Bristol Blues ready for home opener Thursday

Published on Wednesday, 8 June 2022 13:54
Written by LAURA BAILEY

@SportsinCT

BRISTOL – The gates will be open at historic Muzzy Field for the first Bristol Blues home game of the season Thursday.  

The Blues opened their season on the road against North Adams, where they defeated the SteepleCats 11-4. The Blues bats were hot in their season debut, scoring 11 runs on seven hits. Designated hitter David Cristoforo came up big for the Blues going 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. First baseman Cal Parrillo went 2-for-3 with an RBI and thgree runs scored, and third baseman Derek Tenney was 1-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Fairfield University junior Peter Ostensen got the start on the mound for the Blues, surrendering just one run on four hits and striking out three. Winning pitcher Carson Kohls relieved Ostensen in the fifth before right hander Jay Harry got the last two outs.

The Blues have made some big changes, including the hiring of new head coach Tim Binkowski.

“Coach Binkowski brings a high level of organization, baseball knowledge, and leadership skills to Bristol,” Blues General Manager Jordan Scheiner said.

As a player for Quinnipiac University, Binkowski was named NEC player of the year in 2007. He also ranks first all-time in the school's Division I history in batting average (.365). Binkowski was the assistant coach for his alma mater, as well as an assistant coach for the Mystic Schooners.

“Tim's overall baseball experience is what sets him apart as a coach. From having professional player experience, to playing in the NECBL, and actively coaching at collegiate level during the regular college season,” Scheiner said.

The 2022 Blues roster features collegiate players from more than a dozen schools, including Penn State, Bryant University and Yale. A familiar face will return to the mound for the Blues this season, Bristol Eastern graduate Jagger Duquette. The 6-1, 180-pound right hander made his debut for the Blues in July of 2019 where he picked up his first win.

Director of community relations Sarah Lucian is starting a new tradition this season.

“The player who gets the biggest hit of the day will be presented with the Blue Box Chicken Parm,” she said.

Fans who attended the Sunday afternoon scrimmage against Danbury got a sneak peak at the Blue Box Parm. Bristol Blues outfielder AJ Gaich was presented with a package wrapped in beautiful blue paper. Inside was a chicken parm sandwich which Gaich took a big bite out of for the fans.

Tickets are $6 for the opening day game which will take place 6:30 on Thursday.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Bristol Blues on Wednesday, 8 June 2022 13:54. Updated: Wednesday, 8 June 2022 13:56.