Worcester Beats Bristol to Take Game One
Harris, Pesce and Sidwell power Bravehearts to 8-6 win
Worcester, MA— Dustin Harris hit a bases-clearing double, Kirk Sidwell added three hits and Joe Pesce knocked in three runs to give Worcester an 8-6 win in game one of the second-round series of the FCBL playoffs.
Worcester struck first in the bottom of the second thanks to a Kirk Sidwell solo home run. Bristol took the lead in the top of the third. With the bases loaded, Jimmy Sullivan hit a 2-run RBI single to give the Blues a 2-1 advantage.
The Bravehearts would take the lead for good in the home half of the third. Idelson Taveras and Mariano Ricciardi hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Eddie Haus then walked to load the bases. Dustin Harris then hit a bases-clearing double to give Worcester a 4-2 lead.
Worcester extended its lead in the fifth inning. Mariano Ricciardi lead off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Dustin Harris single. After Patrick Hannon came in to pitch, Ricciardi scored on a wild pitch to give Worcester a 5-2 advantage. The Bravehearts added another run in the sixth. After Sidwell led off the inning with a double, Pesce hit an RBI single to score him and extend Worcester’s lead to four.
Jimmy Sullivan hit an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning for Bristol to cut Worcester’s lead to three. Worcester would respond in the home half of the inning thanks to a two-run RBI double off the bat of Pesce, which gave Worcester an 8-3 advantage.
Bristol made things interesting in the ninth. Alex LoParco hit an RBI single to make it an 8-4 game. Justyn-Henry Malloy then hit a two-run RBI double to cut Worcester’s lead to two, but that’s as far as Bristol would get.
Rob Cerulle got the win for Worcester, pitching two shutout innings and striking out five. David Tiskevics got the save.
The Bravehearts will play game two of the three-game series on the road in Bristol tomorrow night. If the Bravehearts lose, game three would be played in Worcester on Thursday night at 7:05 pm.