These are the results for summer season contests for Tuesday, July 18. For more in-depth coverage, read next week’s Southington Observer.
Southington American Legion Baseball: After defeating No. 11 Bristol (18-8) in the second round of the sectional bracket of the 19U state tournament, sixth-seeded Post 72 entered the first game of their double-elimination series with No. 3 Avon (20-5) in the regional bracket. Southington’s four-game winning streak was snapped after Post 72 was shut out, 3-0, for the fourth time this season at Buckingham Park. After winning the Zone One Division, Avon received byes in the sectional bracket (1st two rounds) of the state tournament. Both teams mustered just four hits each, but it was Avon that made the most of their opportunities with runners on base. Justin Olson drove in Avon’s first run of the game on a fielder’s choice in the third inning, and added another run in the sixth with a RBI triple. Will Thramann capped off the victory by knocking in a run on a fly ball to the outfield as the next batter after Olson in the sixth. Jonathan Gray went 2-for-3 at the plate. Bailey Robarge (4-3) started on the mound and was credited with the loss after going five and one-third innings with a strikeout, allowing three hits, three earned runs, and a walk. Justin Verilli (2-0) closed. Southington will return to Buckingham Park tomorrow to finish their double-elimination series with Avon. If Southington wins the second game, a third game will be played shortly following. Post 72 is currently 19-7 overall.
Bristol Blues Baseball: For the first time in the franchise’s three-year history, the Blues hosted the annual Futures Collegiate League (FCBL) All-Star Game. Several Blues participated in the festivities. Infielder Jayson Gonzalez was added to the home run derby as a last-minute selection, which took place about an hour prior to the all-star game, and made the most of the opportunity. He finished second in the first round with 12 home runs and became the first Blue to win the derby in the franchise’s history with 15 home runs in the final. Gonzalez defeated reigning champion, Don Walsh of the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who hit 16 home runs in the first round and six in the final. Outfielder Ben Maycock also represented the Blues in the derby, but his six home runs weren’t enough to make it an all-Blues final. Zack Tower of the Dirt Dawgs hit 12, and Joe Caico of the Worcester Bravehearts hit six in the first round. Following the derby, Maycock took the field for the all-star game with teammate and infielder Jake Frasca as the only Blues to start in the contest for the West Division. Frasca finished with a hit and helped turn two 4-6-3 double plays at shortstop, including an over-the-shoulder catch. Maycock started in left field and went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, stealing a base. Outfielders Chris Davis and Mitch Guilmette came off the bench. Davis entered center field in the top of the sixth inning, drawing a walk and stealing a base in just one plate appearance. Guilmette earned a spot in the all-star game as the West Division’s “Fan Vote” selection and entered right field in the top of the seventh. The all-star festivities wouldn’t be complete without a pair of Blues pitchers though. Relief pitcher Jacob Wallace (0-3) took the mound with one out and one runner on base in the top of the sixth and managed two-straight outs, stranding the East runner in scoring position. Closer Tommy Curtin wrapped up the defensive portion of the contest for the West in the top of the ninth by registering a full scoreless inning. The East defeated the West, 2-0, on the heels of a two-run home run by Joe Silva of the Brockton Rox that scored Ryan Sullivan of the Nashua Silver Knights. Silva’s home run was hit off the first pitch of right-hander Brian Auerbach (0-1) of the Worcester Bravehearts in the top of the fourth inning over the Babe Ruth sign in right field. Three of the four hits for the West came off the bats of Blues. The East finished with six hits, as the game was dominated mostly by pitching with a total of 14 strikeouts and just one walk. The Blues will be back in action when they travel to the Nashua Silver Knights (19-20) on Thursday, wrapping up the week with contests against the Seacoast Mavericks (17-19) and Pittsfield Suns (19-19). Bristol is currently 18-16 overall.
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