BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Plowboys are still in the race for the Tri-State Baseball League play-offs.
The top 12 teams in the league will qualify, and with the regular season winding down to the final couple of weeks, the Plowboys find themselves sitting in eighth place with a 6-6 record.
The Tri-Town Trojans are still in first place with an 11-1 record, while Blasius Chevrolet is just half a game behind with a 10-1 record.
Last week, Bethlehem started off with a solid 7-1 victory over Amenia on Sunday, June 30, in the morning.
But in an afternoon game, played the same day, the Plowboys suffered a tough loss when Tri-Town came from behind to beat them 5-4.
Then on Wednesday, July 3, Blasius pinned a 7-0 on Bethlehem.
Rob Geraci pitched acomplete game to get the victory in the early game against the Monarchs; striking out five.
Leading the offense was Will Gerski with a home run; Joe Fainer with two hits, including a double, and Mike Milius added two RBIs.
The Plowboys were in control of the game aganst Tri-Town, leading 4-2 through five and a half innings, before Tri-Town started tagging starting pitcher Tyler Erickson.
Tri-Town tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning and had its chances in the seventh to go ahead with two men on base, but wasted the opportunity.
Tri-State pitcher Charlie Benson ended up striking out three hitters to end the threat.
The Trojans won in the bottom half of the frame on a walk-off single by Danny McCarty.
Bethlehem finished with five hits, including a double by Ted Gravel and two hits by Mike Milius.
Bethlehem’s offense struggled in the game against Blasius, garnering only three hits.
Lead-off singles in the first two innings, then a double in the fourth were it for the Plowboys.