BRISTOL - On his birthday, Julian Thayer lifted St. Paul baseball to a non-conference win over neighbor Terryville by a score of 11-10 on Thursday evening.
Thayer started the game for the Falcons, pitching the first five innings before being lifted. He was then returned to the mound in the seventh inning, allowing him to earn an unusual stat line; Thayer earned both the win and the save.
On the other side of the ball, Thayer was just as impactful. He accounted for two of the Falcons’ 11 runs with his home run.
St. Paul led 10-2 after the fourth inning but the Kangaroos began to come back in the fifth. Terryville scored a pair in the fifth, three in the sixth and another three in the seventh to come one run shy of tying the game before St. Paul ended the game.
Thursday’s game was the fourth game in as many days for St. Paul. It was also the team’s regular season finale and it enters postseason play with a record of 16-4.
The highlight of the game for the Kangaroos was John Grimes, who went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBI anda pair of runs scored.
Newington 7, Bristol Eastern 2: The Lancers attempted to come back in the top of the seventh inning but the hole was too deep and they fell to the Indians. Newington scored three in the bottom of the first to jump out to an early lead and scored four runs over the fourth and fifth innings to pull away. Only one run in the game was earned.
Gary Gagnier and Mike Massarelli each hit a double in the game, accounting for two of Bristol Eastern’s seven hits. But the Lancers’ six errors doomed them, as six of Newington’s seven runs were unearned.
Bristol Eastern 3, Newington 0: The Lancers clinched at least a share of the CCC South Blue Division title with a shutout win against the Indians. Erin Girard pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out five and walking one.
Paige McLaughlin had Bristol Eastern’s only extra-base hit in the game, an RBI double in the second. Mikayla Martin was the only Lancer with more than one hit, going 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk. Jill Maghini and Alyssa Hackling had the other two RBI, both in the sixth.
St. Paul 190, Woodland 199: The Falcons’ Ryne Salius and the Hawks’ Julian Perino shared medalist honors but it was St. Paul that came out on top, improving to 13-4 on the season. Behind Salius, Michael Dolce shot 46, Noah Defeo had a 48 and Sam Mazzarelli finished with a 53.
BOYS OUTDOOR TRACK
Bristol Central 94, New Britain 56: The Rams wrapped up an undefeated dual meet season with a solid win over the Hurricanes. Central won 10 events, including all three relays and sweeps in the 1600 and 3200, as well as a 1-2 finish in the 100, to earn the win.
Matt Roy was the only double winner for the Rams as he led the sweeps on the 1600 and 3200 meters. Other first place winners for the Rams were Kaynan Conrod (100), David Bowes (400), Frankie Jenkins (triple jump), Gabe Updegraff (discus) and Isaiah Miller (javelin). Luis Medina, Sean Fitzgerald and Bowes each ran on two winning relays.
GIRLS OUTDOOR TRACK
Bristol Central 82, New Britain 66: In a close meet, the Rams prevailed with a strong showing in the weight events led by Kaiya Alexander, who won both the discus and shot put. The two teams split winning performances with each winning nine events, but the Rams captured two of the three relays and finished 1-2 in discus to tip the scale in their favor.
Shy-Ann Whitten won the 100 meters as well as the high and triple jumps to lead the Rams. Adalia Malick won the 400 and Joana Lalaj captured the pole vault for Central. The Rams finished the dual meet season with a 5-1 record.