Big third inning pushes Newington Legion baseball past Berlin

Published on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 20:32
Written by Ryan Ames


BERLIN – A four-run third inning was the difference in Newington Legion baseball’s 5-3 win over Berlin on Wednesday at Zipadelli Field.

Trailing 2-0, Newington knocked in four runs on three hits and a sacrifice fly to go ahead 4-2, highlighted by a two-RBI single from Nicholas Cox.

“Nic Cox, that was a big base hit there,” Newington coach Jack Hurley said. “That was a big inning, to turn it around.”

Austyn Howe secured the first run with a long fly ball to the outfield that scored Sam Dionne, who led the inning off with a single, on a sac fly. A hard hit ball from Cox made it 3-2 Newington before a double from Domenick Bukowski pushed it to 4-2.

Newington, which was the home team as it was a make-up of Tuesday’s game that was scheduled for Alumni Field, added another run in the fourth on an RBI single from Daniel Crouse. Berlin cut it to 5-3 in the sixth on an RBI single from Justin Piskorski, but that was all it could muster as Newington claimed its second straight victory.

“We gave them a couple runs in the first inning,” Hurley said. “The big inning was the third inning because they had the momentum going, 2-0, and we really hadn’t hit the ball too hard [up until then].”

Berlin scored twice in the first on RBI hits from Kyle Hyde and Nick Melville.

“The better team won tonight,” Berlin coach Gary Van Etten said.

Howe pitched a complete game for Newington and scattered five hits for three runs, while striking out two and walking one batter.

“Our pitcher Austyn, he pitched a clean game,” Hurley said. “He pitched great. I think he’s 3-0.”

Berlin used Garrett Fallon for the first four innings, before Camden Murphy threw the last two. Fallon surrendered four hits for four runs, but struck out five and walked three. Murphy managed two strikeouts and no hits in a spotless relief outing.

“They’re a lot better team than they show,” Hurley said. “Just not getting enough timely hitting. It’s always the key errors, as soon as it leads to the crooked numbers that’s the whole thing.”

Berlin finished with three errors in the contest, including two in the first three innings.

The win bumps Newington up to 4-5, while Berlin remains winless at 0-9.

Newington will visit Bristol on Thursday at Muzzy Field at 7 p.m. and Berlin will host winless Simsbury on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Newington on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 20:32. Updated: Wednesday, 7 July 2021 20:35.