Berlin baseball routs Plainville in regular-season finale

Published on Monday, 24 May 2021 22:27
Written by Ryan Ames


PLAINVILLE – Two streaks were extended following Berlin baseball’s 15-1 win over Plainville on Monday night.

The Redcoats won their ninth-consecutive game to close out the regular season, while the Blue Devils dropped its fifth-straight contest.

Berlin bounced on the hosts from the batter’s box with nine base-knocks, including four extra-base hits, throughout the matchup and allowed just four hits from Plainville.

Jamie Palmese punched two balls into the outfield for a pair of doubles to pace the Redcoats and Nick Melville mashed a triple during the second inning for the visitors. Palmese and Salvatore Dastoli each contributed a pair of hits to lead Berlin to its 17th win of the regular season.

“It’s always nice when you win,” Redcoats coach Leo Veleas said. “We hit the ball pretty well tonight. Seventeen wins is a great season for anybody so we’ll take it.”

Dastoli and Nick Spinali finished with two RBIs apiece for Berlin while Tyler Rice (double), Kasey Oullette (single), and Melville each brought in one run.

“Berlin’s got a nice club,” Blue Devils coach Lou Mandeville said. “They got some guys that can swing it. I’ve been doing this for 28 years and I’ve been watching them play baseball hard and the right way for all those years. They got guys that can pitch, they got a baseball team.”

Matt Kozak earned the win for the Redcoats, going all five innings and garnering four strikeouts and two walks. Alec Couture took the loss for Plainville, lasting 3 1/3 innings for five runs allowed, four strikeouts and four walks. Kaleb Malone and Jacob Lagassey came on in relief and surrendered a combined 12 runs, while all three Blue Devils pitchers totaled 12 walks during the bout.

“When you don’t throw strikes, you don’t give yourself a chance,” Mandeville said. “Strikes become contagious but so do balls. It’s tough. It’s not that they’re out there trying to throw balls, it’s just sometimes you get into that and it’s tough to get out of it.”

Tyler Bonney led all hitters on the night with a trio of singles, while Tanner Callahan cashed in with a single of his own during the fourth inning for Plainville.

“He’s had a good year, he’s had a solid year for us in the leadoff spot,” Mandeville said of Bonney. “He’s hit the ball well all year, he’s gone up there swinging. He’s played good outfield and he’s pitched on the mound a little bit, runs the bases well. He does a nice job.”

Plainville scored its lone run during the third inning on a sacrifice fly from Mike Bakaysa. The Blue Devils runner was nearly thrown out at home from Palmese in centerfield, but the Berlin catcher couldn’t hang onto the ball.

The loss sinks Plainville to 8-11 overall, which hasn’t won since May 10 when it beat Hartford Public, 12-0.

“We’ll move on,” Mandeville said. “We’re not sure about our last game but we’ll move on. We’ll take [Tuesday] off and we’ll practice on Wednesday and keep going. That’s all you can do.”

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.

Berlin 15, Plainville 1

At Plainville

Berlin    023 37 -- 15 9 0

Plainville    001 00 -- 1 4 2

W -- Matt Kozak (B); L -- Alec Couture (P)

3B: Nick Melville (B); 2B: Jamie Palmese 2 (B), Tyler Rice (B).

Records: Berlin 17-3, Plainville 8-11.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Plainville on Monday, 24 May 2021 22:27. Updated: Monday, 24 May 2021 22:30.