BETHEL – The Telstar Regional High School baseball team received a shot in the arm from Mike Fleet in a Mountain Valley Conference baseball game Friday afternoon.
The right-handed Fleet pitched a complete game and the Telstar offense scored eight runs in the third inning en route to a 14-4 win over Madison.
Designated hitter Gavin Broomhall led the Rebel hit parade with a three-run homer and a two-run double.
The game was called because of the mercy rule, following a two-run single by Peter Poore in the bottom of the sixth.
Telstar (2-4) had to come from behind and did so in fine fashion in the bottom of the third. They sent 14 batters to the plate and scored eight runs against a trio of Bulldog pitchers.
Nate Walker (three hits, three RBIs) tied the score by driving home Blake Conrad. Broomhall, Fleet and Walker each drove in two runs.
“I’ve been hitting the ball well,” Broomhall said. “I was looking for a good pitch and he delivered one, so I drove it.”
Madison (2-4) had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the third. Ryan Carpenter had an RBI ground out, Jason Wallace scored on a wild pitch and Madison pitcher Dan Kalagher scored another unearned run
Telstar prolonged the frame by committing three infield errors. Fleet certainly didn’t have his best stuff (seven hits, five walks), but he also had five strikeouts. Fleet (2-0) had a late breaking ball and hit two batters, in the first. The Bulldogs left the bases loaded twice.
“I struggled in the third,” Fleet said. “I kept battling and both my curveball and fastball were effective.”
Broomall’s blast in the first was initially called a double, but the umpires conferred and ruled the ball had cleared the blue, mesh fence in left field
“Hopefully, this (game) is what the team needed,” Telstar coach Bob Remington said. “Fleet had control problems, but pitched our first complete game this season,”