The Blue Devils used another week of .500 ball to remain at .500 on the season (4-4), as they head into the heart of the regular season schedule.
The boys began the week with an exciting 5-4 walk-off victory at Alumni Field last Monday. Junior Kyle Beloin came around to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh off of sophomore John Lindgren’s decisive single. The Blue Devils opened the game with four runs in the bottom of the first, yet couldn’t shake the Chieftains, who clawed their way back into the contest with two runs in both the third and fifth innings. Junior Brett Snowden earned the victory.
The Blue Devils weren’t as fortunate in their Friday matchup with the Rams of Bristol Central as they fell 6-3. After taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Blue Devils saw their lead slip away and were forced to play from behind for most of the contest. A seventh inning comeback was quickly silenced as the boys only scored one run in the frame. Junior Robert Pezzulo took the loss.
The girls lost two more frustrating matchups last week, halting their promising two-game win streak and raising more causes for concern as the losses mount.
The Lady Blue Devils began the week with a frustrating 10-3 loss to Platt. After playing three scoreless innings, Plainville struck first blood, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. The lead was short lived, though, as Platt scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and never looked back. The Blue Devils were plagued by their four errors throughout the contest while freshman Kiya Broughton took the loss.
The girls’ week finished with a disheartening 14-6 loss to drop the team to 3-6 on the year. The loss became the fourth defeat that has seen the Blue Devils lose by seven runs or more. The team hasn’t won a single matchup by that many runs themselves this season.
The girls will look to turn their season around in their upcoming homestand, where they’ll play three straight at Alumni Field.
The Lady Blue Devils finished 1-1 last week after they began play with such promise. The team now stands at 2-6 on the season.
The team began the week with a dominating 6-0 victory in a rain shortened home match against Weaver, giving the team a two match win streak. Unfortunately, the girls couldn’t keep the good times rolling, as they lost 5-2 against Maloney on May 1 to end the week on a sour note.
Regardless of the loss, the girls have been playing well as of late. In the team’s first four matches, the Blue Devils were outscored 26-2. In the girls’ next four matches, the Lady Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 14-13.
The Blue Devils remain winless after a frustrating 7-0 loss to a dominating Southington team that dropped the team 0-5 on the season.
While it’s been difficult for the expansion Blue Devils to take away many victories in their return to season to competitive high school tennis, their difficult losses have come at the hands of some stellar competition. The team’s two 7-0 losses have been to teams that are a combined 11-1.
The team’s schedule could allow the team to steal a victory in the coming matches, as the boys will face teams with similar losing woes over the next few weeks.
The Blue Devils continue to struggle out on the links, as their 0-2 performance from last week dropped the team to 1-4 on the regular season.
In the team’s opening match of the week, the boys were blown out by the rival Berlin Redcoats, 205-158. Austin Forauer of Berlin medaled with a score of 36.
The Blue Devils lost in heartbreaking fashion in their final match of the week, falling 194-191 against Bristol Central. Junior Nick D’Amico was the match’s medalist, finishing with a score of 41 at the boys’ home course of Tunxis Plantation in Farmington.
While the boys have been out of the win column in their last three matches, the team has seen improvements in its overall scores. Through the first three matches, the team averaged 216 strokes per contest. After last week’s improving performances, the team’s average number of strokes is down to 209.4 per contest.
The Blue Devils girls golf team did not play last week due to inclement weather. For all your Blue Devil updates, make sure to follow @PvilleCitSports on Twitter.
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