BRISTOL - Bristol Legion baseball earned its 14th win of the season Friday night at Muzzy Field with a high-scoring win over Naugatuck 14-7.
Bristol was missing some players due to illness, but took advantage of Naugatuck’s pitching struggles to score consistently throughout the game. Andrew Lozier started for Bristol for the first time in two weeks and was able to hold Naugatuck back, but was also one of three Bristol players to finish with at least two hits. Adam Caron had a team-high three hits and the whole team finished with 13 hits and always appeared to have runners on base.
“We swung the bat well and we had 13 hits,” coach Jerry LaPenta said. “Ryan [Fradette] and Adam Caron, they've been hitting the ball all year.”
Bristol drew six walks and additionally had a batter hit by a pitch in the second inning and that hoard of baserunners yielded five runs by the end of the frame. A double from Trevor Nohilly with the bases loaded plated the first two runs and Bristol had a lead it would never relinquish.
“They were hurting for pitching and I thought we were pretty disciplined,” LaPenta said. “There were some big 3-2 count at bats [where] we didn’t chase some balls and we put pressure on them. I thought Trevor got a big hit when the bases were loaded with two outs that kind of got us going.”
Naugatuck scored two runs each in the third and fourth innings to narrow the difference to 5-4, but Bristol answered in the bottom of the fourth by putting its first three batters on base and adding three runs to their total.
Bristol scored three more runs in each of the ensuing two innings, highlighted by a two-run double from Lozier in the fifth and another two-run double from Caron in the sixth. Naugatuck’s pitchers walked eight batters in the contest and hit an additional three, giving Bristol free baserunners throughout the game.
Up next for Bristol is a road matchup with Newington on Sunday, Bristol bested Newington 3-1 on Tuesday. Bristol missed out on a chance to play in regionals after falling on the wrong side of tiebreakers with West Hartford and Meriden, pushing their focus to winning for the best possible seed in the Zone 1 playoffs.
“We have to win these zone games so we can get a good seed,” LaPenta said. “It comes down to pitching and defense and timely two-out hits, especially when you get in the playoffs.”