Bulldogs' baseball edges out Flagstaff, bests Holbrook

WINSLOW, Ariz.-The Winslow Bulldogs continued their fine start to their 2012 baseball season with victories over Flagstaff and Holbrook on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to come from behind and nip the Flagstaff Eagles 9-8 in a game played at Winslow on Wednesday. The win improved Winslow's record to 4-1 for the young season.

The Bulldogs had scored three runs in the first inning and one in the third frame for a 4-0 lead only to see that disappear when the Eagles plated six runs for a 6-4 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Flagstaff increased the lead to 8-4 in the top of the sixth inning but Winslow cut margin to 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth on key hits by Matt Smith and Colton Corum.

In the bottom of the seventh Vinny Sells had a key bunt hit followed by big hits by Jon Bollin and Matt Cirre to plate the tying and winning runs.

Chris Garrett got the win in relief of Aaron Martin. Vinny Sells was three for four for the Bulldogs. Matt Cirre was two for three. Matt Smith was two for four with a pair of doubles. Jon Bollin was one for two. Adrian Montoya was one for three. Vicenzio Sells and Colton Corum were one for four with Sells having a double.

The Bulldogs then defeated Holbrook 11-1 in Holbrook on Thursday to improve their early season record to 5-1. After going 3-1 in the Fountain Hills Tournament, the Bulldogs have edged Flagstaff and defeated Holbrook. Winslow will host the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets on Thursday and play at Mingus on Friday of this week.

Caleb Layden went the distance for the win in a game shortened to six innings on the 10 run mercy rule. He allowed only an unearned run on three hits and three walks.

The Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on three hits, two walks and an error. The margin was increased to 5-0 in the top of the second but Holbrook got that run back in the bottom of the frame on a walk, a hit and a costly error. Winslow increased the lead to 8-1 in the top of the third and brought the mercy rule into effect with a three run top of the sixth.

Vittorio Sells was two for two for the Bulldogs. Matt Cirre was two for four. Matt Smith, Caleb Layden and Aaron Martin were all one for four. Colton Corum was one for five.

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