PLAINVILLE – A three-run fifth inning pushed Lewis Mills baseball past host Plainville, 5-0, Friday as the Blue Devils dropped their second straight game.
Two walks from Plainville starter Tyler Bonney and two hits from the Spartans in the fifth highlighted the visitors’ big inning.
“I thought our pitchers did a good job,” Blue Devils coach Lou Mandeville said. “They kept us in the game, they did a good job, they gave us a chance to win. When it came down to it, Lewis Mills got some timely hits, they got some guys on base and got some timely hits and put three runs together in one inning and opened up the game a little bit.”
A run in the first and another in the sixth rounded out Lewis Mills attack, which finished with six hits, including a pair of doubles.
The Spartans’ starter went the distance on the mound and struck out four Plainville batters while also allowing just four hits and two walks.
“He pitched a great game,” Mandeville said. “He mixed it up well, he attacked the strike zone, he kept us off balance. We had a tough time putting the barrel on the baseball today.”
Brennan Staubley led the Blue Devils with two hits while Bonney and Tanner Callahan also tallied base knocks.
“We had trouble getting comfortable up there and getting good swings off him,” Mandeville said. “We had a few good swings off him but overall, he did a good job mixing it up. I was telling the kids, that’s one of the toughest things to do in sports and today showed why. Hitting is tough when you get someone on the mound like that.”
Bonney did well for Plainville, lasting five innings and also compiling two strikeouts and two walk with five hits allowed.
“That’s his first start of the year,” Mandeville said. “We were encouraged by that and he’s been a relief pitcher but we asked him to start today and he showed some guts giving us five today. It was huge and you couldn’t ask much more, he kept us in the game.”
Jayden Cumbo came on in relief for Bonney and threw the final two innings, giving up one run and one hit.
The loss drops the Blue Devils to 8-8 as well as 4-5 in their previous nine games.
“Some days you’re going to come on the higher number side, some days you come on the lower side,” Mandeville said. “We’re 8-8, we’re ok with it, we’re competing, our practices have been good and we’ll keep going.
“Their pitcher did a great job and good pitching is going to shut down hitting and that’s what happened today and he put his team in the [W] column,” Mandeville said.
Plainville will look to end the skid when it hosts E.O. Smith on Monday, May, 17 at 6:30 p.m.
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