Monday, July 5

Burlington Hunters 10, Bristol Greeners 8:  The Burlington Hunters and Bristol Greeners saved some of the Holiday fireworks for Monday evening.  In Tri-State League action, the Hunters rallied to take the lead from the Greeners with a five-run sixth inning, then got a highlight reel catch by center fielder Justin Campbell for the final out of the game to escape with a 10-8 victory.
Trailing by a pair, Bristol had runners at the corners with two outs in the top of the seventh when Doug Beaudoin sent a screaming line drive deep to center field.  Campbell turned, ran and dove, fully extended, the snare the liner, ending the game.  “It was the kind of catch you watch over and over on the TV highlights,” Burlington’s Pat Flynn said. “It was just incredible.” 
The action leading up to final out wasn’t too shabby either.  The Hunters jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a single run in the first and two more in the second.  The Greeners responded with four runs in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.  Burlington bounced back with a run in the bottom half of the frame to knot things at four, only to have Bristol plate three in the fifth to go back on top 7-5. 
The score stayed that way until two outs in the sixth when the Hunters exploded.  After Bristol starter Geoff Pierce was lifted, Burlington’s Scott McIntyre hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Dave Casanova for an RBI single to pull his team within a run.  The next Burlington batter, Adam Peters, wasted little time smacking the next pitch for a three-run homer to put the Hunters ahead 9-7. 
The Hunters were able to maintain that two-run edge, finally closing the contest on Campbell’s heroics to win 10-8.  As a team Burlington pounded out 15 hits, including a 13-for-19 day from their 1 through 5 hitters.  Lead off hitter Campbell went 2-for-4 with an RBI, followed by Steven Popp who was 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.  McIntyre had three hits and an RBI, and Peters drove in five runs on the strength of a home run and double.  Jimmy Spirito, who also earned the save by pitching the seventh inning, finished with three hits in four plate appearances.
Alex Hansen started for the Hunters and was relieved by Jay Pelletier in the fifth inning.  Dan Rosa went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI for Bristol, which finished with seven hits for the game.  Steve Ziogas also doubled for the Greeners.  Burlington is now 5-8, while Bristol falls to 9-6.