BRISTOL - One run was all the Bristol Central baseball team needed to pick up the win against Berlin at Muzzy Field on Monday afternoon.
Rams starting pitcher Steve Warkoski went the distance on the mound and let his defense do its job. He pitched to contact throughout with just one strikeout in the 1-0 win over the Redcoats.
“I felt really comfortable out there,” Warkoski said. “I’m coming off another complete game. My pitches were working and I was getting my location down. I couldn’t have done it without my defense. I only had one or two strikeouts, but I put the ball where I was supposed to and they made the plays behind me.”
The lone run came in the first inning.
Bristol Central’s Alec DiLoreto singled with one out. Redcoats starting pitcher Gianni Fanelli hit both Jaylen Dias and Warkoski to load the bases following the DiLoreto single.
Jake Santiago drove in DiLoreto with a sacrifice fly to put Bristol Central up 1-0 and that was all Warkoski needed.
“He’s been a tough-luck loser his last two starts and we’ve made a few miscues behind him, but today you saw a good defensive effort, a good team effort and we made a lot of plays behind him,” Rams coach Bunty Ray said. “He limited them and did his job.”
Outside of the first inning, the Rams didn’t pose a legitimate scoring threat throughout the game. Fanelli settled down nicely on the mound and made quick work of the Bristol Central lineup at times.
Fanelli recorded three 1-2-3 innings and allowed just two hits on the afternoon.
“I was just trying to throw strikes and get our guys up to hit as quick as possible so we could score runs,” Fanelli said. “But in the end our offense didn’t come through and we didn’t win.”
Berlin had its fair share of opportunities throughout the game at the plate. Most notably, the fifth and sixth innings presented strong scoring chances.
In the fifth, Jeff Kuzoian and Tom Hyjek were left stranded on base.
Fanelli started the sixth inning with a single and proceeded to steal second base. He eventually moved to third on a ground out, but that’s where he was left as Berlin couldn’t capitalize.
“We had opportunities, but somebody’s gotta be able to step up and get the big hit,” Berlin coach Leo Veleas said. “That was the key, and we didn’t.”
DiLoreto and Dias had the two hits for Bristol Central in the game. Sophomore leadoff hitter Austin Brown stole second in the fifth inning.
Mike Giove, Dan Veleas, Ryan Hyde, Kuzoian and Fanelli all had hits for the Redcoats.
With the win, Bristol Central snapped a four-game skid and moved to 5-8 on the season.
The Rams are hoping to get senior All-Conference shortstop Noah Plantamuro back in the coming days.
The Redcoats fell to 8-7 with the loss.
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