NEWINGTON - The Newington baseball team’s dugout was anything but quiet Friday afternoon and by the end of Friday afternoon’s game, it got even louder thanks in part to Christian Colon.
Tied with Hall in the bottom of the sixth inning, Colon stepped up to the plate and delivered an RBI single to bring home Gunnar Johnson. Cooper Johnson wasn’t far behind, scoring on an error by the Warriors right fielder as the Indians won 4-2.
“We’re known for having a loud dugout,” Newington center fielder Cooper Johnson said. “I feel like the games we haven’t been in or don’t have energy are the ones we lose. Our biggest key of winning is our energy in the dugout. It’s not just about the skills in the field but our energy. That’s our X factor to our team.”
The Indians got the game started early in the bottom of the first as Ethan Errera singled to center field. He then proceeded to steal second and moved to third on Gunnar Johnson’s single. Errera was then brought home on a sacrifice fly from Cooper.
Jason Vereneau’s sacrifice fly during the next at-bat scored Gunnar Johnson to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
“Today’s game obviously we were supposed to be the favorite and win,” Cooper Johnson said. “But the way the pace went, I felt like we weren’t really there. Our bats weren’t there, we were popping too many balls up, but I feel like when we needed it, we really came in clutch.”
Hall got on the board in the top of the third.
Newington starter John LeClair walked Brady Brockway. Gabe Salomons then hit a single to center with Kuzla driving in Brockway with a single of his own.
Hall tied the game with one out in the top of the sixth off a single off reliever Joey Zawisza.
“I have to compliment Hall and what a great job they did,” Newington head coach Ben Alaimo said. “They were down came back tied the game late. I think there’s a new coach over there and he’s really trying to shape the culture that he wants and I think today showed some evidence of that. To come back and compete against our pitching staff really speaks volumes to Hall and what they’re doing over there.”
LeClair finished his day with 5.1 innings pitched. He struck out three, walked two, gave up six hits and was charged with both runs. Zawisza finished the game with one strike out and no runs earned.
“Our pitching staff did a great job today keeping us to two runs,” Alaimo said. “Josh gave us a really good outing, gave us some really good pitches and we made some really good plays on defense to support him. We then went to Joey who once again has been a bulldog for us. We rely on him a lot to do a lot of things and he did it again for us today.”
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