Serafin pitches Cowboys to win in first game of series
Joe Serafin follows through on a pitch for the Litchfield Cowboys during their 3-0 win over the Tri-Town Trojans in the first game of the Tri-State League championship series on Wednesday. John McKenna photos
Joe Serafin was nearly unhittable for the Litchfield Cowboys on Wednesday in the opening game of the Tri-State League's best-of-three championship series against the Tri-Town Trojans at Fuessenich Park in Torrington.
Serafin tossed a three-hitter and struck out 12 to lead the Cowboys to a 3-0 win. Chris Blazek will take the mound for the Cowboys Thursday night at 7 in an attempt to clinch the Cowboys' third league title in five years.
Only two Tri-Town runners made it as far as second base in the game due to Serafin's dominance. The Cowboys are 20-4.
Serafin and Tri-Town's Miles Scribner were locked in a scoreless duel until the Cowboys, who had left the bases loaded three times, struck for all three of their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ed Pequignot and Blazek hit back to back singles and Steve Harrison bunted safely to load the bases. A bases-loaded walk followed by a two-run double by Brendan Roden made it 3-0.
Pequignot, Blazek and Harrison each had two hits.
In the Tri-State League Hall of Fame ceremony that preceded the game, former Cowboys hurler Carl Rivers was inducted. Rivers pitched for the Cowboys from 2000 to 2012 and was one of the league's dominant hurlers.
Tri-Town's Miles Scribner held the Cowboys scoreless for six innings.
Litchfield's Kyle Weaver avoids a tag attempt by Tri-Town third baseman Steve Price.
Former Cowboys pitcher Carl Rivers was inducted into the Tri-State League Hall of Fame before Wednesday's game.