These are the results for summer season contests for Sunday, July 9. For more in-depth coverage, read next week’s Southington Observer.
Southington American Legion Baseball: Post 72 rounded the week out with a road trip to Walker Field where Southington split a doubleheader with Winsted (13-7). Southington took game one by a run, 2-1. Jonathan Gray led off the game with a walk and eventually came around to score on a Jake Babon RBI single two outs later to put Southington on top first, 1-0. With two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Brandon Kohl drew a walk on four straight balls to extend Southington’s lead to two, which ultimately was the game-winning run. Winsted came up short with a run in the bottom of the inning off a fielder’s choice. Southington mustered just two hits. Connor McDonough (4-1) started on the mound and picked up the win after going five and one-third innings with eight strikeouts, allowing five hits, two walks, and an earned run. Vinny Viturale (2-2) closed to get his first save of the season. Lack of hits may not have cost Southington a win in the first game, but it did in the second game. Southington was shut out, 6-0, for the third time this season. Winsted compiled all six of its runs by the fourth inning. Southington mustered just three hits, as Gray went 2-for-3 at the plate. Viturale started on the mound and was credited with the loss after going an inning with a strikeout, allowing five hits, five earned runs, and four walks. Weed and Mackles each tossed a pair of innings, and Kohl closed. Southington will finish off the regular season next week with road and home contests against Terryville (4-16) on Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11 and a home game against Wolcott (11-10) on Wednesday, July 12. Post 72 is currently 15-6 overall and in second of the Zone One Division, two and a half games back of Avon (17-3).
Bristol Blues Baseball: The Blues rounded out the week by earning their second-straight win with another two-run triumph, 7-5, over the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (15-16) at home on Sunday. However, it didn’t come without some last-minute dramatics. The Blues scattered runs through the second and fifth innings to hold a 4-1 advantage. The Sharks knotted the score with three runs off a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and remained tied with the Blues after both teams posted a run in the seventh. But Martha’s Vineyard’s bullpen eventually became their worst enemy in the eighth, which ultimately cost the Sharks the game. With one out and runners on first and second, the Sharks made a pitching substitution and put Zack Shannon on the mound. With Garrett Blaylock at the plate, Shannon threw a wild pitch and allowed Max Goione to take third and Nick Roy to take second. Another wild pitch from Shannon during the at-bat gave the Blues the lead back, 6-5, after Goione scored, moving Roy over to third. Blaylock eventually drew a walk, brining Ben Maycock to the plate. During Maycock’s at-bat, Shannon let another wild pitch get away and allowed Roy to cap off Bristol’s win with another run for insurance. Tommy Curtin (0-1) came into the game to close, picking up his ninth save of the season after forcing the Sharks to hit into a 6-4-3 double play and a 6-3 putout. Michael Genaro (1-0) started on the mound and went five and two-thirds innings with a pair of strikeouts, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. John Natoli (3-0) relieved Genaro to go one and one-third innings, and Anthony Morrone (5-1) picked up the win in an inning’s work. The Blues finished with nine hits and no errors. Jayson Gonzalez went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, two walks, a run scored, and a triple. Chris Davis went 2-for-5 with a RBI and a double. The Blues will be back on the diamond next week with games against the divisional Worcester Bravehearts (14-17), divisional Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (18-12), divisional Pittsfield Suns (16-16), Brockton Rox (18-13), and North Shore Navigators (11-17). Bristol is currently 17-14 overall and second in the West Division, four games back of the Dirt Dawgs. The Rox currently lead the East Division. For the first time in the franchise’s three-year history, the Blues will host the Futures Collegiate Baseball League 2017 All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 18. Tickets for the game are available on the Blues homepage at www.bristolblues.pointstreaksites.com. Gates open at 4 p.m., and game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
**Summer Records & Standings**
Southington American Legion Baseball:
|ZONE 1 STANDINGS|
|Record||Win %||GB||Home||Away||RF||RA||Last 10||Streak||NZR|
Bristol Blues Baseball:
|WEST DIVISION STANDINGS|
|Wachusett Dirt Dawgs||18-12||2||0||36||0.600||4L||4-6|
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