Baseball: Despite performance of Mays, Lancers fall short

By MICHAEL LETENDRE

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – Bristol Eastern baseball pitcher Trevor Mays had his best performance of the year on Tuesday, May 7 but the Lancers ended up falling to Berlin by a 6-3 final from Zipadelli Field at Sage Park in Berlin.

The Redcoats moved to 13-1 overall with the win while the Lancers fell to 5-9, posting nine straight losses.

Mays was tough over the loss, allowing seven hits, walking one, and striking out one over a complete game performance.

Berlin simply took advantage of opportunities when they arose during the game.

The Lancers’ offense was led by Carson Sassu as he dumped in two of Eastern’s six hits on the day.

But Eastern took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first, attempting to steal the early momentum of the contest.

Pesky Andrew Lozier singled to left with one out and eventually scored when Berlin pitcher Mark Addamo threw three wild pitches to eventually bring the runner around.

However, that 1-0 cushion did not last as Berlin answered with two runs in the bottom of the first.

Berlin leadoff hitter Gianni Fanelli belted the first pitch off Mays – a single to right – and the Redcoats were off and running.

Daniel Veleas then hit Mays’s second pitch, doubling over left fielder Alex Valley’s head to score Fanelli – tying the contest at 1-1.

Veleas advanced to third on a groundout and later scored when Paul D’Amour’s grounder was mishandled.

However, Eastern tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth as Matt D’Amato led the charge.

He led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on Noah Hickey’s two out single to left as the RBI tally tied the affair up.

But, just like the first inning, the bottom of the frame belonged to the Redcoats.

D’Amour led off with a double to right center and scored on consecutive groundouts, giving Berlin the edge at 3-2.

And in the bottom of the fifth, the Redcoats broke the contest open with three additional runs.

Giancarlo Tufano reached second to start the inning, on an infield throwing error, and Justin Piskorski then lined a single up the middle to score Tufano – allowing the home team a 4-2 lead.

Fanelli followed with a double to deep center, putting runners on second and third.

Piskorski scored on a groundout, and Ryan Hyde’s double scored Fanelli, making it a 6-2 game.

The Lancers scored their final run in the seventh as Addamo walked Valley to start the inning.

Cam Murphy came in for Addamo, forcing Eastern pinch runner Ryan Fradette at second as Devan Jacques had grounded out to third.

Carson Sassu followed with a single to right, putting runners on first and third, and Jacques scored on a wild pitch to trim the deficit to 6-3.

But Eastern could not inch any closer as Berlin won the event by three with the Redcoats winning 13 of 14 games to start the season.

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