By MICHAEL LETENDRE
NEWINGTON – The Bristol Eastern baseball team easily defeated Newington in on Wednesday, April 13 by a 10-2 final in a contest played from the varsity baseball field in Newington.
With the victory, the Lancers moved to 2-1 while the Indians fell to 1-1 on the season.
And it was a pretty telling showing in Eastern’s first Central Connecticut Conference South Blue game of the campaign.
The visitors were sparked by five shutout innings pitched by Nate Carney and a three run homer off the bat of Gary Gagnier in the Lancer’s six run third inning.
The game ended up being very offensive for the visitors to start the conference tilt and the Lancers never looked back.
Eastern scored a run in the top of the first as the team notched the first 10 runs of the game.
Off that blazing start, the home team never had a chance in the showdown.
With two outs, Zach Marquis walked and scored on Adrian James’s double to right-center to make it a 1-0 game right off the bat.
Newington threatened in the bottom of the first, when a walk, single, and infield error loaded the bases against Carney with one out.
However, the senior battled out of the jam to keep the Indians off the scoreboard.
Carney retired the next two batters on a strikeout and a fly-out to get out of the jam and sailed for the next four innings as Eastern padded its lead.
And in the top of the third, the game became a quick blowout.
Eastern sent 10 batters to the plate in the six-run third, never looking back.
Greg Lozier walked to open the inning, Marquis singled, and James nailed a base hit to left center to score Lozier to make it a 2-0 affair.
Marquis and James moved up on a wild pitch, and Carney drove them both in with a lined single to left center as Eastern tabbed a 4-0 edge in the game.
Following an out, Evan McGinley walked, and Gagnier smashed a long three-run home run over the fence in left to give Eastern a 7-0 lead through two-and-half innings.
But Eastern wasn’t done just yet tacking runs on the board.
The Lancers added two runs in the fourth as a sacrifice fly by Violette and a run scoring single by McGinley propelled the squad to a 9-0 tilt.
Two walks and an error loaded the bases with no outs when Violette smacked the sac fly and McGinley drilled out his RBI single to get Eastern those two additional runs.
The final Eastern run came in the sixth on doubles by McGinley and Nate Hickey as the last tally made it a 10-0 affair before Newington added two runs in the bottom of the seventh but it was too little, too late.
Newington ended the day with just six hits while making four errors in the contest, leading to doom and demise.
Eastern collected 12 hits in the game, two each by Hickey, James, and McGinley.
The victory on the mound for Carney moved the senior to 2-0 on the season.
Carney pitched the first five innings, allowing four singles, walking one, and striking out seven in another excellent effort.