When you have an almost inhuman pitching sensation on your team by the name of Matt Blandino, opponents simply don’t stand a chance at the plate.
And the senior, along with the rest of the Bristol Central baseball squad, opened its 2013 campaign against Fermi on Thursday, April 4 in Bristol.
And while the Falcons’ program has been flying high over the last couple seasons, Central treated Fermi liked a Thanksgiving Turkey as the Rams stuffed the visitors 6-0 in a CCC Interdivisional challenge.
Blandino was the man of the hour, zinging Fermi for an amazing 18 strikeouts while allowing just one hit in a complete game performance that nearly rivaled his no-hitter against Maloney last season.
“You could ask me the same questions every game (and) I’m probably going to say the same thing (about Blandino),” said Central coach Bunty Ray.
Frankly, off a showing like that, what more could be said?
Blandino needed just 101 pitches to sink the Falcons but he never threw more than 17 in any one inning.
While Central’s offense notched just six hits, each base hit seemed to lead to something bigger and eventually off a two-run third and a four-run fourth, the home team zipped ahead by six runs as Fermi looked more dazed and confused than anything as the contest moved along.
Mitch Guilmette smashed two doubles for three RBI, Matt Blandino also tallied an RBI double as did Jake Martel for Central.
Justen Jakubiak also added a double in the winning effort to move the squad to 1-0 on the season.
by MICHAEL LETENDRE