2021 Tri-State Playoffs Round 2

2021 Post Season

  • All 13 teams make the playoffs
  • Top 3 teams get bye in Round 1  (#4/#13, #5/#12, #6/#11, #7/#10, #8/#9)
  • Each round in Tri-State Playoffs will be a “Best-of-Three” Series
  • Saturday playoff games to start between (10am – 3pm).
  • Sunday playoff games any time after 10am
  • NOTE: 15 minute grace period allowed only if team is short of 9 players available
  • NOTE: Rainout dates are to be expected to be the very next day for entire playoffs
  • NOTE: All games must complete 9 innings of play. Friday games finished Sat if needed
  • NOTE: Players must have played in 5 regular season games to be eligible for league playoffs
  • NOTE: Any game that does not complete 9 innings of play as scheduled will be a suspended game regardless of how many innings are played.
  • NOTE: No starting on second base for extra innings in playoffs.
  • NOTE: No 10 run mercy rule in playoffs

Friday July 23 – Sunday July 25: 1st Round Tri-State Playoffs

Friday July 30 – Sunday August 1: 2nd Round Tri-State Playoffs

Friday August 6 – Sunday August 8: Semi-Finals Tri-State Playoffs

Wednesday August 18 – Friday August 20: Tri-State World Series

NOTE: All games 9 innings

#1 Terryville Black Sox vs #8 Southington 66ers

Friday July 30: Terryville Black Sox 14 Southington 66ers 1

The Black Sox jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on back to back singles by Chris Ayer and Tony Patane followed by a 2 run double by Alex Rauso and didn’t look back on the way to a 14-1 victory.  Rauso led the offense with 4 hits including a home run and double while veteran Tony Patane is getting hot at the right time adding 3 hits a walk.  On the mound, the quartet of Jay Berger, Kyle Dube, Mike Apple and Taylor Donofrio pitched well, scattering 4 hits while giving up 1 run.

Saturday July 31: Terryville Black Sox 4 Southington 66ers 3

In a fierce game 2 battle, Pat Raymond of the 66ers kept the Black Sox bats at bay most of the game throwing a complete game gem allowing 4 runs and scattering 7 hits.  Mike Apple hit a 2 run home run off a leaf in left center field at Eli Terry to give the Sox the lead in the middle innings 3-2.  The 66ers weren’t ready to give in and battled back to tie the game at 3 a piece in the top of the 9th when Raymond helped his own cause leading off the inning with a solo shot off the top of the fence in right field.  In the bottom of the 9th a hit by pitch, single and walk loaded the bases for Tyler Wenz.  With the infield in, Wenz hit a sharp ground ball to short where the shortstop dove, made a great play but the throw was just a bit late trying to cut the run down at home plate and the Sox won 4-3.

#2 Tri-Town Trojans vs #10 Twisters

Friday July 30: Tri-Town Trojans 12 Twisters 3

Saturday July 31: Tri-Town Trojans 7 Twisters 1

#3 Amenia Monarchs vs #6 Wolcott Scrappers

Friday July 30: Wolcott Scrappers 5 Amenia Monarchs 1

Saturday July 31: Amenia Monarchs 13 Wolcott Scrappers 9

Sunday August 1: Wolcott Scrapper 8 Amenia Monarchs 5

#4 Bethlehem Plowboys vs #5 Winsted Whalers

Friday July 30: Bethlehem Plowboys 6 Winsted Whalers 5

copyright Peter Wallace Register Citizen 7/30/21

In a game with lots of chances and even bigger misses, the No. 4 seeded Bethlehem Plowboys came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 win over the No. 5 Winsted Whalers in the first game of a best-of-three series in the Tri-State Baseball League’s second round.

Winsted starter Austin Brochu (8 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks, 3 hit batters) seemed to have things under control when the Whalers went up 4-0 over the first five-and-a-half innings. Bethlehem’s Keegan Daigle (3 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks) relieved starter Ty Erikson to keep the tie. But Winsted found a way to take another lead in the top of the ninth on a hit batter, hit by Jay Torres and a throwing error.

