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Baseball: Haddon Township beats Haddon Heights

Baseball: Haddon Township beats Haddon Heights

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By Phil Anastasia

It was something old for Pat Burns.

It was something new for Brendan Anderson.

It added up to a 9-2 victory for Haddon Township over Haddon Heights in a Colonial Conference inter-division clash Tuesday at the Garnets' 8th Avenue Field.

"Pat was Pat," Haddon Township coach Doug Richardson said in terse summation of Burns' performance on the mound and at the plate.

Burns, a senior right-hander, pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts and also was 2-for-4 with a double and triple and three RBIs as Haddon Township improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Colonial Conference.

"He threw a great game," Haddon Heights coach Eric Rosen said of Burns. "He kept us off balance."

But while Burns' performance was typical, Anderson broke out of a recent stretch of hard-luck hitting. The senior first baseman was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs as the Hawks rapped 12 hits, including six for extra bases.

"Brendan has been hitting the ball on the nose right at people," Richardson said. "He was hitting them off the fence yesterday in batting practice so I had a feeling he was going to break out."

Anderson said his toughest day was Sunday in a 4-2 victory over Haddonfield at Campbell's Field in Camden. He said he hit the ball on the button in every at-bat but took an 0-fer back to Haddon Township.

"I was hitting it right at a player every time," Anderson said. "I was due."

Sophomore first baseman Skyler Glover hit an RBI double and senior third baseman Sean Sack lined an RBI single for Haddon Heights (2-3, 2-2).

Anderson and sophomore rightfielder Kevin Clements delivered two-out RBI doubles as Haddon Township took a 2-0 lead in the first. The Hawks stretched their advantage to 6-1 in the second as senior shortstop Tyler Easterday and Clements slapped RBI singles and Burns drove home a pair with a triple to the gap in left-center field.

"Our hitting was contagious," Burns said. "It was just a good feeling in the dugout. Guys were hitting. Everybody was loose."

On the mound, Burns mixed a lively fastball with a sharp curve. He made his best pitches in the biggest spots, ending innings with strikeouts with runners on base in the first, fourth and sixth.

"When Pat goes out there, you expect him to give us seven innings," Anderson said. "It seems like he does it for us every time."

Haddon Twp. 240 012 0 -- 9 12 2

Haddon Hts. 100 010 0 -- 2 7 1

LP: Pat Burns. LP: Alec Stein.

2B: HT-Brendan Anderson 2, Kevin Clements, Pat Burns, Jake Mulroy; HH-Skyler Glover.

3B: HT-Pat Burns.

Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com. Follow @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.

 

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at panastasia@phillynews.com.

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