Bristol gets beat up by Dirtbags in pre-playoff skirmish
– In WKH YHry firsW JDPH RI WKH season, Bristol Legion Post 382 battled Falls Legion Post 834 to a near standoff, though the Dirtbags came out ahead after nipping Bristol by a 9-8 score. The next matchup between the squads resulted in a 4-4 draw.
So it was only natural for Post 382 head coach Tim Monaghan to expect a better result than the one he got from his team Wednesday night, July 3 in a pre-Fourth of July matchup with Falls.
Post 834 went to work almost right away, tagging Post 382 lefthander Jarrett Patman with three runs in the top of the second in- ning. First baseman Scott Jensen (3-for-5) got the big hit in the inning, a stand-up triple that sent Shane MonaKDn KRPH wLWK WKH firsW RI a dozen runs in the game, a 12-2 win that favored the Dirtbags.
“The score wasn’t indicative of the job that he did tonight,” said Coach Monaghan, of Patman, an incoming sophomore at Conwell-Egan Catholic. “I thought he got hurt a little bit on some 0-2 pitches that he left up in the zone. “Young guys do that. “As a young guy, he has to learn to make them hit more pitchers’ type pitches in those situations.”
Falls shortstop Brandon Garrett drove runs in with RBI singles in the second inning and again in the fourth as Post 834 pulled out to a 5-0 lead by the middle of the fourth frame. The ELJ LnnLnJ FDPH Ln WKH fiIWK however, when the Dirtbags pushed six runs across the plate – all, with two outs.
Post 834 starting pitcher Beau Fleming (1 H, 2 R, 7 K, 1 W) – at the time in the middle of a no-hitter on the hill for Falls – ignited the offensive outburst with the firsW RI KLs WwR GRuElHs Ln the game, this one a crushing blow over the head of WKH FHnWHrfiHlGHr.
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In the sixth, Fleming opened the inning with another crushing double then scored on a force at second base on a grounder by Chris Romano as Falls pushed the score to 12-0.
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Bristol Legion lefthander Jarrett Patman got rocked Wednesday night, July 3 in his first outing against Falls, which won 12-2.