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Plainville burned in Sunshine State


Baseball

The Blue Devils began their 2014 campaign in the Sunshine State, where the team faced Rocky Hill and Windsor before returning home to take on Fermi Saturday.

Unfortunately, the local boys fared poorly in Florida and didn’t earn their first victory of the year until facing the Falcons back on Connecticut soil.

The Blue Devils began their season with a 11-0 loss to Rocky Hill, a game called after five innings.

The Terriers jumped on junior pitch Brett Snowden early, scoring three runs off the Plainville starter in the first.

Game-winner Spencer Bunting proved hard to solve all day, as he struck out 10.

In Plainville’s second Florida matchup, against Windsor, the locals failed to find their offense for a second straight game, and were blanked, 4-0.

Plainville starter, junior Robert Pezzulo, struggled to keep men off the basepaths early, and the Blue Devils found themselves in a quick 2-0 hole.

Plainville faced another challenging pitcher this day, as the Warriors’ Alex Simon weaved his way through the Blue Devil lineup. He struck out seven and walked none in a complete game shutout.

The Blue Devils were able to end the week on a high note, defeating Fermi 10-4.

After, once again, falling behind in the first, Plainville kept its composure and finally found a groove at the plate, posting six runs in the top of the third to take control of the contest.

Snowden was impressive on the mound, striking out eight and collecting the victory.

Senior Matt Sauvron and juniors Marc Milo and Kyle Beloin contributed two RBI apiece for the Blue Devils.

Softball

The Lady Blue Devils are off to a more difficult start to the season than their baseball counterparts, as they failed to register a victory in the first full week of the season.

In a hotly-contested season opener, Plainville lost to St. Paul Catholic, 4-3, in Florida.

Although the local girls held a lead throughout much of the contest, St. Paul stormed back with a four-run sixth inning, swinging the game in its favor.

Plainville had no response in the seventh and final frame.

Freshman Kiya Broughton took the loss for the Lady Blue Devils.

St. Paul’s Alessandra Milardo proved a difficult matchup; striking out 12 on the day.

After losing their second Florida matchup, to Griswold, 8-0, the Lady Blue Devils returned home hoping to get their first win on more familiar soil. Unfortunately for Plainville, the undefeated Lady Spartans of Maloney spoiled the homecoming, prevailing 8-5.

After falling behind 5-1 in that one, the Lady Blue Devils used a two-run top of the fourth to tie the game at 5.

The Spartans took the lead for good in their half of the fourth before adding two more runs to their total in the fifth.

Broughton absorbed the loss.



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