NEW HAVEN—Bellmont put runners on base in every inning on the road against the New Haven Bulldogs on Tuesday night but could not quite get the big time plays to get on the scoreboard and the home team earned a 7-0 victory.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth frame, the Bulldogs held firm to a 2-0 advantage over the Braves during the NHC meeting but five big runs on five hits against starter Matt Chronister broke the game wide open.
Up until that sixth inning, the senior hurler for Bellmont had allowed just one hit to the Bulldogs in another solid performance.
New Haven struck in the first inning taking advantage of one of just two walks in the game from Chronister as he allowed a free pass to the lead-off batter, Conner Stephen. A bunt by Grant Bremer moved Stephen to second who then scored when Garrett Mohler stroke a single to centerfield.
Chronister started the second inning in the same fashion walking Bulldog starting pitcher Brayton Rudolph. The next batter, Nick Vachon, hammered a line drive to second base that Braves infielder Tyler Fenwick kept in front of him with his chest. In a rush to get the out at first, Fenwick overthrew Parker Zeser and the ball squirted to the fence allowing Rudolph to score from first base. Vachon tried to take third base during the play at home but was thrown out by Mason Shinabery keeping the damage at a minimum as it was 2-0 New Haven.
In the sixth, two infield singles started off the rally before a bunt was popped up to Sawyer Boyd on third base for the first out. Matt Dunfee singled in Stephen from second, then Chronister loaded the bases then he hit a Bulldog batter.
Rudolph came through with a two-RBI single scoring Bremer and Dunfee before the DH Andrew Warren singled in a fourth run. Rudolph was the fifth runner to score in the inning when Warren got into an intentional rundown between first and second. Taking the opportunity, Rudolph scored from third before Warren was tagged out ending the inning with the Bulldogs ahead with a 7-0 advantage.