These are the results for summer season contests for Friday, June 9. For more in-depth coverage, read next week’s Southington Observer.
Southington American Legion Baseball: After beginning the summer season with a 3-0 shutout loss to Bristol (1-2) the day before, Post 72 flipped the script to earn its first win of the season by shutting out Terryville (1-1), 3-0, at home. With one out in the first, Jonathan Gray and Jake Babon each got on base with a pair of singles. A couple batters later with two outs and the bases loaded, Jeremy Mercier gave Southington a 2-0 advantage after driving in Gray and Babon with a base hit. Babon capped off the victory by stealing home to score the team’s third run in the sixth. Those three hits by Gray, Babon, and Mercier were the only three hits Southington registered in the game. Nick Borkowski (1-0) threw a complete-game shutout with three strikeouts, allowing just four hits. Post 72 will wrap up the week with a home doubleheader against Avon (2-0) on Sunday.
Bristol Blues Baseball: The Blues ended their six-game losing streak by earning their first win of the season after splitting a doubleheader with the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (2-4) at home. The Dirt Dawgs took game one by edging the Blues by a run, 3-2, late in the contest. Ben Maycock put Bristol on the board first with a run in the first inning that scored Logan Green (3-for-4) on a 3-1 putout. The Dirt Dawgs knotted the score with a run in the next inning, but later secured the win with a pair runs in the fifth. Bristol mustered just six hits and committed two errors. Malachi Edmond (0-1) started on the mound and was credited with the loss after going four and two thirds innings with eight strikeouts, allowing six hits, three earned runs, and a walk. Keith Grant closed with a pair of strikeouts. The Blues bounced back to take game two, 5-2, by jumping out on the Dirt Dawgs early. Mitch Guilmette (2-for-3) put the Blues up, 1-0, with an RBI single in the first inning. Guilmette eventually came around to score after Cooper Mrowka extended Bristol’s lead to three with a two-run home run. Josh Zbierski and Kyle Pileski added to Bristol’s lead with a pair of runs for insurance off a base hit and fielder’s choice in the fourth and sixth innings. The Dirt Dawgs attempted a rally in the seventh, but came up short with a pair of runs. Bristol mustered just five hits. Kyle Hodgson (1-0) started on the mound and picked up the win after going six and a third innings with six strikeouts, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Tommy Curtin closed to get the save with a pair of strikeouts. The Blues will wrap up the week when they host the Seacoast Mavericks (3-4) on Saturday and then hit the road for the divisional Worcester Bravehearts (5-2) on Sunday.
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