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Eagles Soar Past Bulldogs In The Sixth Inning

Burgin Honors Seniors

The Harrodsburg Herald/April Ellis
Burgin honored their senior baseball players Wednesday, May 3. From left: Assistant Coach Scott LeMonds, Jacob Qualls, Eli Newby, David Lynn, Landon Oakes and Head Coach Phillip Dean.

Jordan Axsom
Herald Staff

On Wednesday, May 3, the Burgin Bulldogs faced Fort Knox on their senior night celebration that honored seniors Jacob Qualls, Landon Oakes, David Lynn and Eli Newby.

The game did not start as planned with two errors early on. The Bulldogs turned it around with three straight outs made by center-fielder Casey Dodson, a ground out scooped up by Qualls at shortstop who hit senior Lynn at first. Third baseman J.T. Boswell picked up another ground out and hit Lynn securing the third out to end the top of the first, 2-0.

Qualls was up at bat first for the Bulldogs. He made good contact but was caught at first for Burgin’s first out. Freshman Adrian Quiroz picked up the momentum for Burgin and hit a double. Fort Knox made a double play and gave Burgin their third out with the score remaining, 2-0 at the end of the first inning.

Burgin’s defense came out ready and kept the Eagles off base. Newby threw two strikeouts and a ground out from Qualls to Lynn kept Fort Knox off the board.

In the bottom of the second, Oakes hit a single but was followed by two strikeouts and a caught fly ball which kept the score 2-0.

Burgin kept the same defensive intensity in the top of the third inning. Zachary Logue caught a fly ball and Qualls continued to scoop up the grounders and feed them to Lynn. Fort Knox scored one run, but Newby ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Bulldogs were back on offense. They opened with a strikeout,  Qualls hit a single but was caught with a fielder’s choice off a hit from Quiroz who made it to first. Newby took first base after he was hit by a pitch. Lynn loaded the bases with a single. The Bulldogs could not capitalize on the opportunity and their third out came on a pop fly. Fort Knox led 3-0 at the end of the third.

Qualls came in for Newby and got straight to business throwing two quick strikeouts. Burgin quickly ended the top of the fourth inning when Logue caught a fly ball.

Unfortunately, Fort Knox returned the favor and the Bulldogs had a quick inning with two fly-outs and a strikeout. Fort Knox still led 3-0 at the end of the fourth.

After giving up one run, Burgin retired three straight Eagle batters to the dugout on a fly out to Boswell, a strikeout and a ground out picked up by Qualls to Lynn.

Dodson gave Burgin’s offense the spark they needed with a double. Qualls followed with a single. Quiroz hit a fly and was safe due to an error and Burgin loaded the bases. This time they were able to capitalize on it and brought all three runners in. They picked up three outs but closed the gap in the score, 4-3 at the bottom of the fifth.

The Bulldogs will wrap up regular season play against region opponent, Lincoln County Patriots, on the road, Saturday, May 13, with the first pitch at noon.

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