The Burlington High School baseball team finally got its season opener in the books, and it was a good start for the Demons.
After two postponements, Burlington beat Case 2-1 in a nonconference game at Horlick Field.
The Demons (1-0) looked good in their debut. Pitching was key as three pitchers — Jason Adams, Derek Koenen and Trent Turzenski — combined for 11 strikeouts and only three walks, and kept the Eagles (0-4) off balance.
“It felt good to get out there and finally play,” Burlington coach Scott Staude said. “I was very impressed with our pitching and we got some timely hits when we needed too.”
Dalton Damon had an RBI on a fielder’s choice to give the Demons a 1-0 lead in the second inning and Grant Tully scored on the back end of a double steal in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.
Adams went the first four innings, allowing one earned run and striking out six, Koenen (1-0) got the win in two innings of relief with three strikeouts, and Turzenski got the save with two strikeouts.
The Eagles had a rough day, committing five errors and leaving a lot of runners on base.
“We had our chances to tie and win the game, but just did not get the key hit when we need it,” Case coach James Ricchio said.
Freshman Jax Calverley, called up from junior varsity, drove in the run for the Eagles with a single in the second inning.