BRISTOL - Having dropped four of its last five games coming into Wednesdayâ€™s matchup against Maloney, the Bristol Eastern baseball team was looking for anything to get back on track.
Cory Fradette made sure the Lancers got what they needed.
Fradetteâ€™s two triples and five RBI led to a 11-6 Bristol Eastern win over the Spartans.
â€śHeâ€™s been a catalyst for us all year,â€ť Lancers coach Mike Giovinazzo said. â€śHeâ€™s hit into some tough luck too. Today he just drove the ball and he just wakes us up. As soon as he drives the ball, everybody else picks it up.â€ť
After scoring one run in the first two innings, Bristol Easternâ€™s offense caught fire in the third and stayed hot through the fifth.
â€śIt feels good getting our momentum back on the offensive side of the ball,â€ť Goulet said. â€śHopefully this gets us rolling in the right direction.â€ť
Fradette, Matt Dâ€™Amato, Jon Pierce and Carson Sassu all drove in a run in the third inning, as the Lancers took a 5-4 lead after trailing 4-1.
Bristol Eastern (9-7) held the lead the rest of the way and added insurance runs in the next two innings.
John McPhee and Dave Bernier, hitting in the No. 8 and 9 spots in the order, each got on base to start it off. McPhee was hit by a pitch and Bernier laid down a nice bunt for a single.
The two reached base five times in the game and each displayed a strong small-ball game with bunt singles.
With both on and the top of the order up, Fradette scored McPhee with a single. Dâ€™Amato then moved Fradette and Bernier to second and third with a well-placed grounder to the right side of the infield, leaving Maloney with the only option at first.
Two batters later, Mac Goulet ripped a double, which scored Bernier and Fradette.
After the fourth inning, the Lancers held a commanding 8-4 lead.
Fradette continued his big day at the plate in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, he came up to the plate and ripped a triple over the left fielderâ€™s head, scoring Alex DeNote, McPhee and Bernier to give the Lancers an 11-4 lead.
With the offense clicking, starting pitcher Ethan Ryan settled in on the mound for the Lancers.
Outside of a four-run third inning, Ryan was strong. He had five strikeouts and gave up just three hits through five innings before giving way to Fradette in the sixth inning, after walking the leadoff batter.
â€śHe had a bad inning, but he rallied and he kept us in the game,â€ť Giovinazzo said. â€śHe trusted his offense to get him back and they did that. Iâ€™m very pleased with his effort.â€ť
For Bristol Eastern, the win is a step in the right direction; but for a team with hopes of a postseason run, beating the one-win Spartans is just a slight confidence booster.
On Friday, the Lancers will get to show where they stand as a team against 9-6 East Catholic.
â€śThis game definitely helped us get some momentum going into our big game this Friday against East Catholic,â€ť Goulet said. â€śWe got to go get a good team, though. Just to go out and beat a good team and get that feeling under our belt again.â€ť
Dan Orencole can be reached atÂ 860-973-1811, orÂ