Berlin American Legion baseball uses four-run inning to take down Bristol

Published on Monday, 17 June 2019 23:28


BRISTOL - Facing one of the area’s top arms in starting pitcher Jagger Duquette, Berlin’s American Legion baseball team pieced together a four-run inning Monday night to capture a 4-3 victory over Bristol at Muzzy Field.

Bristol took a 2-0 lead on a first-inning run by Noah Plantamuro on an error and another Berlin error in the third inning allowed MacGregor Goulet to score from second. But in the fourth, Berlin (2-1) went to work.

Ryan Hyde punched a deep two-run triple to the right-center field gap on a 3-1 count, tying the game at 2-2 on a fly ball over the outfielders’ heads after Gianni Fanelli and Paul D’Amore reached on a walk and single to start the inning.

Mike Giove then poked an RBI double, again to the right-center gap, for a 3-2 lead, and Vince Dastoli tacked on another run, hitting a single on a grounder to the edge of the infield, and Giove scored on an error.

“Duquette’s a good pitcher. We figured he was gonna throw against us,” Berlin head coach Gary Van Etten said. “They put it together and battled. These guys are battlers. They finished 20-2 in the state and lost the state championship by one run so they’re gonna battle.”

Bristol (3-2) plated a run in the fifth on a hit and run, as Ryan Greene smacked an RBI double to deep left field to score Goulet, who had reached on a walk.

Bristol’s comeback bid in the seventh was shut down by Mark Addamo, who relieved winning pitcher Camden Murphy by working around a leadoff walk drawn by Carson Sassu and a sacrifice bunt by Plantamuro.

A throwing error by Giove at third base kept the inning alive, but Addamo induced a flyout by Bristol’s three-hole hitter Goulet with one out and runners on first and second. And Addamo struck out cleanup hitter Greene looking on a curveball on the inside corner of the plate to end the game.

“Jagger pitched great tonight except for that one little slipup,” Bristol head coach Jerry LaPenta said. “A couple balls found alleys. ... Berlin’s a good team. I expected it to be a close game. I’m proud of the fact we fought back there.

“I like the fact we came back. I thought we played really well. We hit the ball hard, but they’re a very good team. We’ll be fighting with them the whole season.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul on Monday, 17 June 2019 23:28. Updated: Monday, 17 June 2019 23:30.