BERLIN â€“ A complete game from pitcher Camden Murphy wasnâ€™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.
â€śI think overall it was a great game,â€ť Berlin coach Gary Van Etten said. Iâ€™ll take [1-0] every day, Iâ€™ll take our chances, but weâ€™ve only had one practice so far.â€ť
Meriden scored its only run of the game during the fourth inning on an RBI fielderâ€™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.
â€śWe took too many pitches down the middle, thatâ€™s the problem,â€ť Van Etten said. â€śRight down the tubes, you canâ€™t do that, but I was very happy with our pitcher.â€ť
Nick Melville earned both of Berlinâ€™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.
â€śOne game, we got 20 to go,â€ť Van Etten said. â€śWeâ€™ll be close in the end thatâ€™s for sure, if we hit.â€ť
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.
â€śOne of our better hitters wasnâ€™t here tonight but thatâ€™s no excuse, they get all of the credit,â€ť Van Etten said. â€śIâ€™m happy with the outing tonight, other than that.â€ť
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 Berlinâ€™s state runner-up high school team.
Pitching seems like itâ€™ll be a strength for this summerâ€™s squad as Van Etten likes his teamâ€™s depth on the mound.
â€śWe have some pitching,â€ť Van Etten said. â€śWe can probably go five deep. Thatâ€™s usually some position playersâ€¦ if we stay in the game like that, 1-0, 2-0, I like our chances.
â€śWe like to bunt and steal and hit-and-run, we just didnâ€™t get the opportunity,â€ť Van Etten said. â€śWe try and make the other team make the mistake. Thatâ€™s our whole game plan.â€ť
Berlin (0-1) is right back at it on Thursday when it visits Naugatuck at 6:30 p.m.
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Meriden 1, Berlin 0
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.