Stafford hands BC baseball a walkoff win

Bristol Central senior captain Christian Stafford bats in the bottom of the seventh
inning of Friday’s home game against Plainville. Stafford smacked a walk-off single
for the 2-1 victory. (Screen grab of video taken by Richard Brown, Twitter)

Eastern wins opener, St. Paul off to 3-0 start

Bristol Central baseball got off to a good start Wednesday with a 5-0 road win over Hall in West Hartford.

To get to 2-0, the Rams needed some late-inning magic against Plainville at home Friday. Senior captain Christian Stafford was there to provide. With runners on second and third and the Blue Devil infield playing in, Stafford lined a single to center field for the 2-1 walkoff win. It was a great way to begin CCC South Region play for Central. Stafford is joined by fellow captains Frank Spirito IV, Mike Allan and Ryan Ring.

The Rams host another CCC South foe, Middletown, on Monday at 3:45 at the high school.

Eastern begins with a bang: The Lancers went on the road for their season opener and smacked E.O. Smith, 5-1, in Storrs.

Senior Jose Feliciano blasted a three-run home run for Eastern. Fellow seniors Mike Roalf and Ryan Maglio were great on the mound for the Lancers, who host nearby Lewis Mills on Monday at 3:45 p.m. at the high school.

St. Paul off to quick 3-0 start: The Falcons have run roughshod through Naugatuck, Watertown and Ansonia.

St. Paul outscored those three foes, 35-7, despite losing some major offensive contributors from last year’s state championship team, including Ryan Daniels, Casey Cerruto and Mario Izzo. Daniels is playing as a freshman at UConn, and Cerruto is a freshman on the University of New Haven team.

Devin Kulas was a stout 5-for-5 in St. Paul’s 14-4 win over Naugatuck in the season opener. Jonathan Remillard had three hits while Jamie Leggett, Ryan Kilpatrick and AJ Corrado tallied two hits apiece.

In a 13-3 win over Watertown, freshman Dom Napoletano provided a walk-off single in the sixth inning to invoke the mercy rule. Kulas and Remillard were among the hitters again for the Falcons against the Warriors.

On Thursday, St. Paul used the long ball and the pitching of Leggett to shut out Ansonia, 8-0, at home. Kulas smacked a three-run homer and Remillard added a two-run shot.