Musial Series ready to fill Mantle void

copyright Mark Jaffee Republican-American 8/5/22

With the Mickey Mantle Tournament not returning to the area his summer after a five-year stint, Tri-State League commissioner Ed Gadomski wanted to bring back an event featuring some elite amateur baseball talent.

The Stan Musial East Coast World Series will feature four teams next weekend at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury and Fuessenich Park in Torrington. The wood-bat event will feature the Terryville Black Sox, who are playing in the Connecticut Twilight League this season. “Without the Mantle tournament being here, this is the next best thing,” said Gadomski, who noted there is no admission to the games.
Gadomski had hoped to add teams from the New England region and tri-state area, but wasn’t able to lock in teams. The other three teams set are the Milford Hunters of the West Haven League, the Albany (N.Y.) Athletics and the Braintree (Mass.) White Sox.

Each team will participate pool play, which will feature seven-inning games. On Friday, Braintree will meet Albany at 3 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. A home run derby will follow at 6 p.m. with two players per team participating and be allowed to use aluminum bats. In the nightcap, Terryville will meet Milford at 7:30 p.m. Free hotdogs and chips will offered to fans Friday.

A week from today, the two losing teams from Friday will play at 10 a.m. followed by the two winning teams at 1 p.m. Both games are at Municipal. Teams that had not played each other will play at 4 p.m. at Municipal and at Fuessenich. On Sunday, Aug.14, the championship game is set for 11 a.m. at Municipal with a 2 p.m. matchup, if necessary.


Friday August 5

Game 1: Tri-Town Trojans 3 Blasius Chevrolet 2

Game 1: Bethlehem Plowboys 10 Amenia Monarchs 5

Saturday August 6

Game 2: Tri-Town Trojans 16 Blasius Chevrolet 4

Game 2: Bethlehem Plowboys 15 Amenia Monarchs 0

Tri-State World Series

Tri-Town Trojans vs Bethlehem Plowboys

Game 1: Sunday August 14 at 6pm Fuessenich Park

Game 2: Monday August 15 at 7pm Municipal Stadium

Game 3: Tuesday August 16 at 7pm Municipal Stadium (if necessary)

2022 Post Season

  • Top 10 teams make the playoffs
  • Top 6 seeds advance to First Round of Double-Elimination playoffs
  • Wildcard games single elimination (#7 seed vs #10 seed; #8 seed vs #9 seed) 7 inning games
  • Each round following Wildcard 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

Tuesday July 26 Wildcard playoffs (single elimination)

Wolcott Scrappers 5 Southington Gamecocks 3

Burlington Hunters 6 Valley Ducks 2

In a win or go home Wildcard game, The Burlington Hunters defeated the Valley Ducks 6-2 to advance to the first round of the Tri-State Playoffs.  Taylor Donofrio started on the mound for the Hunters and went the distance allowing 2 runs on 8 hits, and striking out 3.  The Hunters were led offensively by George Zaruba (3/3, 2B, R) and Jheremi Rosado who delivered a huge 2 RBI triple in the first inning.  The Hunters would score 5 in the first inning and that proved to be all they needed to close out the game.  

Hunters were confused when they saw a clean shaven Ty Pelletier take the mound for the Ducks to start the game.  Without his amazing mustache, Pelletier would struggle in the first inning.  Pelletier would later admit “A brutal mistake, I can’t believe I shaved all that mojo off of my face”.  He would be replaced by Matt Kozlowski who would finish out the game allowing just 1 run and scattering 4 hits over 5.2 innings.  

Game highlights include: The Hunters win their first playoff game in 8 years, The Hunters complete just their 3rd game of the year without allowing an unearned run, Chris Rossi did not fall for a hidden ball trick, Zack Martin missed the biggest game of the year to go on vacation to the lovely, beautiful state of…. Delaware?  and all 5 fans in attendance appreciated the return of Tyler Doyle and his DJ skills.

Saturday July 30 (9 innings)

Game 1: Tri-Town Trojans 19 Burlington Hunters 0

Game 1: Amenia Monarchs 13 Wolcott Scrappers 7

Game 1: Bethlehem Plowboys 11 Brass City Vipers 10

Isaiah Johnson. Remember the name, the Bethlehem Plowboys opened up their series with the Vipers with an 11-10 victory in a back and forth game where bats from both sides were on fire. George Bielizna got the start for Plow going 6 plus allowing 8 runs (6 earned) striking out 5. Both starters battled finding the zone all day, Collin got the start for the vipers going 3.1 innings pitched allowing 6 runs and striking out 4. The Vipers jumped out early putting 4 up in the top of the first thanks to an rbi single by Bryant and a 3 run homer by Jalen. But the plow answered back in the bottom half putting 3 runs up and ended up tying it in the bottom of the second on a Jarrett Michaels home run to left field. Leads were traded about every other inning with Joray and Doilmend for the Vipers both hitting 2run homers. The second best hit of the day (somehow) came in the bottom of the 7th when Joe Fainer hit an absolute nuke over the trees in left to give the plow a lead. Bethlehem went up 10-9 going into the 9th but the Vipers snuck the tying run in on a bang-bang safe call on a steal of third base with 2outs in the 9th that led to an rbi single by Doilmend. Kyle Banche (he’s a PO that’s why he wasn’t out on the field)  relieved George going 4 strong innings allowing 2 runs and striking out 5 to get the W. And in the bottom of the ninth, game all tied up, isaiah Johnson had enough baseball for the day and took the first pitch to dead center over the press box to walk off the plowboy win! Did we mention he has abs? Great game by both teams, some fun light hearted chirping back and forth that kept both teams having fun and on there toes all game, game 2 takes place at municipal field tomorrow at 2pm.

