Thunder Ducks 14 Torrington Rebels 13
After a team meeting, Valley has decided to change their nickname to Thunder Ducks and took the field with a refreshed enthusiasm Thursday evening, Thunder and Torrington were first finishing up a game tied at 13 runs apiece after seven innings from earlier this year. Joe Torres gets hit by a pitch steals 2nd the advances to third on a over throw. Joe then steals home on a pass ball for the go ahead Valley run. Anthony Capasso strikes out 2 and a ground out to himself to end the game and the Ducks win.
Thunder Ducks 7 Torrington Rebels 0
The thunder ducks won 7-0 behind the no-hit pitching by Anthony capasso. The game was stopped after 5 innings due to weather, darkness, and safety concerns of a wet field and wet baseballs. Matt Meier went 1-2 with a triple and 2 RBIs and joe Torres went 2-2 with a double and a rbi. The thunder are ready for the big game against the Blasius on Sunday at 10am
Terryville Black Sox 7 TriTown Trojans 1
Two of the Tri-State Baseball League’s best pitchers faced off for the second time this season in a battle for first place in the high-powered 17-team league Thursday evening at the Old Terryville High School. This time, Terryville Black Sox ace Kody Kerski came away smiling with a 7-1 win over the defending league champion Tri-Town Trojans. Earlier this season, the same two pitchers dueled to a 2-1 nine-inning win for Tri-Town’s Miles Scribner at Litchfield’s Community Field as Scribner’s crafty breaking balls outlasted Kerski’s power pitching. The difference carried the Trojans (12-2) to a half-game edge against Terryville (13-2) in the standings until Thursday night, when the Black Sox had a couple of extra things going for them.
“There’s something about this field,” said player/coach Dave Alarcon. “We haven’t lost on it in a couple of years.” The other thing was pitching style. Scribner’s breaking balls require a generous strike zone to work his magic. Thursday, the zone was tight. “He was all around it,” said Terryville’s Gavin Lavallee, who cashed in first with two RBIs in the first inning after Scribner’s only walk forced him to work his pitches closer to Terryville’s zone. Meanwhile, Kerski’s fastballs were thriving. “He was pumping it,” said Tri-Town player/coach Dan McCarty. “And he was spotting his fastball.” In his first time on the mound in three or four weeks after an elbow injury, the rest might have helped Kerski’s velocity, whistling six straight strikes past Tri-Town’s first two batters in the game.
The Trojans loaded the bases on a hit by McCarty (2-for-3), a hit batter and an error, but the threat disappeared on a grounder to first. In the bottom of the inning, Scribner’s start was the opposite, loading the bases on hits by Chris Ayer (2-for-3, 2 runs), Tony Patane (2-for-2, 2 doubles, RBI, run) and a walk to Andrew Hinckley. “He wasn’t getting the calls on his crafty pitches,” said Patane. RBI singles by Lovallee and Chris Callahan (2-for-3) gave Kerski a 3-0 lead to work with. “It’s a different mentality with that kind of lead. You can go right after the hitters,” Kerski said. For the next three-and-a-half innings, it was classic pitching as Scribner (6 innings, 10 hits, 6 strikeouts) recovered his command and Kerski (6 innings, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk) let his fastballs fly. But in the bottom of the fifth inning, Terryville’s hitters found their way again. After an opening pop-out to short, three straight batters — Tyler Wenz, Kyle Tehan and Ayer — singled the bases loaded. Patane hit a sacrifice fly to right for one run. Hinckley literally slammed the door with a three-run homer deep into the left-field trees. “He threw me three straight sliders,” Hinckley said. At 7-0,
Tri-Town avoided the shutout with a run in the seventh against Terryville closer Mike Krieger on two hits by Austin Patenaude and Andrew Prince (RBI double). Still, the Black Sox are now a half-game in the lead. “They take advantage of the things that go their way. That’s how good teams win championships,” said Tri-Town’s McCarty. “We learned some lessons. The (league) tournament is still coming up.”
Naugy/Winsted game was rained out
Amenia Monarchs 5 Northwest Orioles 0
Game recap coming soon.
Burlington Hunters 9 Canton Crushers 2
The Hunters bested the Crushers on Thursday 9 -2. Every Burlington batter contributed to the cause, marking at least one successful trip to first, while Napolitano, Morin, Zaruba, and Hansen all had multi hit days. LaFontaine and O’Leary both continue to work on their charm as both were plunked in a race to least amicable player. Ty Morin threw 5.1 scoreless for the Hunters to pickup the win. Jimmy Spirito led the Crushers with two hits, two RBIs, and a longball about 2 inches short of a grand slam.