A local pitcher helped the Bristol Blues stay in position in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoff chase on Tuesday night at Muzzy Field.
Ben Brown, a former Holy Cross High School standout, pitched for Bristol on Fan Appreciation Night and shut down the Nashua Silver Knights in front of an announced crowd of 3,061.
Brown, who pitches for Post University, tossed 6.1 innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander gave up just two hits, struck out four and walked two. The Blues later pulled away from the Silver Knights for a 6-0 victory. Brown earned the win for his effort. He threw 55 of his 91 pitches for strikes. Brown is a native of Middlebury.
With the win, Bristol (23-26) hung on to its No. 6 position in the FCBL playoff standings. The Blues sit ahead of the Torrington Titans, Martha's Vineyard Sharks, Pittsfield Suns and Wachusett Dirt Dawgs for the final spot in the postseason. Bristol is in second place in the West Division behind the Worcester Bravehearts, but there are four teams in the East Division that are ahead of it.
Note: The Blues drew more than 40,000 fans to 29 home games at Muzzy Field this season, according to the team's Twitter account. That's nearly 1,400 per game.