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Burghers edge out Bolton's team for Eagles' first loss

Warrensburg 3,

Bolton 2

WARRENSBURG - The Burgers combined stingy defense and some timely hits May 6 in edging out Bolton 3-2 - the Eagles' first loss of the season.

The winning run in the sixth inning by Hayley Correia was propelled by Kate "Klink" Kuklinski's ground out scoring her from third. Correia had got on base with a walk and advanced to third by a single by Sabrina Fish.

The game began with Rachel Simkins getting on base due to an error, and moving to second on a passed ball. Holly Green scored Simkins with a fielder's choice.

In the third inning, Lindsay wood walked, then stole second. She was advanced to third with a groundout from Abby Roth. Rachel Simkins scored her with an RBI single.

Bolton earned their two runs on three consecutive hits, all singles, from Senior Taylor Cronquist, Junior Charlotte Caldwell and Senior Taylor Barrack.

After the game, Burgher Coach Mary ann Bump praised Simkins for her consistency in both batting - she went two for three against Bolton - and her dependable pitching prowess.

"Rachel's like our iron horse," she said of Simkins, whose No. 2 in the lineup. Abby Roth, who's a three-sport athlete drafted to play Division 1 field hockey, is the lead-off batter.

No. 4 in the lineup is Holly Gheen, who coach Bump said is "stepping up nicely" this year. Gheen has not only hit about 10 RBIs this year, but she's been an essential defensive threat on first base.

"Holly makes everybody's throw's look great,"

Bump said. ""She picks balls out of the air even from 'God-knows-where.'"

With the win, Bolton slipped to 6-1, while Warrensburg improved to 5-5 overall.

Indian - Long Lake 5

Bolton Central 3

INDIAN LAKE - A crucial long throw by Indian/Long Lake's Jessica Bain from right field to first base - with the bases loaded by Bolton runners - retained the Orange's lead in the top of the sixth inning and held up her team's momentum for the 5-3 league win May 7.

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