Thursday, May 19, 2005
By Jerome Michaels
It was once said that no team should be considered an easy win when it comes to the sport of baseball. A good example of this was when the Wildcats from Maple Shade traveled to Burlington City to participate in a Burlington Conference Patriot Division game. Two teams that were heading in to different directions started out with Maple Shade holding a one run lead through five and a half innings. The second place Blue Devils responded by taking the lead during their bottom half of the inning and maintained that lead until the very next inning. When the final out of this game was recorded, Burlington City had recorded an 11-7 win over Maple Shade.
Both teams had their share of base hits through out this game when meant that made the plays on the field would secure the win. Tim McMenain would account for one of the first four runs recorded by Maple Shade when he tripled to trail by just a run heading into the bottom half of the sixth inning. Ray Schobert, Matt Mazzella and John Gusrang highlighted the game for Burlington City with key hits that eventually gave John Bujanowski the win on the mound. The Blues Devils expanded their 5-4 lead by scoring six times during the sixth inning to pull ahead for good. The Wildcats’ rally during the next inning would come up short in trying to send this game into extra innings.