By MICHAEL LETENDRE
HARTFORD – Over the first half of the scholastic season, the Bulkeley baseball team – though winning all of its games – went a credible 3-7 and certainly have given squads heartburn on the field.
But that’s all changed over the last half of the campaign.
And Bristol took its medicine before arriving to play the Bulldogs and simply cured all of its wrongs over the last four games and buried Bulkeley 9-0 in a CCC South from Colt Park in Hartford on Wednesday, May 21.
Eastern moved to 8-10 overall and snapped its four game losing streak while Bulkeley fell to 3-14 and will not be in the postseason picture.
That eighth win of the season for Eastern meant the Lancers qualified for state tournament.
In fact, all scholastic baseball and softball squads in the Mum City have now all punched its postseason tickets.
The win also ended a brutal stretch of road games for Eastern in which the team went 3-5 but did just enough to qualify for the states against the Bulldogs.
And once again, the Lancers turned to one of its “young veterans” to get the job accomplished from the mound.
Sophomore left hander Nate Carney threw a complete game gem, upping his record to 5-2 on the season.
Carney allowed just three singles, walked three, and struck out five in the complete game effort.
No Bulkeley base-runners advanced past second base.
Carney did a nice job spacing out his hits as he gave up two singles in the third and one in the fifth.
The Lancers had nine hits in the contest and also benefited from 12 Bulkeley walks.
Once again, Eastern’s Jake Colello came up big in the showdown
Colello tallied up three hits – two singles and a double – scored twice and drove in two runs.
While no other Eastern batter had more than one hit, the visiting team still found ways to move runners around the bases.
Eastern took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and that’s all the Lancers needed to zip up the game.
Three Eastern base-on-balls opened the fray as Bulkeley was in trouble with the bases loaded and without the Lancers putting the ball into play.
The trio of Colello, Kyle Baker, and Jourdon Wydra earned free passes before the lead runner – Colello – scored off a fielder’s choice to push Eastern to a 1-0 lead.
The game remained a 1-0 affair until the fourth stanza when Eastern added a few runs to its side of the scoreboard.
In the fourth, a single by Eric Therrien, followed by a walk to Adrian James, put two runners on with no outs.
Bulkeley starting pitcher Wilmer Vasquez, who was cruising right along, retired the next two batters, but Colello followed through with a single to right center for a run.
Later, Baker sliced a two-run single to left as Eastern led 4-0 and was in control of the game.
But the Lancers weren’t done putting crooked numbers up on the board.
Eastern added three more runs in the fifth to make it a 7-0 tilt.
Two walks by Therrien and James opened the fifth inning and a passed ball moved the duo up a base.
A costly Bulkeley infield error scored both runners and Jordan Lowrey ending up on second off the gaff.
Quickly, Lowery scored on Colello’s double and the Lancers led 7-0 as Bulkeley was in a deep hole with no easy way out with Carney on the mound.
The last two Lancer runs came in the sixth and ended the scoring on the afternoon.
A single by Bryce Lebron and a double from Rod Green put two runners on. Joe Dorsio followed up with a sacrifice for a run and an infield single by Ben Derosier, good for an RBI tally, gave Eastern its final run and a 9-0 cushion.
Eastern hosted Platt on Friday and played its final two games from Bristol.
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By MICHAEL LETENDRE