BRISTOL - Due to some recent departures, the Bristol Blues have been forced to bolster their roster and one of the recent additions was pitcher Scott Creedon.
“He’s good,” Blues manager Pat Riley said. “He just graduated from high school.”
Pitching has been one of the Blues’ strong suits this season and Creedon figures to only make it better. He only recently graduated from Braintree High School, where he led the Wamps to their third straight MIAA Division 1A State Championship Tournament appearance and their second straight victory in the tournament.
“He’s a competitor,” Riley said. “He throws a lot of strikes [and] keeps the ball low.”
Before joining the Blues, Creedon was pitching at home with his local American Legion team and expected to finish the summer there.
When the Blues organization reached out to him, he was stunned.
“I just came from Legion ball in Massachusetts,” he said. “I got the call late [at] night [July 1] and then came down Saturday [July 2] and was here with the guys. [It was] very exciting. I wasn’t expecting it, to be honest. I’m happy it happened.”
Creedon was the 2016 ESPNBoston Mr. Baseball for his performance with Braintree and he showed he could transition his abilities to the college level when he joined the Blues.
He debuted on July 7, when the Blues traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to take on the Sharks.
Bristol was on a three-game losing streak but Creedon snapped them out of it. He pitched all six innings of the fog-shortened game, giving up two earned runs on six hits and striking out one.
“It was relieving to get out there the first time as the new guy coming in,” Creedon said about his first game with the Blues. “I know my role. Obviously, [we] needed a win. We were on a little three-game skid and to pick up a win after a long ride there, too, was huge for us to get on this roll.”
Creedon suffered his first loss of the summer in his second outing, July 15’s game against the Worcester Bravehearts.
He gave up nine hits and four earned runs but picked up five strikeouts to set a new best with Bristol.
Joining the Blues has been surreal for Creedon and, while he has not had the chance to pitch at Muzzy Field yet, he recognizes the impact the fans make and enjoys being able to represent the Blues for the team’s amazing fans.
“It’s a privilege to play at home in front of these guys,” Creedon said. “They’re awesome every night.”
The Blues are still trying to find their rhythm and, with the second half flying by, time is running out. While the offense continues to tinker to find what works, the Blues will need solid pitching and that is something that Creedon can contribute.
“He pitches really well but I can’t state enough that he just is a presence on the mound,” Riley said. “I’m really looking forward to what he’s going to be able to contribute.”
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