BRANFORD - It was a strange Class L quarterfinal game that needed two days and even an extra inning to play out in Branford. It was also where the Bristol Eastern baseball team’s season came to an end.
A single up the middle by Branford’s Anthony Burzynski in the bottom of the eighth sealed the Lancers’ 2-1 loss Sunday afternoon after heavy rain had postponed the game after five innings on Saturday.
With one out in the inning, Bristol Eastern’s Cory Fradette walked Damien Maniscalco, who reached third after Fradette’s pickoff attempt went wild to set up the winning hit.
Maniscalco scored both runs for the Hornets and finished with two hits and a stolen base, while playing well in the field.
While Fradette and starter Jagger Duquette combined to allow just four hits to Branford, the 20th-seeded Lancers couldn’t provide much help offensively. Bristol Eastern had only two hits in the game, singles by Fradette and Noah Hickey.
Fradette drove in the team’s only run in the third on a sacrifice fly to score John McPhee tie the game at 1-1.
The Lancers threatened in the fifth, but left the bases loaded. With one out, Dave Bernier walked, took second on wild pitch and went to third on Fradette's single to right field. Matt D'Amato then walked to fill the bases. But Zane Kmietek relieved Branford starter Carson Mendoza and got a strikeout and popout to end the threat.
After Duquette retired the Hornets to end the bottom of the inning, the rain started. Duquette went five innings, giving up the one run on three hits. He also struck out two and walked one. Fradette went the final three.
Bristol Eastern finishes its season its season 14-9.