WETHERSFIELD>>Before the season started, Wethersfield shortstop Ryan Costello said East Catholic would be the team to beat in the CCC North baseball season.
Beating Tyler Gamme, a Wethersfield native who plays for East Catholic, would make it even sweeter.
However, today was not that day.
Gamme was hit by a pitch twice and scored three runs to lead the East Catholic past the Wethersfield Eagles, 12-7 at Webb Elementary School baseball field Monday afternoon.
“I was hoping that Tyler would end up playing at Wethersfield High School, he’s a great player,” Wethersfield coach Mark Bagdasarian said.
The East Catholic first baseman stepped into the box in the first inning with two outs and was hit by a pitch, sparking the first run for the Eagles.
He was hit again in the fifth on his second plate appearance of the inning.
“I know the guys, hopefully they’re not doing it on purpose,” Gamme said. “But it’s part of the game. You just have to deal with it and move on.”
Gamme also sparked East Catholic’s six-run fifth with a single to left. Four different Wethersfield pitchers each gave up a walk and a single as East Catholic took a commanding 9-4 lead.
“Just a tough day for us to pitch,” Bagdasarian said. “We walked nine guys and we hit four guys and along with them hitting the ball pretty well. It’s not a recipe to win a baseball game.”
Due to renovations at Wethersfield High School, the baseball team has been playing a majority of its home games at Webb Elementary School, just around the corner from the high school.
The field does not have a fence, which ultimately robbed Wethersfield’s Costello of a potential home run when his shot toward the 320-foot pole in right field rolled under a bush in a neighbor’s yard. The CCSU commit was awarded a ground-rule double but wound up stranded at second.
“Unfortunately, we’re on a field where you kind of make up your own rules,” Bagdasarian said. “It would have been a nice thing to go up 4-1.”
The lack of fence turned some deep fly balls into outs since the outfielders could play so deep.
“We really haven’t hit the ball all year,” East Catholic coach Martin Fiori said. “And I think there were probably four, five, six balls that would have been out of our place for sure.”
Still, East Catholic’s 12 runs scored were the second most scored all year. The Eagles scored 16 against Bristol Eastern on April 14.
After allowing three runs in the first inning, East Catholic starter Logan Greene gave up just two more before being relieved in the fifth.
The junior pitcher helped himself out with an RBI single in the first, a double in the third and a run scored in the six-run fifth.
“They had us on the ropes,” Fiori said. “But every time we could get a couple extra runs, we could leave [Greene] in there for another inning.”
A couple of fielding miscues in the seventh led to three more East Catholic insurance runs.
“Today wasn’t our day,” Bagdasarian said. “That’s baseball.”
Both East Catholic and Wethersfield have busy weeks. East plays Tuesday at home vs. South Windsor, then at E.O. Smith on Wednesday and finish the week with Manchester at home.
Wethersfield hosts Manchester on Tuesday and travels to Hebron from RHAM on Wednesday before capping the week with a night game on Saturday vs. Glastonbury at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.