Warkoski's gem not enough as Bristol American Legion baseball eliminated from state tournament

Published on Monday, 29 July 2019 20:22
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GLASTONBURY - Stephen Warkoski was terrific on Monday for the Bristol American Legion baseball team, but Robert Zawacki was just a little better. 

Zawacki’s complete-game gem led Waterford to a 2-1 victory, as he allowed just two hits and one unearned run to spoil Warkoski’s complete-game three-hitter and end Bristol’s season at the South Windsor Super Regional. 

Bristol (23-7) put the potential game-tying run at second base in the sixth and seventh innings, but fly outs stranded each runner. 

Bristol struck first in the second inning, as Josh Nohilly and Warkoski each walked, and Nohilly soon scored on an error for a 1-0 lead. 

Waterford evened the score at 1-1 in the fifth inning as Anthony Tonucci walked, stole second and was brought home on Ryan O’Connell’s RBI single. Robert Silva then gave Waterford a 2-1 lead, roping an RBI double to score O’Connell moments after he had tied the game. 

In the sixth inning, Ryan Greene gave Bristol its second hit of the game by smacking a two-out double, but Nohilly flew out to center field after fouling off four pitches in a seven-pitch battle. 

Warkoski led off the bottom of the seventh by drawing a walk. Pinch runner Trevor Mays was then moved to second base on Alec DiLoreto’s sacrifice bunt, but Nick Ruffino grounded out to third base and Carson Sassu flew out to end the game. 

Southington (22-7) will face Waterford at 6:30 tonight at Rotary Field. With a win, Southington will advance to the best-of-three state tournament championship series Aug. 2-3 in Meriden. 

If Waterford wins tonight, the two teams will face off again at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rotary Field. 

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul on Monday, 29 July 2019 20:22. Updated: Monday, 29 July 2019 20:24.