BRISTOL - The Bristol Greeners needed Brad Burney Thursday night and the left-hander delivered both on the mound and at the plate at Bristol Central High School.
Burney took a shutout into the seventh inning and drove in two of his team's runs to lift the Greeners to a 3-1 win over the Wolcott Scappers. He held the Scrappers scoreless right up until the final batter, losing the shutout on a passed ball. Regardless, his performance was dominant. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven across seven frames.
“I was just going out there, playing with my team, having fun,” Burney said. “[I wasn't] thinking too hard about anything.”
The game was a pitcher’s duel right up until the fourth inning, when Burney drove in two runs with a line drive double to left field to put the Greeners on top.
Burney and his teammates, including manager and catcher AJ Lorenzetti, have known each other for a long time. It allows the team to feed off each other’s energy and focus on just having a good time when they go out on the diamond each game.
“A lot of us have played together since we were about six, seven years old,” Lorenzetti said. “It definitely helps, we have only one out-of-towner, but he has integrated well into the team.”
Diving off the mound in the top of the fifth inning, Burney extinguished a sacrifice bunt, by making a terrific diving grab to catch the pop up. Burney's quick thinking allowed him to double up the runner who found himself stranded well of first base.
The Greeners play their next game against the Naugatuck Dogs Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Bristol Central High School.