By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – For the second straight campaign, the Bristol Eastern baseball team once again opened its scholastic season with a home date against CCC contender Rockville.
And once again, it was more of the same for the Lancers.
You know the drill: a double-figure run total, plenty of hits and a rousing start to the 2014 season.
In the end, it all led to Eastern’s 11-4 win over the Indians from lovely and enchanting Page Park on Wednesday, April 9.
The Lancers have now beaten Rockville in 31 of 42 encounters all-time and continued its domination over the squad to open things up.
Eastern has outscored the Indians 47-7 over its last three games since the Lancers dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Rockville back on May 31, 2011 in the first round of the Class L state tournament.
In is latest blasting of the Indians, the home team collected 14 hits overall.
Bryce Lebron drilled out three hits while Dave Sills, Eric Therrien, and Tom Curtin each tallied two hits apiece for the victors.
On the mound, Curtin pitched effectively in his first varsity start and earned a big win.
And with the loss of the Lancers’ complete pitching staff from the 2013 campaign, it was an impressive debut for Curtin.
He pitched the first six innings, allowing just four hits, two unearned runs, striking out 12, and walking four in a busy debut outing.
To mop up, Kyle Baker pitched the seventh, giving up the final two Rockville runs.
The Lancers scored four runs in the third to go up 4-0 and simply never looked back.
Jake Colello led off the inning with a triple to right center and scored on a single up the middle by Dave Sills to make it a 1-0 game.
Therrien then followed up with a single as Sills hustled to third.
Sills scored on an infield error, and singles by Adrian James and Lebron scored the final two runs of the inning as Eastern’s push was 4-0.
The Lancers added a run in the fourth, as Sills singled, and scored on a double to right-center by Therrien as the RBI tally pushed the Lancers edge to 5-0 after four frames of action.
Though the Indians scored four times to end the game, Rockville would never catch up in the fray.
Rockville scored two unearned runs in the top of the fifth off Curtin to cut the gap to 5-2.
Eastern added two more in the fifth, on run scoring singles by Lebron and Kyle Munette, to go ahead 7-2 in the contest.
Eastern closed out the scoring in the sixth by sending 10 batters to the plate during a wild frame of action.
The Lancers notched four runs off three hits, three walks and a hit batter.
Run scoring singles by Joe Dorsio and Ben Derosier saw Eastern’s lead pushed out to nine runs (11-2) before Rockville scored two in the top of the seventh to get within seven.
But in the end, Eastern rolled up an 11-4 victory to open its season in grand fashion.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE