CLINTON -- Good things come to those who wait.
Bromfield (1-0) picked up its first win since 2012 over Clinton (0-1),4-3, last Friday afternoon at the Veterans Athletic Complex.
Bromfield sophomore first baseman Chris Culkins hammered home the equalizing runs, his 2 RBI double down the right field line in the sixth inning.
Caleb Green's two-out seventh inning blast to right handcuffed the Clinton right-fielder and prompted senior captain Zane Atwood to scoot across with the winning run.
The Trojans rode the arm of their starting pitcher, junior right-hander Andre Weber, who went the distance for Bromfield, scattering just four hits over seven innings of work, allowing one run and issuing a strikeout. Weber's change-up and curve ball were carving up the strike zone all afternoon despite a swirling brisk wind and a cloudy backdrop.
"It's been about a year since our first win," Weber said. "It's just great. Finally we get joy after all the sorrow of losing. I look back at our defense, and I think I am so glad that they caught that. Last year there were errors all over the place.
"Coming out here, I wouldn't have expected to win," said Weber. "I came in ready to play... This year, I think we have a much better team. We always stay positive even when we are losing; that's a really big factor in us winning today."
Bromfield senior captain Ben Veno jolted a one-out single to left field for the first hit of the ballgame.
Veno was left stranded as Clinton starter Josh Bahnick sent the next two batters down in succession to retire the side.
Weber struggled with his control early in the outing -- throwing eight of the first nine pitches for balls. The junior hurler threw a hitless first inning, but Clinton managed to seize the lead on a fielder's choice by Johan Asencio that plated Tom Russell. Bahnick would come across and score later in the inning as the Gaels led 2-0 at the conclusion of one.
Bromfield's Tommy Jackovitz belted a two-out bleeder to left center field for a single, but he was left stranded to end the inning. Weber recovered late in the bottom half of the second after allowing singles to Luke Elworthy and nine-hole hitter Owen Gannon. Weber jammed both Bahnick and Owen Grady for the final putouts of the second.
Bahnick (12 strikeouts) settled in nicely on the bump for the Gaels, striking out six Trojan batters in a row in the third and fourth frame. Clinton collected its third run of the afternoon when Elworthy scurried across on an RBI single to center field by Jake Hatch in the bottom of the fourth.
The Trojans left two runners on base in the fifth inning after Brandon Keady reached on a single and Culkins walked.
In the bottom half of the frame, Weber backed himself into a corner after walking Grady to begin the inning. The Trojans' ace battled valiantly to ring up Elworthy on a filthy change-up that dropped in on the left side of the plate.
Weber jammed the next Clinton batter, Frankie Matos, who hit a high chopper to shortstop Veno. Veno snared the hard-hit ball, pivoted and tossed to second baseman Keady, who made a stellar throw to Culkins at first for the inning-ending 6-4-3 twin killing.
Culkins' frozen rope plopped down behind the Clinton right fielder and rolled to the wall, allowing Atwood and Green to come across with the tying runs.
The Bromfield defense held steady in the bottom of the sixth, bringing across the game-winning run on an error in right.
Bahnick, the Clinton starting pitcher, is very familiar to Bromfield skipper Fred McDonald. Bahnick surrendered seven hits over six and two-third innings.
"That Clinton kid pitched for me in AAU," head coach McDonald said. "He was unbelievable for me then, but we got to him in the sixth. We had eight hits today and out hit them for the entire game. It was truly a great team win for us."