BRISTOL - The Bristol Knights are returning for the 16th season in the Connecticut Twilight League and opened their season with a 16-1 win against the Singing Surgeons, an expansion team. Nick Dzioba pitched three no-hit innings for the Knights.
Bristol will be taking the field tonight for one of the few games played at Muzzy Field and first pitch for the first half of the doubleheader is set for 6 p.m. against the Brickhouse Indians. Following that game the Knights will take on Elmer’s Angels.
It will be the first time in team history Bristol is without its founder and longtime manager Scott Dickens, who started the team in 2003 along with Gary and Chris Dickens.
While Bristol will be missing a man who’s helped guide the team to great success including championships in 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2015, the team is still expecting to compete. Dickens will move on to serve as the behind the scenes advisor and general manager and is also serving as the new president of the league.
Eddie Dickman is the only remaining player on the roster from the inaugural season in 2003 and continues to play at a high level.
Brian LaRochelle, Steve Clout, Earl Oakes, Rick Barrett and Chris McGrath will all share managing duties to go along with their player roles.
Rounding out the roster are Dickman, Julio Ortiz-Rivera, Drew Gallagher, Kyle Lentini, Marco Ross, Mike Scanlon, Joe Dalton, Nick Dzioba and a standout rookie Tyler Pina.
With the departures of some players Bristol will add five new players. Rex Cone will return to the team after playing many previous seasons. George Santiago, Justin Martella, Kevin McDonnell and Paul Cubetta will all add something different to the Knights lineup this season.
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org