Record-Journal Expos climbs above .500 with victory over People’s United Bank
MERIDEN – Accompanied by rain for most of the night, the Expos Record-Journal hosted the United People’s Bank on Thursday night in a Greater Hartford Twilight baseball game.
Although they were able to get through the majority of the game, he was called up after the start of the sixth and although the Peoples United Bank team struggled in the final innings, the Expos led end to end and after the game was close at hand, reopened it late to end the night with a 9-6 win in six innings at Ceppa Field.
“Once the game starts, what’s the point of stopping,” said Expos manager Charlie Hesseltine. “It should be normal time for baseball. If it rained harder, yes I would understand that I hung it up, but a light drizzle all night long, nothing too bad. I still consider it baseball time.
The Expos (5-4) scored in clusters. In each round in which they scored, they achieved several runs starting with the second. A slugger, a draw and a simple misalignment charged the bases with just one out late in the inning. The first two points in the Expos came thanks to a misconduct from the People’s United Bank shortstop and a sacrificial back-to-back volley at bat.
After being hit with a pitch, Jack Rich charged up the goals again and the Expos scored their third run of the inning on a wild pitch that fell back to the fence.
The bottom of the third was about the same as the Expos offense continued to roll. They had hits, walks and capitalized on timely errors to send 10 home and score four runs in the inning, extending their lead to 7-0.
“We drew a lot of steps and hit the runners pretty well,” said Hesseltine. We managed to score nine points today, and we had four or five in the third set, which helped. “
While the offense produced, the defense kept the opposition in check as Justin Marks faced minimum in three of the first four innings.
Things got risky for the southpaw in the fifth. Three hits, one pitch error and two straight goals stacked on top of each other in six straight batters, resulting in a 7-3 game before they could get the second in the inning. A straight RBI single and a batting walk pushed the People’s United Bank’s last two runs of the home inning and just like that it was a 7-5 game.
Kyle Hartenstein started low in the fifth with a single, then worked his way around the goal and stood in third in an attempt to give the Expos some momentum without any outs.
A rich double hit him, 8-5, and he slipped third a few pitches later. He scored the team’s last point on a Groundout that was the Expos’s first in the round.
People’s United Bank looked to create a little more drama in the start of the sixth after the second batter in the inning hit a single, then quickly found themselves third after two back-to-back wild pitches. He scored in the next game at bat to make it a 9-6 game. It’s as close as they would get when the Expos shut down any idea of racing.
Kameron Hartenstein shot down a runner trying to steal second place and Marks ended the game with a strikeout to secure the Expos 9-6 victory.