By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – When the Forestville Reds got its first crack at the Bristol League League baseball city series, the team made one heck of an impression.
Behind a slick offensive and defense attack, the Reds sank a feisty A’s squad from Edgewood by an 11-0 final in a mercy-ruled four innings from the Robert S. Watson Sr. Memorial Field at Peck Park in Bristol on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
With the loss, the A’s were eliminated while Forestville moved on to square off against the McCabe-Waters Pirates in a best-of-three championship tilt for the 2015 title.
This game was about pitching and that’s exactly what Spencer Lindroth provided for the Reds.
Lindroth went just 2.1 innings but that’s all the Reds needed from the chucker.
He gave up just one hit and fanned five over a very prolific performance.
“Spencer’s been on the hill quite a bit for us this year,” said Reds’ coach Harry Lindroth. “He put a lot of work in this year, that’s where it all starts.”
And then offensively, Forestville racked up eight big hits.
Wes Pierce was one at-bat away from hitting for the cycle as he zipped up a single, a double, and a home run for four RBI and three runs scored.
Lindroth walked three times and scored just as many runs, Joe Crowley went 2-for-2, scored twice, and was plunked by a pitch while Nate Ouellette smashed out a triple and collected four RBI.
Ryan Krompegal generated a hit, Jake Beaulieu also had a three-base hit while Ommie Malick had a single and scored a run for Forestville.
“We had batting practice last night and we told them get up there with an approach,” said Lindroth. “If you see a good pitch, hit it, and that’s exactly what they did today. They came out, ready to swing the bats, had a good approach, and it showed.”
For the A’s Jaidyn Bouthiller had the team’s only hit of the day while pitcher Jack Kozikowski gave it a whirl but was met by an aggressive Forestville attack.
“I’ll take a lot of this on me,” said manager Michael Nohilly. “My preparation, my coach, maybe I didn’t show up so I’m not going to let these kids think it’s them. They had a 16-4 record, they swept into the championship at Edgewood. They play with a lot of heart.”
“You know what, I’ll take the loss on these two games on myself, not on these kids.”
Lindroth worked well through the A’s line-up over the first inning of play, striking out two and giving the Reds a chance to strike first in the showdown.
Forestville’s pitcher helped his own cause by walking with one out and advancing to second via a passed ball.
Lindroth went to third on a wild pitch and Pierce slammed an RBI double off one of the signs in center and quickly it was a 1-0 contest.
Crowley then sent a roller into left and the Reds had men on the corners with only one out.
Nate Ouellette then sent a grounder to second base for an RBI tally and when Pierce crossed home plate, it was a 2-0 affair.
Krompegal beat out an infield hit to score Crowley and when Beaulieu sent a three base hit to the fence in left-center, the lead runner hit the plate and the Reds led 4-0 after one.
In the second, Bouthiller sent a sharp single to left and the A’s had something brewing with one out.
And when Kurt Miskell got plunked by a pitch, the tying run was getting ready on the on-deck circle for Edgewood.
The A’s had runners on first and second but when Pat Sullivan took strike three, Lindroth had his fourth strikeout of the game and the Reds were still on top by a 4-0 push.
Malick started the second by sending a screamer to right and when the ball got by the fielder, the runner ended up all the way on third base.
From there, Connor Wilson dropped a sacrifice fly into right field and on the catch, Malick zipped home and made it a 5-0 game.
Lindroth walked with one out and the Pierce then slammed the ball out of the park.
Pierce took an 0-1 offering past the fence in right field (if there weren’t trees in the way, he probably would have hit a truck that was parked over at the softball field where former Bristol Central standout and current CCSU softball coach Breanne Gleason was holding a clinic) and suddenly, the contest was a 7-0 affair in the Reds favor.
Crowley followed up with a one-out base hit, Ouellette hit into a fielder’s choice but Krompegal reached on an error as there were runners on first and second.
While no additional runs were scored, the Reds’ 7-0 edge was looking pretty good.
With one out in the top of the third, Ouellette came in to throw for the Reds – saving Lindroth’s pitches for another day.
Bouthiller came into toss for the A’s in the bottom of the tilt and the squad tallied two quick outs in the fray.
But Wilson drew a two-out base-on-balls, as did Lindroth, and the Reds were looking to tack on another run.
Pierce then sent a single up the middle, scoring Wilson, and Forestville zipped up an 8-0 edge.
Crowley was then hit-by-pitch and the bases were quickly juiced.
Ouellette quickly cleared the bases with a triple and once the third runner scored, it made it an 11-0 cushion.
All those runs were scored with two outs on the board.
“Every one of these kids works hard every day in practice,” said Lindroth. “We expect a lot from them and they respect that. And it shows right here on the diamond.”
“I’m very proud of them,” said Lindroth.
With the mercy rule looming, the A’s gave it their best shot before bowing out.
Kozikowski struck out, Kat Roy just got robbed of a hit at third base, but Bouthiller beat out an error at short and advanced to second off an errant pickoff play to keep the game alive.
Then the A’s Eliah Parent struck out to end the game as the Reds won it, 11-0 in four innings of action.
“You know what, we came out flat in two nights,” said Nohilly. “That’s baseball.”
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By MICHAEL LETENDRE