By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – Senior night for the Plainville baseball team didn’t exactly go as plan on Wednesday, May 15.
But even as the team dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Platt from Alumni Field in Plainville, the Blue Devils almost pulled a come-from-behind victory.
In fact, the script of the game played very much like a early season contest the Blue Devils had to endure to start the 2013 campaign.
You know the formula: Tremendous Plainville pitching, missed opportunities at the plate, and a late comeback by the visitors meant that the game was over and another loss was in hand.
But this wasn’t that early season Plainville team Platt was facing as the Blue Devils nearly mounted an epic comeback to topple the Panthers.
However, Platt was playing for state tournament qualification and in a wild seventh and final frame of play, the visitors finally got the job done and claimed victory number eight.
Each team moved to 8-10 on the season at the completion of the showdown.
Plainville notched single runs in the third and fourth tilts to pick up a 2-0 edge, which held into the sixth stanza of play.
Senior Tyler Favreau went 3-of-4 with an RBI, senior Tyler Pina tallied an RBI single in the seventh, while junior Cody Charneski walked twice and notched a run.
Lost in the losing effort was the pitching of senior Matt Thomas.
Thomas chucked a no-hitter through 5.1 innings before Platt tallied two hits in the sixth, leading to a critical victory to trim the deficit to 2-1.
He hung tough but was eventually chased out of the game as the Panthers tied the score at 2-2 early in the seventh.
Thomas gave up five hits, four runs, five walks while striking out five in 6.1 innings of work.
Platt’s Dimitri O’Donnell, now 3-5, yielded seven hits but struck out 11 batters while giving out just four base-on-balls.
Plainville got on the board in the third frame as junior Shane Pugliese beat out an infield hit, stole second, and scored off a blazing double from Favreau to post the home club a 1-0 push.
In the fourth tilt, senior Dean DeMartinis got a base off an infield hit while Mike Munson was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs.
But with two gone in the frame, DeMartinis went to steal third but the ball was tossed into the outfield as the Plainville runner tagged home plate to make it a 2-0 game.
Down 2-0 going into the sixth with two outs, Tyler Lavalle smashed an RBI single to center, breaking up Thomas’ no hitter, and the deficit was trimmed to 2-1.
But off a single by O’Donnell, Lavallee tried to score off the tally but was thrown out at the plate by a high tag from Charneski as the game remained a 2-1 affair in Plainville’s favor.
And in the fateful seventh, Thomas and Dostaler gave up five runs off five hits as the Panthers seized a commanding 6-2 cushion.
But in Plainville’s portion of the seventh, the Blue Devils attacked.
It was the top of the order for the Blue Devils and the usual suspects went right to work.
Charneski drew a walk and Pugliese reached off an error as Plainville had its first two batters on with no outs.
With Charneski on third via the error, Pugliese quickly stole second, as two runners were in scoring position.
But Matt Thomas and Favreau struck out as Platt looked to regain control of the showdown.
However, Tyler Pina drove an RBI single up the middle as Charneski scored to make it a 6-3 game.
Marc DeMartinis then drew a huge walk and just as suddenly, the bases were juiced, and the go-ahead run was suddenly at home plate.
Dean DeMartinis grounded out to shortstop but the ball was thrown over the first baseman’s head as two runners scored and to Platt’s dismay, Plainville trailed by just a single run with a man on first and third and Mike Munson at the plate.
The Panthers made a pitching change, bringing in ace Toby Hollman, to pick up a final out.
Munson drilled a grounder to second and the throw to first base was made in time and the Panthers survived and qualified for state tournament play.
While Plainville lost another disappointing game, the Blue Devils showed plenty of grit and proved once again no lead is safe against the defending Class M Champs, even on senior night.
NOTES…The game marked the final home contest for seniors Tyler Pina, Damian Kempi, Chad Welz, Dean DeMartinis and captains Marc DeMartinis, Brian Dostaler, Tyler Favreau, and Matt Thomas.
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