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By ALLAN MANDELL, Ledger sports editor | Jun 23, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Trojan Kaylee Watson races around third base while being waved around to score by Trojan head coach Bob Bradfield in Game 1 on Wednesday. Watson made it home safely, scoring on an RBI hit from Allison Rebling.



The No. 11-ranked Burlington Grayhounds scraped out a 6-5 win over No. 2 Fairfield in Game 1 of a Wednesday-night doubleheader at Fairfield Middle School.

The Trojans took it personally.

Never mind that Burlington has nearly three times the enrollment as Fairfield, the Trojans took that loss personally.

They don’t like losing too much.

So, in Game 2, the Trojans (24-4) punched Burlington with five runs in the first inning, four more in the second frame and led 11-0 after three innings.

Burlington (14-14) managed to put six runs on the board in the final four innings, losing 11-6.

Among the highlights for Fairfield were three hits from Brynna Bowman, two hits apiece from Ashtyn Drish and Sara Trent, and Kaylee Watson and Lily Hoskins each hit a single.

In Game 1, Bowman hit a double and single, Drish had a double, two singles and an RBI, Watson had a double, single and RBI, Allison Rebling had two singles and two RBIs and Hoskins hit a single.

“In Game 2, (centerfielder) Watson raced to left-center and dove and made a spectacular catch,” said Trojan head coach Bob Bradfield. “So, we had two great catches on the night.”

In the seventh inning of Game 1, left fielder Hoskins raced inward, made a long head-first dive forward, backhanded her glove parallel to the turf — and made a sensational catch.

“When I first saw that ball hit, I thought there was no way Lily could get to that ball,” Bradfield said. “But she made that dive at the end to make that catch. That was certainly the defensive play of Game 1.”

To Hoskins, it was simply part of her job.

“I saw that ball falling and I had to make that dive,” she said.

“That’s what my team needed me to do — so I just did it.”


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