Bristol Legion launches season by winning 5 of 6

BRISTOL – The Bristol American Legion Senior baseball team is off to a fast start in 2016, winning five of its first six games.

Post 2 played in six Zone 1 games to start the campaign and came away with an early 5-1 push in conference action.

Here’s a quick look at the beginning of the season for the squad from Bristol:

Bristol Legion Senior – Scores

Game 1: (June 12) Bristol 7, Unionville 6 – from Tunxis Mead Park (Farmington) – Zone 1 Game

Highlights – Post 2 started with a victory on the road in a one-run won over Post 32. The visiting squad zipped out 14 hits and – while trailing by a 4-0 push – went on a 7-2 run to end the game to pick up the win. Rich Lemke notched the victory over 1.1 innings of work. Noah Cruz earned the save for Bristol.

Game 2: (June 12) Bristol 11, Unionville 9 – from Tunxis Mead Park (Farmington) – Zone 1 Game

Highlights – Bristol out-hit Unionville 10-4 while the home squad had more errors (5) than hits (4). The teams combined for eight errors while Cory Freddette came out of the Bristol bullpen and captured his first win of the season in 3.2 innings of work.

Game 3: (June 13) Milford 6, Bristol 3 – from Muzzy Field (Bristol) – Non-zone

Highlights – Post 2 fell in its first exhibition contest of the season, dropping the game to Milford by three runs. Pitcher Zach Marquis drew the loss though after giving up three first inning runs, did not allow another over his following two. Jaeden Rasmus had a long bullpen appearance and did not allow a run in his four innings of work. For the game, Bristol generated just three hits.

Game 4: (June 14) Bristol 6, Torrington 3 – from Fuessenich Park (Torrington) – Zone 1 Game

Highlights – Bristol got a complete game effort by St. Paul state champion Wes Lahey as Post 2 downed Torrington on the road 6-3. Lahey allowed just seven hits over his seven innings of work as Post 2 moved to 3-0 in Zone 1 play.

Game 5: (June 15) Bristol 4, Simsbury 0 – from Memorial Field (Simsbury) – Zone 1 Game

Highlights – Noah Cruz had one heck of an outing, throwing a one-hitter at Simsbury as Bristol zipped up a 4-0 win, moving to a perfect 4-0 in Zone 1 action – all on the road. Simsbury pitcher’s Pete Myers and Sam Collins allowed just four hits but it wasn’t enough as Post 2 moved to 4-1 overall on the young season.

Game 6: (June 16) Bristol 7, Terryville 3 – from Terryville High School – Zone 1 Game

Highlights – Once again on the road, Bristol found a way to win – belting Terryville by four from Terryville High School. Drew Owsianko went the distance for Post 2, now 5-0 in Zone 1 play, giving up just seven hits and throwing nearly 120 pitches over the winning effort.

Game 7: (June 17) Wolcott 4, Bristol 0 – from Muzzy Field (Bristol) – Zone 1 Game

Highlights – Bristol lost its first Zone game from Muzzy Field as Wolcott shut out the home squad by four. Brad Burney absorbed a tough loss, allowing just five hits in posting the loss. Post 2 had five errors in the contest.

Game 8: (June 19) West Hartford 6, Bristol 5 – from Hall High School (West Hartford) – Non-zone Game

Highlights – Bristol, trailing 3-1 going into the top of the sixth, scored four runs to capture a 5-3 lead. But West Hartford notched three straight runs to end the contest as Post 2 fell by one. Jaeden Rasmus started the game but picked up a no-decision while Zach Marquis earned another tough luck loss in 1.2 innings of work. Overall, Bristol is 5-3 on the season.

Bristol Legion Junior – Scores (4-1 overall)

Game 1: Bristol 6, RCP 5 (10) – from Clem J. Roy Field at Bristol Eastern high school (June 10)

Recap – Ethan O’Day and Noah Gibson pitched the squad to the victory. Post 2 scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to earn the hard fought victory.

Game 2: Bristol 5, Wolcott 2 – from Clem J. Roy Field at Bristol Eastern High School (June 12)

Recap – Kenny Knox and Shane Caron combined to throw a two-hitter in the three run victory over Wolcott. With the win, Post 2 moved to 2-0 overall.

Game 3: Bristol 3, Wolcott 1 – from Clem J. Roy Field at Bristol Eastern high school (June 12)

Recap – In this one, David Bernier threw a four-hitter, yielding just one run as he went the distance to defeat Wolcott once again. Bernier threw 80 pitchers over the winning effort.

Game 4: West Hartford 9, Bristol 0 – from Hall High School (June 15)

Recap – Bristol was shutout by nine runs though it was only a 2-0 game going into the bottom of the sixth frame. Noah Gibson earned the loss for Post 2 but yielded just two runs in 3.2 innings of work on the mound.

Game 5: Bristol 3, Glastonbury 2 – from Clem J. Roy Field at Bristol Eastern High School (June 16)

Recap – Bristol pitching limited Glastonbury to just four hits as the squads notched three runs in the bottom of the third to capture the win. Post 2 used three pitchers in the winning effort with Stephen Warkoski picking up the win over his four innings of work.

Game 6: Bristol 8, Newington 0 – from Muzzy Field, Bristol (June 17)

Recap – Post 2 earned the shutout over Newington as Ethan O’Day starred on the hill. He threw 83 pitches over six innings in generating the victory. Kenny Knox mopped up to close the game as the duo allowed a total of two hits.

Game 7: Newington 8, Bristol 0 – at Legends Field, Newington (June 18)

Recap – Bristol had four total hits, losing only its second game of the year.

Game 8: Bristol 6, Newington 4 – at Legends Field, Newington (June 18)

Recap – Post 2 split the day by smashing out nine hits in tallying a 6-4 victory to move to 6-2 on the season. Noah Gibson went three innings to zip up the win while Stephen Warkoski threw four frames to earn a tough save.

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