By MICHAEL LETENDRE
GLASTONBURY – Only as its season was coming to a close did the Plainville Senior Legion baseball team start to put all the pieces together.
That’s how its happens in baseball sometimes and on Tuesday, July 9, Post 33 got two strong pitching performances from Tyler Favreau and Brian Dostaler as Plainville downed Glastonbury 6-2 from Riverfront Park in Glastonbury.
The win pushed Plainville’s final tally of the year to 7-16 overall and 5-16 in Zone 7 play.
Glastonbury fell to 4-13 in the zone off the loss.
But at the very least for Plainville – who will miss on the chance to play in the state tournament this year – it’s a good way to finish out what became a tough, tough season.
“We’re on a win streak,” said Plainville coach Jim Tufts after the game. “We actually came (to Glastonbury) and it actually seemed like we wanted to be here. We had a little fun and it was nice to see.”
The visiting squad managed only three total hits off Glastonbury pitching but a little small-ball, crafty base running, and an excellent defensive effort all fueled Post 33 to the win on its final game of the campaign.
Tony LoPizzo – in his final game in a Legion uniform – didn’t garner a hit but he walked twice, stole two bases, scored two runs, and also added an RBI to his name.
Matt Thomas also drew two base-on-balls while Tommy Dinda – also on his final Legion go-around – was hit by a pitch and notched an RBI off a fifth inning sacrifice fly.
In terms of final games, Erik Perrotti made a credible final showing by going 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored while a couple of up-and-comers also did well in the fray.
John Lindgren went 1-for-2 with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt and a run scored while catcher Sam Lindgren also went 1-of-2 with a sacrifice, scored a run and managed to steal home plate.
In the end, the half-dozen stolen bases in the game made a huge difference in the outcome of the contest.
“We did some running, we were aggressive,” said Tufts. “We made them (Glastonbury) make mistakes just like some teams do to us. We put the ball into play when we needed to, we got a couple hits and all of a sudden, we came away with a win.”
“I don’t think we had an error…we played good baseball.”
Favreau earned a tough win and went four innings, allowing just two runs off three hits, and certainly looked sharp early.
And over the final three frames, it was all Dostaler as he faced the minimum nine batters and allowed just a single hit on the evening.
“Favreau was throwing okay and all of a sudden, he lost it,” said Tufts. “Brian comes in, throws three innings. He threw (only) 24 pitches in three innings. He threw strike, after strike, after strike. He pitches to contact and he does a great job with it.”
“And as long as we make the plays, like that (seventh inning) double play behind him, he looks great…when we start making errors, bad things happen, and tonight, it didn’t.”
Chris Longo was really Glastonbury’s only offensive threat as he went 2-for-2, stole two bases, and notched a walk in the losing effort.
Brendan Clemente earned the tough luck loss for Glastonbury on the mound as Post 33 won the season series against the squad, two games to one.
Plainville scored twice in the third frame as Favreau led off with a strikeout but made it to first base safely off a passed ball, stole second, and Sam Lindgren moved him along via a sacrifice bunt.
Off a strikeout on Dostaler, LoPizzo snuck a ball past short stop that was misplayed as Favreau scored to make it a 1-0 game.
Later in the stanza, Lopizzo stole second and eventually scored off an error by Clement – a pickoff attempt to first base to get John Lindgren. Lindgren snuck onboard with an infield hit down the third base line that refused to creep foul and was thrown away. Post 33 seized a 2-0 push.
An RBI single by Glastonbury’s Nate Meadeu in the third sliced the deficit to 2-1 and during the bottom of the fourth, a passed ball scored Jake Doston from third as the game was knotted at 2-2.
But in the top of the fifth, Plainville grabbed the lead for good.
LoPizzo walked to open the fifth and eventually scored off a wild pitch as Plainville led 3-2.
Dinda later blasted a shot to left field, which was tracked down and caught, but in the process, John Lindgren scored from third, as Plainville posted a 4-2 advantage.
With Dostaler now on the mound, Glastonbury’s bats went quickly silent as Plainville added two insurance tallies in the top of the sixth.
Perrotti scored off a balk. Finally, a little double steal netted one final run. When LoPizzo broke for second base, Sam Lindgren stole home as Plainville’s 6-2 lead was too much too handle.
Even as Longo’s single to open the seventh gave Glastonbury some slim kind of hope, a 5-4-3 double-play dashed any chance of a comeback.
Post 33 won the event by a four-run margin.
And amazingly, Plainville accomplished the feat with a minimum number of guys on the field.
“We only had nine guys,” said Tufts. “We did what we had to do and we came away with a win.”
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By MICHAEL LETENDRE