By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – Once again, the Bristol Blues had a big week starting on Sunday, July 12 when the locals got by the North Shore Navigators by a 5-4 push.
Here’s a look at all the past week’s action:
Sunday, July 12 – Bristol Blues 5, North Shore Navigators 4 (from Muzzy Field, Bristol)
In this one, the Blues did all their damage over the first inning of action.
And in the end, that offensive burst helped the Bristol (21-12) defeat North Shore (19-14) by a single run from Muzzy Field on Sunday.
Bristol scored early and often over the first frame as an RBI single by Christian Budzik started the scoring exploits
Then, an RBI base hit from Gerrad Rohan, a two-run double by Ryan Costello, and a sacrifice fly from Liam Scafariello led to those five runs and the Blues coasted from there.
Costello had two hits for Bristol while the Blues tallied six in all on the evening.
Blues’ pitcher George Lund moved to 2-1 on the campaign, allowing two runs over five innings to pick up the victory.
Overall, Lund struck out eight, walked four and gave up five hits to pace the winners.
Tuesday, July 14 – Marthas Vineyard 7, Bristol Blues 2 (from Vineyard Baseball Park)
The Blues hit a roadblock at Marthas Vineyard as the locals fell by a 7-2 push in a battle of the two teams with the best records in the FCBL.
Sharks starting pitcher Zach Brown did not allow Bristol (21-13) any early runs in the contest – holding the Blues without a run for over six innings.
In all, Brown yielded just three hits, three walks and fanned six to post the victorious effort.
Martha’s Vineyard dropped five runs on the Blues in the bottom of the fourth inning and off that 5-0 push, the home squad never trailed again.
The Sharks out-hit Bristol over the affair, 9-8.
Jon Mayer had two extra-base hits for the Sharks while Zach Scott (2-for-4, run scored) and Rohan (2-for-4, two RBI) paced the visitors.
Dominic LoBrutto absorbed the loss for the Blues, going four innings.
He walked two, struck out two, and allowed five runs over the losing effort.
Bristol’s own Mike Nocera came out of the pen for three innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs while posting four strikeouts.
Wednesday, June 15 – Worcester Bravehearts 9, Bristol Blues 6 (from Muzzy Field, Bristol)
The Blues lost for the second straight game, falling to 21-14 on the season, as Worcester defeated Bristol 9-6 in a prolonged eleven inning affair from Muzzy Field in Bristol.
With the win, the Bravehearts moved to 14-20 overall.
Both squads could not take advantage early as the Bravehearts’ Dylan Collett and Southington’s own Kyle Dube battled to a stalemate.
Collett yielded four hits, two walks and struck out four in six innings of action on the mound.
Dube hung in there as well, earning a no decision, as he went 5.1 innings and gave up just one unearned run.
He gave up five hits, three runs, walked one while striking out four in another solid effort.
The pitching duo kept runs from scoring all game long going into the fifth stanza of action.
Worcester nabbed a 4-0 edge after seven innings then watched the entire lead evaporate as the Blues scored a run in the seventh and another three in the eighth to tie the contest up at 8-8.
But in the top of the 11th, disaster struck the home team as the combination of Riley Streit and Paccione gave up those five 11th inning runs with Bristol trailing 9-4 midway through the frame.
The Blues notched two runs in the bottom of the 11th but could only get as close as three runs of the lead before eventually falling to Worcester.
Ian Strom led the Bravehearts at the plate, going a blistering 4-for-5, with one run and an RBI.
He singled in consecutive innings during the sixth and seventh frames.
Charlie Butler picked up his second win for the Bravehearts though he allowed several runs to cross the plate.
In the end, he struck out two, walked two, and gave up three hits to post the winning effort.
Streit earned the loss for Bristol in relief, falling to 1-2 on the season.
He went three total innings, struck out two, and allowed two runs.
Thursday, July 16 – Blues 6, Titans 0 (from Muzzy Field, Bristol)
When Troy Terzi dominates from the mound for the Bristol Blues, forget about it.
And the pitcher led the Bristol (22-14) to a 6-0 shutout win over the Torrington Titans (15-18) from Muzzy Field in Bristol.
Terzi, now 3-2, gave up just four hits over eight shutout innings while walking just one and punching out nine – moving his outstanding ERA down to 1.32 for the season.
The Blues went for eight hits in the game and the winning run came during the fourth inning of play.
Griffin Garabedian started the inning off with a one-out single, Rohan added a base hit and the lead runner scored when Austin Chauvin flipped out an RBI single to make it a 1-0 game after four completed frames.
