BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues were back in front of the home fans at Muzzy Field Thursday night for the first time in just under two weeks and the first game out of the all-star break.
With five wins on the six game road stretch the Blues brought their winning ways back to Bristol with a 6-4 victory against the North Shore Navigators.
“It was good getting back out with my teammates and back in front of the Bristol crowd,” Bristol outfielder Dylan Reynolds said. “We haven’t been here in a few weeks and we were running off energy from that. We just did the same thing we’ve been doing lately so we’re going to keep it going.”
On the mound the Blues featured a first-time starter, Adam Riggleman, who made the trip to Bristol from West Virginia to finish the summer with the team.
Riggleman was strong over four innings with one earned run on three hits, three walks and struck out five.
“I was feeling pretty good,” Riggleman said. “I was throwing hard, I had my breaking stuff, guys were making plays in the field behind me. I was getting some good calls by the umpire on some pitcher’s pitches so I was happy with that. I just had my stuff to do and felt good.”
Alex Loparco and Reynolds drove home the first two runs of the game for Bristol in the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Ethan Hunt caused havoc on the base paths. Hunt advanced to second on a wild pitch and then advanced home taking two bags on another wild pitch with Bryce Ramsay at the plate.
Teddy Hague and Peyton Stephens showed off power in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Hague ripped a RBI double to score Richard Brereton and then Stephens tripled in Hague to put the Blues ahead 5-4.
Bristol added an extra run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Andy Hague scored on a wild pitch.
With the 6-4 lead and Neal McDermott set to pitch in the ninth, Bristol didn’t let the lead slip away and the Blues moved to 16-1 in games that McDermott pitches in.
“I feel great,” McDermott said. “I’m just trusting my stuff and I know I can get the job done. It’s been a great summer so far and hopefully it continues.”
Reynolds, Stephens, Ramsay and Andy Hague all had multi-hit games for the Blues, who had 11 hits as a team in the game.
Bristol moved to 7-1 over its last eight games and will look to keep things rolling Saturday against first-place Martha’s Vineyard Sharks on military appreciation day at Muzzy Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.