NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain 19U legion baseball team hoped its first home game of the season would also lead to its first win. But Tri-County dashed those hopes early Monday night at CCSU.
Tri-County only needed five innings to hand New Britain 20-1 loss.
Tri-County jumped out with 11 runs in the first inning and forced starting pitcher Sean Rivera out of the game without recording an out. Rivera faced five batters and gave up five runs.
Tri-County also scored four runs in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth and two in the fifth. Five players scored at least three runs for Tri-County.
New Britain’s lone run came on an RBI groundout by second baseman Nick Morrell in the seventh inning. Morrell was the bright spot of the offense, picking up hits in his first two at bats. He was the only hitter on the team with a multi-hit game.
New Britain head coach Mark Bernacki was not happy with the loss, but saw the game as an opportunity to put players at positions they weren’t comfortable with to give them experience.
Nineteen-year-old Miguel Sanchez has little pitching experience, but had the opportunity to relieve Rivera in the first inning. He gave up four runs and six hits, but was glad he got some time on the mound.
“It was nice to get in there and do what I have to do for my team and throw strikes,” Sanchez said. “It was pretty new for me but I just have to work on keeping my composure.”
Sanchez believes the team as a whole needs to work on keeping their composure, which should come with more practice and game time.
“We just have to work on throwing more strikes and making plays on defense,” Sanchez said. “When it’s not your day, you want to get down on yourself and just not want to be out there. But me as a player, I just have to keep moving forward.”
New Britain will be back at CCSU Wednesday to host West Hartford. Bernacki wants his team to put Monday’s game out of their minds and focus on what is ahead of them.
“I just want these guys to enjoy playing baseball,” Bernacki said. “The way I see it, there are two options in life. Either you can get upset and feel sorry for yourself, or you can just move on and try to enjoy it. My preference is obviously the second option.”
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