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NEW BRITAIN - Behind a combined no-hitter by New Britain starter William Homar and reliever David Plourde, the New Britain bats sizzled for a 17-3 victory over Bridgeport in the Nutmeg State Games baseball tournament.
“It feels good, we were in here, but I don’t think we won a game last year,” Homar said about the team’s win. “It feels good to win our first game.”
New Britain got on the board early against Bridgeport starting pitcher Sheldon Holmes. Jordan Irizzary led off the game with a single and later advanced to second on a stolen base.
One out later, Homar helped himself out with an RBI sacrifice fly to give New Britain an early 1-0 lead.
Homar was a bit shaky in the first inning.
He walked Bridgeport’s leadoff batter, and an error and a walk later the bases were loaded for an early jam.
Homar struck out King Rivera for the first out, but a passed ball allowed two runs to score.
He struck out Dzsan Livramento for the second out, but another passed ball brought in Bridgeport’s third run of the inning. All runs came without the ball leaving the infield.
“I just had to find my zone, I kept on tripping over the mound and I had to block it out,” Homar said about his first inning struggles. “It feels good. It feels good. I had no idea that I had a no-hitter until the last inning when he pulled me out.”
After the first inning, Homar was in shutdown mode, only allowing one base runner to reach, which came on a catcher interference in the second inning.
Homar struck out 10 batters in the outing, allowing no earned runs.
“He adjusted and he started to take a little off his fastball because it was a little too much,” New Britain head coach Guillermo Burgos said, regarding how Homar adjusted throughout the game.
“But overall, he was just being Will and doing normally what he does, gets ahead and gets guys out.”
New Britain got to work right away in the second inning to retake the lead.
With runners on second and third for Jordan Quinn, he lined an RBI single to knot the game at three.
Using his speed, Quinn stole second and third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Irizarry to give New Britain a 4-3 lead and the team did not look back.
New Britain tacked on two more runs in the fourth on RBI hits by Andrew Puleini and Homar.
Homar went 4-or-5 with four RBI to go alongside his pitching performance.
“We have a lot of good quality baseball players and we have a few more that are not here today, but the ones that are from New Britain know that Will is our pride and joy,” Burgos said.
“Will has set a high standard for himself and everybody knows playing with him, the guys that are his age, they know what he brings to the team.”
New Britain capped its scoring with five more runs in the sixth and six runs in the seventh.
Homar was not the only one on the team with a huge night at the plate.
Quinn had a perfect night, going 4-for-4 with a walk with two RBI, and Ruffino Santiago went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
“I got a group of guys from a couple of high schools in the local area and they are all great kids and great parents,” Burgos said.
“They know this is only for a week and that’s it and we are having fun.”
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