The Burlington High baseball team opened the season with mixed results last week with a 2-0 win over Woburn and a tough 2-1 loss to Belmont.
This past Saturday, as the temperatures dropped into the 40’s, the bats went quiet for both the Red Devils and the Marauders as starting pitchers Jake Pollock (Belmont) and Coleman Began (Burlington) also made it tough on the hitters.
Belmont got on the board in the first inning when Connor Dacey, on base on a leadoff walk, came home on an RBI double by Ryan Noone to the right center field gap.
The Marauders would make it 2-0 in the second inning when a leadoff walk to Pollock came back to bite Began as Pollock came home later in the inning on a safety squeeze off the bat of David Pergamo.
Burlington would get hits from John Ghio and Matt Tyman in the second inning, but the rally was thwarted by a double play turned by Belmont, one of two they turned on the day.
Began would settle down for the Devils working five strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four.
In the home half of the fifth, the Devils got on the board. Matt Tyman led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Nick Ponzini. After a sacrifice bunt by Chris Gedick moved Ponzini along, he came home on a two-out single by Alex Stamides.
Tyman would re-enter the game and work two scoreless innings of relief for the Devils.
Martin Marintchev worked the final two innings for Belmont and allowed two-out singles in the sixth to Ghio and Justin Miksenas, but wiggled out of the jam by inducing Tyman to ground out to end the threat.
The Devils went quietly in the home half of the seventh as Marintchev struck out the final two batters.
"You take a look at all the small things in a game like this and you learn," said Burlington coach Dan Hirsch. "I think we need to be better about showing up and being ready to go. The weather conditions are tough but that’s the same for everybody. It looks like we are figuring out things earlier than last year and I am happy with the kid’s effort."
Last Thursday, the Devils opened the season in Woburn and rode a tremendous starting pitching effort from Josh Becker.
The senior fired a complete game, two-hit shutout, striking out nine along the way.
Chris Gedick broke the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning with a double and also chipped in defensively with a diving catch in the fifth inning with two runners on.
Burlington (1-1) will play Winchester, Wakefield, and Wilmington in upcoming games.