By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The Plainville baseball team rolled into its game against Bristol Eastern on Wednesday, April 23 on a two-game winning streak.
But the Lancers were looking to generate a little momentum of its own on that very day as well.
Eastern did just enough offensively to overcome a very tough pitcher as the Lancers snared a big 4-0 CCC South victory from Clem J. Roy Field in Bristol.
Eastern moved to 3-3 with the win while Plainville fell to 2-3 on the campaign.
It was a cold and windy day from Bristol Eastern High School but the weather was of no importance to sophomore lefty Nate Carney who help shutout Plainville.
Carney (2-0) pitched a complete game and gave up just four singles in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings to pick up the victory.
He struck out six, walked one and unfortunately for the Blue Devils, the squad never got a runner past second base.
Eastern only had six hits on the day, four in the first two innings, and singles in the fifth and sixth – thanks to an outstanding effort of his own by Plainville southpaw Brett Snowden (1-2) – but each tally by the Lancers seemed to be bigger than the last.
Snowden certainly pitched well in defeat, allowing seven hits, striking out three, and walking one while retiring eight in a row after Eastern’s Kyle Munette drilled a home run in the second stanza.
In fact, Munette was the only Eastern batter with multiple hits in the showdown.
For Plainville, Marc Milo was a star on offense and seemed to be the only player to be able to sort out the crafty Carney.
“Bubba” zipped up three hits, singling up the middle in the third, smashed a shot to right in the fifth, and nailed one to left in the seventh – all with one out on the scoreboard.
Matt Sauvron had the other hit for the Blue Devils.
The shame of it all for Plainville was that the squad was just down 3-0 after four frames of action and kept things relatively close.
However, Carney had a bit to do with that and in the end, a few early runs scored by the home squad made all the difference in the game.
Eastern broke on top in the bottom of the first to nab a quick 2-0 push.
Jake Colello led off with a single up the middle to put a runner on.
Dave Sills followed up with a pop up and Eric Therrien grounded to short for a fielder’s choice at second, retiring Colello.
But Jourdon Wydra then smashed a long double to the bank in left, scoring Therrien, as Eastern scooped up a 1-0 push to take control of the game.
From there, Tom Curtin followed with a single to left center to score Wydra as Plainville trailed 2-0 after one completed frame.
In the second, Munette came up with the hit of the game.
Munette drilled a long home run to left center, making the score 3-0, but Snowden did an outstanding job from there out.
Plainville’s offense couldn’t figure out Carney and in the fifth, Eastern scratched out a run in the fifth.
Munette singled to left with one out, went to second on wild pitch, came to third on a come-backer to Snowden – retiring Colello for the second out of the inning.
From there, Sills hit a tapper in front of the plate, and as the Plainville catcher Cody Charneski went to field the ball, he fell and the ball was knocked away which allowed Munette to score the final Eastern run as the Lancers held a 4-0 push.
And in the end, the 4-0 lead held as Eastern came away with a big victory against a very hungry Plainville squad.
NOTES…Off the 10-4 win at Fermi on Saturday, April 19, Plainville ended it week off an impressive 3-1 push with wins against Middletown (5-4) on Monday, April 21 and East Hartford (7-3) on Friday, April 25.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE