The Terryville Black Sox baseball team won their first three games at the AABC East Coast World Series in Braintree, Massachusetts before finishing second to the host Braintree White Sox, losing 11-3 in the championship game on Saturday at Libby Field.
Braintree won their third World Series championship since 2014 with the win. The White Sox also won a year ago at the World Series that was held in Waterbury and Torrington.
Braintree won four straight games in the elimination round after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Black Sox in the second round of the double elimination tournament. On Saturday, the White Sox beat the Albany (N.Y.) Athletics, 7-0 before beating the Black Sox, 11-3 in five innings to win the championship.
Terryville (22-3) and Blasius Chevrolet of Waterbury (18-10) were both making their first appearances in the World Series event. Both qualified by making the finals of the Connecticut Stan Musial baseball tournament.
Terryville opened the tournament with a 15-2 win over Blasius Chevrolet. Kyle Sidmore was 4-for-4 with three RBI while Connor MacEvoy was 2-for-3 with four RBI to lead the Black Sox.
The Black Sox upset defending World Series champion Braintree in round two, 7-5. The host White Sox took an early 3-1 lead with Braintree’s DH Frank Curreri hitting a two-run home run. But Terryville’s Tony Patone hit a grand slam home run in the top of the fifth inning to give the Black Sox a 5-3 lead.
Braintree tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-out double from Matt Foley.
Terryville won the game in the seventh inning. Kyle Tehan singled and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Patone was hit by a pitch. Catcher Alex Rauso hit a two-RBI double to right center field to lift the Black Sox, 7-5. Terryville pitcher Kody Kerski got the save, leaving two runners stranded.
In round three, Terryville beat the Bourne, Mass., Mariners, 5-4 thanks to a RBI single from Matt Derosa and Patone. Rauso was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Kerski, Ian Schmidt and Shawn Fulton each had two hits. Kerski picked up the win in relief with 2.1 innings of work, allowing one hit and striking out three.
The Albany Athletics handed Terryville their first loss, 5-0 as pitcher Zach Breen struck out seven and allowed just two hits. Cam Overbaugh had a two-run double for the A’s while Nate Novak hit a solo home run.
With three teams left in the field, Terryville got the bye into the final. Braintree beat Albany, 7-0 to set up the title game with the Black Sox.
In the final, Braintree’s Matt Foley was 4-for-4 with four RBI and a home run in the championship win over Terryville while teammate Jordan Enos had a home run, single and four RBI. Terryville’s Tony Patane was 3-for-3 with a double while Conor McEvoy had a double. Braintree had 15 hits in the game.
Blaisus Chevrolet beat Manchester, N.H., 9-4 in their first round consolation game but was eliminated with a 3-1 loss to Albany with pitcher Bryan Carr going the distance on the mound. He allowed eight hits and struck out for the A’s.
2018 Stan Musial AABC East Coast World Series
At Braintree, Mass.
Thursday, August 9
Terryville Black Sox 15, Blasius Chevrolet-Waterbury 2
Braintree MA White Sox 14, Manchester, N.H. 0
Bourne MA Mariners 12, New York Hawks 4
Albany NY Athletics 1, Rowley Nor’easters- Tewksbury, MA 0
Terryville 7, Braintree MA 5
Bourne MA 6, Albany NY 5
Blasius Chevrolet 9, Manchester 4, Manchester eliminated
New York Hawks def. Rowley Nor’easters, Rowley eliminated
Friday, August 10
Terryville 5, Bourne Mariners 4
Albany Athletics 3, Blasius Chevrolet 1, Blasius eliminated
Braintree MA 5, New York Hawks 3, New York eliminated
Albany Athletics 5, Terryville White Sox 0
Braintree MA 5, Bourne Mariners 3, Bourne eliminated
Saturday, August 11
Braintree MA 4, Albany Athletics 1. Albany eliminated
Round 6: Championship
Braintree MA 11, Terryville 3