Game 1: Blasius Chevrolet 9 Winsted Whalers 3

Sunday July 31 (9 innings)

Game 2: Tri-Town Trojans 14 Burlington Hunters 0

Game 2: Amenia Monarchs 14 Wolcott Scrappers 5

Game 2: Bethlehem Plowboys 6 Brass City Vipers 2

The Bethlehem Plowboys swept the opening series of the playoffs with a 6-2 win over the Brass City Vipers on Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. Jason Johnson got the start for Bethlehem going 3.2 innings pitched striking out 3 hitters and allowing 2 unearned runs. Daclament and Kyle scored the 2 runs for the Vipers on the afternoon. The Vipers pitching held the Bethlehem bats at bay throwing a no hitter through 5 innings but the bats woke up in the 6th. Greg Campbell (the captain) laced a triple in the gap with 1 out and Joe Fainer ended up knocking him in with an RBI single. And then in the 8th the Plow took the lead and never gave it back, Ryan Bethin led off the inning with a single and then Joe Rupe laid down a beautiful bunt hit to put runners on first and second with no one out, Ricky Descoteaux knocked Bethin in and Fainer knocked Campbell in once again to make it 3-2. The Plowboy pitching after Johnson departed was better then ever, Dan Keckler took the ball in the 4th and went on to throw 4.1 innings striking out 5 and not allowing a single hit, then in the 9th after the Plow added 3 more insurance runs, Keegan Daigle shut the door to lock up the Plowboy W. The Plowboys take on there long time rival the Amenia Monarchs with whom they split the season series with, should be a great semi final matchup!

Game 2: Winsted Whalers 7 Blasius Chevrolet 3

Monday August 1 (9 innings) if necessary

Game 3: Blasius Chevrolet 5 Winsted Whalers 2

Friday August 5 – Sunday August 7: Semi-Finals Tri-State Playoffs

Sunday August 14 – Tuesday August 16: Tri-State World Series

Sunday 7/24

Blasius Chevrolet 7 Valley Ducks 4 (Saturday 7/23)

On a balmy Saturday morning Blasius would travel to Wolcott looking to avoid any chance of being part of a play-in game on Tuesday. The offense would come out as hot as the weather as leadoff hitter Conor Goggin would waste little time getting things going. Lining the first pitch of the game back up the box for a single. He would then quickly steal second base, and score on Steve Carosella’s single to deep center field. The single is being checked for record for longest single in Tri-State history. Two outs later Mike Vaccarelli would triple and score on Paul Novakowski’s RBI single. Staked to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first Blasius starter Dave Vadnais would waste as little time as possible giving up the lead. Pelletier would get things going with a quick single and score on Dek long home run to left field. A few trees were damaged on the home run but are still standing. The Ducks would add another I the first on a double by Dadonna and an RBI single from Fusco. In a sign that neither team would be willing to give an inch of let anyone escape the surface of the sun type heat. The boys in yellow would answer right back in the top of the second. Fran Phelan would get things started with a one out walk. Which would be followed by Sal Trichilo single and Goggins second single of the game would drive in Phelan who luckily avoided Blasius new third base coach Matty. The score would remain tied until the bottom of the fourth when the Ducks would once again get to Vadnais. Shane Fusco would lead off with a single and would move to second on a Plourde single; both runners would move up on a wild pitch. Fusco would come into score on Griffins one out fielders’ choice. That would be the last run that Vadnais would give up and Blasius would take the lead in the sixth inning. The top of the sixth would start and end with Phelan who led off the inning with a double. He would come in to score the tying run on a Carosella single. Vaccarelli would double in Carosella and by the Phelan would come to bat again the damage was done. Blasius had put up 5 in the inning and would look to escape the heat as they prepared for the regular season finale against Winsted.

Blasius Chevrolet 9 Winsted Whalers 5

After surviving the heat in Wolcott Blasius traveled to Historic Thomaston High School for the regular season home final as The Hotch continued to undergo repairs and playoff preparations. The game would determine home field advantage between Winsted and Blasius. Paul Novakowski would take the bump making his first appearance in 15 years. He would waste little time falling in line with the rest of the Blasius staff not named Brooks Belter by giving an early run. Winsted would get off to a hot start with a leadoff double by Owen McMahon who would score when Andrew Bilig would single in the next at bat. Blasius would take the lead in the second when Fraz Kader would leadoff the inning with a long double and score on Colby Linell’s single. Steve Carosella would cap the inning with a two-run single. Novakowski would keep making this pitching thing look easy as he would mow along. In the fourth inning as once again Carosella would drive in two more runs with yet another single. The fifth inning would be where the game was put out of reach Blasius would add three more runs highlighted by Steve Harrison’s first right-handed hit of the season. After a team only meeting in the Winsted dugout the whale would find the formula to getting Novakowski off his game. The top of the sixth would start like every inning sense the first at Novakowski would get the leadoff hitter. The second batter of the inning would be one pitch away from sending the Whale down to their final 4 outs when he would risk life and limb by leaning into the strike zone to work his way on base. The next two batters would work their way on with walks, before Pulino would hit along double, and Johnny Lippincott would follow up with a long triple. Cummings would single and capping the scoring. The win for Blasius moved them into fourth place on the season and with home field advantage in the first-round playoff series with Winsted. Novakowski survived the day and put himself in line for a possible Playoff start. Once again, the boys would like to thank their fans and their sponsor for what was a great regular season.

Brass City Vipers 7 Valley Ducks 6

Brass City Vipers 7 Canton Crushers 0

Friday July 22

Amenia Monarchs 7 Naugatuck Nightmare 0

Amenia clinches #2 Seed. Bethlehem clinches #3 seed.

Brass City Vipers 10 Burlington Hunters 4

Brass City clinches playoff spot in first season.