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Haddonfield's Bat Come Alive at Collingswood

Monday, April 10, 2006

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

At the end of this past weekend, we all were enjoying the spring time weather Mother Nature has finally blown our way. Baseball is just one of many indicators that warmer weather is on the way and everyone including the players can’t help but to get excited about playing the game. In a Colonial Conference game against the Bulldogs from Haddonfield traveling to Collingswood, it would be a chance for these two teams to pick up an import conference win. Haddonfield would be that team convincingly enjoying their times at bat as they scored eight runs during the fifth and sixth inning and defeat the Panthers by an 11-0 margin.

After a tough loss, the best remedy is to get right back out on the field and battle through those challenges. For Collingswood, last week the Panthers were able to defeat Paulsboro to start the week but fell one run short against Lindenwold. Looking to bounce back from that tough loss, the Panthers would get their chance against Haddonfield. But the Bulldogs had their own agenda in battling back from a loss of their own. Starting pitcher Derek Zaleski kept Collingswood batters off balance all game allowing Haddonfield to slowly build a lead. The Bulldogs would jump out to a 3-0 lead through four innings, but that was just the beginning of the run support. Eight more runs allowed Haddonfield to end this game due to the ten run rule after six innings. Hansberry would hit a homerun in this game for the Bulldogs.

Photos by Frank Crescenti