BRISTOL - The Bristol Legion baseball team came into Monday night’s game against Winsted Post 43 looking to continue its unbeaten start to the season. Things went differently.
Costly errors by Bristol led to the 5-2 loss to Winsted Monday night at Muzzy Field.
In the sixth inning, Winsted’s Jayson Reola scored on a throwing error by Bristol shortstop Cory Fradette. Later in that inning Vincent Tancreti ripped a two-RBI double to score both Mike Bobinski and Joe Grantmeyer to make it 5-2.
Bristol starting pitcher Zach Marquis committed the other two errors, one on a pickoff attempt at second base and the other on a bunt attempt. A run came into score on the pickoff attempt in the fourth inning, which gave Winsted its first lead of the game 2-1.
“I told them eight errors in two games isn’t going to win too many games,” Bristol head coach Jerry LaPenta said. “We’re lucky to be 1-1 with eight errors. I think part of it is that we hadn’t lost a game yet. Between graduation, we had a few days off and had an exhibition game cancelled, sometimes a loss isn’t the worst thing. We’ve been playing a little bit like we can’t lose and just expect to win. You gotta come out and you gotta play. I told them I’m curious to see how they respond [Tuesday]. Obviously, we can’t keep putting up errors and winning.”
In the second inning, Bristol’s Jake Violette had a RBI single to score Anthony Lozier. Bristol’s other run came in the sixth when Noah Plantamuro hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Fradette.
“I feel a lot better now with seeing pitches every day,” Plantamuro said of missing the majority of his senior season at Bristol Central. “I’m getting back into my routine and am pretty much back to 100 percent.
On the mound Marquis pitched 5 2/3 allowing five runs on six hits and struck out nine. But the five runs weren’t indicative of the pitching performance.
“He’s been a tough luck pitcher,” LaPenta said. “He was cruising right along, throwing strikes, had all three of his pitches working. One inning I called a curveball, slider, fastball and he almost threw nine pitches the same sequence. And then he dropped his elbow on the bunt and the ball sailed and then kind of lost his mojo a little bit. But you know what you’re going to get with Zach. He’s going to throw strikes. You’re going to be in the game. If we don’t make some errors it’s tight until the end. I’ll take that being the home team.”
Alex Balfour came into pitch in relief of Marquis and perfect. He finished the game with three strikeouts.
Reola pitched a complete game for Winsted allowing two runs with six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
“He was good and he mixed his pitches well,” Bristol first baseman Ryan Greene said. “He came from the same spot and was throwing hard. He kept us off balance with his curveball and spotted well. He was a good pitcher. Sometimes you just gotta tip your cap.”
Alec DiLoreto had two hits for Bristol. Mac Goulet and Michael Lemke had the other two hits for Bristol.
Bristol plays Wolcott tonight at 5:45 p.m. at Muzzy Field and will look to get back in the win column.
“I don’t think this loss humbles us, we know how good we are,” Greene said. “I think it just motivates us more now. We always come out to try and win every game no matter what.”
Bristol is now 5-1-1 with the loss, while Winsted moved to 4-3.