NEWINGTON – Ten hits and 13 walks allowed sunk Newington Legion baseball, 14-1, against Meriden on Thursday at Legends Field.
Newington surrendered at least one run in each of the five innings during the mercy-rule shortened contest. Meriden scored a game-high six in the fourth inning, after already leading 7-0 through three.
The hosts managed four hits, but three came during the final frame as Nicholas Dicioccio, Sean Hurley and Sam Dionne each cracked singles. Newington scored its lone run on a sacrifice fly/error on a fly ball from Kevin Mooney.
“I was happy that we got the hits at the end,” Newington coach Jack Hurley said. “Other than that we didn’t put anything in the field. They hit the ball well.”
Nicholas Cox secured the first hit on an infield single during the first inning.
Meriden saw eight different players record hits, including a pair from Evan Avery (two singles). Andrew McCarty ripped a two RBI triple during the second inning and Max Giacco, Ethan Brazel and John Vumback each earned doubles for the visitors.
“Tough game,” Hurley said. “Meriden’s a good team. We’ve been playing well. We had a nice win against Avon on Tuesday, but the momentum swung the other way today.”
Dionne pitched a three-hit shutout for Newington in the 1-0 victory.
On Thursday, Post 117 cycled through four pitchers in Hurley, Ryan Saindon, Cox and Mooney. Cox allowed the most runs with six, followed by Saindon (five), Hurley (two) and Mooney (one).
Double-digit walks plagued the pitching staff as Newington had trouble locating the zone in the matchup.
“One of our pitchers, Austyn Howe is on vacation this week, so we’re short a few guys, Hurley said.
“They hit a few solid doubles, so sometimes it’s just one of those things,” Hurley said. “Sometimes it’s tough when kids are on vacation. We had 10 guys, we normally have 12 or 13.”
Meriden has now won three in a row to push its record to 9-3, while Newington is 2-2 in its last four games with an even 6-6 record.
“The team has actually been playing well,” Hurley said. “We had one bad game against West Hartford and one bad game [Thursday], we haven’t really had these types of games. 14-1 is tough.”
Newington will look to bounce back when it takes on a streaking Bristol squad Friday at Muzzy Field at 7 p.m. Bristol has won three in a row and sit in a tie for first place in Zone 1.
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.