By MICHAEL LETENDRE
WEST HARTFORD – The Plainville American Legion baseball team finally played its first Zone 7 game on Wednesday, June 18 as Post 33 battled West Hartford.
The Plainville outfit had an early lead in the showdown but in the end, West Hartford notched six straight runs on its way to a 7-4 Zone 7 victory from Hall high school in West Hartford.
The loss dropped Post 33 to 2-7 on the campaign while West Hartford moved to 1-0 in Zone 7 play.
Plainville certainly had chances in this one but the early offense by the home team doomed Post 33 as the squad had to play catch-up for the rest of the evening.
Rob Pezzulo absorbed a tough loss as he went two innings, giving up six runs.
He only gave up three earned runs and yielded just five hits during his stint on the mound.
Pezzulo walked three and struck out two in the losing effort.
Matt Sauvron came in to relief Pezzulo and had a credible outing in four innings of work.
He allowed one earned run, gave up just two just two hits, not allowing a walks while striking out one.
Offensively, Post 33 had some success against West Hartford pitching – posting three runs in the third inning and trimmed the deficit to 6-4, almost completing a mid-game comeback.
Tyler Favreau led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk while Sauvron went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Pezzulo nabbed two scored runs and had a hit, Buzz Adams also tallied a hit while Bubba Milo went 1-for-3 in the losing effort.
Jon Lindgren added a hit and scored a run, drawing a walk, while Mike Munson zipped up a double and added an RBI during the fray.
Brian Dostaler walked and also netted a run for Plainville.
Three errors did not do the visitors any favors in the game.
Post 33 scored a run to open the game but that 1-0 push would not last long.
West Hartford, getting nine hits in the contest, followed up with two runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the second to control the contest at 6-1.
Plainville added three runs in the top of the third to cut the deficit to two but the home squad added an insurance run on the board in the fourth to make it a 7-4 contest as the score stood to be the final one of the game.