Times Sports Editor

FAIRFIELD - Down on their luck and with their backs to the wall, the CWC Bulldogs played with spirit and defeated the Fairfield Mules 9-5 on Thursday.

It didn’t look good at the start, with the Bulldogs committing an error on Fairfield’s first batter. But the Bulldogs spirits may have turned on the next play when second baseman Bryce Northcott and shortstop Easton Stewart combined to turn a nifty double play. That seemed to charge up the Bulldogs defense as they turned two more double plays in the game and really cleaned up some shaky defense that had been haunting them in previous games.

The Bulldogs did fall behind 3-0 in the second inning and their blood was boiling a little in the third when a second reversal in a base running call went Fairfield’s way. The Bulldogs responded in the third with hits from Northcott, Justice Stubblefield, Ethan Mahon and Easton Stewart. Justin Lamp was hit by a pitch and Travis Black reached on an error. Tyler Thompson reached on a fielder’s choice scoring a run, and then crafty base running from Thompson drew a throw to first allowing Lamp to score and give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.

Fairfield got two runs back in the bottom of the third but Stewart doubled and scored in the fifth and Thompson came through with an RBI single later in the inning to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the sixth and two more big runs in the seventh on Mitchell Nelson’s third hit of the game.

Justin Lamp went the distance on the mound, getting stronger as the game went on and holding Fairfield off the scoreboard for the last four innings.

The win moved the Bulldogs to 3-3 in the BDC.

“We played well-finally,” said CWC Coach Justin Simmons. “We’ve been pressing too much, we were so tight we couldn’t get going. I told them just to go out there and play for the fun of it. And one other thing. Justin Lamp pitched a whale of a ballgame today.”