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Enfield Holds On to Defeat East Granby, 6-3

Raiders open baseball season with two straight wins.

Avery Boissy had three hits and scored two runs, and some fine Enfield defense led the Raiders to a 6-3 win over East Granby in NCCC baseball action Thursday in Enfield.

John Cerrato was the winning pitcher, allowing just one run and five hits in six innings. Steve Roy got the final three outs to earn the save.

"John had a little bit of control trouble, got himself into some jams but he got himself out of them as well," Enfield coach Jay Gaucher said.

Boissy started the Enfield first with a double, then stole third and scored on an overthrow. Justin Thomas doubled and moved to third on a Dan Critz single, then both runners scored on Tony Romano's double for a 3-0 Raider lead.

The Crusaders got on the board in the second inning when Tyler Fricke walked, was sacrificed to second and scored on a Ryan Gothers double.

Boissy tripled with one out in the second, and scored on Tom Meskell's sacrifice fly to restore Enfield's three-run advantage. The Raiders added two more runs in the fourth, as Sal Spadaro and Tyler Griffith came home on an infield error.

East Granby saw a potential rally snuffed out in the fifth, when Conor Kennedy was called out for batter's interference on a pickoff attempt by Critz, the Enfield catcher.

A pair of walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh for the Crusaders. Brian Watterlond scored on a fielder's choice grounder, then Greg Poll crossed the plate on a single by Kennedy. Gothers drilled a line drive to first, which Thomas snared and doubled off Kennedy to end the game.

Watterlond pitched well in a losing effort for East Granby, going the distance while striking out five.

"I thought we played well, and came back nicely at the end," said East Granby coach Bob Bromage, who coached at Enfield for more than 30 years and is a member of the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame.

Enfield (2-0) visits crosstown rival Fermi Saturday at 11 a.m., while East Granby (0-2) hosts Canton Monday at 3:45 p.m.

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