BRISTOL - Not much went wrong for the Bristol Eastern baseball team in its season opener Thursday afternoon against Plainville.
The Lancers’ bats caught fire after getting off to a slow start on a cold afternoon.
James Dauphinee started the scoring parade and Josh Nohilly added to it late in the game as he smashed a grand slam over the right field fence.
It led to a dominant 12-4 Bristol Eastern victory.
“Overall I didn’t see many bad things out there today,” Bristol Eastern head coach Mike Giovinazzo said. “I thought we played a real solid game. Plus we were down at the beginning and had to come back. It’s always good to see a team come back.”
In the first two innings the Lancers left a runner in scoring position and faced a 1-0 deficit after Plainville’s Brady Callahan set the tone for his team with a stolen base following getting hit by Lancers pitcher Jagger Duquette.
Callahan would go on to score and put his team up.
Duquette would settle down on the mound though and pitched into the sixth inning. He had a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the second and third innings and pitched to contact with just one strikeout coming during those.
“Our pitching looked good today, our hitting was good today and we did what we had to do,” Goulet said. “With some new guys in the lineup I thought we played good together and still have a lot of work to do.
Bristol Eastern had a big advantage in the field over the Blue Devils, who struggled at times with errant throws, which hurt Plainville starter Nathan Michalek who was strong for most of his time on the mound before losing his command.
Plainville committed four errors in the game including a pair coming in the third inning, which the Lancers took advantage of with a two-run double by James Dauphinee, which sparked the Bristol Eastern lineup. Bristol Eastern did not commit an error in the game.
“We hit in the clutch so I can’t complain about that,” Giovinazzo said. “We took advantage of their mistakes. Whenever they made a defensive mistake we seemed to jump on it and produce runs from it. Offensively there wasn’t a lot I was displeased with.”
Following Dauphinee’s two-run double, Michalek would go on to walk a pair of batters to load up the bases again but Carson Sassu grounded out to short to end the frame, which kept the Blue Devils in it down just a run.
Bristol Eastern had seven hits in the game and Plainville could only string together four.
For the Lancers, there was a lot of good in the opener to start the season out with a win. Bristol Eastern will take on Newington today at 3:45 p.m. on the road. Plainville will travel to take on Berlin at 3:45 p.m today.
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