Berlin Legion baseball falls to Meriden in first game of the season

Published on Wednesday, 16 June 2021 21:28
Written by Ryan Ames


BERLIN – A complete game from pitcher Camden Murphy wasn’t enough as Berlin Legion baseball dropped its season opener to Meriden, 1-0, Wednesday at Zipadelli Field.

Murphy threw all seven innings for Berlin, surrendering one run on two hits while also grabbing six strikeouts, in the defeat.

Meriden pitcher John Vumback was just as sharp for the visitors, limiting Berlin to two hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

“I think overall it was a great game,” Berlin coach Gary Van Etten said. I’ll take [1-0] every day, I’ll take our chances, but we’ve only had one practice so far.”

Meriden scored its only run of the game during the fourth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice from Owen Papciak.

Berlin had a few different chances to bring some runs across with runners in scoring position, but Meriden escaped unscathed each and every time.

“We took too many pitches down the middle, that’s the problem,” Van Etten said. “Right down the tubes, you can’t do that, but I was very happy with our pitcher.”

Nick Melville earned both of Berlin’s hits, a pair of singles, while Max Giacco and Andrew McCarty managed singles for Meriden.

Evan Avery pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for Meriden and put an end to the game with a hanging curveball strikeout that fooled the Berlin batter.

“One game, we got 20 to go,” Van Etten said. “We’ll be close in the end that’s for sure, if we hit.”

Berlin put the bat on the ball frequently throughout the game, but got under it more often than not. Seven Berlin outs were the result of either fly-outs or pop-ups during the contest.

“One of our better hitters wasn’t here tonight but that’s no excuse, they get all of the credit,” Van Etten said. “I’m happy with the outing tonight, other than that.”

Van Etten added he may be getting a couple more players before final rosters are due over the weekend to complement some of the guys that starred for Berlin’s state runner-up high school team.

Pitching seems like it’ll be a strength for this summer’s squad as Van Etten likes his team’s depth on the mound.

“We have some pitching,” Van Etten said. “We can probably go five deep. That’s usually some position players… if we stay in the game like that, 1-0, 2-0, I like our chances.

“We like to bunt and steal and hit-and-run, we just didn’t get the opportunity,” Van Etten said. “We try and make the other team make the mistake. That’s our whole game plan.”

Berlin (0-1) is right back at it on Thursday when it visits Naugatuck at 6:30 p.m.

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.

Meriden 1, Berlin 0

At Berlin

Meriden        000 100 0 -- 1 2 2

Berlin        000 000 0 -- 0 2 0

W -- John Vumback (M); L -- Camden Murphy (B)

Records: Berlin 0-1, Meriden 1-1.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Wednesday, 16 June 2021 21:28. Updated: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 21:30.