WOODBURY – Welcome to the Woodbury U11 baseball team’s dog days of summer.
With a week to go before the Xtreme League playoffs, and a bunch of rainouts to make up, Woodbury has been playing ball just about every night.
That was evident for Woodbury – and its opponent – in the home team’s wile 14-13 win over Southbury on Tuesday. Woodbury used five pitchers – Will Bartoli, Dylan Bambino, Nick Rose, Braden Purser-Eber and T.J. Brighthaupt.
“The kids have played a lot of baseball,” Woodbury Manager Peter Bartoli said. “They’re in pools or in camp during the day, and then have to be on point for two hours. That’s hard to do when you’re 11.”
The game featured three lead changes, and three innings with five or more runs scored by one team.
“Southbury was undefeated in our division coming in, and a very good baseball team we’ve had on the ropes a couple of times,” Peter Bartoli said. “We’ve lost to them by a run or two a few times, and we thought it was happening again today, so this was a good win for the kids.”
Southbury scored five runs in the top of the first, but Woodbury came back strong with 10 runs scored in the bottom of the second.
Ryan Dandeneau and Andrew Greene singled, and Dandeneau scored on a single by Ben Faraci. Greene then scored on a single by Bartoli to tie the game. Matt Palumbo then singled to score Bartoli and give Woodbury a 6-5 lead. Rose singled to bring in Palumbo.
Bambino was hit by a pitch, and Brighthaupt singled to score Rose. Altieri walked to load the bases, Purser-Eber walked to bring in Bambino and Toon walked to score Brighthaupt.
Southbury scored two times in the top of the fourth, but Woodbury answered back with two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Bambino and Brighthaupt walked, and scored on ground outs by Altieri and Purser-Eber.
But in the top of the fifth, Southbury had a 5-run inning and took a 13-12 lead.
However, Woodbury answered back in its half of the fifth. Dandeneau led off with a single, and with two out, scored on a passed ball to tie the game. Bartoli walked, Palumbo walked, Rose singled to load the bases, and Bambino walked to bring in Bartoli with the winning run.
“We got ourselves into a lot of trouble,” Peter Bartoli said. “But to the kids’ credit, they got themselves out of a lot of trouble. Their hitting today was great, they ran the bases well.”
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