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Terryville, Milford will try to end Braintree’s run at Northeast World Series

The Terryville Black Sox are one of four teams that will be playing in the AABC Stan Musial Northeast World Series this weekend in Waterbury.

The AABC Stan Musial Northeast World Series will be held this weekend at Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium with four teams vying for the championship beginning Friday night.

The Braintree White Sox from Braintree, Mass., who have won six of the last seven Northeast World Series titles, will be defending their tournament championship.

The Terryville Black Sox of the Connecticut Twilight League, the Milford Hunters from the West Haven Twilight League and the Albany (N.Y.) Athletics from the Albany Twilight League are the other three teams in the tournament.

The tournament kicks off with Braintree (21-3) facing Albany (34-4-2) in the tournament opener at 3 p.m. A home run derby contest will be held at 6 p.m. before Terryville, a former Tri-State League team, faces Milford at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission fee. One of Saturday’s games will be played Fuessenich Park in Torrington but the rest of the tournament will be in Waterbury.

The White Sox (21-3) won their sixth straight Cranberry League championship in July and had the league’s player of the year (Matt Foley) and pitcher of the year (Jake Walker) on their squad. The White Sox beat Albany in last year’s Northeast World Series championship game.

The A’s last won the Northeast World Series title in 2016 when they beat the Watertown Blaze. The A’s won their sixth straight Albany Twilight League championship on Tuesday night.

Terryville (17-4) played in the Tri-State League from 2007 through 2021, except in 2020 when the league shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Black Sox went to the Connecticut Twilight League in 2020 and finished second. Terryville lost to Tri-Town in last year’s Tri-State League championship series, 2-1.

The Black Sox are the top seed in this year’s Connecticut Twilight League playoffs, which are currently underway. Terryville advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 5-3 win over New Britain on Tuesday night. In 2018, the Sox finished second to Braintree in the Northeast World Series.

There are no teams from the Tri-State League because the teams weren’t interested in participating, league president Ed Gadomski said. Gadomski and the Tri-State League are hosting the event for the fourth time since 2016. The last time it was in Waterbury was 2019.

Milford (23-4) won West Haven Twilight League championship last week sweeping a best-of-3 series over Flanagan Associates, 15-13 and 4-3. Milford finished second to Braintree in 2014 and 2015.

The last Connecticut team to win the Northeast World Series was the Stratford Storm in 2013.

2022 AABC Stan Musial Northeast World Series
At Municipal Stadium, Waterbury
Friday, August 12
Game 1: Braintree (MA) White Sox vs. Albany (NY) Athletics, 3 p.m.
Exhibition: Home run derby at Municipal, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Terryville Black Sox vs. Milford Hunters, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 13
Game 3: Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 4:  Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 5:  Third game in pool play, 4 p.m.
Game 6:  Third game in pool play, 4 p.m. (Fuessenich Park, Torrington)
Sunday, August 14
Game 7: Championship/semifinal game: 11 a.m.
Game 8: Championship game, if necessary, 2 p.m.

Recent AABC Northeast World Series champions
Championship finals
2021: Braintree (MA) White Sox 9, Albany (NY) Athletics 0
2020: No tournament, COVID-19 pandemic
2019: Braintree (MA) White Sox 3, Fedell’s Mechanics-Trumbull (CT) 0
East Coast World Series
2018: Braintree (MA) White Sox 11, Terryville (CT) Black Sox 1
2017: Braintree (MA) White Sox 5, North Halendon (NJ) Reds 4
Stan Musial World Series
2016: Albany (NY) Athletics 6, Watertown (CT) Blaze 5
Stan Musial North Atlantic Regional
2015: Braintree (MA) White Sox 8, Milford (CT) Hunters 0
2014: Braintree (MA) White Sox 4, Milford (CT) Hunters 0
2013: Stratford (CT) Storm 7, Braintree (MA) White Sox 1
2012: Albany (NY) Athletics

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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