BRISTOL - At any level of baseball, having a strong batting order from the first man to the last is important, and for this year’s Edgewood Little League team that could be the key.
If Edgewood wins the District 5 championship and makes a run with the hope of reaching the New England Regional in its hometown, four players off the bench will be just as important as the nine that make up the order.
Danny Wilson, Jake Stringer, Mason Harris and Harry Ross all showed what they could do in the first round game against Berlin Little League on Monday night, a 13-3 win for Edgewood in a dominant outing.
“We’re a pretty deep team,” Ross said. “Everybody on our bench can hit and everybody on the team can hit. That happens a lot. It’s big because if only four of your hitters hit, you’re not going to go very far. And that’s probably why our team is doing really good.”
The trio sparked a nine-run top of the third inning for Edgewood.
Harris was first off the bench and hit a single to load the bases for Stringer.
With the bases loaded, Stringer put the ball in play and forced an error by Berlin, leading to Brayden Dauphinee and Oscar Kuzniar scoring.
Next up was Ross and he kept the momentum rolling with an RBI double.
Wilson added an RBI single and later in the inning Harris drove in a pair.
The four off the bench combined to produce six of the nine runs for Edgewood in the inning.
If the play on the field wasn’t enough, the Edgewood four have the confidence needed to get as far as they want to go.
“We all can contribute as much as everybody else,” Stringer said. “We just have to keep doing what we’re doing and we can make it far.”