BRISTOL - Fans were full of with energy as they entered Muzzy Field Saturday night for the Bristol Blues’ home opener.
“I expect to see a whole community excited that it’s finally summer and that the Blues are back,” Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said.
Zoppo-Sassu also said that she enjoyed seeing the team’s synergy, and the bond they created right away.
For Kristen Reeder, of Bristol, the game meant a lot, because her 9-year-old son is in little league, and she said it’s great that he gets to network with the players.
“There is nothing better than seeing players interacting with the kids and the fans, it just brings a lot of life to baseball,” Reeder said.
Additionally, Reeder said that with Friday’s win, it gave her more positive energy and higher expectations for the Bristol Blues.
Reeder’s son, Jack Reeder, said he has fun with baseball regardless of who wins, but expects the best for the Blues.
“I want to be a major league player and be really good, but tonight I just hope the Blues win and to have fun,” Jack Reeder said as he had a good time with his friend Danny Rivera, for whom it was his first game.
Bob Dabkowski, one of the owners of the Bristol Blues, said he’s exited for the beginning of the season, he is also looking forward to wrestling event at the end of the summer.
“We are looking at a possible concert, but that’s nothing formed yet, we are still discussing that with different promoters, Dabkowski said.
The Bristol Blues went on to win Saturday’s game, beating Pittsfield 5-4.
The eighth inning proved to be the most important for the Blues, which saw them not only take their second lead of the night since the first frame, but also the final lead change of the game.
Dylan Reynolds drove in the winning run on a bases-loaded ground out to first base to bring home Richard Brierton.
But Bristol was able to manufacture the base runners that led to the Brierton score. The Blues put two runners on early with Alex Loparco and Brierton leading off the inning with a walk and a hit by pitch. Conor Nolan then loaded the bases with a bunt single down the third base line.
Bristol catcher Alex Baumann drew another walk next to bring in Loparco to tie the score, setting Reynolds up to bring home the deciding run.
Hunter D’Antonio contributed to this story.
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