SIMSBURY - The Brass City Bombers couldn’t have chosen a more opportune time to break out and do it with some exclamation points.
The Bombers rolled to their sixth consecutive win when they defeated the Simsbury SaberCats, 9-3 in a Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League game at Memorial Park on July 27.
Continuing his hot pace at the plate, Nick Lorusso’s three-run home run set the tone for the Bomber offense.
Former Watertown High School star and current AIC infielder Cam DeFeo had three hits while Ethan Hibbard, Charlie Pagliarini, Tim Zupkus and Jack Drewry all had two hits.
On the mound Ben Fero, Billy Oldham and Derek Goldrick provided some added heat to already hot and humid conditionds, striking out 14 while scattering five hits.
The win increased the Bombers lead atop the CCBL standings, leading the Manchester Eagles by one full game (tied in loss column but with two more wins) with a 14-4 record heading into their scheduled July 28 game against Southington at Municipal Stadium.
With their fourth and fifth straight wins, the Bombers took over first place in the CCBL standings with a 13-4 record, putting those exclamation points on a week-long joyride by sweeping a double header from the third place Manchester Meagles on the scorching hot afternoon of July 26 at East Catholic High School.
In the opener, the Bombers took a 6-3 win behind the pitching of Jimmy Fahey and Tim Cianciolo, who scattered eight hits and struck out seven.
Luke Schliger homered and drove in two runs to lead the BC offense; former Watertown High School All-Stater Justin Guerrera ripped and RBI double while Jack Lynch contributed a key sacrifice fly and Zupkus scored two runs.
The Bombers completed to sweep with a 2-0 win in the nightcap as Grant Purpura and Fero combined on a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts
At the plate, Hibbard smacked and RBI double while Zupkus drove in the other run. Lynch, Lorusso, and Zach Bedryczuk had one hit apiece.
On July 24, the pitching again was the story as Matt Clarkin, Jack Rose and Derrick Goldrick combined on a two-hit gem, striking out 13 as the Bombers took down the Manchester Mavericks, 8-2 at ECHS.
Lynch was the man at the plate with two hits and two RBIs, while Charlie Pagliarini ripped a two-run single.
Zupkus had one hit and scored two runs for the Bombers.
The Bombers defeated the Southington Shock, 7-1 on July 22.
Pagliarini unloaded the big hit of the game, blasting and three-run homer; Lorusso added a single, double and drove in one run while Bedryczuk, Guerrera and Lynch all had run-scoring singles.
On the pitching front, the Bombers received another standout team effort, as Grant Purpura, Cianciolo and Billy Oldham combined on a two-hitter, striking out 14.
The week began with the Bombers defeating Glastonbury 7-4 at Municipal Stadium on July 20.
Zupkus and Bedryzcuk had two hits each and scored three runs; Drewry chipped in an RBI single and Lynch added one hit and scored one run.
Four Bomber pitchers combined to scatter eight hits and strike out 11.
Brass City Bombers 14-4
Manchester Eagles 12-4
Manchester Meagles 11-6
Hamden Miners 9-6
Manchester Mavs 11-8
Glastonbury Arrows 9-10
Simsbury SaberCats 7-10
Wallingford Silver Storm 7-10
Southington Shock 5-12
Tobacco Valley Renegades 2-17
RESULTS AND SCHEDULE
24 Tobacco Valley W 7-1
28 Tobacco Valley L 2-5/W 8-6
2 Hamden W 7-0
6 Glastonbury W 12-2
7 Southington W 3-1
9 Manc. Mavericks W 2-1
10 Manc. Meagles W 10-7
15 Simsbury L 2-4
19 Manc. Eagles L 0-6/L 0-10
20 Glastonbury W 7-4
22 @Southington W 7-1
24 @Manc. Mavericks W 8-2
26 @Manc. Meagles W 6-3/W 2-0
27 Simsbury W 9-3
30 @Wallingord (Wall Field) 6:30 p.m.