BRISTOL - Wes Lahey tossed a complete game three-hitter to lead the St. Paul baseball team to a 3-2 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Monday afternoon at St. Paul.
Lahey struck out seven batters, while walking three. Jimmy Edwards also pitched very well in a complete game for the Hearts and took the loss.
Sacred Heart jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. After a walk to Edwards, Peyton Stephens deposited a Lahey fastball over the left-center field fence and Sacred Heart led 2-0.
St. Paul did all of its scoring in the second inning. After infield singles by Zach Parent (2-for-2), Ryan Greene and Tom Houle (2-for-3), St. Paul had the bases loaded with only one out. Lahey drew a walk to force in the first run and make the score 2-1. Chris Mills followed with a ground ball on which Sacred Heart got the out at second base, but was unable to turn the double play. Greene scored on the play to tie the game. Then Julian Thayer shot a double to left, scoring Houle and giving St. Paul a 3-2 lead.
From there, both pitchers dominated. Sacred Heart did rally in the seventh using a single and a walk to get men on second and third with two out, but Lahey snuffed out the rally, recording his seventh strikeout to end the game.
Bristol Eastern 3, Platt 1: The Lancers used a three-run fourth inning, solid pitching from senior right hander Jake Violette and a sparkling 6-4-3 double play to end the game on Saturday, in a game played at BEHS. Eastern improved its record to 6-3, while Platt fell to 7-4.
Violette (3-1) pitched the first 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits (three by Platt leadoff hitter Jake Baker), walked one, and struck out six, giving up one earned run.
Platt took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Baker led off with a double to center over center fielder Zach Marquis’s head and came in to score following two wild pitches by Violette.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, trailing 1-0 with one out, Eastern’s Zach Maruis reached first on an infield single. Platt starter and losing pitcher Cameron Coon then retired MacGregor Goulet on a fly ball for the second out. Marquis stole second and Mike Massarelli and Anthony Lozier followed with walks to load the bases.
Josh Nohilly singled to center on the first pitch from Coon, scoring both Marquis and Massarelli. With Lozier on third and Nohilly on first, Nohilly took off on a steal of second and when the Platt catcher threw to third in an attempt to catch Lozier off the base, his throw went into left field and Lozier scored the third Lancer run.
Violette sailed until the seventh. In that inning, an infield error put Platt leadoff hitter Peyton Thiel on first. After getting the first out on a grounder, Violette walked Baker to put runners on first and second. Jagger Duquette then relieved Violette. Duquette walked Coon to load the bases and Platt’s Devyn McCarty then hit a sinking line drive, snared on one hop by a diving Cory Fradette at short, who flipped to second baseman Shawn Savoir to start the 6-4-3 game-ending double play.