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The winning continues in Thomaston, this time on the diamond.

POSTED April 21, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Thomaston junior Frank Romanelli threw a complete game on Monday as the Bears improved to 5-0 with a 12-3 win over Litchfield. Picture by Mic Nicosia.

THOMASTON: There’s just not a losing going on in Thomaston baseball manager Bob McMahon’s sports life right now. Has not been for more than three months spanning two different sports.

His girls’ basketball team made a magnificent run all the way to a Class S State title in March, winning their last 16 straight games.

So far this spring, his baseball team is off to a fast start at 5-0, their latest conquest a 12-3 mauling of the Litchfield Cowboys at home on a gorgeous Monday afternoon.

Could take about 365 days like this, thank you very much.

The teams may have changed from the hardwood to the diamond but one thing has certainly not changed for the Golden Bears and that's the “W’s”.

That and the spirit that encompassed this small school and town over the past four months.

This winning thing is pretty cool and apparently contagious.

Just look to Golden Bear slugger Matt Tehan, who blasted off with a 3 for 4 day (all doubles) and four runs batted in against the Cowboys and credits the other parts of his team’s game for the hot start.

“It’s been our defense and pitching so far,” Tehan said. “We’ve got two great pitchers back in Blaise (Russo) and Brian (Butkevicius), pitching well while the middle infield is playing well. Everything is working.”

Add to the mix another arm, junior Frank Romanelli and it appears as if this Bears team can handle the pitching rubber duties while the bats have simply been exploding so far.

Romanelli gave up a pair of first inning runs when he allowed three of the six hits the visitors would come up with all game.

“I think he was anxious,” Tehan said. “It was his first varsity start.”

The junior lefty gave up a run on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly but settled down after that, retiring eight in a row before running into trouble in the top of the fourth when he loaded the bases with nobody out.

A walk, a single and another free pass started the trouble but a pitchers best friend, the double play, got him out of it.

Litchfield (1-3) would get one run that inning but could have done some real damage with a couple of timely hits.

The Cowboys are a young team, their only senior is starting pitcher Evan Shortsleeve who deserved a better fate at times early on Monday than his defense would grant him.

With two outs in the bottom of the second, up 2-0, a misplayed fly ball to left resulted in an error that allowed two unearned runs to score, knotting things at two.

A three error bottom of the fourth gave the Bears a 4-2 lead from which they piled on with a four run fourth and three run fifth.

Tehan did his damage in the third, fourth and fifth with three straight doubles that plated four runs.

Leadoff man Michael Milius had a perfect day at the plate, reaching all five times up with four hits, a walk and two runs scored.

Romanelli would throw a complete game, allowing just those six hits. He struck out six, walked just one and for good measure, picked a runner off first base with an excellent move that should be a good weapon for him as the season goes on.

Three pretty good starting pitchers, a solid defense and some robust bats.

Sounds like a winning combination for a coach who has felt that winning feeling 21 straight times over the past three months.    

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