Tri-State World Series trophy belongs to Tri-Town
Tri-Town Trojans player-coach Dan McCarty holds the Tri-State League World Series trophy after the Trojans defeated the Terryville Black Sox 4-2 at Fuessenich Park in Torrington on Thursday. John McKenna photos
Two old hands who have been part of all seven trips the Tri-Town Trojans have made to the Tri-State League World Series came through when it counted in the decisive game of this year's series.
Dan McCarty, the Trojans' player-coach, delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the eighth inning and Miles Scribner tossed two innings of scoreless relief to lift the Trojans to a 4-2 win that gave them their second World Series title Thursday at Fuessenich Park in Torrington.
"We've been here so many times and it feels great to win it," McCarty said of the team's seventh trip to the World Series in nine seasons. "Defense and pitching wins championships, and that's what we do best."
McCarty's single to rightfield drove in Shane Bierfeldt with the go-ahead run after Bierfeldt led off the inning with a double and went to third on a single by Coleby Bunnell. With two strikes on him, McCarty shortened his swing and lined a Billy Armstrong mistake to right.
Landon Gardella's sacrifice bunt moved Bunnell to third and McCarty to second. After Andrew Prince was intentionally walked, Sam Shurberg delivered a sacrifice fly to center that scored Bunnell with an insurance run.
Scribner, who tossed six-and-two-third innings in Game 2 on Wednesday, set Terryville down in the bottom of the eighth and did it again in the ninth to secure the title and save the win for starter Bobby Chatfield, who threw seven strong innings.
Terryville took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, but the Trojans tied it in the sixth helped by two Black Sox errors.
Trojans leftfielder Casey MacDonald suffered a serious left elbow injury making a valiant attempt to catch a drive at the fence in the fourth inning. MacDonald had the ball in his glove but lost it when he hit the fence. The injury was serious enough to warrant an ambulance that took MacDonald to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
The champions gather for a team photo.
Let the celebration begin!
Veteran catcher Landon Gardella was a big part of the championship run.
The Trojans celebrate after the final out.
Coleby Bunnell filled in at third base midway through the game and provided solid defense.
Miles Scribner tossed two innings of scoreless relief to close out the win.
Matt Troy gets set to slap a tag on a Terryville runner at second base.
Shortstop Dan McCarty fires to first base for an out in the last inning.