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Late rally sparks Lloyd’s Legion team

Lloyd’s senior American Legion team found itself with some momentum after winning two of their last three, and in the middle of another one-run game, leading Kingston 3-2 after the top of the third inning at home last week.

Lloyd's CJ Tozzi gets the force at second against Kingston's AJ Searselli.

Lloyd’s CJ Tozzi gets the force at second against Kingston’s AJ Searselli.

The Huskies entered the game Tuesday, June 19, after playing in six one-run games during their nine games up until that day. But after an ugly sixth, in which Kingston scored four runs to lead 8-3, the Huskies came back to tie it 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh – and win 9-8 in the eighth when Ryan LaMark scored on Brian Pesavento’s sacrifice fly.

“We’re over .500 in one-run games at 4-3,” said Joe Pugliese, Lloyd’s coach, with some mathematical clarity – following the game’s euphoric ending in extra innings.

Pesavento, LaMark and Joey Pugliese gave the Huskies an early 3-1 lead with second inning RBI-singles for a 3-1 lead.

But Kingston came back and led 4-3 in the fifth inning before tacking on four more runs in the sixth behind a series misplayed and simple dropped balls. Kingston’s Matt Fletcher opened the inning with a double that turned into a home run as the Huskies failed to get a grip on the ball.

“We did not make the plays that were there.We have to make the plays when they are presented,” said Pugliese. “You have to make the routine plays when they are there.”

Jarred Babineau, Lloyd’s starter, walked the bases loaded with two outs before handing the ball to Vinny Molinare, who got a fly-out to end the inning, trailing 8-3.

“I thought I pitched well, but there wasn’t much defense behind me,” said Babineau, when his day was finished. “The bats are coming alive now, and they are picking it back up.”

The Huskies were in the middle of their comeback. LaMark doubled home a run in the sixth, and that was followed by Pugliese’s two-run double. The Huskies tied it the seventh 8-8 before LaMark singled to open the eighth, stole second and third and then ending it with a run home on Pesavento’s sacrifice fly.

“This is the first game in which we hit the way we’re capable of,” said Pugliese. “We kept hitting. When you put the ball in play, good things happen.”

Lloyd improved to 4-6.

By Bond Brungard
sports@tcnewnewspapers.com

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