NEW BRITAIN – Two sloppy innings spoiled the Bell City Barnstormers baseball game against the CT Mayhem as the under-13 Bristol squad fell 7-1 on Friday during the Nutmeg State Games tournament at Beehive Field.
The Mayhem capitalized on smart base running and received timely hitting to put up four runs in the third inning and three in the fourth, handing the Barnstormers its second straight loss.
“I think we shot ourselves in the foot in two innings and that was the whole game,” Bell City coach Bob McMahon said. “We’re still trying to learn how important getting each out is.”
The Mayhem plated two on a clever rundown from Chris Beaudry before an RBI single from Matt Martello, and another head’s up play on the base paths from Angel Rodriguez, made it 4-0. All of this transpired with two outs as Barnstormers starting pitcher Harrison Riker got a flyout and groundout to start the frame.
“We left a few outs there in the third and the fourth and that’s baseball for you, the game was over,” McMahon said. “Two outs, 0-1 on the third kid in the inning, next thing you know, seeing-eye base hit, seeing-eye base hit, seeing-eye base-hit, and then a botched rundown.”
Another RBI single from Martello highlighted the Mayhem’s three-run fourth, while Tyler Shaw and Hunter Herbert also registered hits in the inning.
Bell City cut the deficit to six runs during the fifth inning as Riker scored on a wild pitch after Mayhem starter Dylan Killoran loaded the bases on a walk, a hit batsmen and a single from Noah Molinsky.
“We’ve come a long way,” McMahon said. “We were not good at one point early in the season. The kids have been pretty resilient and they’ve battled back and you just got to keep playing baseball.”
Molinsky secured two of the Barnstormers three hits on the evening while batting sixth in the lineup.
“I was just trying to make plays and do what I can to help the team win,” Molinsky said.
A utility player, Molinsky played every position but pitcher and catcher Friday, but made his presence felt in the batter’s box, smacking a pair of singles in the defeat.
Friday also marked Molinsky’s birthday and Bell City’s No. 27 said he was happy to being playing baseball on his special day.
Joey Sconzion contributed the Barnstormers’ other hit with a single during the first inning.
Bell City’s Riker took the loss on the mound with six runs allowed on seven hits, four walks and three strikeouts, while Killoran earned the win, tossing five innings and giving up one run, three hits, two walks with four strikeouts.
The loss drops the Barnstormers to 1-2 as they finished round-robin play surrendering 22 runs while scoring 13. Although, Bell City still has a chance to compete in the bronze medal game on Sunday.
“We’re hoping for some things to go our way [Saturday] and get one more game out of it,” McMahon said. “The kids love to play.”
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