By MICHAEL LETENDRE
VERNON – When your baseball squad scores six straight runs to open the game, it’s a powerful message to the opposing team and a demoralizing way to starts things.
That’s what Bristol Eastern did to Rockville on Tuesday, April 14 as the Lancers defeated the Indians by a score of 7-5 in a CCC Interdivisional tilt.
Eastern, winning for the first time this year, evened their season record at 1-1 on the young season – in the midst of four games in five days.
It was Rockville’s first contest of the season and fell to 0-1 overall with the loss.
After a tough 5-3 defeat the previous day to East Catholic, the Lancers got a little payback by torching the Indians early and often.
Then defensively, pitcher Bryce Lebron did more than enough to secure the victory.
Lebron threw into the fifth inning, earning the win, while allowing two unearned runs, five hits, walking two, and striking out five over a big game effort.
He left the game with a 6-2 lead in hand with two outs in the fifth and saw his back-up get the job done behind him.
Reliever Zach Marquis mopped up and earned the save for Eastern.
And then there was a powerful offensive onslaught which made LeBron’s day a little bit easier on the mound.
In all, the Lancers generated 11 hits for the game and that attack was fueled by Jordan Lowery. Lowrey paced Eastern with two singles and a double to go along with two runs batted in.
Marquis also got into the action, generating three hits, which included two singles and a triple.
Not to be outdone, “Big” Pete Roche added a single and a double for the Lancers.
That group pounded starting Rockville pitcher from the onset and was fortunate the Lancers did not tack a run on the scoreboard after juicing the bases up right off the bat.
Rockville leadoff batter Steve Hatch was the offensive leader for the home squad and rumbled up four singles for the game, going 4-for-4 overall with two runs batted in.
But the name of the game ended up being the Eastern offense.
In the top of the first, Eastern’s Jake Colello, Lowrey, and Marquis all smashed out base hits to load the things up with no outs.
But the Lancers could not get a run across and St. Germain got himself out of an extremely tight spot.
However, over the next two frames, Rockville paid the ultimate price.
In the second tilt, a base-on-balls, a single by Austin Dias, and a walk to Colello loaded the bases up again but the result would be different this time around for Eastern.
Lowrey ripped a single to center to score Joe Dorsio to make it a 1-0 game and the Lancers led from that point on.
Then, bases loaded walks to Tommy Curtin and Lebron scored two more as Eastern nabbed a 3-0 lead 1 1/2 innings into play.
In the top of the third,
the Lancers were at it again offensively.
Eastern scored three more times with clutch hits coming via a run scoring double by Lowrey, followed by an RBI single from Marquis.
Eventually, that push grew to 6-0 and Rockville was forced to play catch-up the rest of the afternoon.
The Indians outscored Eastern 5-1 from the fourth inning on but it simply wasn’t enough.
Rockville scored two unearned runs in the fourth frame to drop the Eastern lead to 6-2.
In the top of the sixth, the Lancers scored one final run and retook control of the game.
Marquis opened the stanza with a triple to right-center and eventually scored Eastern’s seventh run off an overthrow to third on the play, which extended the advantage back out to five at 7-2.
Rockville scored an unearned run in the sixth off Marquis to chop the lead to 7-3 but the home team was not finished scoring.
The squad later added two additional runs in the seventh to make it a 7-5 game but that tally ended up being the final score.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE