by MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The Bristol Greeners of the Tri-State baseball league picked up two very important victories last week.
On Sunday, July 8, the Greeners shutout the Tri-Town Trojans while two days later, Bristol picked up a big win over Lakeville.
The Greeners defeated Tri-Town 5-0 on Sunday afternoon from Bristol Central High School behind a complete game, four-hit shutout from ace chucker Mat Niedzwiecki.
The veteran right-hander certainly was on top of his game once again to pick up another shutout victory.
Niedzwiecki walked two and struck out eight over nine innings to pick up his fourth victory of the campaign.
Offensively, the Greeners once had numerous top-notch performances from all the usual suspects.
Bristol’s Dave Casanova (1-for-2, two walks, two runs), Ryan Dudzinski (2-for-4, two runs) and Mitch Wells (3-for-4, double, run) put runners on for Matt Godbout who drove in four of the Greeners’ five runs via a 2-of-3 performance at the plate.
He also added a sacrifice fly in a busy day for the Greeners.
In all, Bristol slammed out 10 hits and on the defensive end, the home squad did not commit an error on the afternoon.
The win raised Bristol’s ledger to 9-4 on the year while Tri-Town fell to 8-7.
Tri-Town starter Andrew Osolin (6 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 2 K’s) took the loss for the Trojans.
Connor Murray (2 IP, 3 hits, walks, 3 K’s) allowed a pair of runs in relief for the losing squad. Steve Price (2-for-3) led the way for Tri-Town while Murray and John Callahan each added a hit but that would be all the offense the visitors would muster.
Bristol scored a single run in the fourth to make it a 1-0 contest while in the sixth and eighth frames, the Greeners plated two runs apiece as the shutout became a 5-0 affair.
Two days from Muzzy Field in Bristol, the Greeners split a doubleheader with Terryville and Lakeville.
Terryville’s Joe Deming had a two-run double in a three-run sixth inning to lead the Black Sox to a 4-1 win.
Tom Notchick added an RBI single for the Black Sox, who improved to 7-6.
Tyler Wenz was the pitcher of the day for visiting Terryville as he struck out three and scattered five hits to post the victory.
Pat Norton was 2-for-3 for the Black Sox as the squad is still hanging on to its playoff hopes
For Bristol, Casanova reached base twice, collected three steals and scored a run for Bristol, who fell to 9-5 in the losing effort.
But against Lakeville, Bristol put on its best offensive attack of the campaign.
The Greeners pounded out a season-high 17 hits on its way to an 11-2 win over visiting Lakeville.
Bristol was led offensively by Casanova as the former Bristol Eastern standout continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the league.
Against Lakeville, Casanova went 3-for-4, scored twice, collected an RBI and stole a base.
Nick Palmisano (2-for-3, two runs scored, two RBI, walk), John Pastyrnak (3-for-4, run scored, RBI) and Marco Ross (3-for-3, two RBI) all helped the home team to those 11 runs.
Pitcher Mitch Buonafede (4 IP, 5 hits, two runs, walk, 2 K’s) picked up the win for the Greeners.
The Outlaws were led by Chris Lambert (2-for-3) while Roger Dasilva, Billy Manzi, and Adam Fuoco each added a double.
Chucker Brandon Coe took the loss for Lakeville.
And against Naugatuck on Thursday, July 12, Bristol dropped a tough 3-2 decision from Rotary Field to fall to 10-6 on the season.
As of July 14, the Greeners were in third place of the Northern Division, four games behind first place Litchfield Cowboys and three behind second place Bethlehem Plowboys.