GREATER HARTFORD TWILIGHT BASEBALL: Coon mows down the Bristol Greeners as the R-J Expos improve to 9-7

MERIDEN – The Record-Journal Expos improved to 9-7 on the season after a dominating 6-1 win over the Bristol Greeners on Tuesday. The Expos turned the tables on the Greeners after losing 3-2 to Bristol on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the Greeners struck first in the Greater Hartford Twilight League contest at Ceppa Field. In the top of the first inning, Ben Mazzone doubled and then later came around to score after a passed-ball then a sacrifice fly from Jon Pierce. That run first would be Bristol’s last as Expos’ pitcher, Carson Coon, would fire off 13 strikeouts and only allow six hits in the win.

The Greeners lead was erased in the first inning. R-J’s Sebby Grignano led off the bottom of the first with a walk and a stolen base to put himself in scoring position for Justin Marks, who would even the score with a single.

After a leadoff single to start the second inning by Bristol’s Noah Fradette, the next three batters were sat down on strikes consecutively.

Taking the momentum from Coon’s dominance on the mound, the Expos were able to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the second.  Charlie Hesseltine came around to score from second after cranking a double to the right field fence. He was driven in by a Jeff Papciak single.

From that point, it was all Expos. The R-J squad tagged Bristol pitcher Trevor Mays with four earned runs in the bottom of the fifth as Coon (bunt single), Grignano (reached on fielder’s choice), Marks (single) and Jack Rich (double) would all cross the plate after reaching base in consecutive at bats.

From there, Coon would finish out his complete game gem with a little help from his defense and a great stretch by Hesseltine at first on a double-play to end the game.

With now only two games left in the regular season, the Expos will take to the road to play the Rainbow Graphics on Thursday and then People’s United Bank next Tuesday in search of a higher finish in the standings.

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