A week ago the Bulldogs picked up two wins against Ira in the regional semifinals. They would have to do the same thing on Saturday night in order to go back to the state tournament.
The Bulldogs got off to a hot start in the early innings of game one. Six runs in the first three innings would help get the Bulldogs the runs they would need, but they would have to hold off the Tigers.
After getting two of those runs back, Stamford found themselves facing a late Anson charge in game one. Then pitcher Gus West would get the ground-ball the shortstop that he needed, and get out of the inning unharmed.
At that point the Bulldogs led 6-2, but it would be in the fifth inning that they would bust it open.
Dalton Mathis would come to the plate and knock one just out of the reach of two Anson defenders. That would allow another run to score, and help push Stamford to a 10-2 victory in game one.
That would also force a winner-take-all game three a short time later. Stamford would send Ligon West to the mound, and he would get a big strike-out in the first inning to keep Anson off the board.
At the same time the Tigers would counter with their ace, Matt Villaneuva. With Stamford threatening in the second inning, Villaneuva would get a strike-out of his own to keep the score at 0-0.
It wouldn't be until the sixth inning that Stamford would break the tie and put six runs on the board.
Anson would answer with a five run inning of their own in the bottom half of the sixth, but it wouldn't be enough to rally and defeat Stamford.
The Bulldogs would pick up a 8-5 victory in game three, and advance to the state tournament for the fourth straight year.
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