. When Audri is on, she doesn't strike out a lot of batters, but the opposing team puts the ball in play and it's critical for us to make those plays."
Before Saturday's game, BBA honored its three seniors, Scarlotta, Wimer and Matea Cusack, along with seniors from Arlington, with flowers.
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