BRISTOL - The Bristol Eastern baseball team defeated Bristol Central on Monday night at Muzzy Field, 6-2.
The Lancers improved to 11-8 with the win, with one game remaining in their regular season, while the Rams are now 7-11, needing a win in one of their final two games, both on the road and both against teams that played to 1-0 decisions (one a win, one a loss) at Bristol Central earlier this year.
Starting pitchers Steve Warkoski (BC) and Ethan Ryan (BE) sailed through two innings of scoreless ball.
In the top of the third, with one out, Central's Evan Bouchard was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Austin Brown's single to right center to give Central a 1-0 lead.
Then, in the bottom of the third, Eastern sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs on just three hits.
Carson Sassu opened the inning with Eastern's first hit of the game, a line single to left center. Designated hitter James Dauphinee followed with a high chopper to third, the throw to second too late to get Sassu. With runners on first and second and no outs, Dave Bernier followed with a bunt single to load the bases, his bunt a soft pop just out of the reach of a diving Warkoski.
Warkoski then got an out on a popup, but an infield error, followed by a walk, another infield error, another walk and then a two run single by Noah Hickey scored the six Lancer runs.
Ryan pitched into the fifth, giving up four hits and one earned run, striking out five and walking one. He left the game with two outs in the fifth after giving up a single up the middle to Evan Bouchard, followed by a two-out walk to Alex DiLoreto.
Cory Fradette came in and got the final out in the fifth, pitched a scoreless sixth and left the game in the seventh after giving up two walks around a strikeout.
Jagger Duquette came on, got the second out on a fielder's choice groundout, then gave up a two-out double to Jay Dias, scoring Bouchard with the second Central run; but a perfect relay on the play from left fielder Josh Nohilly to shortstop Cory Fradette to third baseman Mac Goulet cut down the Central runner trying to advance to third for the final out of the game.
Each team had five hits for the game. Fradette had two for Eastern.