BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Plowboys of the Tri-State Baseball League locked up fourth place (11-6) in the standings as the regular season wound down. The teams were due to finish out their remaining games earlier this week, weather permitting. Since the top three teams, Terryville, Tri-State and Amenia, will receive byes in the first round, Bethlehem will begin round one of the playoffs on Friday, July 23, in a best-of-three series.
The Plowboys will play the 13th-ranked team, Torrington. The second round of the playoffs will start on Friday, July 30.
The Plowboys defeated the Winsted Whalers 7-6 on Sunday, July 11.
Justin Taylor got the start, going four innings and giving up five runs while striking out two batters. Sam Williams followed, throwing four innings, striking out five and allowing only one hit to earn the win.
Matt Mancini and Ian Schmidt led the offensive attack, each reaching base three times on two hits. Greg Campbell continued his impressive walk streak, recording his 17th walk of the season and reaching base three times.
The Plowboys won on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Winsted reliever started the inning allowing a single, then walking the next three batters to push in the winning run for Bethlehem.
Bethlehem followed that win the same day with a 1-0 loss to the Wolcott Scrappers.
The Plowboys defeated Blasius Chevrolet 5-1 on Tuesday, July 13, Bethlem in a five-inning, fog-shortened game.
George Ohtani Bielizna threw all five innings, giving up five hits, one run and striking out three. He helped his own cause by singling twice and scoring a run.
Greg Campbell stayed hot at the dish going two-for-three with a three-RBI triple in the fifth to break it open for the Plowboys. Ryan Bethin and Matt Mancini each added two hits to help secure the victory.
It was Plowboys 6 and Twisters 1 on Thursday, July 15. Sam Williams got the win on the mound with five strong innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four. Ty Ericson came on in relief to shut the door for Bethlehem.
Bethlehem’s bats stayed hot as Jon Wilson went four-for-four with three runs scored and four stolen bases, while Matt Mancini and Greg Campbell added two hits each. Ricky Descoteaux added two RBIs.
Bethlehem dumped the Torrington Rebels 12-1 on Saturday, July 17. Justin Koutros got the win going six strong innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out five while giving up one run.
Jon Wilson and Greg Campbell stayed hot at the plate. Wilson went three-for-three with three runs scored,while Campbell went two-for-four, adding four RBIs.
Connor Berg also had a great day going three-for-four with 2 RBIs and two runs scored. Of note, Teddy Gravel continued his broken bat streak, breaking his fifth bat (none owned by him) of the year at the behest of many of his teammates.
The Plowboys started the year 1-5 but bounced back strong going 10-1 the rest of the year to end the regular season at 11-6.