The Princeton Rays played one of their best games of the season in their 5-1 victory over the Bristol Sox at home on July 14.

Rays’ manager Michael Johns, with a smile on his face remarked, “In this game, our pitching was outstanding. Our defense was outstanding. Our hitting was outstanding. When we put these three elements together, we are a pretty good team.”

Bristol aided the Rays by committing four errors. Only two of Princeton’s five runs were earned. The Rays played errorless ball.

Although Andrew Bellatti had pitched very well all season, this game was his first win. He hurled six innings giving up one run on two hits. He wrapped up his superb performance by fanning five and walking none. Reliever Mickey Jannis was terrific pitching scoreless ball for three innings. He gave up three hits while striking out three and walking one. Jannis collected his second save of the season.

The Sox scored the first run of the game in the second inning. Daniel Black doubled to the fence in right field. Rangel Ravelo slashed a single to right field scoring Black.

The Rays responded immediately. Ruben Contreras had a bunt single. He advanced to second base on a throwing error and moved to third on a wild pitch. He tallied a run on another throwing error.

In the sixth inning, Princeton forged ahead. Scott Lawson singled to center field, stole second base, and advanced to third base on a groundout. Alejandro Segovia reached first base on a throwing error while Lawson scored. Segovia proceeded to steal second base and moved to third base on a passed ball. Segovia scored on Hector Guevara’s single.

The Rays added two more runs in the eighth inning. Todd Glaesmann drilled a double along the right field line and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Scott Lawson launched a two-run homer over the right field fence.

Princeton retired 15 consecutive batters from the second inning with two outs to the seventh inning with two outs.

Other than their run in the second frame, the only other inning that Bristol threatened to score was the seventh inning. With two outs, Michael Schwartz walked. Chase Blackwood cracked a double to left field. Schwartz attempted to score, but was cut down at the plate by a flawless relay of the ball from left fielder Cesar Guillen to shortstop Felix Gonzalez to catcher Alejandro Segovia.

The Rays had several other fine defensive plays executed primarily by Gonzalez and second baseman Hector Guevara.

The Princeton offense was paced by Scott Lawson with a homer and a single, Todd Glaesmann with a single and a double, and Hector Guevara with two singles. Ruben Contreras and Felix Gonzalez collected singles.

As manager Johns said, it was an outstanding performance by the Rays.

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