P-38's fall to Bristol in season opener, 11-3. Story by Intern Ethan Shea.
POSTED June 09, 2018
The Torrington P38s finished their Friday night season opener well under new head coach Doug Pergola, but their late success on the mound was not enough to top the opposing Bristol Legion team.
Bristol Legion showed a strong overall performance, capturing their opening day win by a score of 11-3.
The first inning started with Bristol’s shortstop Cory Fradette ripping a first pitch double to right-center field off of Torrington starter Kyle Banche.
Banche then retired the next two batters on fly outs, both of which advanced Fradette to third and home respectively.
Banche went on to walk Bristol cleanup hitter Ryan Greene before getting center fielder Jake Violette to ground out to second base and end the inning.
In the bottom half of the first, Bristol starting pitcher Zack Marquis started strong with two quick strikeouts but gave up a single to Torrington left fielder CJ Root and a deep RBI double to first baseman Mike Paniati before striking out third baseman Sean Coffey to finish the first.
Torrington got into some trouble in the second inning though, giving up seven runs as Bristol sent 12 men to the plate.
Bristol would score three more times in the fourth before reliever Nick Balducci came in and shut the Bristol lineup down, holding them hitless through the last three innings.
“Nick Balducci came in and he closed the door on these guys, but it was a little bit too late,” said Pergola.
Torrington would score again in the third inning off a Brad Ellis double and once more in the fourth thanks to a single from Adam Vanotti.
Ellis also ripped a deep two out triple in the fifth but was stranded.
Without the seven run second inning, this would have been a one run game, which shows strong potential for the P38s going forward.
Pergola is just getting to know his new team and vice versa, and as the season goes on, the players will grow to understand his coaching style, and the first-year coach will learn how to best use each player.
It is only the first game of a long summer season for the P38s, and according to Pergola, the team is ready to, “keep on battlin.”