TORRINGTON, August 4 – Rain has forced adjustments to Connecticut’s AABC Stan Musial state baseball championship tournament.
Connecticut needs to know their two qualifiers for the AABC’s (American Athletic Baseball Congress) Northeast World Series in Braintree, Mass., on August 9-12.
The Terryville Black Sox (18-3), which finished first in the Tri-State League this summer, won their first three games in the Stan Musial tournament to earn a spot in the final and a bid to the World Series.
The second bid will come from the winner of Sunday’s game between Tri-State League rivals Naugatuck Dogs and Waterbury’s Blasius Chevrolet at 3 p.m. at Fuessenich Park in Torrington. Not only does the winner earn a berth in the World Series but they will advance to the state final.
Connecticut’s Stan Musial title game will be played at a later date.
Naugatuck (17-5) advanced to the final of the consolation bracket with a 9-5 win over Milford Hunters on Thursday. Trailing by three runs, 5-2, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Naugatuck’s Brendan Slattery hit a solo home run to cut the lead to two runs. With the bases loaded and no outs, Naugatuck’s Devin Murphy won the game with a grand slam home run.
The Dogs have won three straight elimination games after falling in the first round of the Stan Musial tournament to the Danbury Pirates
Blasius (17-7) earned a spot in the consolation final with a 6-1 win over Danbury with pitchers Dan Hedden and Ty Morin combining to give up just one run. Brian Parzyc had a two-run double for Blasius, which has won two straight after dropping their first game of the tournament.
Blasius had to beat Canton on the final day of the Tri-State League regular season to secure their invitation to the Stan Musial tournament.
In the Tri-State League playoffs, Wolcott, Southington and Bethlehem each advanced to the second round. The Tribury Twisters upset Blasius Chevrolet, 2-1 in the best of three series. The second round began Saturday and is scheduled to conclude Monday night. The top four teams in the league — Terryville, Naugatuck, Litchfield and the Tri-Town Trojans had first round byes.
2018 Stan Musial
State Baseball championships
Top two teams qualify for the AABC Northeast World Series in Braintree, Mass., August 9-12
Sunday, July 29
Game 1: Fedell’s Mechanics-Trumbull 2, Blasius Chevrolet-Waterbury 0
Game 2: Terryville Black Sox 13, Diamond Zone-North Haven 2
Game 3: Milford Hunters 8, All-Star Batting 0
Game 4: Danbury Pirates 5, Naugatuck Dogs 1
Monday, July 30
Game 5: Terryville 4, Fedell’s Mechanics 1
Game 6: Milford 9, Danbury 0
Game 7: Naugatuck 7, All-Star Batting 1, All-Star eliminated
Game 8: Blasius Chevrolet 5, Diamond Zone 0, Diamond Zone eliminated
Tuesday, July 31
Game 9: Terryville 5, Milford 4 (11)
Game 10: Blasius Chevrolet 6, Danbury 1, Danbury eliminated
Game 11: Naugatuck 7, Fedell’s Mechanics 3, Fedell’s eliminated
Thursday, August 2
Game 13: Naugatuck 9, Milford 5, Milford eliminated
Sunday, August 5
Game 14: Naugatuck (17-5) vs. Blasius Chevrolet (15-6), 3 p.m., Fuessenich Park, Torrington. Winner advances to AABC Northeast World Series
Stan Musial state championship
Game 15: Terryville vs. game 14 winner
2018 Tri-State League playoffs
First round (Best of three)
Thursday, July 26
Tribury Twisters 9, Blasius Chevrolet 8
Wolcott Scrappers 9, Winsted Whalers 6
Southington 66ers 6, Bristol Greeners 1
Bethlehem Plowboys 4, Amenia NY Monarchs 2
Friday, July 27
Blasius Chevrolet 4, Tribury 2
Wolcott 8, Winsted 2, Wolcott wins series, 2-0
Southington 7, Bristol 2, Southington wins series, 2-0
Bethlehem 7, Amenia NY 1, Bethlehem wins series, 2-0
Saturday, July 28
Tribury 10, Blasius Chevrolet 5, Tribury wins series, 2-1
Round two (best of three)
Saturday August 4
Southington at TriTown Trojans
Sunday August 5
Bethlehem at Terryville Black Sox
Tri-Town Trojans at Southington
Naugatuck Dogs at Wolcott Scrappers
Litchfield Cowboys at Tribury Twisters (2)
Monday August 6
Terryville at Bethlehem
Southington at Tri-Town, if necessary
Wolcott at Naugatuck
Tribury at Litchfield, if necessary
Tuesday August 7
Wolcott Scrappers at Naugatuck Dogs, if necessary
Bethlehem at Terryville, if necessary
Semifinals (Best of three)
Tri-State championship (Best-of-three)
At Fuessenich Park, Torrington