Stidam walk-off lifts Braves to win
Bellmont second baseman Matt Stidam shocked the New Haven Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh inning when he delivered a 1-0 fastball over the left-field fence to lift the Braves in walk-off fashion to a 4-3 win against their talented NHC rivals on Tuesday night at the Teepee.
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After trailing for most of the game, Bellmont tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning and neither team scored again until Stidam's lead-off jack to end the game.
New Haven started the scoring in the first inning with a run and then another in the second to take the early lead.
Bulldog pitcher Reeves Shumaker had the Braves’ number until the fourth inning when Gunnar Cale led off the inning with a sharp double to right field. Nick Fuelling then delivered a single to right center field moving Cale to third. Catcher Ben Baker then drove in Cale with a fielders choice to the right side of the infield.
Fuelling, Bellmont coach Ben Fawbush's choice to start for the Braves, settled into his spot on the mound in the third inning and began putting the Bulldogs away. New Haven brought no more than four batters to the plate for the rest of the game after the fourth inning.