By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – Once again, the Bulkeley baseball team simply doesn’t have any luck against the squad from Bristol Eastern.
It’s been quite some time since the Bulldogs hung a loss against the Lancers.
And it might be a while longer until Bulkeley finally hangs a loss on the squad.
Wet conditions aside, Eastern defeated Bulkeley by the score of 9-2 and evened their season record at 5-5 from a CCC South incursion from ‘lovely’ Page Park in Bristol on Friday, May 2.
Bulkeley fell to 3-6 on the season but fell early and never resurfaced.
The Lancers collected 12 hits, jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first, and got excellent pitching from left-handed throwing sensation Bryce Lebron.
Lebron pitched the first six innings, allowed just four hits, two runs, did not allow a base-on-balls, and struck out five in improving his record to 2-0 on the year.
He threw just 71 pitches over his six innings (25 balls, 46 strikes) while Eric Therrien pitched a scoreless seventh for Eastern.
Leadoff hitter Jake Colello had three hits to lead the attack, a double leading off the first on the first pitch he saw from Bulkeley losing pitcher Angel Moreno. He also singled in the fourth and sixth frames to wrap up a busy day of action.
He scored twice, drove in a run, and stole a base while Kyle Munette was the only other player with multiple hits, getting a run scoring double in the first and an infield single in the second.
Eastern scored four runs in the first and that did-in the visiting squad.
Colello led off with a double over the left fielder’s head and Munette followed suit with a run scoring double to left center to score Colello to make it a 1-0 tally in Eastern’s favor.
Eric Therrien quickly singled inside the third base bag to score Munette and following a walk to Jourdon Wydra – followed by a Bulkeley putout – Tom Curtin doubled over the left fielder’s head to score Therrien and Wydra, giving Eastern an imposing 4-0 lead.
Bulkeley scored a run in the second as Moreno led off with a double down the left field line and eventually came home on two groundouts, making the score 4-1.
Eastern added three runs in the fourth to go up 7-1 and push the thing way out of Bulkeley’s reach to come back from.
Consecutive hits by Kyle Baker, Dave Sills, Jordan Lowrey, and Colello lowered the boom on Bulkeley. Off an error by the Buldogs centerfielder – who let the ball get by him off Colello offering – Eastern notched three additional runs off a RBI tallied and the fielding error, and led it by six after four completed frames of action.
Bulkeley scored a run in the sixth. However, Eastern came back with two in the bottom of the sixth, the big hit a two-run single by Joe Dorsio, following hits by Josh Carney and Colello.
By the completion of six frames, Eastern was in charge 7-1 and never looked back at the Lancers hit the halfway point at an even 5-5 ledger.
The game marked the end of the Eastern “home-stand” of seven home games in a row.
The Lancers are scheduled to play eight of their final ten games on the road.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE