BERLIN – Five runs in the fifth inning guided Bristol Legion baseball past Berlin, 7-6, in a come-from-behind win at Zipadelli Field.
Trailing 6-2 after four innings, Bristol plated five runs on three hits, combined with a couple defensive miscues from Berlin, which was highlighted by a failed pick-off attempt that scored Bristol’s seventh run.
Zack Rinkavage took an extended lead at third base following a pitch, but the Berlin catcher threw the ball to third base, which sent Rinkavage home, who managed to sneak a hand on the plate before the return throw.
“What he was really supposed to do was steal home straight on the throw back from the catcher,” Bristol coach Jerry LaPenta said. “That catcher is a pretty good catcher, he was standing up and firing it back with guys on base, but when the game got kind of crazy he was staying on his knees. The plan was as soon as his arm goes back to throw, go, but he looked and he made a mistake, he should have ran at Zack.”
Bristol got in that position on hits from Andrew Lozier, Nathan Ouellette, an RBI single from Evan Bouchard, and a dropped liner from Berlin shortstop Justin Piskorski. A hit-batsmen and a catcher’s interference call also went Bristol’s way in an inning that ultimately turned the tide of the game.
“We hadn’t played in eight days so I was really nervous about the layoff,” LaPenta said. “It showed in the beginning, we didn’t have real competitive at-bats.”
Berlin starter Jon D’Amore kept the Bristol bats quiet early on as a dropped fly ball during the third inning served as the only two runs allowed through four innings. D’Amore gave up two more in the fifth, before Piskorski had three runs come across in his relief appearance.
D’Amore finished on the hook for four runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Bristol starter Mike Lorenzetti didn’t allow a hit, but eight walks helped Berlin score a bulk of its runs. Matt Beaucar was solid in relief, surrendering just one hit in 3 2/3 innings.
“Mike was probably squeezing the ball a bit, that happens sometimes when you throw so hard,” LaPenta said. “Matt came in and did an amazing job.”
Lorenzetti also picked up eight strikeouts to lead all pitchers.
Bristol recorded seven hits to Berlin’s one, which came from Garrett Fallon on a two RBI single during the fourth inning. Berlin scored four times in the frame to lead 6-2, before Bristol came right back an inning later.
Ouellette posted a pair of singles for the winners, along with Austin Brown, Adam Caron, Lorenzetti, Lozier and Bouchard.
“These guys have really shown me they got some heart,” LaPenta said. “It was a big, nice win for us.”
Bristol (10-4) will look to make it five in a row when it visits Newington on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Alumni Field. Berlin (3-11) next hosts Newington on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.