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High School Baseball:
Falcons' First Inning Explosion Enough to Defeat Florence

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Burlington Township has been trying to prove that they deserve to be sitting on top of the Burlington County Liberty Division. No opponent should be considered an easy win when it comes to a sport that needs all the players on the field contribute to a victory. The Falcons would be tested today against a very good Florence team who represented the Freedom Division. Burlington Township wasted little time scoring runs as they sent fourteen batters to the plate in the first inning that resulted in an eleven run lead. Florence would rally during their next at bat, but the early success by the Falcons was too much for their opponent to overcome. Burlington Township would extend their winning streak to two games with their 13-8 victory.

Moorestown and Rancocas Valley were right on the heels of the Falcons in the divisional standings. Against those two teams, Burlington Township had defeated Rancocas Valley twice but loss both meetings against the Quakers from Moorestown. All three of these teams have secured a position in the upcoming postseason but there was still the race for the title to accomplish. Every game down the stretch counts when the search for a title is so close.

The Falcons were passing the bat around during the first inning. When the final out was recorded, Dave Leeds highlighted the inning with a three run home run that pushed across the ninth, tenth and eleventh run of the inning. Leeds had singled during his first at bat earlier in the inning that produced a run. But right back came the Flashes from Florence especially when Taylor Lovejoy belted a three run home run to highlight a six run second inning to close the margin to 11-6. Burlington Township wouldn’t need anymore runs to win this game, but two more runs during the third inning closed the down on any hopes of a comeback.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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