NORWICH - With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning of a 2-2 game, Jake Violette lined a two-run single down the right field line to put the Bristol Eastern baseball team up 4-2 and the Lancers shut out Norwich Free Academy in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win on Saturday.
Bristol Eastern trailed 2-1 entering the final frame but MacGregor Goulet and Mike Massarelli led off the inning with back-to-back walks and then, two batters later, Shawn Savior loaded the bases by drawing yet another walk. That base-on-balls forced Norwich Free Academy to pull pitcher Tyler Briggs and bring in Bryan Caisse.
It was a new pitcher for the Wildcats but the same result. Anthony Lozier was the first batter Caisse faced and Lozier drew the fourth walk of the inning to force in the tying run. After getting the second out of the inning, Caisse then surrendered Violette’s game-winning single.
Bristol Eastern owned the first lead of the game, scoring a run in the top of the second, and held it for two and a half innings. Norwich Free Academy scored two runs to get on the board and take the lead in the bottom of the fourth and the Wildcats held that lead until the final inning.
Zac Marquis was strong on the mound for Bristol Eastern, pitching a complete game for his first win of the season. Marquis allowed seven hits (all singles), gave up one earned run and struck out nine. He also had one of Bristol Eastern’s four hits - a triple - while Violette had the other three.
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