Lancers give Platt a rude welcoming

BRISTOL – Opening a slate of six straight home games, the Bristol Eastern baseball squad tangled with Platt of Meriden, which received a rude greeting from Lancers’ lefty Nate Carney.
The junior chucked a four hit shutout and led Eastern to a 3-0 victory over the Panthers.
The victory, the fourth consecutive win of the week for the Lancers, improved Eastern’s record to 7-3 overall. At 5-1 in CCC South play, the squad from Bristol moved into first place in the conference.
The loss dropped Platt to 3-7 overall (2-4 CCC South).
Carney was dominant from start to finish and didn’t give the Panthers much to work with.
He didn’t allow a free pass while striking out 12 in a dominating performance.
In fact, Carney recorded 11 consecutive outs via strikeout from the last out of the third frame through the first out of the seventh.
That’s what Platt had to contend with all game long.
Carney threw a total of 109 pitches, 78 for strikes, and spaced four hits over his complete game effort.
The Panthers generated a one out single by Jason Sullivan in the second, a two out infield single by Jaelin Highsmith in the third, a one out single by Tristan Arjavich in the fourth, and a one out double by Sullivan in the seventh.
And that’s all she wrote in terms of Platt’s offense.
For the Lancers, James had two of the team’s five hits but the squad did a fantastic job scoring off goofs and miscues by the Platt defense.
Eastern threatened to score in both the second and third innings, but did not as the game was afoot over the first three stanzas of play.
In the second inning, “Big” Pete Roche and Bryce Lebron opened the inning with singles, moved up to second and third via a sacrifice, and Tom Curtin followed up with a walk to load the bases with just one out on the board.
But Platt pitcher Tyler DeCosta retired the next two batters to get out of the inning as the contest remained a scoreless affair.
In the third, Eastern went at it again offensively.
Two walks to Jake Colello and Zach Marquis sandwiched around an out, put runners on. and again, Eastern had a man in scoring position.
Once again, DeCosta foiled Eastern as he struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
In the Eastern fourth, the Lancers scored the winning runs of the encounter.
Adrian James opened the frame with a triple hit over center fielder Jordan Baggiero’s head and the go-ahead runner was poised to score.
Curtin followed up with a walk and ball four went wild – scoring James for the game’s first run. Quickly, Curtin was sacrificed to second, nabbed third on another wild pitch, and then scored the second run of the inning on an RBI single to center by Colello.
Ahead 2-0 in the fray, Eastern added an insurance run in the sixth.
James opened with a base hit to left off reliever Highsmith, was sacrificed to second, took third on another wild pitch, and zipped across the plate when Joe Dorsio’s infield grounder was misplayed to make it a 3-0 push which ended up being the final tally of the game.sports illustration