BRISTOL - Starter Ethan Rembish picked up his first win of the season as the St. Paul baseball team defeated Watertown 7-5 on Saturday. Rembish scattered six hits while striking out five. He limited the damage to three unearned runs as the St. Paul defense committed five errors behind him.
Julian Thayer pitched the final inning, allowing two runs on three hits. Starter Steve Phillips took the loss for Watertown, going four innings and allowing seven runs (five earned) on seven hits, while striking out four.
St. Paul took an early 5-0 lead in the first inning. After Rembish retired the Watertown hitters 1-2-3 on eight pitches in the top of the frame, Steve Phillips struck out St. Paul’s leadoff hitter, Josh Cofrancesco.
From there, the next eight St. Paul batters reached base safely: Nick Morrell (walk), Julian Thayer (single), Ryan Greene (RBI single), Ryan Parent (walk), Chris Mills (two-run single), Sean Crean (single), Walker Sharp (walk) and Shaun Remillard (RBI single). Phillips retired the next two hitters to keep the score at 5-0.
Watertown took advantage of a walk and an error in the second inning and Tim Maisto hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1. Robert Johnston led off the third inning with a single, then took advantage of two St. Paul errors to advance and score, making it 5-2 after three innings.
Then it was St. Paul’s turn to take advantage of a couple of Watertown errors. Cofrancesco (2-for-4, 1 run) led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and came in to score on back-to-back errors. Ryan Parent added an RBI single and the St. Paul lead was back to five at 7-2 after four innings.
After a quiet fifth inning, it looked as if Watertown was going to stage a big, late inning rally in the sixth. After consecutive singles by Joe Deptula (2-for-4, double, RBI, 2 runs) and Maisto, an infield error made it bases loaded with no outs. Reliever Colin Cronin tapped an infield single to make it 7-3 and the bases were still loaded with no outs and the top of the order coming up. Rembish dug deep to get a pop up and routine fly, then struck out his final hitter to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Julian Thayer relieved Rembish on the mound and Phillips greeted him with a single up the middle. Phillips scored on Joe Deptula’s RBI double and Deptula scored on Maisto’s second sacrifice fly of the day. That made the score 7-5. Hayden Beauty doubled to bring the tying run to the plate with two outs, but Thayer retired the final batter on a deep fly ball to center and preserved the win for St. Paul.
Mercy 4, Southington 3: The Blue Knights dropped a highly-contested match at home on Saturday, suffering their first loss of the season against undefeated Mercy (5-0).
For Southington (2-1), Abby Murphy defeated Juliette Piazza 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles; Joelle Stublarec defeated Jordyn Belcourt 7-5, 6-0 at No. 4 singles; and Samanatha Barmore and Gianna Wadowski defeated Marie Emerson and Meg Brodeur 7-6 (6), 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
The match came down to No. 2 singles, where Mercy’s Lorenza Inserra defeated Coral Tommervik 6-4, 6-2.
Murphy has yet to drop a game in her first three matches of the season.
“Stublarec gutted out a very tough first set and then rolled in her second set to get an important line in our win column,” Southington coach Robin Thompson reported. “This was also true of No. 2 doubles, who fought hard to get a tiebreaker win in the first set [8-6] and then cruised in the second set.”
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