The Ledyard Legion baseball team knocked Bristol out of the play-in round of the state tournament by a 12-0 final in a mercy-ruled, seven inning affair from Muzzy Field in Bristol on Saturday, July 20.
Ledyard, a squad that entered the tournament with a losing zone record at 12-15, will advance to the second round of action and square off against Waterford on Sunday at 1 pm from Leary Park.
Post 2, the home team in the scheduled nine inning challenge, was limited to only four total hits in the game as Ledyard pitcher Doug Dumnarski went the distance and picked up an impressive 15 strikeouts and threw the entire seven frames.
For Bristol, Tim Jalbert ended the season by going 2-for-3 with two singles while Jake Martel and Eli Minella had a hit apiece to pace the offense.
The visitors tacked up 13 hits on the afternoon and that was one of its highest totals all season long.
Jarrett Michaels (1-4) absorbed a tough loss for Bristol and – in the scoreless affair – was one put-out from ending the third stanza but a dropped pop-up prolonged the inning and six hits later, Ledyard was in front 6-0 as all the runs were unearned.
In the top of the fifth, Ledyard batted around and padded its lead with six additional runs to make it an imposing 12-0 affair that Post 2 was unable to top.
Kyle Dube, Andrew Martin and Rick Lemke all threw at least one inning for Bristol in the game.
Post 2 ended its season at 17-13 overall and 16-8 in Zone 1 action.
- By Michael Letendre