By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – If there’s a story to Plainville’s Senior Legion season, than Post 33’s game against Glastonbury on Sunday, July 7 – in the first contest of a doubleheader – is a perfect example of how the year has gone.
Plainville opened the contest on fire, saw mistakes dash the momentum and, eventually, Post 33 absorbed a tough loss in the process.
But the way things started out against Glastonbury, with Plainville taking an early edge, it looked like Plainville was going to break the cycle.
Coupled with Plainville’s 7-5 victory in the second game of the twin-bill, there was a real possibility that Post 33 was going to be a double-victor on the afternoon.
But off a two-run lead, Glastonbury notched nine straight runs and in the end, Plainville fell 9-3 from Alumni Field in Plainville.
“I thought we were going to take two games today,” said Plainville coach Jim Tufts. “I thought the way they came out was (a good start).”
Offensively for the home team, a couple players had some good chops at the ball.
Shane Pugliese had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored while Gabe Spencer – who started at catcher for Post 33 – went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base to his name.
But Glastonbury chucker Nick Berey did well in his four innings of work, giving up three runs off only four hits and did not allow Plainville to notch more than one run in any single frame.
Post 33 was off to a brilliant start, zipping up a 2-0 push going into the third stanza before that disastrous inning changed the ultimate course of the game.
Plainville committed three errors in the third as that two-run lead for the home team turned into a 4-2 deficit and eventually, a 9-2 nightmare and Post 33 was quickly down and out of luck.
“All of a sudden, we had our bad inning that we’ve been having all year long,” said Tufts.
It was another hard luck outing for pitcher Brian Dostaler who threw 3.2 innings and, because of the miscues and errors, had to stay out there a little too long at times and that’s where Glastonbury made its move.
He gave up nine hits in the fray and absorbed another loss.
In the first, Plainville got on the board as Pugliese singled up the middle and reached third off a failed pick-off attempt.
Eventually, Pugliese made it safely home off a passed ball and Post 33 led 1-0.
In the second, Tony LoPizzo walked to start the inning and nabbed second via a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Favreau.
LoPizzo stole third and as the Glastonbury catcher made a pick-off attempt to catch the speedster, Nate Mandeu threw the ball into left field.
The Plainville runner scampered home to post Plainville to a 2-0 tilt after two.
But then the errors came as Glastonbury scooped up the lead for good.
In that fateful inning, a double-play ball was booted as well as a shot hit to shortstop as Glastonbury runners quickly made it to base safely.
There also was a gaffe made behind the plate and off the three miscues, four runners crossed the plate to make the showdown a 4-2 affair in favor in the visiting squad after three frames.
“We make two plays and we’re out of the inning and they don’t even score one run,” said Tufts. “Instead, Glastonbury scores four.”
In the fourth, Glastonbury ended the suspense with five additional runs – highlighted by a sharp RBI double hit off the bat of Carter Marshall – and the visiting club led 9-2 halfway through the stanza.
Post 33 got one run back in the fourth and with Matt Sauvron on base, Spencer sliced an RBI single to short right field but Plainville still trailed 9-3.
Sauvron pitched a 1-2-3 fifth but Plainville was unable to muster any action in its portion of the stanza – save a two-out double by LoPizzo – and heading into the sixth, Post 33 still trailed 9-3.
However, as Jon Lindgren took the mound in the top of the sixth for Plainville, lighting delayed and eventually ended the game a bit early as Glastonbury rang up a six-run victory to take game one.
Lindgren would have to wait until the second game to make an appearance on the mound for Post 33.