By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – Forestville Little League baseball stud Mike Lorenzetti is certainly a special player.
And on both sides of the ball during Bristol City Series play, Lorenzetti not only pitched his team to victory but cracked the ball all over the field and in the championship clinching game against the Edgewood Phillies on Sunday, Aug. 21, all his skills were on display.
Lorenzetti threw a four-hit, two-run gem while going a slick 3-for-3 at the plate as the Dodgers from Forestville wrangled up a 13-3 mercy ruled championship win – taking the title from Edgewood, two-games-to-none.
And after the pitching, there was plenty of offense to go around by Lorenzetti when he was at the plate.
Lorenzetti was one hit away from the cycle as he collected a single, triple, and dropped in a two-run homer for four RBI and three scored runs.
“It feels great,” said Mike Lorenzetti after the game. “It was the first City Series of my life. It’s been my dream ever since day one but my dad taught me all I know.”
Matt Beaucar also added a round-tripper to the winning effort as his three-run homer run turned a 2-0 first inning deficit into a 3-2 lead as Forestville never trailed in the contest again.
Logan Shenck scored three runs, crammed out a double, walked and was hit-by-pitch, Connor Cyr added a two-base hit and a base-on-balls, Gabe Gonzalez had a single and two RBI, Julian Fassett was plunked by a ball as well, Christian Molina had an RBI single and Nashon Price added two walks and an RBI as everyone got involved offensively for the Dodgers.
On the mound, Lorenzetti struck out eight and walked just one as the star chucker was 2-0 in tournament play with a save to his credit as well.
“He’s a great pitcher,” said Dodgers manager Jim Lorenzetti of his son. “He’s been pitching that way all year.”
For Edgewood, Ryan Ring and Kyle Smith drilled out doubles, Desmond Green tallied an infield hit while Luke Dauphinee rambled up a two-run single for two RBI as the Phillies led 2-0 to open the championship contest.
On the mound, Edgewood ran out of pitching as Ring, Dauphinee, Jose Feliciano, and Desmond Green all battled on the pitching front but the Edgewood offense was just too tough to slow down over the mercy-ruled affair.
“Not much went well today,” said Phillies manager Rick Fradette. “We got outplayed, probably in every [phase] of the game. Hats off to the Dodgers.”
To open the game with one out, Fradette earned a walk and when he stole second, the runner was in scoring position.
Then, Green supplied a perfect bunt to the right of Lorenzetti and made it safely to first for a hit.
Green quickly snared second and when Dauphinee dropped a slow roller up the middle, the duo scored as Edgewood nabbed a 2-0 lead just a half-inning into things.
Churchill opened the bottom of the tilt with grounder that was bobbled, reaching first base safely, and Lorenzetti dropped a single into right as two men were on.
And Beaucar followed up with a line-drive home run to center, clearing the bushes around the scoreboard, as the three-run shot gave Forestville a 3-2 edge.
Shenck then leveled a double to center and Dauphinee was quickly brought in to pitch for the Phillies.
“We were just trying to find somebody…who was going to throw strikes and keep their bats at bay,” said Fradette of his pitching changes. “We couldn’t find that today unfortunately.”
Cyr then smoked a grounder to second that was also misplayed as Shenck hustled around to score, making it a 4-2 contest.
Molina followed by draining a single to left but Price struck out as Dauphinee fanned the side but after one completed frame, it was a 4-2 lead by the Dodgers.
In the top of the second, Smith jammed a bloop double close to the left field line as another runner was in scoring position.
But Lorenzetti picked up three total strikeouts in the stanza as the two-run edge for Forestville was holding.
The Dodgers then scored two quick ones as Churchill jabbed a base hit passed Dauphinee on the mound before Lorenzetti slipped a ball out of the yard.
His two-run bomb just snuck into the trees outside of left-center – propelling the squad to a 6-2 edge.
With one gone, Shenck earned a walked and when Cyr canned a double down in right, Feliciano was called upon to pitch for the Phillies.
Gonzalez grounded out to second, scoring Shenck, to make it a 7-2 contest.
Julian Fassett was hit-by-pitch but when Molina ended the inning on a grounder, the Dodgers were in charge by a 7-2 push through two frames.
All hope wasn’t lost for the Phillies as Ring flipped a double to center and Green advanced him to third via a grounder two out.
And with Dauphinee at the plate, a wild pitch saw Ring charge home and in a close play, the runner just beat the tag by Churchill as Edgewood closed the gap to 7-3.
Consecutive walks to Price and Churchill started another rally by Forestville in the bottom of the third with Lorenzetti coming up to bat.
Lorenzetti then drove a ball passed the fielder in right as the three-base hit scored two runs to make it a 9-3 push.
And when a passed ball allowed Lorenzetti to come home, the Dodgers’ edge reached 10-3.
Shenck was then plunked by a pitch, went to second on a passed ball and grabbed third on a wild pitch as he was in scoring position for Cyr.
Cyr walked and – with Shenck baiting the throw at third – quickly took second as two more men were in scoring range.
Gonzalez came through with a short flare to right to score a run – making it 11-3 when Shenck tagged the plate – and Fassett earned a base-on-balls to load things up.
Molina then slapped a grounder the shortstop mishandled as Cyr scored and when Price walked, he earned an RBI on the bases loaded gambit as the game became a 10-run difference at 13-3.
Edgewood needed to score at least one run to keep the contest away from the mercy rule.
And with Lorenzetti firing away on all cylinders, three quick outs were recorded as the game was concluded via the mercy rule and Forestville repeated as City Series champs as the Dodgers were 13-3 victors.
“Again, take nothing away from the Phillies,” said Lorenzetti. “They’re a great team. We knew it coming in. We played them tough during the regular season but we knew we could beat them.”
FORESTVILLE DODGERS 13, EDGEWOOD PHILLLIES 3 (4)
from Breen Field, Bristol
Edgewood Phillies (1-2) 201 0 – 3 4 3
Forestville Dodgers (3-0) 436 x – 13 9 1
Edgewood Phillies – Ryan Ring, Luke Dauphinee (1), Jose Feliciano (2), Desmond Green (3) & Ryan Fradette; Forestville Dodgers – Mike Lorenzetti & Jayden Churchill
WP – Mike Lorenzetti (Forestville)
LP – Ryan Ring (Edgewood)
2B – Ryan Ring (Edgewood), Kyle Smith (Edgewood), Logan Shenck (Forestville), Connor Cyr (Forestville),
3B – Mike Lorenzetti (Forestville),
HR – Mike Lorenzetti (Forestville), Matt Beaucar (Forestville)
SB – Ryan Fradette (Edgewood), Gabe Gonzalez (Forestville)
CS – Carter Dossias (Edgewood)
DP – Edgewood 1
HBP – Logan Shenck (Forestville), Julian Fassett (Forestville)
LOB: Edgewood 1; Forestville 6
Records: Forestville Dodgers 3-0 Tournament; Edgewood Phillies 1-2 Tournament