BRISTOL - It was an off night for the Edgewood Senior League all-star team Wednesday at Barnes Field in the Senior League Baseball state championship.
Killingly starting pitcher Jason Grzysiewicz shut down Edgewood, allowing just two hits in 6.2 innings as Edgewood fell 6-1.
“Their starter was phenomenal,” Edgewood leadoff hitter Gabe Bartolome said. “He was throwing strikes all game. He gave a lot of us a challenge to hit and we didn’t score runs on him. His pitching kind of speaks for itself.”
Bartolome had a double and James Hall added a single in the seventh, the only two Edgewood hits.
Ryan Fradette started on the mound for Edgewood. He battled through the first two innings despite a lack of command, with five walks but allowing just one run.
In the third inning Fradette gave up a two-RBI double to Killingly’s Nate LaFluer, which scored Justin Miato and Austin Dionne, who both walked to get on.
After another walk in the inning to Brennan Holmes, it was the end of Fradette’s day pitching.
“I was really struggling with finding the strike zone,” Fradette said. “Most of the time I was getting pitches down but some of the time I felt like I wasn’t getting certain calls so I had to adjust to it. And then most the time I just left them pitches that I shouldn’t have.”
Nate Oullette and Rhom Colquitt both pitched in relief for Edgewood. Colquitt had a nice pickoff in the fifth inning with a runner on second base.
Grzysiewicz added a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 5-0 and then Colby Pion scored the sixth run of the game for Killingly on a throw down to first base.
Edgewood’s Chris Osuch was hit by a pitch in the fifth. Sean Matthew and Scott Houle both walked in the game for Edgewood.
Matthew came into score the only Edgewood run on an errant throw by the Killingly catcher Riley Zadora.
Matthew and Hall are going to be two key players for tonight’s game against the winner of the game between Moosup and Stamford. In order to win the championship, Edgewood will need to win three straight games.
“I think they’re down a little bit but I think they’ll bounce back,” Edgewood coach Mike Ziogas said. “Kids are resilient. We’ll see what we face [Thursday]. You start getting a few games into the tournament and the pitching gets a little bit thinner and that’s for everybody. We’ll see what happens.”