Bulldogs’ offense stalls against Langdon

LANGDON – Consistency is a tool commonly associated with victory in baseball. In this weekend’s Class B American Legion baseball state tournament, Burlington didn’t have it, and its results stand as evidence.

Burdened again by porous defense and untimely hitting, the Bulldogs dropped their second and final game of the tourney to Langdon on Thursday afternoon, a 10-2 result.

After a shutout Wednesday, Burlington’s two-day run total stands at two. As for errors, the Bulldogs (9-13) committed eight in that span.

“We’re the type of team that has to work harder than everybody else, and I feel like we didn’t do that this weekend,” Burlington coach Andrew Roach said. “We got outworked, and we’re supposed to be the team that everybody should compare the hard work to. Walks and errors will always come back to hurt you.”

Burlington starter Alex Davy – the winning pitcher against West Region No. 1 seed Hazen last weekend – tossed more than 100 pitches in fewer than six innings on the mound.

He finished with 10 strikeouts, but six walks and four errors allowed Langdon’s scoring to continue.

“That put us in a hole,” Roach said. “Going into the sixth, it was 6-2. That’s a doable game right there. For me, we lost the fight.”

Two of Burlington’s errors came in the sixth inning, a four-run frame for the Red Sox. An error and a Dalton Fetsch double put runners in scoring position with no outs, ending Davy’s outing.

Four pitches and two batters later, Red Sox infielder Eric Aanderud roped a two-run double to make it 8-2.

Langdon’s ninth and 10th runs of the game were aided by a walk from Burlington reliever Justin Thomas and a Layton Erickson error at third.

Down 5-0, Burlington found its best scoring chances in the fourth.

Langdon starter Kade Pengilly walked Erickson and first baseman Jarrett Vendsel to start the inning. Left fielder Arron Grandy then slapped a single. Red Sox infielder Kalton Agnes committed an error moments later – Langdon’s only defensive miscue of the day – bringing in both runners to score and putting Grandy at third with no outs.

It was 5-2 at that point, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize as the next three batters were retired.

Though the weekend’s effort was underwhelming, Roach believes winning the West Region with five Babe Ruth-level players in the starting lineup is an admirable accomplishment – one that points to a bright future for the Bulldogs.

“They should be proud of what they did, not only in surpassing the expectations of other people, but for surpassing our own,” Roach said. “When you do that, you start to get a special feeling, and it makes people start to believe in you.