BETHLEHEM — Between the thunderstorms and a brief break in the schedule last week, the Bethlehem Plowboys of the Tri-State Baseball league have had a few of their games postponed. But the ones they have played, have all turned into victories. The wins have moved the Plowboys into fourth place in the standings with a 7-5 record as of Tuesday, July 6.
Tri-Town is leading the league with a perfect 12-0, followed by another undefeated team, Terryville at 9-0. Sitting in third place is Amenia with an 8-2 record.
The Plowboys beat the Valley Thunder Ducks 7-0 behind the solid pitching of George Ohtani Bielzna. He threw a complete game, striking out five and went three-for-three at the plate. He also had the game-tying home run in the fourth, while hitting a go-ahead hard hit single in the sixth.
Greg Campbell went two-for-three with a double and two RBIs. Joe Rupe chipped two hits with two RBIs, and Mike Milius made a rare appearance, knocking in two runs in the sixth.
Justin Koutros went four innings on the mound when the Plowboys defeated Intersquad 9-0. He allowed just one hit and struck out six, Blaise Russo and Isaiah Johnson combined to pitch the last two innings to lock down the victory.
Jon Wilson and Isaiah Johnson led the offensewith three hits and two RBIs each, while Teddy Gravel added an RBI as well to keep the Plowboys’ bats hot.
Justin Taylor went the distance on the mound in the Plowboys’ 14-6 win over the Southington 66ers. He pitched all nine inning in a 3-1/2- hour sweat-a-thon in Bethlehem, giving up six runs, walking three and stricking out six.
Jon Wilson was two-for-three with three walks, four runs scored and three stolen bases. Greg Campbell walked three times, was hit by the pitcher twice and scored five runs. Joe Rupe and Justin Taylor had two hits each. Ian Schmidt and Taylor had three RBIs each.
The upcoming schedule for Bethlehem includes a 5:45 p.m. Thursday, July 15, game against the Twisters at Gallop Field in Bethlehem.
The Plowboys take on Torrington at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Fuessenich Park in Torrington.