Hot, hot, hot: Blues reign in 1st

on April 25, 2014. Arley was officially named a Blue on Saturday and will be a member of the team for the remainder of the season. Head coach Barry Lyons said that he is very proud of his players for reaching out to the community and also was happy to have the opportunity to meet Arley at the game on Saturday.
“Having Arley as a member of our team is a great tribute to her,” said Blues coach Barry Lyons. “Certainly our prayers, hopes, and good wishes are with her. She’s an inspiration. She’s a strong little girl. We’re thankful and happy that we can offer encouragement and have her be involved with us.”
The Blues saw their highest attendance on the season thus far at Saturday’s game with 2,224 people.
The next night, the Blues held on to control of the West Division with a 4-1 home win against the Suns.
With a 2-1 lead after the fourth inning, the Blues put the game out of reach with a RBI single from Chauvin that scored Jamie Timothy in the seventh and a RBI single from Roberts that scored Liam Scafariello in the eighth. Ryan Lauria started the game on the mound and went four innings with five strikeouts. Coming into the game, Lauria had only pitched one inning for the Blues on the season back on June 23 at North Shore. Lauria underwent Tommy John surgery in May of last year, but has been making some big strides to recovery.
“I thought he did an exceptionally good job,” said Lyons. “We knew when he came here that he’s working his way back from Tommy John surgery. We have been working with him on the side. Patrick Riley our pitching coach has been working with him. He’s gotten better each time he’s had the chance to throw on the mound. He did a great job today.”
Rayne Supple picked up the win, going three innings with a strikeout and allowing two hits and two walks. Paccione earned his fifth save on the season, going two innings with a strikeout and allowing no hits or runs. With catcher Bryan Dromerhauser currently out with an injury, Stephen Octave started in his first home game at Muzzy Field behind the plate for the Blues. Octave went 2-for-4 in the game and Lyons said that Octave has bided his time and has continued to work hard.
“He’s gotten better every time that he’s caught,” said Lyons. “Today was his best game all around. He played solid defense behind the plate and he’s getting quicker in his release when he throws. It’s by design, not by accident. He’s working hard and we’re giving him the information and a chance to play. That’s what this league is all about.”
The Blues currently sit atop the West Division a game and a half in front of the Suns and four games ahead of the Torrington Titans (11-13). Chauvin leads the Blues with a batting average of .333, and Strong leads with with four homeruns and 15 RBIs. Cate leads the Blues and the league with four wins as a pitcher. Cate also leads the Blues with 28 strikeouts. Lund leads the Blues with an ERA of 1.64 in 22 innings pitched.
“I told them when we were 8-8 that spring training was over,” said Lyons. “It’s time to start performing. We’re getting better at every aspect of our team and every component of winning baseball. That’s why you see the W’s in the win column. Our guys have played better and worked harder. They’re getting in a groove. Pitching has been pretty solid all year, our hitting has been sporadic, and our defense has been good for the most part. Our hitting is coming together now as we’re collecting more hits and getting more runners on base. We’re still not getting that two-out hit with men on base as often as I would like, but we’re getting better in all areas of the game.”

At Muzzy Field on Friday night, Bristol Blues’ Ryan Costello stops the slide from the Pittsfield Suns. The home team, however, lost 3-0.

At Muzzy Field on Friday night, Bristol Blues’ Ryan Costello stops the slide from the Pittsfield Suns. The home team, however, lost 3-0.