BRISTOL â€“ A complete game from Andrew Lozier highlighted Bristol Legion baseballâ€™s 3-1 win over West Hartford on Wednesday at Muzzy Field.
Lozier let up one run on five hits and two walks, and also fanned nine West Hartford batters, including the last batter of the game with two on and two outs, as Bristol padded its position in first place in Zone 1 with the victory.
â€śIf weâ€™re going to do something, weâ€™re gonna need [Lozier] to be the best he can be and today he was the best he can be,â€ť Bristol coach Jerry LaPenta said.
Lozier got the first two outs of the bottom of the seventh inning, but hits from Seth Ehrlich and Alex Ciafone brought the winning run to the plate in David Cantarella. Cantarella fouled off multiple pitches and forced Lozier to bare down, before No. 13 fired a fastball over the plate that Cantarella couldnâ€™t catch up to.
â€śHe really showed me something there,â€ť LaPenta said. â€śThat kid had a nice at-bat. He fouled off a lot of pitches, there were a couple of tough curveballs, he really battled there.â€ť
Lozier also launched a double over the West Hartford center fielderâ€™s head for Bristolâ€™s first hit of the game during the first inning.
A double from Owen Davis in the second paved the way for a Jack Kozikowski single, that ended up scoring Davis on a West Hartford throwing error, for a 1-0 advantage for Bristol. Errors hurt West Hartford on Wednesday as it committed five miscues throughout the contest.
An RBI double from Ryan Fradette made it a 2-0 ballgame during the third inning, before West Hartford tallied its only run in the bottom half of the frame, on an RBI single from Tucker Redden.
The score remained the same until the seventh when another throwing error on an Adam Caron bunt brought home Trevor Nohilly for the insurance marker.
â€śIt was a real enjoyable game to coach,â€ť LaPenta said. â€śWe executed well, we bunted, they played into some nice plays, we made some nice plays. I told them it was a great win after a tough loss at Avon.â€ť
Bristol fell, 4-0, on Monday at Buckingham Park.
Lozier, Davis, Fradette, Kozikowski (two), Nohilly and Austin Brown posted hits for the hosts, while Redden (two), Ciafone, Ehrlich, Peter Langevin and Ixael Albino recorded base-knocks for West Hartford.
Elijah Salomons took the loss on the bump for West Hartford, surrendering two runs on five hits and two walks, while picking up five strikeouts.
Wednesdayâ€™s result secured Bristol the season series against West Hartford as it won two-of-three against the Zone 1 foe. West Hartford took the first game, 4-3, back on June 10, before Bristol responded with a 4-3 win June 27.
â€śWe preach all the time, take two out of three,â€ť LaPenta said. â€śWhen you take two out of three from the bigger teams, the better teams, itâ€™s good. Theyâ€™re a quality team, so hopefully we donâ€™t see them until late in the state playoffs.â€ť
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