Torres came on to try to close out the win, but couldn’t find his mark. Four walks and a throwing error had the Plowboys dancing with their 13th win in their last 14 games.
Then the Plowboys found their stride with four runs in the bottom of the sixth on two hits, a walk, hit batter and an error. “It was fun going in with a 4-4 tie because you have to perform,” said Daigle. “I never had a doubt about Keegan,” said Plowboy coach Rich Revere.

Ian Schmidth and Matt D’Amato were Bethlehem’s only multiple hitters with two apiece. Torres and Brochu had two each for Winsted, with another chance this morning at Walker Field.

Saturday July 31: Bethlehem Plowboys 10 Winsted Whalers 6

copyright Peter Wallace Register Citizen 7/31/21

A scratch-it-out come-from-behind win by the No. 4 seed Bethlehem Plowboys over the No. 5 Winsted Whalers Friday night in Bethlehem brought out the sluggers from both teams Saturday morning in the Tri-State Baseball League championship playoffs’ best-of-three Round 2 at Walker Field. The Plowboys sealed the series with a 10-7 win, but scoring on both sides came in bunches Saturday, leaving a trail of pitchers and scorekeepers miserable in their wake on a bright sunny day in Winsted. Each side had its own veritable parade marshal.

Winsted’s John Lippincott matched Campbell’s RBI total with a three-run double and a sacrifice fly while Lukas Gryniak went 4-for-5 with an RBI and run scored as the bandmaster. “A three-game, nine-inning series is really hard on pitching staffs,” said Winsted player/coach Chester Warner while Plowboy coach Rich Revere praised his relievers, Isaiah Johnson and Sam Williams, for keeping the Whalers’ bombers at bay after a six-run Winsted fifth inning.

“It’s all about depth,” said Campbell, who’s used to seeing well-rested aces on weekends for nine-inning league games while regular-season games during the week are limited to seven. In fact, the slugger was held to one hit (along with two walks) Friday night after earning enough hitting respect to lead the league in walks this season. Saturday, the pattern held true as both starters — Winsted’s Mitch Gryniuk and Bethlehem’s Justin Koutros — breezed through the first three innings unscathed before wearing down. Campbell blew open Gryniuk’s door in the top of the fourth.

Rick Descoteaux led off with just the second hit of the game for Bethlehem. With one out, Campbell’s two-run bomb soared to left center field like a missile, followed by a Matt D’Amatp single and three walks for a 3-0 total. Faced with the prospect of another nine-inning game on Sunday with a relatively thin staff, Coach Warner kept his cards on Gryniuk’s table, coming away a winner for the next two innings. Winsted batters cracked open Koutros’ door in the bottom of the fourth as leadoff batter Rick Langer reached first on a Plowboy error, third on a double by Austin Brochu and home on Lippinchott’s long sacrifice fly.

Gryniuk returned to form over the next two innings, with the help of a double play in the top of the sixth, but Whaler bats whaled in the bottom of the fifth. Koutros hit trouble with two hits, two walks and an error for three runs and a 4-3 Winsted lead. The difference was Revere had more arms in the bullpen. Isaiah Johnson came in for a walk, a hit by Lukas Gryniak and Lippincott’s three-run double, upping the ante to 7-3 Whalers. But Johnson’s offense rewarded him with another salvo and a final lead — five runs this time — in the top of the seventh. A Jon Wilson hit and three walks ended Gryniuk’s long day while the Plowboys took the lead on Campbell’s two-run double, two wild pitches and a hit batter.Sam Williams, another strong Bethlehem arm, came on to lock up the Whalers for the next three innings while Mark Cunningham pressed on for the Whalers.

The Plowboys racked up the final score in the top of the eighth on a single to Mike Mancini, a walk to Campbell and a two-run double by Mike Milius.“Our offense is on par with anyone’s in the league,” said Winsted’s Warner. “If we can get a few more pitchers next year, I think we’ll be near the top of the league.” Meanwhile, with their 14th win in their last 15 games, the Plowboys consider themselves the hottest team in the league, looking forward to a semifinal series next weekend against the No. 1 Terryville Black Sox or No. 2 Tri-Town Trojans. “We’re the last team in the league they want to face,” said Campbell. If only the arms hold out.

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