CLINTON — Bromfield senior right-hander Andre Weber pitched a gem in Friday afternoon’s win over Clinton at Fuller Field.
Weber went the distance, struck out 13 and allowed just one earned run on eight hits in the Trojans’ 5-3 victory over the Gaels.
Weber’s off-speed pitches were working masterfully — it was when he went to the fastball, the Gael lineup started to catch up.
“My off-speed stuff has a little more bite on it this year,” Weber said following the win. “Clinton was able to hit the four-seam pretty well. I decided to stay with the curveball more often than I usually would. At one point, Zane and I dialed up the curve eight times in a row because they were having trouble hitting it. It got to a point where I was just feeling it.”
Bromfield third baseman Cam Maddalone socked three hits in four plate appearances, which included a double. Maddalone also scored two runs.
Right fielder Brendon Keady had a solid performance at the dish for the Trojans. Keady thumped a pair of hits in the win.
Clinton drew first blood in the top of the first, as Bromfield was acting as the home team. Clinton’s Johan Ascencio roped a one-out double to left-centerfield, plating Sergio Perez, who walked early in the inning.
Weber scraped by in the second inning with a little help from his middle infield. Shortstop Jackson Hannigan flipped to second baseman Scott Jarosz for the inning-ending twin killing to limit the Clinton damage to just one run.
In the first inning, Bromfield third baseman Ian Hanson blasted a two-run double over the left fielder’s head and it squirmed to the fence allowing Maddalone and Keady to come across with the go-ahead runs.
The Trojans used a two-run first and second inning to take the early lead. Senior captain Zane Atwood belted a two-run double in the second inning to put the Trojans up 4-1 after two.
Weber commanded the strike zone with back-to-back punch outs. The Gaels’ bottom tier of the order had a hard time adjusting to the crafty righty’s curve.
Weber then induced a groundball to get out of the inning unscathed.
Atwood roped a double to dead center field to bring across Keady and Maddalone, who both reached when they were hit by pitches.
The Trojans added one more run in the third inning, when Weber reached on a throwing error at third. Sam Rosenfield, who singled early in the inning, scored on the Weber defensive indifference.
The Perez and Ascencio connection in the heart of the Gael lineup combined for the final two runs. Bromfield was outhit by Clinton 8-5 but the Trojans have really improved their presence at the plate.
“We rented out a whole hitting facility earlier in the week,” Bromfield head coach Freddy McDonald said after the win. “I am really impressed with how hard the kids are hitting the ball this year.”
Bromfield has been plagued by the error bug in its first three games. The trend continued Friday afternoon, as the Trojans, who were designated the home club, committed five errors, but Weber’s off- speed arsenal helped keep the Gaels off-balance.
“We have to limit the number of errors we commit,” McDonald said. “If we want to have a chance against some of the tougher teams in our league, we need to field the ball more cleanly.”