BERLIN>> If you thought Joe Tamburro could do it only on the basketball court — think again.
Just 27 days removed from his last basketball game, Tamburro channeled his clutch mentality in a 3-1 win vs. Berlin at Sgt. Zipadelli Field on Monday.
In the top of the ninth, tied at 1 with Adam Bettigole at second, Tamburro delivered an RBI double up the middle off of Zach Veleas for the would-be game winning run.
“I let two pitches go right down the middle that I should have swung at in the first place,” Tamburro said. “But I got an inside pitch fouled off and then got a good pitch, put it right back up the box. That’s what I was looking to do. Not too much, just enough to get the run in.”
Tyler Sarra then drove Tamburro in with a single for some breathing room.
“He came through in the clutch. He’s got the ability. He’s shown it on the basketball court,” South Windsor coach Mike McDermott said. “He really has only been playing baseball now for the last three weeks [due to basketball] while the rest of these kids have been playing for two months, at night and hitting. So he’s a little behind,. But the man’s clutch.”
Sarra, who came on in relief of Zachary Sultar, closed the door on the Redcoats (0-1) in the ninth for the Bobcats (1-1) first win of the year.
Sultar went seven innings giving up one run on three hits while walking two and hitting one batter. He struck out six.
“It was a great pitching outing by Zack Sultar and Tyler Sarra,” Tamburro said. “Only gave up one run, which was big.”
Sarra allowed just one hit in two innings of relief.
Jared Gallagher, the Berlin starter, gave up one run in the top of the first on a Bettigole double to right, but after that settled down striking out a total of 11 batters and allowing just four hits while walking two.
The Redcoats just made more mistakes than their opponent.
“We had a couple of opportunities, needed the big hit and can’t get it,” Berlin coach Leo Veleas said. “My biggest disappointment is that we didn’t execute. We had a perfect double play ball we screwed up, they had a swinging bunt, that’s part of the game, but to win we have to make those plays.
“We missed signals, we couldn’t get a bunt down,” he said. “Those are all fundamental things that we have to execute to be successful.”
The lone Berlin run came in the third on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Anthony Sisti. That tied the game at 1.
South Windsor: 100 000 002 — 3 6 1
Berlin: 001 000 000 — 1 4 2
(at Zipadelli Field in Sage Park)
WP: Sarra, LP: Veleas
2B: SW-Bettigole, Tamburro.
RBI: SW-Bettigole, Tamburro, Sarra; B-Sisti.
SAC: SW-Tamburro; B-Sisti.
SB: SW-Sanchez; B-Taricani, Charboneau.
CS: SW-Sanchez (2), Sarra (3).
Records: South Windsor 1-1; Berlin 0-1.