And then in the fifth, it was all but over for the Titans.
During the stanza, the Blues collected four runs on an RBI single by Garabedian and a two-run double by Rohan while an error also plated a run to make it a 5-0 push for Bristol.
Rohan had two extra-base hits for the Blues, going 3-of-4 overall, with two RBI and a run scored while Garabedian was 2-of-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Torrington’s Taylor Luciani absorbed the loss, lasting 4 2/3 innings, walking three, striking out three, and allowing five runs overall.
Friday, July 17 – Bravehearts 3, Blues 2 (from Fitton Field)
In game one of a home-and-home series, the Bravehearts scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a one run deficit into a 3-2 win from Fitton Field.
Worcester’s Willie Allen went 2-of-4 for the Bravehearts (15-21) as he singled in the sixth and eighth innings and had both RBI for the squad.
In the eighth, with the score tied at 2-2, Allen sent a base hit to left – plating Gavin Tristan – as the Bravehearts went up for good, 3-2.
Clayton Dostal (4 innings pitched) recorded his fourth win of the year for Worcester.
He struck out one and surrendered two hits to move to 4-1 on the season.
Ty Robinson was charged with his first loss of the year and had an eighth inning he’d rather forget.
Robinson threw in just the one inning, walked one, gave up two hits and allowed two runs over the losing effort.
Blues chucker Tim Cate certainly pitched well enough to earn the victory and ended up throwing a tough seven innings but did not factor into the decision.
Over his stint on the mound, Cate yielded just one earned run, one base-on-balls while striking out eight.
Costello (2-of-4, run scored) and catcher Steve Octave (2-of-4) notched four of the Blues’ six total hits in the affair.
Saturday, July 17 – Blues 2, Bravehearts 1 (from Muzzy Field, Bristol)
The Blues needed extra innings to dispose of the Bravehearts, 2-1, from Muzzy Field.
Bristol notched a run in the bottom of the tenth to move to 24-15 on the campaign.
With the score tied at one in the tenth inning, and the bases loaded, Jamie Timothy scored on a wild pitch t notch the winning run for the Blues (23-15)
Robert Paccione earned the victory for Bristol and moved his season record to 2-1.
Paccione gave up two hits over his one inning of work but hung on to win it.
The Blues were excellent in relief and Bristol’s own Mike Nocera was a big part of that.
Nocera limited the Bravehearts over his two innings of hitless ball.
He struck out five and then gave way to fellow reliever Ty Robinson who also did not allow a hit in two innings of work to go along with three strike outs.
Strong went 2-of-5 for the Blues while Octave was 2-for-4.
Chauvin went 1-of-4 with an RBI to lead Bristol.
Bravehearts’ starter Mike Bruemmel pitched well and allowed only one run while striking out six and giving up four hits in seven innings of work.
Nick Freijomil (0-3) lost it for the Bravehearts late.
He lasted 2.1 innings, walked three, gave up two hits, and allowed one run over the losing effort.
NOTES…Pitchers George Lund , Troy Terzi, Tim Cate, Ty Robinson and Robert Paccione, and Ty Robinson along with Davis Strong, Gerrad Rohan, and Austin Chauvin played for the West Division for the FCBL All-Stars on Tuesday, July 21, at Fraser Field in Lynn, Massachusetts in the league’s midsummer classic.
Future Collegiate Baseball League: 2015 West Standings
Team W L PCT. GB STREAK LAST 10
Bristol Blues 23 15 .605 — Won 1 5-5
Pittsfield Suns 17 18 .484 4.5 Lost 1 4-6
Torrington Titans 16 19 .457 5.5 Lost 1 5-5
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 14 20 .412 7.0 Won 1 6-4
Worcester Bravehearts 15 22 .405 7.5 Lost 1 6-4
UP-COMING SCHEDULE – Bristol Baseball
Bristol Blues – Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Date Opponent Location Time
Thursday, July 23 vs. Mavericks Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Friday, July 24 vs. Dirt Dawgs Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 25 at Pittsfield Suns Wahconah Park 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 26 at Dirt Dawgs Doyle Field 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28 vs. Dirt Dawgs Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29 vs. Torrington Titans Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 30 vs. Bravehearts Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Friday, July 31 at Bravehearts Fitton Field 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1 vs. Silver Knights Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2 at Rox Campanelli Stadium 4:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 4 vs. Mavericks Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Torrington Titans Fuessenich Park 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6 at Pittsfield Suns Wahconah Park 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 7 at Pittsfield Suns Wahconah Park 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8 at Torrington Titans Fuessenich Park 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. Bravehearts Muzzy Field 7:30 p.m.