By MICHAEL LETENDRE
Here’s a quick look at the week that was for the first place Bristol Blues, still in first place of the West Division of the FCBL:
Sunday, July 19 – Silver Knights 8, Bristol Blues 6 (from Holman Stadium)
Nashua (19-18) got past the Bristol Blues (23-16) by a 8-6 push from Holman Stadium in Nashua.
The Blues outhit the Silver Knights 9-7 but in the end when the runs counted the most, Nashua had two more on its side of the scoreboard.
Tom Hudon (1-0) earned the win for the Nashua and gave up just two earned runs over his stint on the mound.
Over his five innings of work, he struck out seven, walked five and gave up just four hits and left the game with his squad in charge at 7-2.
But that lead evaporated as the Blues notched four runs in the top of the seventh and quickly, Nashua’s cushion was trimmed to 7-6.
Brandon Walsh – not the one from the hit television series 90210 – came in and pitched well for the Silver Knights and did not allow Bristol to score any additional runs.
Walsh held the Bristol Blues hitless over his two innings of work, allowed no runs and struck out three.
From there, John Snyder closed out the game in the ninth and earned the save for the squad.
Bristol’s Ryan Rinsky zipped up three RBI on his homer in the sixth inning to pace the visitors effort.
Steve Octave (2-for-5) and Christian Whigham (2-for-4, two RBI) also did well at the plate for the Blues.
Rayne Supple fell to 1-1 and absorbed the loss for Bristol.
He allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings but was only charged with three earned as two errors made things tough for Bristol in the field.
Gian Martellini went 2-of-3 and collected two RBI for the Silver Knights.
Thursday, July 23 – Bristol Blues 6, Seacoast Mavericks 4 (from Muzzy Field, Bristol)
The Mavericks blew of a 4-0 lead of the Blues zipped up six straight runs to close out the game and Bristol defeated Seacoast 6-4 from Muzzy Field.
Bristol (24-16) nabbed the lead over the Mavericks (12-26) in the fifth inning when the home squad pounded five runs on the board and never looked back.
Ryan Costello led the way with three hits and two RBI while Griffin Garabedian also zipped up three hits and scored two runs for the Blues.
Bristol used four pitchers in the game and Dominic LoBrutto earned his fourth win of the year for the locals.
He yielded four runs on seven hits over his five innings of work.
Overall, he fanned two and walked one while Bristol’s own Mike Nocera threw an inning – walking two – but not allowing any additional runs to cross the plate.
Riley Streit held the Seacoast Mavericks hitless over two innings and Robert Paccione saved it for the Blues with a scoreless inning of work.
Bristol out-hit Seacoast 11-7 in the game.
Friday, July 24 – Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 3, Bristol Blues 0 (from Muzzy Field, Bristol)
The Blues were two hit on Friday night in front of over 2,100 paying fans as Wachusett blanked the Blues 3-0 from Muzzy Field.
Dirt Dawgs chucker PJ Browne threw a shutout to carry Wachusett (15-22).
Browne struck out three and did not allow a free pass during the affair.
However, Bristol pitcher Troy Terzi did just as well, giving up just three runs and striking out five in the losing effort.
Terzi did not allow a walk, yielded just two earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.
Tyler Roberts and Rinsky were the only members of the Blues to generate hits off of Browne.
Saturday, July 25 – Pittsfield Suns 4, Bristol Blues 0 (from Wahconah Park)
Despite putting up eight hits, the Blues lost for the third time in four games as Bristol (24-18) dropped a tough 4-0 decision to Pittsfield (20-20) on Saturday, July 25 from Wahconah Park.
The Blues’ Tim Cate (4-1) lost for the first time this season but only allowed one earned run over his four inning stint.
In all, Cate gave up four hits, four walks and five strikeouts and continued to have one of the best ERAs on the squad at 2.29.
Nocera also saw some time on the mound, throwing a perfect inning of relief to close out the game for the Blues.
Jamie Timothy and Rinsky each smacked two hits apiece for Bristol while Costello went 1-for-2 and walked twice.
Jeremy Giles went 4-for-4 for the Suns and the team rocked the Blues for 11 hits overall.
Pittsfield Corey Wilson moved to 3-2 on the campaign, giving up seven hits, striking out two and walking three to post the win.
Here is the FCBL West standings from Saturday, July 25 as well as the schedule for the rest of the campaign:
Future Collegiate Baseball League: 2015 West Standings
Team W L PCT. GB STREAK LAST 10
Bristol Blues 24 18 .571 —- Lost 2 4-6
Pittsfield Suns 20 20 .500 3.0 Win 2 6-4
Torrington Titans 19 20 .487 3.5 Lost 1 6-4
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 17 202 .436 5.5 Won 3 5-5
Worcester Bravehearts 16 25 .390 7.5 Won 1 4-6
UP-COMING SCHEDULE – Bristol Baseball
Bristol Blues – Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Date Opponent Location Time
Thursday, July 30 vs. Bravehearts Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Friday, July 31 at Bravehearts Fitton Field 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1 vs. Silver Knights Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2 at Rox Campanelli Stadium 4:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 4 vs. Mavericks Muzzy Field 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Torrington Titans Fuessenich Park 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6 at Pittsfield Suns Wahconah Park 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 7 at Pittsfield Suns Wahconah Park 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8 at Torrington Titans Fuessenich Park 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. Bravehearts Muzzy Field 7:30 p.m.