By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – During the game against the Bristol American Legion baseball team on Saturday, July 19, the Plainville squad shared a special moment – during the seventh inning – on the mound.
And it was all about long time pitcher Brian Dostaler.
Dostaler, with two outs in the final frame, walked Bristol’s Greg Lozier and it prompted a trip to the mound by Plainville head coach Jim Tufts.
But Tufts was hardly in the yelling mood.
In fact, Tufts gave Dostaler a hardy handshake and a hug, paying honor to the player’s last game for the squad
“We knew going in that we were going to do that for him,” said Plainville coach Jim Tufts of Dostaler. “He wanted to pitch more innings (tonight). He had pitched 10 innings the other day and I told him ‘I’m not doing that to you.’”
In his one frame of work, Dostaler gave up just one hit and a base-on-balls in his final appearance and, like he’s always done in a Plainville uniform, he gave his squad a chance.
And this season, on such a young Legion baseball squad, his leadership and presence was sorely needed and a valuable commodity.
“It was a pleasure having him,” said Tufts. “I’ve been coaching him since he was 13 years old. It’s been a good run.”
Dostaler, along with Tyler Favreau, Tyler Pina, and Shane Pugliese, were the final members of the 2012 Plainville High School Class M champions on the summer baseball squad but on that night, it was Dostaler alone on the field out of that group.
And while the postseason wasn’t in the cards for Post 33 this year, Dostaler left a legacy for others to aspire to and follow on the team.
If just a little of his magic can rub off on some of those soon to be high school sophomores and juniors, then every baseball program in Plainville will be in much better shape.
“We’ve had a lot of good games together,” said Tufts. “We’ve had some bad games together but for the most-part, it’s been a pleasure having him around.”
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By MICHAEL LETENDRE