PLAINVILLE â€“ Two streaks were extended following Berlin baseballâ€™s 15-1 win over Plainville on Monday night.
The Redcoats won their ninth-consecutive game to close out the regular season, while the Blue Devils dropped its fifth-straight contest.
Berlin bounced on the hosts from the batterâ€™s box with nine base-knocks, including four extra-base hits, throughout the matchup and allowed just four hits from Plainville.
Jamie Palmese punched two balls into the outfield for a pair of doubles to pace the Redcoats and Nick Melville mashed a triple during the second inning for the visitors. Palmese and Salvatore Dastoli each contributed a pair of hits to lead Berlin to its 17th win of the regular season.
â€śItâ€™s always nice when you win,â€ť Redcoats coach Leo Veleas said. â€śWe hit the ball pretty well tonight. Seventeen wins is a great season for anybody so weâ€™ll take it.â€ť
Dastoli and Nick Spinali finished with two RBIs apiece for Berlin while Tyler Rice (double), Kasey Oullette (single), and Melville each brought in one run.
â€śBerlinâ€™s got a nice club,â€ť Blue Devils coach Lou Mandeville said. â€śThey got some guys that can swing it. Iâ€™ve been doing this for 28 years and Iâ€™ve been watching them play baseball hard and the right way for all those years. They got guys that can pitch, they got a baseball team.â€ť
Matt Kozak earned the win for the Redcoats, going all five innings and garnering four strikeouts and two walks. Alec Couture took the loss for Plainville, lasting 3 1/3 innings for five runs allowed, four strikeouts and four walks. Kaleb Malone and Jacob Lagassey came on in relief and surrendered a combined 12 runs, while all three Blue Devils pitchers totaled 12 walks during the bout.
â€śWhen you donâ€™t throw strikes, you donâ€™t give yourself a chance,â€ť Mandeville said. â€śStrikes become contagious but so do balls. Itâ€™s tough. Itâ€™s not that theyâ€™re out there trying to throw balls, itâ€™s just sometimes you get into that and itâ€™s tough to get out of it.â€ť
Tyler Bonney led all hitters on the night with a trio of singles, while Tanner Callahan cashed in with a single of his own during the fourth inning for Plainville.
â€śHeâ€™s had a good year, heâ€™s had a solid year for us in the leadoff spot,â€ť Mandeville said of Bonney. â€śHeâ€™s hit the ball well all year, heâ€™s gone up there swinging. Heâ€™s played good outfield and heâ€™s pitched on the mound a little bit, runs the bases well. He does a nice job.â€ť
Plainville scored its lone run during the third inning on a sacrifice fly from Mike Bakaysa. The Blue Devils runner was nearly thrown out at home from Palmese in centerfield, but the Berlin catcher couldnâ€™t hang onto the ball.
The loss sinks Plainville to 8-11 overall, which hasnâ€™t won since May 10 when it beat Hartford Public, 12-0.
â€śWeâ€™ll move on,â€ť Mandeville said. â€śWeâ€™re not sure about our last game but weâ€™ll move on. Weâ€™ll take [Tuesday] off and weâ€™ll practice on Wednesday and keep going. Thatâ€™s all you can do.â€ť
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Berlin 15, Plainville 1
Berlin 023 37 -- 15 9 0
Plainville 001 00 -- 1 4 2
W -- Matt Kozak (B); L -- Alec Couture (P)
3B: Nick Melville (B); 2B: Jamie Palmese 2 (B), Tyler Rice (B).
Records: Berlin 17-3, Plainville 8-11.